Who Are We?

RUTH DAWSON BEd (Hons) NPQH and Level 2 Fitness Instructor


Ruth comes into Fitness Centre ownership from a position in senior leadership in secondary education.

Ruth has long-term experience in both indoor (County Netball) and outdoor sports (Sport Climbing). She has competed successfully in local indoor climbing competitions for several years.

Ruth is a qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor and covers classes including Tabata Mix, Hatton Boxing for Exercise, HIIT and Conditioning.

Ruth enjoys travelling with her husband Carl, and they particularly focus on hill walking and rock climbing.




Carl comes from a background in education also. In the outdoors, his background is in Mountain Activities (mountain walking, skiing, rock climbing) and he has been a rock climber since a teenager in the Sixties.

In  the last twenty-five years, Carl has focused more on Sport Climbing, and has visited most  European venues. He has also competed locally in indoor bouldering competitions and scored well for several years in the veterans’ category at Leeds Wall. Carl has also used his experience to ‘set’ problems for several climbing gyms in the North.


ADAM RYDER –  Level 3 Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor


From an early age, Adam’s background has been in team sports, trying out football and basketball before settling with his love of rugby. He has played both Rugby Union and Rugby League, having success in both disciplines at Conference and National League level. Originally playing with Keighley Cougars and moving to a higher League in 2018. Adam is now playing for Dewsbury Rams. The Rams are in The Championship League (Tier 2 of the Rugby League pyramid).

As well as his Personal Training and management duties Adam is qualified in the following Group Fitness Exercise classes: spinning, circuit training, boxercise and exercise with kettle-bells. He is also qualified to give nutritional advice to both adults and children.


SIMON COURTNEY BA and Level 4 REPS Registered Personal Trainer


Simon graduated from Huddersfield University in 2003 studying Health and Sports Studies. He then started his Health and Fitness career at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club in Huddersfield. Simon holds Level 4 Qualifications in Strength and Conditioning, as well as Pulmonary and Cancer Rehabilitation. Simon is a UK Athletics Event Group Coach giving him the skills to programme, lead and coach runners and athletes through individual training sessions, through to long term event planning and guidance. Simon has been a Run leader for over 15 years, assisting hundreds of runners with their stamina, speed, strength, form, motivation and running rehabilitation. Simon is the run coordinator for the HD3 Runners group which run on a Wednesday at 6.30pm from the club, and he is the head coach for the Stadium Runners in Huddersfield

Simon has worked at the YMCA site as Health Club manager from its inception in 2007 to 2009, then as Personal Trainer. Simon was a key member of the team that set up and operated the PALS GP referral scheme and Active For Life here at this facility.

Simon has a passion for enhancing his knowledge through extensive reading and listening to Podcasts with leading health professionals in the field of Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Functional training, swimming, yoga, diet and nutrition and athletic performance in endurance sports.

Simon competes in races from Parkruns to Marathons, he has done the London Marathon 10 times and got down to 2hr 37mins, off road and fell races, Ultra running team events and he hopes to run the Dalesway this summer. Simon also participates in open water swimming events, road cycling, sportives and sprint distance to Ironman distance triathlons.

Simon trains hard and loves the challenge of training for a goal or event, complementing the endurance activities with a passion for strength and conditioning work, focusing on usable power, dynamic movements and injury prevention and rehabilitation.


SAM HODGE  BSc  (Hons) Level 3 REPS Registered Personal Trainer


Sam gained a First Class Degree in Sports & Exercise Science at Leeds Met and his course covered a wide range of  fitness-related studies in physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology and nutrition. Since then, he has added qualifications in Personal Training, Nutrition, Spinning and Advanced Resistance Training. Sam is a past player for the First XV at Huddersfield YMCA, Rugby Union. Sam now takes part in Cross-Fit competitions.


ANGELICA AVOLIO BSc, MSc and Level 2 Fitness Instructor


Angelica graduated from her BSc in Food and Nutrition and MSc in Food Biotechnology at Teesside University before becoming a Registered Associate Nutritionist through the Association for Nutrition. She has always had a deep interest in sports nutrition, which lead her to open a sport supplement start up while studying. As a nutritionist, she is now focusing on helping people improve their performance at the gym and their overall health through a better nutrition. During her time at university, Angelica qualified as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor, and she now delivers a variety of classes at HD3 Fitness, with a mix of cardio and weight work. Angelica also has a L3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, as she is not only interested in the fitness and nutrition side of health, but also recovery. Angelica enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and creating healthy recipes.