Our Staff

Our Staff
Every client is taken through each stage of their training programme individually by one of our experienced and enthusiastic instructors. At regular intervals each member will have a private consultation with Paul, Simon, Karen or Mitch or one of the other fully qualified instructors, who will devise appropriate training programmes.

If you have any queries about training, then please feel free telephone.

Paul Slythe
Gym Manager / Director

Paul Slythe
B.A.W.L.A Trained, Lifefit 2000, Advanced Exercise Performance Level 3 UKA track and field, YMCA Level 3, Health and Safety and Appointed person.

About Me...
I was lucky enough to represent England and Great Britian in our Athletic Teams from 1993 until 2003. My athletics blessed me with a lot of opportunities like meeting other people from all over the world. I have trained and raced in places I never dreamed I would go, for instance L.A to Kuala Lumpur.

I have competed and won medals at the major athletic events including World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Europeans.

Now my athletic career is over, I am a partner at Bob Prowse Health Club after I had been working there for 10+ years. We specialise in training the individual as individuals.

Whether you are brand new to the gym environment or a competent athlete, we can help you with Losing weight, Core stability, Functional training, Athletic training or just general fitness and toning.
Simon Mercer

BSc Sports Science, Gym Instruction, Personal Training, Crossfit Level 2, Kettlebells. 10 years gym experience.

About me...
Having been a member of the gym, I was lucky enough to get work experience with Paul and Ian whilst studying Sports Science at University back in 2010, now, a few years down the line, I have worked my way up to a Senior Gym Instructor position.
Being from a competitive rugby background, my passion is training those interested in strength and conditioning. As a coach, my aim is to see all my clients achieve their goals, whether it be for athletic performance, aesthetic appearance or general health related performance by ensuring their nutrition and training programmes are tailored to each individual person. I love to coach and train, whether you’re a beginner or advanced, I believe I have the knowledge to help you excel. Enjoying strength training so much, I have started competing in Powerlifting and developing a Bob Prowse Powerlifting Team.
I work on the morning shifts but there’s a high chance you will see me later in the day training myself and also providing personal training sessions when I’m not on duty.
Karen Hillman
I started as a member at Bob Prowse. My background had always been focussed around running. The introduction of strength training sparked a new passion and I completed my Personal Trainer and Gym instructor qualification to enable me to help others and work in the fitness industry.

I have since gained a vast amount of experience working on the gym floor and training clients one to one. I promote the benefits of exercise for both physical and mental well being.

My focus is a mixture of strength training and functional fitness. My clients goals are always the first priority on how I focus their training. Making sessions enjoyable and varied whilst still getting desired results is my goal.

I believe in the importance of individual goal setting. Having a performance focus brings the most reward and I like to tap into that for each individual.

I will share my energy and desire to bring out the best in everyone I work with.
I am constantly training hard for self improvement and to learn more to help others to achieve their goals.

I hold two British records on the concept2 Ski erg and have competed in the world champs obstacle course race in Canada in 2018. I continue to chase more records and use training to keep my sanity bringing up two boys!

I am able to program workouts tailored to individual goals from fat loss to training for a marathon. I will always promote the importance of good nutrition and recovery to support a focussed training program.

Good health is the best wealth.
Ian Sage (1972 - 2018)

Ian trained at the gym from 1985 and started working there in 1990 and became joint owner from 2003.

He competed in Martial Arts and Amateur Bodybuilding competitions.

Ian was such an important part of the gym and will always be part of it's identity.

Loved and missed by all.