Meet the Strength Ambassadors coaching team! Click on our photo to view our profile, or just scroll.
|Sally Moss||Sam Tomkins||Melanie Stride|
Sally Moss, founder and head coach
Hi, I’m Sally.
I love sharing my passion for lifting weights with others. The thing I love most about lifting is feeling strong and powerful. I also like the challenge and the sense of achievement I get from making progress, however small.
My mission is to provide a safe and supportive place for you to learn to lift and continue to improve your strength for the long term.
I first walked into a gym in my twenties to lose a bit of weight and get fit. I never thought that it would be my career. However, after trying several different careers and being disappointed in them, I decided to take the plunge and follow my passion: sharing my love of strength training with others.
I’ve enjoyed competing in powerlifting and weightlifting for the last ten years. I’m a qualified coach in both sports. I’ve been British Masters champion (2017) and British Senior bronze medallist (2013) in olympic weightlifting. Over the years I’ve worked for and learned from great coaches and practitioners in strength training.
My favourite moments as a coach are when my athletes start to make decisions for themselves and take charge of their own progress. Then I know that I’ve paid it forward and created something sustainable.
Sam Tomkins, strength coach
I am passionate about all things strength and performance related.
After an injury, I became fascinated by the rehab process and this was the genesis of my obsession with human movement and performance. I developed an infatuation for the different methods of improving strength and power. Such was my passion for the subject, I decided to change career and retrain as a personal trainer.
My goal is to impart all I have learned and spread the word about the many benefits of strength training for all. It gives me immense satisfaction helping people find ways to improve performance and quality of life.
I currently train an international powerlifter (British M2 Bench Press champion 2016/17). I enjoy competing myself as a powerlifter also, reaching the British finals in 2015. In 2016/17 I worked with Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club as Head of Strength and Conditioning and with the men’s team in 2017/18.
I graduated in 2017 from the University of Greenwich in Sports Science with coaching and in 2018 completed a masters in Strength and Conditioning. I am an accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and the NSCA (as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist- CSCS).
Melanie Stride, strength coach
Hi, I’m Mel.
Strength training transformed my own physical and mental health and sparked a passion for breaking down barriers and widening access to the many benefits it can bring.
Helping people learn to lift safely and competently, watching them develop skills and confidence as lifters, hearing about the positive impact it has on their well-being… these are some of the things I love about coaching and why I’m grateful that I get to do it as my job.
I wasn’t always a lifter, a coach, or, at times, even active. I know what it’s like to have to fit in fitness around personal and professional commitments and for years I struggled to find my ‘thing’. That changed the very first day I picked up a barbell and my mission is to help others of all ages find the strength and confidence that is waiting for them the other side of good coaching and programming.
Having spent many hours learning about the science, art and practice of lifting for myself, I recently qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer so that I can help others on their journey to strong. I also volunteer for the Body Positive Fitness Alliance, educating other professionals about inclusive and accessible fitness environments. I’m pleased to be bringing my experience coaching outdoor fitness into the weight room with Strength Ambassadors.