Courses, Apprenticeships And Funding For Personal Trainers

Dr Gary Mendoza PhD

Dr Gary Mendoza PhD currently delivers the nutrition sections of our Personal Training courses and is a consultant to Fitness Training Scotland on all things nutrition.


  • PhD Applied Science – Nutrition
  • B.Sc. Applied Human Nutrition – First Class Honours
  • Academic Associate Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr)
  • Member of Association for Nutrition course certification committee
  • Learning and Teaching Development certificate – Massey University
  • PhD supervision certificate
  • Associate member – Sports Dietitians Australia
  • ISAK’s Level one course
  • Registered nutritionist – Nutrition society
  • Member of the Association for the study of Obesity
  • D32 & 33 NVQ assessors award
  • Certified personal trainer – American Council on Exercise
  • Diploma in fitness – Premier fitness instructor training


  • Manager Old Hall Leisure, Chester (1994 – 1995)
  • Fitness manager Body Matters Gymnasium Cardiff (1998-1999)
  • General Manager Lygon Arms Country Club (Savoy Group hotel) (1999)
  • Academy Nutritionist Nottingham Forest FC (2005-2006)
  • Manager of Nutrition Products – Future Fit Training (1999 – 2007)
  • Lecturer in Sports Nutrition – Massey University (New Zealand) (2007-2009)
  • Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Bath Spa and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities (current)
  • Worked with a number of elite athletes over the past decade these include: commonwealth games athletes and Olympic competitors. Currently work with professional MMA fighter.

Personal Statement

I have worked in the leisure industry as a personal trainer (PT) for 23 years. I hold British and American qualifications as a PT. My main focus now is improving the standards of nutrition education in the leisure industry. I currently sit on the Association for Nutrition’s (AfN) certification committee and I am also a course assessor. I am a co-director of the Nutrition Academy ( ) and we deliver the AfN certified course in applied nutrition and supplementation which allows PT’s to take their nutrition knowledge to the next level after completion of their level 3 training. This is one of only a handful of courses recognised by the AfN and provides a clear career path for PTs who want to further their careers in the sphere of nutrition.