• Coach E

What is EVEX? #fitnessjourney #basketball #sport #blog # TeamEVEX

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Simply put EVEX stands for Evolution or Extinction. It’s a philosophy I’ve adopted to not just my training but to life in general. Everything in this world is always changing around us and therefore you have two options, evolve to keep up or become extinct. I first started applying this philosophy to my life about 7 years ago. I guess to explain why, I need to go back to the start.

When I was a kid I competed in a variety of different sports. The main sport that stuck was

basketball. I was lucky enough to represent my country at junior levels and play abroad. I then suffered a few injuries which landed me back in the UK at 19 and having to find a job, dealing cards in a casino and coaching basketball. Then whilst coaching at a basketball camp I bumped into an old coach of mine who was looking for players for his new national league club and university team in Wolverhampton. I was lucky enough to be offered a sport scholarship there and this was my springboard back into playing competitive basketball. I ended up spending a total of 7 years in England playing and coaching at various levels before coming back to Scotland for work. I then started playing in the Scottish National League. Due to injuries and work commitments I didn’t think I would have many seasons left before I would retire from basketball but wanted to keep playing a sport I loved for as long as possible, that was 9 years ago and I’m still playing today! Get to the point I hear you cry!

Well it was about 7 years ago now and I was trying to balance ridiculous hours at work, social life, family and playing basketball. I had let my training and diet slip and found myself approaching 30, overweight, out of shape and sitting on the bench more often. After what could only be described as one of my worst games of basketball I was contemplating giving up. I was sat feeling sorry for myself watching ‘Skyfall’ and then the scene came on where Q

and 007 are sat in the museum looking at ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ picture, when Q says “It always makes me feel a little melancholy. Grand old war ship, being ignominiously hauled away to scrap…The inevitability of time”. It got me thinking, its true. Everything gets old, everything becomes obsolete if we leave it to rust. One day I would be the old war ship being towed away but it wasn’t going to be today! I wasn’t ready to rust away and give up on a sport which had given me so many opportunities. I still had a desire to play and the ability I just needed to change, I needed to evolve. I wasn’t the young, athletic player I used to be, but it didn’t mean I wasn’t able to keep playing at a high level. I just needed to re-evaluate and change my style of play and training methods. Long story short I did and I’m still playing today and my EVEX philosophy was born.

So, what changed? I have been involved in the fitness industry since I was 14 and have done loads of different roles including coaching, personal training, fitness instructing and management and because of this I thought I knew it all and that my training methods where the only way. I mean its easily done, we all probably do it in one respect or another, we get tunnel vision and become so busy we don’t realise we have been doing the same thing for years. I was just lucky enough to get a wake up call and realised the error of my way. I started researching training methods, speaking to other people and listening to what worked for them along with attending workshops and courses.This widened my gaze and allowed me to make changes, not just to my training and life but also to those I was training and coaching.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I realised we constantly have to change and learn if we want to grow and evolve. That’s why I started this blog so we can share training methods, knowledge and other people’s stories. This blog is not another picture-perfect trainer giving you a hard sale or writing articles about how amazing one training style or diet is. It’s about sharing in success but also failure and learning from mistakes. So if you feel like evolving then join the team. I look forward to seeing where we can all go together.