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Jay Banks

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Meet Jay
Jay Banks has been in the dance & fitness industry in excess of 11yrs, during which time he has been fortunate enough to tour the world and perform in shows such as Fame, Westside Storey, Annie and Stars in their Eyes, to name but a few. Jay has also performed with artists Dizzy Rascal, Fragma and the Legendary Heat Wave and has most recently become choreographer to TT Elite Entertainers (look out for them on the TV very soon).

As well as having a passion for dance and stage Jay also has a love of Martial Arts, and began studying Kickboxing at the age of 9 but had to give it up when awarded a scholarship to Performing Arts College at the age of 16. Since then it has always been something Jay has wanted to get back in to and most recently he has started studying Muey Thai and Mixed Martial Arts at the renown Pro-Am Fight Centre in Cambridge. This is the home of Team Tsunami, which is the clubs Competition Team, where Jay is training under light weight Cage Rage Champion Robbie "The Flame" Olivier. This has given Jay the opportunity to become one of only 10 UK students to study with the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association and become a MMA Conditioning Coach.

Jay is also an elite personal trainer and trains a wide variety of clients within the Cambridgeshire area. He is also a qualified advanced functional trainer and teaches classes such as Kettle Bells, ViPR, TRX, Pilates and Metabolic workout classes. Alongside the training and studying Jay tutors on Y-FIT Kids Street Dance courses, presents master classes at the RIP Fitness Conventions and at Lydia Campbell’s legendary Fit Camps held at Ribby Hall.

For more information on Jay visit his personal website, www.jaybankspt.com

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Fitness Expert Profile
Name: Jay Banks
Birthplace: Cambridge
First job: Dancer onboard Ocean Village cruise ship
Current occupation: Personal trainer, Studio instructor, Choreographer
Fitness specialism: Combat & Dance
Favourite book: Fantastic Mr Fox
Favourite film: Rocky 4
Favourite music: Funky House and Garage
Favourite gadget: My iPod
Favourite website: Youtube
Hours spent exercising each week: 20 hours teaching a mix of classes and 6 hours of weights and MMA training sessions.
How has exercise helped you: Exercise has opened lots of doors for me and it never seems like really going to work as I enjoy what I do so much
Downtime: Chilling at home with family and good friends
Naughty treat: Pork pie with egg in the middle
Best piece of advice: P.M.A (Positive, Mental, Attitude) If you want it bad enough anything is possible

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