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The TEAM


Meet Our Team of Experts

Communicating our knowledge and expertise in a supportive, caring and encouraging manner has been the key to our success. We strive to deliver the best coaching services possible, and at the heart of everything we do is the people we train.

COACHES
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Chris founded Zip Fit Club in 2010 having spotted a gap in the market place for a fitness business that focuses primarily on short and effective, science based workouts for office workers. His corporate fitness business now offers a number of services all geared towards helping office workers train smart during their working week.

He is a published health and fitness writer, a theatre lover, avid traveller and a swimmer. In 2018 he qualified to represent GB at the Masters European Swimming Championships in Slovenia.

When he’s not zipping about London running his business, he’s busy chasing his two mini zippers, Clementine and Monti.

Christopher Smith
Founder and Managing Director

Specialist skills:

  • High intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Strength conditioning
  • Personal training
  • Corporate wellbeing
  • Nutrition

Contact Chris directly for bespoke personal training.
chris@zipfitclub.co.uk
Instagram: @zipfitclub

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Soraya is half English, half French, was born in Morocco and grew up in Brazil. She moved to London for university 10 years ago, and has never looked back.

She’s a qualified Personal Trainer and a British Triathlon Coach and participates in triathlons on a regular basis, including 9 half Ironman races and 1 Ironman. She is a proud Team GB representative and in 2019 attended the Ironman World Championships.

Soraya believes anything is possible if you’re prepared to put in the work and are willing to step outside your comfort zone. In fact, her favourite quote is “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. She lives by this rule and tries to share this value with people around her, to help them achieve their fitness goals and aspirations.

Soraya Merrylees
Specialist skills:

  • Running coaching
  • Triathlon coaching
  • Personal training
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT)


Website: merryfit.com
Instagram: @somerryfit

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Phil has over 12 years experience as a strength training and triathlon coach. He’s been competing in triathlons since 2009 and has represented Great Britain in the 2014 and 2015 ITU Age Group WorldChampionships.

In 2016 Phil stepped up to middle distance triathlon completing several domestic races as well as Ironman Mallorca and in 2018 Phil managed to qualify for his first Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa.

On the rare occasion Phil is not training himself, coaching or motivating his clients, you may find him kicking back in a local watering hole. He’s partial to a good pint of craft ale to balance out the training.

Phil Patterson
Specialist skills:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Triathlon coaching
  • Running Coaching
  • Personal training

Email: phil.paterson.pt@googlemail.com
Instagram: @coffeecarbsandcarbon

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