What People are Saying about The Commando Temple

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“Gemma is a fantastic therapist that I can’t recommend highly enough. She has helped me return to competitive strength training after surgery and significantly reduced my pain and mobility issues. Moreover, Gemma is a font of knowledge, which she shares freely, to help you understand how you can help improve your own condition outside of the treatment room.”

Anna Donavan 16/03/2023

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Before meeting Rob, I knew I wanted to join the Army Reserve but was definitely not fit enough. I could not pass the Infantry/Armoured Corps Basic Training entry standards let alone the harder GCC Role Fitness Tests required for my role. I also really struggled finding the time to improve my fitness while working c.70 hours a week.

Over the past year, Rob has the provided the expertise, training and structure I needed to be prepared for and excel during military training. Sessions are challenging, varied and military-specific, which has been amazing!

Training with Rob has been especially helpful whilst progressing through the Basic Training (Mods 1-3) as I could get tips and advice before/after each module e.g. how to pack weight into webbing and a berghan.

Beyond just passing Basic Training, we were also working towards the full GCC RFT, which starts with a 4km tab carrying 40kg followed by a 2km best effort run carrying 25kg. As I only weigh 60kgs, this weight is quite significant! We progressively built up to operating with these weights so that when doing the actual test with the Regiment, not only was it completely fine but I also beat half of the guys there.

Now, thanks to Rob, I am in a great position to go even further this year and work to become one of the fittest people in the Regiment!

Emily 10/03/2023

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When I first decided to attend the Royal Military Academy  Sandhurst, having been a civilian all my life with no Military experience and very little physical strength, I immediately knew Something had to change. And that’s whereby luck I came across the Commando Temple website. After no more than two minutes reading Mr. Rob Blair’s description as a Military prep coach I immediately signed up. Fast forward for more than a year, I can confidently testify that the training I received from Rob and the Commando Temple was more than perfect. I am currently finishing my junior term at Sandhurst, every single PT session and or field exercise we had so far, directly mirrored a session I had with Rob Blair.

I remember during my training with Rob thinking that the exercises I was given where sometimes tough and I did not really understand the meaning of them until I joined the army as now I can confidently say that I have done everything the army throws at me with Rob in direct correlation. I cannot empathize this enough, each and every minute I had trained in the Commando Temple was identical to the training I am receiving in the British army, the Commando Temple sessions actually makes army training easy. It is also worth mentioning that during my selection to get into Sandhurst I was required to do 50 push-ups, 60 sit-ups and 2.4k run on 10 mins, when I started with Rob I couldn’t do 10 push-ups and 20 sit-ups, by the time the selection came I was able to do 70 push-ups and 76 sit-ups.

The training given and the Commando Temple is world class and one of a kind, absolutely if it wasn’t for the commando temple I would have never survived day one in the army, the Commando Temple is so unique in Military prep as not only do the team prepare every muscle/tendon in your body for everything the army throws at you, but they also offer one of a kind free mental health support and motivation I have never witnessed in any other training facilities. You also forge lifelong relationships with with staff and trainees outside the realm of business.

A deep thanks to all the staff and to Mr. Rob Blair for getting me here physically and mentally.

Omar Al Qadi 08/12/2022

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"Before working with Ben I struggled with everything. I tried every diet , home work outs the lot and struggled to either find motivation or notice any weight loss or muscle gains. I also felt tired a lot , my diet was all over the place however I didn't realize since I just YouTube'd a few things.

My brother was actually one of Ben's clients a couple years ago , and he lost so much weight and became more healthy and aware, so he recommended Ben to me. Since working with Ben I have lost over a stone , my diet is more balanced , I feel great in work and I'm more aware of the stuff I was doing wrong previously to Ben.

During workouts I used to not be motivated, such as doing 7 reps instead of 8 and having longer rests. However Ben motivates you to bang out those reps and to keep going, and his workouts target just what you're looking for."

Will 20/08/2021

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"I started training with Ben having had back problems. We've slowly built up core strength and flexibility which has massively helped. Now with thorough and thoughtful support Ben's got me building bit by bit to Olympic style weightlifting...something I unexpectedly loved! Its been brilliant not just for my back and my health but also my head - I really enjoy the pace we work at and the real detail he gets me to think about in terms of how my body work and how each moves is constructed... sort of mediation with weights."

Jonathan  20/08/2021

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"I've been doing regular PT sessions with Ben for 3 years. When I first started I absolutely hated exercise!! I avoided it most of my life, but when I hit my 30s I developed back issues and had no choice but to exercise!

Thanks to Ben I've completely changed my attitude towards it and I now really enjoy going to the gym!

Ben introduced me to weight training. As a result of his extensive knowledge and personalised exercise programme I've developed a deep understanding of a wide array of strength training techniques as well as a greater understanding of my body.

Thanks to Ben I'm becoming more and more motivated to become fit, healthy and strong.

My back issues have dramatically improved and I feel so much better about myself and my body.

Thank you Ben!!!"

Nia 20/08/2021

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Hi there

I’m relatively new to the gym but would love to add my testimonial to enthuse about how brilliant Syeda is:

I’m a 41 year old woman and an absolute beginner to any form of exercise, let alone weight training. Syeda immediately put me at ease with her quiet confidence, precise, easy-to-follow techniques and permanent smile. My motivation is through the roof and my body is capable of things I never imagined after only a month of personal training. Commando Temple might look intimidating from the exterior but the whole community of staff and members is really supportive.


Zoé W 20/08/2021

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I've never come close to experiencing the training given by Mayyah, or a facility in personality or equipment like the Commando Temple, anywhere else.

Mayyah's training approach is knowledgeable and sensitive. She technically knows, and can and does perform herself to the highest level. She will instill this into you, via a mixture of encouragement, pushing, support, and generally whatever it is that stimulates *you* to give your best during your session.

Mayyah's knowledge of the human body allows her to teach not just how to perform optimally, but also allows her to support in times of injury and stress.

This winning and unique combination of awareness both for achieving performance and also sensitivity in time of need, makes any session with Mayyah the best outcome you can get.

Jill Hamilton 21/07/2021

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When I called the Commando Temple in 2015 to find out about beginner martial arts classes, little did I know that I'd soon be sucked into the world of strongwoman and kettlebells.

But from the first class I did with Mayyah, I was hooked. Having never lifted heavy before, as a (very amateur) triathlete and distance runner I thought strength and conditioning was all about doing lots of reps on light weights. Now, everything has a place and I'm certainly not disregarding that as a form of exercise, but what Mayyah introduced me to has become a way of life for me and has absolutely contributed to my longevity as an endurance athlete.

What is more important though, is the confidence that I have gained from working with Mayyah. I came to the gym with low self-esteem and, like many women, a challenging relationship with my body. But Mayyah has helped me to develop a real respect for my body and what it can do. With unending patience, a vast technical knowledge of picking up oddly shaped heavy objects, and an incredibly attuned emotional presence, Mayyah has encouraged me to morph into the kind of strong woman I previously admired from a distance. Her own formidable track record does not in any way make her intimidating - she meets you where you're at (and I've been at every level of high and low over the years) - and finds a way to help you get stronger - physically but also mentally and emotionally.

I am proud of the me of 6 years ago who contacted the Commando Temple, but even more grateful to Mayyah for everything she's done since she picked up the phone to me. Here's to strong women! Thank you Mayyah

JS 21/07/2021

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Mayyah is one of the most knowledgeable coaches I’ve ever come across. More than that, she’s really patient and teaches you proper technique, always with the most positive attitude while giving you a tough workout. She’s got that something that whatever you do, you love it, and leave with a great sense of achievement. She’s ready to push you in every possible way, be it strength, cardiovascular work or mobility. On the plus side, you get to spend time with her, it really is a bonus. I’ll always be grateful of the day I decided to step in the Temple, best decision I ever made. And she’s responsible for it.

Sol Martin 21/07/2021

Fitsz Flag

One of the coolest, most well equipped training facilities I've visited

Laurence Shahlaei Britain's Strongest Man 2012/13 - laurenceshahlaei.co.uk Gym 29/09/2015


Working with Mayyah is fantastic. She is able to draw on her broad experiences as an athlete, from sprinting to strongwoman to tailor sessions that are fun and work for you. It is obvious she has a great depth of experience coaching people which shows as she is able to get the best out of her clients and encourages you to test your limits to achieve more.

Having the benefit of having trained with some of the best coaches and trainers in the world, she has a deep knowledge base upon which to draw. With a warm and encouraging style (don't be fooled no slacking allowed), Mayyah will be able to help you achieve your goals.

Nancy Searle Commando Temple Member Personal Training 01/10/2014

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I've trained with Mayyah many times and at each session she's taught me something new - she is always spotting ways I can improve on technique. She is a great teacher.

One of the best things about Mayah, and there are many, is she practices what she preaches. Not only does she help you get strong, she keeps herself strong too.

She is a true ambassador for the strong girl community. Girls - step away from Zumba or hours on the treadmill and get yourself training with Mayyah. You'll not regret it.

Clare Goldie Commando Temple Member Personal Training 03/09/2014

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I approached rob about being a mentor back in 2013. I believe in learning from those who have achieved what you would like to and Rob has done just that.

A fresh mind and different perspective has been just what my business needed. Under robs guidance I've successfully rebranded, made big changes and fundamentally made 2014 my most productive and profitable year for business.

Rob continues to support me as my business continues to grow from strength to strength!

Thanks Rob!

Coaching 02/09/2014

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I had a second Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction 4 months ago. The injury has been going on for years and before I started training with Rob a month ago.

He identified things no physios had, how the tightness I had in my ankles and hips would transfer twisting forces to my knees, and worked quickly and efficiently at removing the obstacles that stood in my way of strengthening and improving my knee and the surrounding muscles.

This has been through a variety of exercises and muscles. He's pushed me to work hard and my body has been taken out of its comfort zone many times but never has there been any pain in my knee."

Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

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Without Rob I know that I would not be where I'm at now & would be paying out a fortune to a chiropractor.

Paul Devine Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

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Within one hour he had honed in on the issues around my body and through stretches and other movements added six inches to the depth of my squat and took away the major pains

I was having around my hips and hamstrings that had severely affected my training.

Alastair Purcell Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

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I can honestly say I feel like a new woman with a whole new range of physical capabilities.

Felicity Tunbridge Physiotherapy 02/09/2014

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Rob is an inspiration and has changed my life forever now!

Zoe Ann Strong Girl Personal Training 02/09/2014

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Rob isn't just a personal trainer, as far as I'm concerned he's the best out there!

Charlie Clements Actor Personal Training 02/09/2014

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I was honoured to work with Rob.

Rob shows all qualities you should look for - strength, passion, professionalism and humility.

Peter Lakatos Founder and Creator of Primal Move - Master Coach at Strong First! Personal Training 02/09/2014

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Trainers like Rob that work hard to continually improve are exactly what you want. I recommend his services highly!

Mike Mahler Aggressive Strength Training Personal Training 02/09/2014

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Robs knowledge is beyond just knowing rules of fitness and its “laws”. He absorbs knowledge very quickly and is always willing to learn new things, but also wants to know the “how’s and whys”

A great man, great Athlete, great Coach and also a great friend!

Gregor Sobocan Director-Head Coach, Kettlebell Centre, Slovenia Personal Training 02/09/2014

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Rob is tirelessly hard working with bags of enthusiasm with many diverse skills. He is driven, focussed and always determined to further educate and improve himself through participation, dedication and hard training!

David Horne World of grip founder/owner. Grip sport and steel bending legend Personal Training 02/09/2014

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I used Be Stronger gym to help my goals in thai boxing. Strength training was always something I neglected in sport as I used ways around it, I found the level of competition I was fighting at was getting better. I met Rob Blair at one of the shows I was fighting at, he suggested bringing in some strength work to my game and invited me to the club. There I met David Goodall who came up with a program which was very sport specific for my goals. Working with David was great, he is very informative in what we were doing and why.

Before each fight I was setting my personal best with his guidance. Since working with David and the team down at Be Stronger I've won ICO southern area K1 title and the ICO British Muay Thai title both at 82kg.

They have made my goals a reality and I will defiantly will be using them for future fights, they are the secret ingredient.

Martial Arts 01/09/2014

Kettlebell Fever

Great place. Highly recommend. Passionate coaches dedicated to overall health and wellness and not just making a fast buck. A way of life.

5 Stars all the way

James Breese Owner Kettlebell Fever Gym 28/08/2014

Nelio Testimonial

I've been training at The Commando Temple for the last 4 months and to tell you the truth it has surpassed all my expectations.

When I first met Rob I was craving for a place where I could train and make my own. I was looking for somewhere where I could feel inspired and push myself to the limit, somewhere where I could learn and share with other like minded people.

I can honestly say that I've found it! Everything works for me, the space, the location, the equipment, the people and the unique awesomeness that is being part of this unique community of extraordinary people.

I've learnt a lot whilst training at The Commando Temple and must thank Snow Flake and Fitzs for their relentless commitment to keep this venue alive and thriving.

In the meantime, I will keep on shouting out loud LONG LIVE The Commando Temple

Nelio Rodrigues Personal Trainer and Capoeira instructor Gym 28/08/2014


It really is a temple - a haven from the outside world, where you can focus on pure strength, both inside and out. Rob is a knowledgeable, supportive and motivating force to have around and is passionate about getting the best out of his clients. It's got all the equipment you could possibly need along with targeted workshops and special guests speakers/trainers, and I honestly couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Definitely check it out!

Gym 28/08/2014

Peter Marsden

Awesome strength & conditioning facility, very well equipped for powerlifting, strongman, grip strength, calisthenics and kettlebells (GS & hardstyle).

The instructors know their stuff and and hold frequent educational events, often with world class athletes/coaches

Peter Marsden Man of Steel, Trainer and Strength Enthusiast! Gym 28/08/2014


I live in Eastbourne on the South Coast and try to make the 65 mile journey to the Commando Temple at last once per month due to the fact that it is by far the best strength and functional training facility I know of bar none.

The guys and girls who frequent this place are a friendly tribe and know the meaning of hard work. Its an incredible facility frequented by inspiring people.

Just wish I lived closer! Keep up the great facility and workshops guys!

Matt Shore Owner TRAIN STRONG PT Gym 28/08/2014