Former Exeter Chiefs Captain
Fitness Matters Ltd Owner
Fitness Matters Indoor Rowing Founder and Performance Coach
Based in Exeter, Fitness Matters was founded by Personal Trainer Sam Blythe, a former professional rugby player with the Exeter Chiefs. The company operates a completely private, one-to-one personal training studio which also include a unique provision for indoor rowing.
Sam has a well established background in the sport of indoor rowing both as a performer, competitor and coach. He is one of a small group of non rowers to break the magical 6 minute barrier for a 2km, and at less than 5’10 in height, one of only a few to achieve that feat at under 6 foot tall.
In 2015 Sam took steps to expand the rowing side of his personal training business and Fitness Matters Indoor Rowing was founded. He currently now offers a wide range of services which include training and coaching (both 1:1 and virtually), operating a growing number of social media communities, as well as Captaincy of the FM Indoor Rowing Team, and hosting an increasingly popular 5km event on the race calendar.
A sporting CV’s go Sam’s is pretty lengthy, but specific to indoor rowing his achievements include:
- British Indoor Rowing Champion 2015 (30-39 HWT)
- English Indoor Rowing Champion 2015 (Open HWT) 2017 (40-49 HWT)
- Welsh Indoor Rowing Champion 2015 (Open HWT) 2018 (40-49 HWT)
- Scottish Indoor Rowing Champion 2018 (40-49 HWT)
- World Indoor Rowing Silver Medal 2017 (40-49 HWT)
- British Record Holder 10,000m (30-39 HWT)
Keep up-to-date with Sam’s training and thoughts on all things rowing via Instagram @samblythe, Twitter @FMPTExeter and his blog https://fmrowing.com/sam-blythes-blog/
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