MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (Loughborough University)
BSc (1st Class Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (The University of Hull)
Diploma in Personal Training (Premier Training International)
Alex is a Doctoral Researcher at The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His main research interest is the career-long professional learning of fitness professionals (e.g. fitness instructors and personal trainers), and its impact on the lives of exercise participants.
Alex’s research is founded on over five years of experience working in the fitness industry as an Advanced Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. His PhD is the first long-term research project to investigate the learning and development of Register of Exercise Professionals accredited fitness trainers in the UK. It is anticipated that findings from this research could conceivably result in improved practice by fitness trainers, employers and administrators alike, and have a significant impact on the fitness industry.
Sport and exercise pedagogy
The fitness industry
Qualitative research methods
Alex remains an active REPs accredited Personal Trainer.
De Lyon, A.T.C. & Cushion, C.J. (In Press). The acquisition and development of fitness trainers’ professional knowledge. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.
De Lyon, A.T.C. (2011). The acquisition and development of fitness trainers’ professional knowledge. Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Student Conference. Loughborough, August.
De Lyon, A.T.C. (2012). Fitness trainers’ learning and professional development: Where are we now, and where can we go from here? The University of Queensland, May.