sam barnes

Founder, Online Coach & Personal Trainer

• 7 years worth of knowledge on training, nutrition, and physique development.

• Level 3 Personal Trainer (2018)

• Passed Pre-Script's Barbell Coaching course under founder Dr. Jordan Shallow D.C. (2020)

• Attended The Muscle Mentors Exercise Mechanics 2 Day Practical Camp (2021)

• Integra Exercise Lab 2 Day Practical (2022)

• Owner of his own Personal Training facility

For as long as I can remember, sport has been a big part of my life. From a young age, I played football every week for a number of different clubs as well as attending trials for Leicester City FC.


As I began to transition into a teenager, my life began to change. My mental health took a huge decline, and my social anxiety was through the roof. Even with a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 13, things still didn't feel right.


One night in 2014 I found myself scrolling through YouTube, and came across a '2 Years On Testosterone' transition video. This was the moment my life changed forever, as everything I had been feeling for years and years suddenly began to make sense. I am Transgender.


Alongside of this, I also found myself stumbling across a bodybuilding magazine. I instantly fell in love with the idea of working out, creating my own programs, and sculpting my physique. 


I noticed that most teens of my age would train chest and arms once a month, and that was it. But I've never been someone who does something half heartedly and, from the get go, I wanted to perfect the craft of lifting weights and educating myself on nutrition and recovery. Working out is more than lifting dumbbells for an hour a few times a week. It's a commitment and something that I love with all my heart.


Sam Barnes Lifestyle FTM Fitness Personal Trainer Online Coach



My medical transition took a long time to happen. I spent a year with the Tavistock and Portman doing assessments. I was on Hormone Blockers for a year, went through fertility treatment and eventually began Testosterone in 2017, and had Top Surgery in 2018.


The one consistent thing in my life through out all those years was the gym. I’ve never looked back since I began training. It’s given me hope, love, courage and so much more. This is why I am a coach.


I took my Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and passed in the summer of 2018. Since then, I've spent hours studying, researching and being taught under some of the best in the industry, in order to develop my craft and become the best I can be.

Sam Barnes Lifestyle is a part of the positive change in standards within the industry. To be a coach and a personal trainer, you need to understand two things really, really well; anatomy and physics. Alongside of these two, I also make sure I'm up to date on the best practices around nutrition, sleep, recovery, and client wellbeing. This is a job I love with all my heart, but it's also one I take incredibly seriously. 


SBL is taking over and you have two choices; sit and watch from the sidelines, or be a part of what I'm building.