Dont Tone ALone
About us

About Us

Fitness for All

At Don’t Tone Alone, we believe that health and fitness should be accessible to all, and so we work with all members of the community.

Training with Don’t Tone Alone will improve your knowledge of how to achieve the fitness goals you desire, AND give you the tools to reach them.

“Following the sessions, I now have a challenging yet manageable training programme, which I hope to maintain. I find that the lifting and moving tasks I carry out every day are actually becoming easier for me…”
Don’t Tone Alone Client, 54 years

Don’t Tone Alone is keen to keep you motivated to exercise and will look for options a variety of options to keep you on the path to success. Your goals are our goals, and together we will succeed. You are not alone, so Don’t Tone Alone!

Meet the Trainers


Chris Robertson


Chris started Don’t Tone Alone because he wanted to bring health and fitness services to everyone, especially those who would benefit from them the most.

Educated up to an MSc degree, Chris holds numerous certificates in a number of fitness disciplines and specialises in weight management as well as functional strength training. Learning and putting these studies into practice is his backbone.

It’s not all work and no play though, as he loves his rugby, beach volleyball, swimming, cycling and generally any chance to get out in the sun! His most recent interests include obstacle races and triathlons.

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Fran Bakovic

Fran’s MSc background in Kinesiology means he is always researching the most effective ways to train the body. Extremely motivated to ensure clients get the most out of his sessions and as a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor he believes that he can give clients a range of exercises no matter the environment or training tools provided. Originally from Croatia, but having moved all over the world, he speaks a number of languages including Chinese. Fran believe that being a student of the world makes every session with him a chance to learn, not only develop your fitness.


Ignacio Portelli (Nacho)


Originally from Argentina, Nacho has over 10 years experience in providing health and fitness services.

Formerly a rugby player and a national champion at Judo, Nacho has played sport and coached fitness in across the Americas and the UK.

Nacho is passionate about helping others and a strong believer that fitness should be accessible to all, making his sessions personal, fun and making you wanting for more!


Sam Williams


For Sam exercising isn’t just about being able to reach that target weight or increasing that one rep max. It’s about using exercise to make every day tasks more manageable. Sam lives for the difference that she makes to her client’s lives whether it’s carrying shopping more easily or being able to handle stairs easier.

Sam loves her football and beach volleyball. Although competitive in nature, Sam has a calm manner about her guaranteed to put the most nervous at ease… just don’t cross her on a beach volleyball court!


Sandra Powell


Sandra’s wealth of experience running exercise to music classes including Body Conditioning and Zumba classes, makes her especially good at improving her clients coordination while enhancing their aerobic fitness.

When bouncing around to music is not on the agenda, Sandra is a level 3 qualified Pilates instructor and prides herself on designing programmes that are challenging yet relax the mind and body simultaneously.

Having worked with many young people, like the other instructors, Sandra finds that she is a great motivator for all ages and always finds new ways of making fitness fun and enjoyable for both groups and individuals alike.


Francisco Canizo


Martial Arts fanatic Fran began training in 2006. After noticing a difference in both mind and body he decided to qualify as a level 3 instructor offering fun and personalised cardio workouts using martial arts techniques. He finds these effective when clients ask him for great for weight loss programmes especially, but loves throwing in functional resistance training to make you stronger for everyday activities.

Additionally as NLP practitioner Fran’s skills guide clients to becoming and remaining self-motivated in an approach specific to you. 


Michelle Ballantyne

Weight Management Trainer

Outgoing and multi-talented, psychology graduate, Michelle has always been weight conscious. After being part of Weight Watchers, Light Life and trying more diets than hot dinners, Michelle realised that the reason her weight would fluctuate so much was due to a lack of mindful eating and knowing how to manage her diet in a way that’s sustainable for her. Now Michelle uses her wealth of experience to help others do the same and enjoys an active lifestyle as a result. You’ll regularly find her in the gym and more recently in Obstacle Course races.