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Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Josh is the Assistant Manager & Senior Instructor at Palms Leisure Club. He qualified as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor in June of 2016 and after a drastic career change became a full-time member of the Palms team and has since gained a handful of experience as a Senior Fitness Instructor including gaining his Level 3 Personal Training Qualification in September 2017. At the end of 2018 Josh decided to go back into education and is currently studying for a degree in Sports Science with a hope of opening further doors within the sport and fitness industry.

Born in Beverley and raised in Driffield, Josh has always had a passion for cooking and worked as head chef at the critically acclaimed Stuarts of Driffield Fish and Chips Restaurant for well over 10 years. This has helped Josh in social aspects as he is experienced in customer service to a very high standard. In his spare time, he still works a Saturday shift in the Restaurant.

However, Josh’s life took a drastic turn in September of 2013 when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a physically and mentally debilitating disease that can affect any part of your digestive tract. Aside from being physically and mentally unwell, Josh chose to combat this by taking up regular exercise and fitness and, alongside 8 weekly treatments have since kicked Crohn’s disease into near remission.

Josh found comfort and a new lease of life in the gym and chose to train as a fitness instructor where he has found his true calling helping others like himself by showing them that health and fitness can change your life.

He has recently settled down and gained a mortgage in his hometown of Driffield with his partner and future wife Kirsty, where he has become a clean freak and spends most of his days off cooking and keeping his pride and joy looking pristine!! Alongside this, he spends most of his time with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier Daisy who enjoys trips to the beach and getting up to mischief!


Level 3 NVQ in Personal Training & Nutrition

Level 2 NVQ in Fitness Instruction

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Pre-Graduate)

Level 3 NVQ in Hospitality Management & Customer Service

Level 2 NVQ n Hospitality Management

Level 3 NVQ in Food Preparation & Cooking

Level 2 NVQ in Food Preparation & Cooking

Hobbies & Interests

Josh enjoys spending time and money (too much!!) with his partner. His favourite hobby is going out to eat! Aside from this, he also does a lot of charity work for Crohns and Colitis UK by running in such races as the Hull 10k recently and also partaking in The Great North Run and The Yorkshire Marathon in previous years.

Other interests include attending the gym, watching Rugby League (Hull FC are his team), Football (Tottenham Hotspur!), watching a good Netflix series, Long walks with the dog and occasionally Online Gaming.

Josh deems himself as an approachable individual who enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their stories. Feel free to approach Josh and have a chat about your health and fitness goals or even just for general chit chat (Any excuse to get the kettle on!!)



  • Aqua FitMon 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Aqua FitWed 7:00 am - 7:45 am
  • Dive In!Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Dive In!Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Water BabiesTue 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Water BabiesWed 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Dive In!Wed 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dive In!Mon 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm