Steve Benton

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
December 13, 2018

Steve has 24 years of experience within the sports and fitness industries with roles which have been both diverse and in-depth.

Steve has 26 years of experience within the sports and fitness industries with roles which have been both diverse and in-depth.

He has been responsible for the setting up and management of many Health and Fitness clubs – both independent facilities as well as in the corporate hotel sector (Rank). During this period he was increasingly specialising in the staff training and recruitment aspects of the fitness industry and it was a logical step when in 1991 he was invited to take up a post at Farnborough College of Technology, lecturing in Sports Coaching and Instructor Training.

In 1995, Steve moved into consultancy roles to take up offers to coach elite level athletes. The next 4 years proved highly successful as he helped and coached competitors in gymnastics, running, cycling and bodybuilding, to achieve their goals – the majority at international level. These varied from multi British Sports Aerobics champions Helen Carpenter-Waters and Alastair Rates who became GB’s only ever medallists at World level to Nick Bourne who became the first man ever to run the length of Africa, at times averaging 40 miles a day.

In 1999, Steve moved into motorsport as he joined Prodrive, the Banbury based motorsport and engineering company who were/are responsible for running high profile teams in Formula 1 (BAR), World Rallying (Subaru) and Touring Car and GT racing (Ford, Ferrari). As Performance Trainer he was responsible for all aspects of Driver Event Preparation (from fitness, nutrition and medical to lifestyle management). During this period, Alain Menu became British Touring Car Champion in 2000 in the Ford Mondeo and Richard Burns famously became the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship in 2001.

In 2002, Steve became a Director of Elite Sports Performance Ltd., continuing to coach in elite level motorsport (Richard Burns at Peugeot) but also moving back into preparing athletes in other sports such as Cycling and Distance Running.

In 2004, and following long periods out of the country, Steve returned to the UK to concentrate on working with the general public and club athletes as well as re-kindling his own competitive cycling career, competing in Masters categories.

The past 8 years have also seen him continue to work with Elite athletes – assisting the strength & conditioning preparation of Team GB’s leading Synchronised Swimmers as well as some of Sweden’s leading cyclists, particularly working closely with Paris-Roubaix (the worlds toughest one day race) and Tour de France stage winner, Magnus Backstedt.

To date, Steve has helped prepare/coach athletes to 25 World and National titles in 5 different sports.

At the beginning of 2013, Steve took up the full time exclusive position of Team Coach with Team UK Youth Pro Cycling Team (owned by Nigel Mansell) and who subsequently went on to become the UK’s most successful UCI Continental team to date.

Helen was inspirational when I went to her for Life Coaching. I began to regard events and happenings that caused me pain in a totally different way and the comfort that gave me was intense during some really life changing personal circumstances. It took me some time for her teachings to become a way of thinking for me - I'm still learning and putting into practice what I have been taught. I will always regard this experience as being a turning point in the way I view life's challenges. Thank you so much, Helen.
Liz Wheeler Basingstoke