About us

Going it alone is tough and that’s why we’ve been helping people in the Vale feel fitter, healthier and happier in the great outdoors since 2013!

Mark Lloyd (Owner)

Lloydy is the Founder of Brawd so he’s passionate about doing this “exercise thing” slightly differently to everyone else and in living life the Brawd way.

“My job is to make sure you’ll love training with us, have fun and get fit. I also want you to laugh a lot so that you want to come back for more!

The idea is do die young as late as possible”

Taylor Owen Mason

Taylor is an accomplished adventure athlete & has had a massive fitness transformation.
He pushed a tractor tyre up Pen-Y-Fan & set the worlds first record for the most sledgehammer slams in 24 hours. He transformed his lifestyle dropping 45kg after growing up obese. This change influences his approach to ‘fitness’ as a physical & mental lifestyle.
Taylor’s a jack of all trades drawing upon loads of different sources & training modalities like martial arts, weightlifting & far more to train you in everything from steel maces to animal movement.
He’s also a professional photographer so remember to say cheese!

Tom Jennings

Tom has always found exercise has the ability to improve how he feels both physically and mentally. Tom finds that sharing these benefits through Brawd is extremely rewarding and watching people take it on and battle their own adversities is extremely gratifying.

Basically making people live happier lives makes Tom happy.

Craig Nichol

Craig has been working in the fitness industry 20+ years. He Has obtained both Lvl 3 Personal Trainer and Lvl 4 specialist qualifications so he can work with customers in areas of Cancer, Stroke and Mental Health. He has also been awarded Kettlebell and Suspension Trainer instructor qualifications.
Craig has always kept himself fit and active over the years. Running long distance with the occasional 5km distance for a quick session.
He took on a challenge where he ran the National 3 Peaks with a team, raising money for charity. Starting at Ben Nevis, and finishing at the bottom of Snowden. It took 4 days and covered over 100 miles to reach the end. It was just over a marathon a day. He called it his midlife crisis.
Craig loves working with people and encouraging them to change their lifestyles. To witness them achieve their goals and being happy within themselves, physically and mentally is one of the most rewarding aspects of his job and one of the reasons he enjoys what he does.

Nic Peters

Coach Nic started her Brawd journey as a member back in 2015. 2 years in and following a complete body and lifestyle transformation Nic joined the team as one of our coaches in 2017, enhancing her knowledge by qualifying in sports massage in 2018.
Like most members of the Brawd community she loves a challenge, taking on many mountain challenges over the years including the Welsh and National 3 Peaks. She loves to run and has completed various distance races but most proudest of building up to and completing a 32 mile ultra marathon.
Her love for the outdoors is reflected in her coaching style in one of our weekly outdoor wild bootcamps. Coaching groups in and around the various beauty spots in the Vale using the stunning surroundings as her backdrop, Coach Nics bootcamps are energetic, fast passed but most of all fun!