Client Testimonials


“Phil Richards has a ton of experience as an elite strength and conditioning coach. I’ve worked with many athletes/coaches over many years and his credentials are second to none, it was a no brainer getting him involved with my strength and conditioning program getting me ready for my big fight.”

Eddie The Beast Hall – World’s Strongest Man

“People from all over the world come to Westside for advice about how to improve strength and conditioning programs. One coach who led the way was Phil Richards, former Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Worcester Warriors. Phil used a Westside System to achieve a 26 and 0 season for the Warriors. Phil wrote a book outlining how he used the system so successfully. After coaching, Phil turned his attention to super nutrition.”

Louie Simmons – Westside Barbell

“Having my bloods done with Phil Richards contributed significantly towards me becoming the World’s Strongest Man, from the very comprehensive blood chemistry analysis that Phil carries out he was able to advise me on exactly what supplements I needed and also the best nutritional strategies for maximising my performance”.

Eddie The Beast Hall – World’s Strongest Man

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“Working with Phil was fun, exciting and always interesting. I didn’t ever really know what was next. He keeps sessions varied and challenging at all time’s. With emphasis on specific performance drills that are relevant and not allowing you ever to feel safe or comfortable in a session.”

Martyn Ford – Actor & Bodybuilder

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“I first met Phil when Interned with him multiple times doing his strength and conditioning courses which were awesome and since then Phil has been my go-to encyclopaedia for ANYTHING health-related. Having worked with Phil in different capacities over the years it’s safe to say his knowledge surrounding health/hormones is second to none. No matter how complex the question he always has an answer. Thanks Phil for your on-going help.”

Nina Ross – IFPA Pro Figure athlete

“Phil made me not only think more, but also take action on my eating habits and training methods and opened my eyes to a whole new approach to being the best I could be. Too often athletes don’t consider the importance of nutrition and what effect this can have on their performance. Working with Phil made me approach how I ate in a completely different way and I benefited from it hugely becoming faster, stronger and a healthier person and athlete.

Phil’s approach to strength work resulted in me changing how I programmed my triathlon training schedules and as a result saw improvements. Understanding the importance of absolute strength as well as sport specific work and energy systems again made me not only a better athlete when I was racing but also now as a triathlon coach helping others. Phil’s knowledge is second to none and someone I will always be grateful for and continue to follow as he continually researches and improves his knowledge which is for the benefit of everyone else. Thanks Phil, you passion and ‘no BS’ approach to nutrition and strength is what makes you one of the only ‘real people’ in the industry and why you get the results.”


“After having struggled for months with my health, I knew something was up. I would train endlessly, push my limits, committed more than most and still was finding myself getting weaker and feeling less and less motivated each day.

This was the time I decided enough was enough, having had my results from Phil only a month ago, I’m already feeling the best I have for years. The ability to zoom in and find out exactly what is wrong with you is priceless. I have and will recommend Phil to my friends and family as he literally has changed my energy for life.”

Martyn Ford (Bodybuilder & Actor)

“Phil’s experience in top-level sport and dealing with health problems makes him uniquely qualified to bring the best nutritional information into the athletic world. His training methods are simple – direct & brutal and would increase the standards of world sport if applied more widely. 10 days with Phil Richards changes my future as a strength coach.

His tough love wisdom put me on a new path for the coming season where I was the strength coach for the 2013 premiership winning Sydney Roosters. I don’t think we would have done it without Phil’s influence.”

Keegan Smith – head Strength and Conditioning Coach Sydney Roosters

“Phil changed the way I approached strength, conditioning & nutrition which had a big effect on my performance.”

Gary Speed – Professional Footballer & Wales Manager

“I have known Phil now for a number of years. His drive, passion and commitment to be the best far exceeds that of his peers. Over the past 15 years Phil has tirelessly sought out the best practitioners worldwide to learn from, all at his own expense. I can confidently say that he is now at the forefront of conditioning and nutrition practices both in professional sport and respective to general health of the public. I had the pleasure of working closely with Phil during the 2006-7 season as Leicester Tigers almost became the first club to win every available trophy, narrowly missing this goal by losing the final game of the season. Phil’s contribution that season was invaluable. I would highly recommend Phil to any sporting organization in the world today.”

Craig White (Performance Director British Lions, Wales, Wasps & Leicester)

“Phil has made me do sessions and when I have finished them I don’t know where my head is. But it is good to feel like that because in a fight because in a fight I know I will feel like that at some stage. I have never felt pain or exhaustion that I feel with Phil. There have been some sessions that have been so tough, I wanted to hide in a corner because there were another five sessions to do. He takes you to an uncomfortable zone but I need to know how I feel when I am in it. I feel more focused than ever, stronger than ever, too.”

Amir Khan – Professional Boxer & former world champion

“I have no doubt that my performances have only benefited from the nutritional aid given to myself from Phil, and also the supplements that Phil has provided has also gone a long way to helping my performances improve so much.”

Danny Talbot – Team GB Sprinter

“Probably the most life changing supplements I have bought into my game. They have helped me get deep sleep when I really need it. I feel great when I wake up on game days, I feel re-vitalised and my head is clear, which definitely helps me because last year it used to take me a few holes to get going. I am currently leaner, stronger and I am happier than ever in my sport. I have had a taste of what it feels like to be really healthy and now I am more food and health conscious, I’m more energetic and I have better mental clarity.

Amy Boulden – Professional Golfer 2014 Rookie Of The Year

“Phil has such knowledge in the field of strength and nutrition that working with him it took just 3 months to improve my performance so much that it helped me make that step into international rugby.”

Nick Easter – Professional Rugby Player Harlequins & England (Former Captain, 54 caps)

“Phil opened my eyes to new training techniques and dietary information which has been a huge help in my career. His gym sessions made a massive difference to my power and strength and his team training sessions enabled us to bond closer as a squad and helped us work harder.”

Kai Horstmann – Professional Rugby Player Exeter Chiefs

“Having played 72 times for the All Blacks I thought that I had been exposed to all the training and nutritional programs that were out there – Phil has given me a new understanding on how to train and nourish myself so that I can achieve high level performances week in week out and have a true edge over my competition.”

Andrew Mehrtens – Professional Rugby Player Harlequins and New Zealand (70 caps)

“I was lucky enough to work with Phil at the Worcestor Warriors. In his time there he provided our team with a hard edge physically and mentally that allowed us to compete in the Premiership. His strength, nutrition and fitness program pushed us all to achieve the best results that we were capable of.”

Drew Hickey – Professional Rugby Player Worcester Warriors

“I first interned with Phil in 2006 and have completed multiple internships with him since then. The main reason I continually go back to learn from Phil is because like all top coaches he is constantly evolving and expanding his knowledge. His methods of preparing athletes at the top level of professional sport has certainly shaped the way I now prepare sports people at the top. If you are a strength coach or nutritionist looking to bring your athletes or clients to the next level, I would definitely recommend an internship with Phil.”

Oliver Cummings – Strength and Conditioning Coach

“As a professional rugby player I trained under Phil Richards from 1995 to 1998, during this time I received one on one coaching on all aspects of physical conditioning, including supplements, diet, resistant weight training, plyometrics, speed, evasion and power work to name a few. I followed a detailed training schedule individualised to my needs. I improved in all physical aspects. Following this regime played a huge factor in me reaching my ultimate goal of playing for Wales.”

Rob Appleyard – Professional Rugby Player Cardiff and Wales (9 caps)

“Phil has taken strength, conditioning and nutrition to a level above everyone else. He is a pioneer and everyone now looks to him as he is setting the standards in professional sport.”

Ollie Richardson – Conditioning Coach Leicester Tigers

“If I had one wish to looking back as my time as a professional footballer it would be that I had met Phil Richards at the beginning og my career before my knee injury. When I met Phil my body fat was too high for professional sportman and I had the strength of a 12 year old boy. Not only that I had virtually no strength in my injured leg. The most dissapointing thing was that I had accepted my situation; I was finished, I had given up hope of a return to Premier League level. After working with Phil my transformation was nothing short of remarkable.”

David Thompson – Professional Footballer – Bolton Wanderers

“Since working with Phil my fitness has come on leaps and bounds. Phil has put me through things I thought my body couldn’t do after which I have been throwing up in the toilets! But, it has made me stronger mentally and physically. He also opened my eyes about aspects of my lifestyle, what I put into my body – food and drink alike, he has made me mentally and physically sharp, feeling the best I’ve ever felt and able to push my body to the next level.”

Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks

“With all the diets I have tried, in the hopes of enhancing my performance, nothing comes close to what Phil has shown me. My body feels cleaner and more efficient and my performance levels are so much higher. Phil has opoened my eyes to how I should approach my nutrition and the positive effects it has on my own training.”

Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy – MMA Fighter

“Phil showed me how to apply myself to my training with dedication and hard work, but most of all, how I needed to undertake and show attention to detail to my diet and lifestyle. This maximized my potential on the field at a young age. Phil is truly at the top of his profession when it comes to strength, conditioning & dietary advice.”

Simon Whatling – Professional Rugby Player – London Welsh

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil. Throughout a decade of playing international rugby I utilised ideas I had gained from Phil during his timer as the conditioning coach at Swansea RFC. Tough training with fantastic results. Prepare to work hard.”

Colin Charvis – Professional Rugby & WalesPlayer (94 caps) British & Irish Lion (2 caps)

“Phil’s overall enthusiasm and tenacity to find the best practice in training and nutrition gives him an edge to deal with top athletes. He raised my attitude towards training massively and his effect on team mental toughness was easy to see and even easier to be a part of. His advice on well-being for top performance through nutrition is second to none.”

Ed O’Donoghue – Professional Rugby Player – Queensland Reds

“When I was captain of Somerset County Cricket Club I went to see a well-known nutritionist (Phil Richards) in the UK. “You’re very fit, aren’t you? But I can tell without even looking at your blood sample that you’re not very healthy. I can see it in your face and your eyes. It happens to people who constantly train hard. They end up wearing their bodies out and become unhealthy. He went on to explain the importance of getting the balance right between training and recovery, and then showed me how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining great health.”

Justin Langer – Australian Cricket Legend

“When I first met Phil back in September 2011 I thought I was reasonably educated and well read in the field of health and nutrition however, I was soon blown away by the know;edge I gained from Phil both on a health and nutrition perspective which he also would deliver in a digestible way that my understanding and my own performance progressed to another level.”

Nina Ross – Miss Fitness UK

“Phil, with your comprehensive background in live blood analysis and athletic training you’re a top address in the sport world; but for anyone else who wants to get the best out of himself the right way, without harming the body, they should book you as well.”

Dr Eddy Betterman MD

“Phil Richards contribution to Worcester Warriors was phenomenal, his training methods ferocious and under his expertise Worcester became one of the most physical teams in the premiership.”

Pat Sanderson – Professional Rugby Player – Worcestor Warriors & England (16 caps)

“Phil Richards is one of the select few chosen to be an ambassador of the Westside Barbell System in Europe. Through his multiple internships, sporting success and seminars he has clearly shown a high level of competency in teaching the Westside methods. Phil also brings a new dimension to the industry with his revolutionary supplements of which have greatly improved my overall health in a short space of time. I am proud to have Phil Richards to be among the hand selected Westside certified gyms and ambassadors”

Louie Simmons – Founder and Owner of Westside Barbell

“I have known and worked with Phil Richards for a number of years now. During this time I have always found him to be extremely knowledgeable on the subjects of training and nutrition. Those fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with him should take advantage of it.”

Charlie Francis – Former Olympian and Sprint Coach

“I definitely would not have won the UK’s Strongest Man 2008 & 2010 as well as Worlds Masters Strongest Man without the help of Phil. What he has taught me after 20+ years in the business has transformed me.”

Glen Ross – Britain & UK’s Strongest Man Winner

“To say I’m ready is an understatement. Many thanks to Phil and PRP. I noticed an immediate improvement in endurance and body composition using the PRP range.”

Alex Leapai – Professional Boxer

“Using PRP’s diet plan and supplements in the build up to my WBC International Silver World Title win. I felt like a totally different person in and out of the gym. Energy levels were at a massive high and my body fat levels dropped. My recovery was on another level and with PRP Supplements my sleep is always spot on. Waking up fresh, ready for a hard days training. Thanks very much!”

Shayne Singleton – Professional Boxer & held the WBC International Silver World Title

“Phil was an import part of a very successful Swansea rugby squad that dominated welsh rugby for a four year period, his contribution was enormous, he insured that we could compete physically with any other team in Europe.

Player have huge respect for Phil because of his desire and enthusiasm to help them be the best they can be. This ability was so important to the collective team effort in getting the best out of every individual.”

John Plumtree – Swansea Coach 1997 – 2001, Now Natal Sharks

“To be the besrt at your sport you have to be trained by the best. Phil’s knowledge on training and nutrition is the best I’ve come across and being trained by phil has given me a head start on all the other cricketers, not only in England but the rest of the world. I have never felt faster in my life since I applied Phil’s speed program.”

Steffan Jones – Somerset CCC & Northampton CC

“At Harlequins, I was fortunate enough to have Phil Richards as a strength and conditioning coach. Under his guidance I really benefited from his expertise on strength and nutrition and he really helped the team move up to the next level in the gym and on the rugby field.”

Stuart Abbot – England Rugby World Cup Winner 2003

“Phil Richards is one of the most knowledgable coach’s I’ve ever met, not only does he have knowledge he also, unlike a lot of people in the field of S & C, knows how to apply it.

I first met with Phil at Leicester Tigers Rugby Union in 2006, to which Phil with his superior knowledge on nutrition not only helped change the diet of the players but impose significant changes on their lifestyles. If anyone is serious about going into strength and conditioning then an internship with Phil is a must. I know I will be visiting him again in the near future.”

Chris Baron – Head of Strength & Conditioning at Warrington Wolves

“Having worked with some of the finest rugby league players in the world and the best in rugby union you have to keep up to date with all the latest most advanced training & nutrition methods around. Ever striving to give your players the edge over everybody else and make them the best they can become, were do you turn? Phil Richards, it’s really that simple. he is way ahead of anyone in the field of strength, conditioning & Nutrition.”

Paul Hatton – Hull Kingston Rovers FC Super League H&S

“Phil Richards in my opinion, pioneered performance nutrition in rugby. His influence on sports nutrition can now be seen across a broad range of sports. If anyone is serious about developing as an S & C coach they need to spend time with Phil Richards.”

John Dams – Head of Strength and Conditioning at Harliquins Rugby

“I have been fortunate to have worked with Phil over the last few years and i can honestly say Phil is the real deal! In my opinion he is one of the best strength, conditioning and nutrition specialists out there.”

Quinton Fortune – Professional Footballer

“Phil Richards’ knowledge of training and nutrition is above the rest and he can correct any athlete’s weakness by applying his superb level of knowledge and expertise”.

Dr. Eric Serrano – World Leading Hormonal Expert

“Thanks to the continued advice from Phil on my strength work, nutrition and supplements, I’m fitter, stronger and leaner than I have ever been! I cannot stress enough the need to be smarter with all aspects of your training and listen to what Phil has to offer…It’s helped me run personal best times at 33 years of age!”

Stuart Stokes – International Steeplechaser

“I have come across many of people that say they are an expert in nutrition. Yet, often they disappoint. Phil Richards, however, has spent an enormous amount of time researching and developing his knowledge. I can say without hesitation you will hear absolutely cutting edge information. In fact, if you want to become the golfer that you dream about, your’ll be seriously missing an opportunity if you do not look at what Phil delivers.”

Dr. Karl Morris – World’s Leading Golf Psychologist

“Having trained alongside some of the great Olympians and being coached by some of the best, I rate Phil’s knowledge and experience highly enough to confidently place him in this field of extraordinary people.”

Neil Taylor – England RFU Weightlifting Coach

“My biggest improvements were when Phil was strength and conditioning coach at Leicester Tigers.”

Ben Kay – Professional Rugby Player Leicester Tigers & England (62 caps) British & Irish Lion (2 caps)

“I have found the consultation Phil gave me and his advice since to be massively beneficial. It has helped me get into the best physical shape I have been in for years. It opened my eyes about the diets and food out there.

It is something I will be sticking to, even after sport, to stay healthy.”

Stuart Fielding – Wigan & Great Britain Rugby league

“Phil’s unrelenting appetite for knowledge in nutrition ensures his delivery is cutting edge, his ability to make an impact on teams and individuals is obvious.”

Alex Lawson – Strength and Conditioning at Newport Gwent Dragons

“Whether you’re a Sports Coach, Personal Trainer or an aspiring Health Coach interning with Phil Richards is one of the smartest investments you can make. What Phil does is show and teach you the art of leaving no stone unturned when assessing, applying and evaluating the markers needed to get someone healthy, happy and performing at their best. I personally interned with Phil on numerous occasions and the value I have got out of every session on every internship has been incredibly valuable. To become a world class health coach you have to understand the mechanics of health, Phil gives you in depth and practical ways to practice as a health coach. I’ve used his methods to coach world class sprinters to people making a start into becoming healthier.”

Benjamin Owen – Managing Director Fast Way To Fitness

“When it comes to training the injured player Phil is always sympathetic to the training restrictions of the specific injury but is able to formulate ingeniously programs to help them return to playing stronger, fitter nd more powerful then before, preventing the player becoming frustrated with the injury. In the 3 seasons that I worked with Phil he completely eliminated hamstring injuries through his unique methods for strengthening the posterior chain.”

Clare Woodward – Physiotherapist Worcester Warriors (2001-2006)

“My weight would yo yo despite eating a reduced carb and low cal diet and training excessively.I was fighting a losing battle. When I started working with Phil I learned several valuable lessons. Firstly our hormone systems are all interlinked so treating thyroid alone was not the answer. Secondly overtraining and under eating was making my problems worse. Thirdly stress and poor lifestyle choices were most likely underlying all my hormonal problems. I now feel brighter,more relaxed and optimistic about the future. I haven’t lost any weight but I have seen my body become tighter and stronger. As someone who has suffered from body image and atypical eating disorders for most of my life feeling more content with myself is a big achievement. I am still hoping to lose weight and become more toned but I know with Phil I can now achieve these goals.”

Dr Marie Cawley

“Phil’s knowledge of healthly living and nutrition is limitless. With his dietary advice and training techniques Phil transformed a squat of 40 professional rugby players into one of the most physical and dynamic outfits in the premiership. A very driven individual he strives to be the best and gets the most out of whomever he works with.”

Will Skinner – Professional Rugby Player – Harlequins & England

“I played some of my best rugby under phil’s strength & power training methods, he has superb knowledge to get you stronger, faster & leaner.”

Scott Gibbs – Professional Rugby Player – Swansea, Wales & British Lions

“I was very fortunate to have worked with Phil when I was at the Worcester Warriors. Phil’s training techniques were unique and cutting edge. His knowledgeabout correct nutrition is vast and in combination with his training techniques I can honestly say that I’ve never been as strong or as powerful as when I worked with ‘Phil The Power Richards’.”

Thinus Delport – South Africa / Gloucester & Worcester Warriors

“Phil was an important part of a very successful Swansea rugby squad that dominated welsh rugby for a 4 year period, his contribution was enormus, he insured that we could compete physically with any other team in europe.

Players have huge respect for Phil because of his desire and enthusiasm to help them be the best they can be. This ability was so important to the collective team effort in getting the best out of every individual.”

John Plumtree – Swansea Rugby Coach 1997-2001, Now Natal Sharks

“Having been coaching and learning for 7 years now, I have explored many avenues to give my athletes an advantage over their competitors. In 2011 I came across Phil for the first time, when I did a semi private internship with him. This opened me up to whole new world, in terms of training, nutrition and supplementation. What I believe sets him apart is his understanding of what goes on in the real world. He has not lost perspective like other well known names in the business. The support and guidance he has provided has been a huge part of Danny Talbot’s selection for the 4 x 100m at London 2012. We are hugely appreciative of what he has done for us and I will continue to incorporate his methods and supplements into my athletes programs for many years to come.”

Dan Cossins – Coach to Danny Talbot, GB Olympian London 2012

“As a former Olympian, I am gutted that I hadn’t met Phil when I was competing.  He has so much knowledge regarding diet and nutrition that I am hungry to learn more. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone wishing to lead a healthy life.  The information you will receive will open your eyes, and for me it was a definite wake up call.  The only thing I question is how much further in my sport I might have gone if Phil had been part of my team years ago.”

Michaela Breeze (Olympic Weightlifter)

“Phil’s knowledge of Strength & Conditioning, health and nutrition is second to none. His passion for knowledge is infectious, and if you want to learn about training teams at the top level your first port of call needs to be Phil. His products are phenomenal, and his nutrition plans will have you feeling better than you ever have in a matter of days. If you get the chance to learn with Phil or hear him talk then grab the opportunity with both hands, it will change your life.”

Ross Dewar (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Worcester County Cricket)

“Being 12 stone in the macho world of rugby wasn’t the ideal situation. But, having Phil and all of his knowledge & techniques behind me I had the confidence to compete and felt I could always punch above my weight.”

Arwel Thomas (Swansea & Wales)

“Phil Richards is a great strength and conditioning coach who will push you to your limits and beyond – his sessions are by far the hardest physical tests I ever experienced”

Ben Hinshelwood (Worcester & Scotland)

“What can I say, nice guy who’s great at his job! Back in my Swansea days, myself and Brian Lima (the chiropractor) were known as the Island boys of the team. Great thing about Phil is that he understood what kind of training worked for us as individuals from the Island culture and adapted our training to suit. Fittest I’ve ever been! Thanks for all the good times pal, all the best”

Sililo Martens (Tonga, Swansea, Sale Sharks, Scarlets)

“Phil Richards passion, experience and thirst for knowledge is second to none. His ability to understand individuals and continually push the boundaries for that extra edge, was instrumental in not only improving my performances but Worcester Warriors attaining and maintaining premiership status.”

James Brown (Worcester Warriors, England A, England 7’s)

“I was lucky enough to have Phil as an inspiring conditioner with a hard edge backed up by a wealth of knowledge. His terrific enthusiasm was infectious and totally got the best out of me. I was in the best shape of my life after being a pro for 10 years at that stage. After my internship with him in May 2009 my knowledge and thirst for building people up to feel the best they possibly can is at an all – time high. Thanks Phil.”

Mel Deane ex professional rugby player (Richmond, Sale, Harlequins & Connaught)

“At time you meet people who have an enthusiasm and an unclenching belief in what they know & more importantly are able to transfer it to the real world.  Phil Richards has definitely been that person for me.  During my time at Leicester Tigers we adopted a number of Phil’s recommendations, principles on how to combine strength, conditioning & nutrition to enhance player’s performance.  That squad made three finals that year too my mind Phil’s knowledge contributed to that performance level.  His work using blood microscopy appears to be some of the most exciting practical science out there.  For an athlete or coach, it is the most convincing assessment of nutrition that I have ever come across.  Above all when you hire Phil you are going to get the latest knowledge and not from normal sources.  Looking for the edge – hire Phil Richards.”

Paddy Mortimer (Performance Manager Chelsea Football Club Academy)

“Few people in the industry have the experience and passion for learning that Phil has – from when he gave me my first full time start in the industry with Bolton Wanderers FC. to watching him work hands on with teams such as Leicester Tigers and world class professionals like Amir Khan – if you get the chance to learn from him – take it”

Dr Fergus Connolly