Seán Laidlaw was in service as a Bomb Disposal Searcher for 6 years and only returned to Hornchurch in May last year (2014). When he returned to Hornchurch he set up a Personal Training Business. He told us about his time in Afghanistan:
My first tour of Afghanistan was 7 Months and I was part of a Joint team, half American Air force EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and half Royal Engineer EOD Tactical Search team, and we formed the High readiness force. Our duties included us getting a call, jumping on our dedicated Helicopter and jumping into the area we were needed. It was usually to deal with an I.E.D (Improvised explosive device) or support a mission, we would usually be tasked out of Camp Bastion but this changed very quickly where we would be given a job and left there due to lack of a helicopter, then get another call elsewhere and spend weeks jumping from job to job.
My first I.E.D find was after weeks of finding nothing, constantly digging up and finding nothing and then all of a sudden an all familiar looking device in the ground. The adrenaline and nerves kicked in then all of a sudden the Insurgents opened fire, whilst I’m laying on the floor with a Bomb inches from my face. They say you always remember your first and I can safely say I always will.
Towards the end of Seán’s career he usually instructed his troops in Physical Training and found that he really enjoyed it
When he got home he found that he put on a bit of weight:
Once I had a wake up call of trying to run 5k, I decided to loose the weight I’d gained and
After seeing my success a few of my friends asked if I would train them and we had really good results and I enjoyed doing it. So it was a natural progression to become a personal trainer
Seán now offers Personal Training at home in Hornchurch, Brentwood and Chelmsford and all the surrounding areas of Essex. Specialising in weight loss and fitness improvements, Sean offers our discounted introductory starter package, the Six Week Promise, as the perfect way to kick-start your training.
Contact At Home fitness on 0800 977 4154 or 0121 439 5616 to talk about what you want to achieve. You can also check our Seán’s personal At Home Fitness page here