Glenn Parker may seem to be a fit, strong, determined man who produced one of the most outstanding body transformations with the help and guidance of Nick Mitchell, Ultimate Performance (UP), working for undoubtedly the World’s number one private personal training business, but this is a result of the Army and what happened whilst serving.
As an 18-year-old, he graduated from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, then progressed to join the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment with active service from 1999-2003.
Whilst serving, he was involved in a severe assault, which left him spending the next year in Army Medical Care. Whilst he went on to make an almost full physical recovery, he was however left with significant epileptic seizures as a result of his injuries, and to his great sadness, he could no longer serve in the Armed Forces.
During his time in various UK Military Hospitals, he received not only the best but also the most outstanding medical care possible anywhere in the world. His rehabilitation defined in him the belief that he could go on, despite medical opinion, and still lead a full, active, fit, healthy and strong life, be it away from the Army. He is proud of the career he has carved out for himself with UP since he left the Army, but he knows that’s where it all started for him and he is what he is today, in the most part because of what he learned there.
So it is now again his great privilege to be able to give back to those who, more often than not, find themselves in the same situation he was in more than 15 years ago – with life-changing injuries and having to find a life away from the Forces.
In December 2017, his partner and he raised over £18,000 for Help for Heroes after taking part in the Help for Heroes Everest Base Camp Challenge. His second fundraising challenge, in 2018, took the form of a 350-mile long cycle ride around the battlefields of France, Germany, and Belgium. Find out more about his fundraising efforts for Help for Heroes and what challenge he is planning to undertake next here.
He is currently a guest speaker on ‘Pathfinder’ courses for Help for Heroes, visiting Colchester, Tidworth and Plymouth to spend the day with veterans.His role as a guest speaker is to provide encouragement and motivation through the telling of his own journey through life, describing some of the incredible lows and also fantastic highs he has experienced. It means it can be quite emotional, for him and his audience, but the aim is to leave them on a high, to make them realise that there are better times ahead.