Tom alden

Tom, a former Royal Marine, is the founder of both Commit2Inspire and TLA Fitness.

As a Royal Marine, Tom experienced a number of operational tours across the globe including Afghanistan and Iraq at just 19 and 20 years old. In 2004, Tom resigned from the Royal Marines and travelled around South-East Asia pursuing his lifelong passion of scuba diving before going on to train with an elite group of natural mountaineers from the Indian mountaineering Association in the Himalayas. On his return to Oxfordshire, Tom set up TLA Fitness which now boasts a team of instructors all working uniquely with individuals and groups on different aspects of fitness, from social and well-being to bespoke programmes to support client's personal goals. Tom's ethos is to lead by example and he regularly demonstrates the benefits of personal challenges and the strength of self-discipline through the various adventures and expeditions completed. These include rowing 3000 NM across the Atlantic Ocean and running 250+km across the Sahara Desert in the Marathon des Sables.

In 2017, Tom set up Commit2Inspire, a business that designs and delivers talks and workshops aimed at a broad range of audiences. Schools, colleges and businesses work with Tom to support their organisations and individuals to identify and unlock any hidden and dormant potential!

Last book you read?
The Rules of Life – Richard Templar

Your heroes include …?
Col. Chris Hadfield, Sir Edmund Hilary, Ernest Shackleton, Mike Stroud and Richard Colley(!)

Favourite line from a film?
“The name’s, Bond. James Bond”

Best day at work (so far)?
Opening my own private fitness training studio in January 2013.

Who makes you laugh?
My wife – both at and with her!

Last journey you took?
Training up on the Cairngorm’s Plateau for my upcoming Yukon Arctic Ultra expedition – December 2017

What’s on your desk?
A magnum of Laurent Perrier and Minuty Rose (both unopened), a printer and an ice-axe.

How do you deal with stress?
I take my dog, Jess, out running to cleanse and clear my mind or I go out for a nice meal with my wife.

3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Colonel Chris Hadfield, my Grandma Betty and Ian Fleming.

 Favourite place?
Middle of the Atlantic Ocean.