Romain Layour

Personal Trainer and Urban Athlete Coach

Love life you live. Live the life you love.
— Bob Marley

About Romain

I am Romain. I have recently moved to Washington, D.C. from the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, where I have lived for the last 10 years as a swimming coach and personal trainer in marathon, biking, triathlon and overall fitness training. Born and raised in Normandy, France, my passion for sports and fitness began at the young age of 5. At the age of 16, I became a French National Level swimmer on a professional team where I swam 8-10 miles a day. This allowed me to become very strong in my physical abilities in sports, and in doing so I became nationally certified by the French Ministry of Sports in swimming and high level sports and fitness training. I later moved to Paris, France as a head swim coach and fitness trainer, before taking the leap and moving to the Caribbean to open a private swim school and team. This was a real life-changer. I learned English, met people from all over the world and explored different cultures.

For my personal fitness, I continue to challenge myself with new goals, whether it’s running the New York and Toronto marathon, to competing in long distance triathlons, or swimming across open water channels such as Anguilla to St. Maarten (5 miles) and St. Barth's to St. Maarten (24 miles).

My life in France and the Caribbean has opened new doors for me, including the opportunity to relocate to Washington D.C. where I joined Urban Athletic in July 2015.