About me

 

I have had a keen interest in sport and exercise since a young age and rowed, ran and played netball for my school, college and university. Some of my highlights included competing alongside Mo Farah in cross country at county level and achieving a top 25 GB ranking for 1500m. My training at Oxford for the University Boat Race against Cambridge took up to 30 hours a week, all whilst studying for a degree in physiology and psychology, so am familiar with the need to fit exercise around a busy schedule. This training consisted of circuits, weights, running, erging and (of course) rowing; so you can rest assured that I know only too well how to regularly push the body to the hardest level.

 

After graduating university I became a keen cyclist; completing numerous sportives, 6 London to Paris’ and an amateur stage of the Tour de France. As my body aged, so did the need to work harder to maintain good mobility and avoid injuries, which is how my love affair with Pilates started. Since discovering it in 2006 I have consistently practiced and when I decided to become a Personal Trainer it was a no brainer that this would be one of the first qualifications that I would gain.

 

I am passionate about Pilate’s ability to (in the words of an infamous beer ad) train the areas of the body that other exercises can’t reach; improving balance, reducing the risk of injury all while having the added benefit of helping to create a long lean dancers physique.

 

Keen for a new challenge, I started competing in triathlons in 2011. While the bike and the run were familiar territory for me, the idea of a 750m open water swim was terrifying and my front crawl required many hours in the pool re-working my technique. I am therefore altogether aware of the emotional, as well as physical, demands that new sporting challenges can face and have worked with a wide range of clients: from keen, high level, amateur athletes to women of retirement age, who have not worked out since the birth of their 4th child – 30 years ago!

 

In my previous life, I was a Fundraising and Events manager for a sports foundation, where I managed fundraisers participation in sporting challenges such as climbing Kilimanjaro or running the London Marathon. As part of this, I not only participated in most of the events myself, but I also helped guide fundraisers through the process – including developing suitable training programmes.

 

More recently, I have become an official Elliptigo enthusiast. An Elliptigo is basically a X-trainer on wheels and enables you to run without impact. Click here if you would like to book a test ride with me.

Qualifications

 

Professional

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer (distinction)

  • Level 3 Mat Pilates

  • Kettlebells Instructor

  • Functional Equipment Trainer

  • Suspension Trainer

  • Pre and Post Natal Exercise

  • Circuits Training

  • Vertical Fusion Pilates

  • Nutrition and Weight Management

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor

  • Wilderness First Aid

 

Academic

  • BA Hons Physiology & Psychology (MA Oxon)

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