What classes do you teach? not just at group fitness
Mash Up, Core, Indoor Cycling, Circuits, HIIT, Body Conditioning.
What year did you begin in the fitness industry and why?
2017, I’m the newbie! Having spent 10 years in the Navy I had a pretty active job, when I left 6 years ago I started an ‘office’ job and have been tied to a desk ever since.
I have struggled to settle with the change, and put on a lot of weight. I became anxious, this made me ill and I realised I needed to change.
I have always had a love for exercise and getting back into it has really helped me, and I can’t explain how much! I want to show & helps others that are struggling that you can do it, it’s not easy but well worth it!
What are your qualifications?
Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Indoor Cycling Instructor. L3 Personal Trainer and Ante & Post-natal adaptions for clients.
What advice do you have for those at a beginner fitness level?
DON’T GIVE UP! Starting is hard but restarting is worse….
The hardest part is pulling on your trainers and walking through the door, but we are all here to help.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of regular exercise?
Tons! For me not only has it helped me shed 3 stone but the mental benefits are massive. Whether you are a high-pressure business bod or a stay at home mum (which is just as pressured!) it helps give you the ‘head space’ and escape from routine.
What do you do for fun?
Act the clown! I love football and go to watch Derby County when I can, but most Saturdays you will find me at Greenwich Park with Ripley Town.
What type and style of music do you use in your classes?
Anything! As long as its got a beat to get you through and get you up for a work out it could be anything from indie rock to trance or pop to jazz! Open to taking requests to add to the playlists!
How do you get the best out people in fitness?
Empathise and encourage. Finding out why they are working out, relating to it if I can and use incentives and experience to spur them on. Visual tools are really good to give people incentives to push on.
Is nutrition important to you?
Yes! If you don’t eat right while training it will catch up on your body and impact your workouts. Whether your goals are weight based or strength based nutrition is just as important as the sweaty stuff. I am not strict though…..being to strict can have adverse effects so yes a cheeky G & T is always recommended!
What experience do you have and where?
This is my first job in the fitness industry, I also teach a class at Amber Valley Fitness Centre in Somercotes.
Do you prefer cardiovascular, HIIT or resistance training and why?
No preference they are all good workouts and are important to any training program. I used to think CV was the be all and end all, and getting out of breath was what it was all about. Resistance training is just as important though, it builds lean muscle, burns more fat and changes your body shape.
Do you do personal one to one training and if so what would a typical session consist of?
Yes, for me every session is different, everyone has different goals they want to get out of training and a session should be tailored to those goals.