How did you find yourself in the world of fitness?
With a background in international corporate sponsorship and then running my own retail business, I have always looked to sport and fitness as a means of escape and a way to keep myself energised and in shape. Turning 40, I found I wanted a life change and a new challenge. I needed to have a better work/life balance and decided to pursue a career in fitness. I enrolled at the Bath University, gained my Diploma in Personal Training and never looked back.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated?
I believe that clients need to have varied programmes that will challenge and push them out of their comfort zones. I always try to establish realistic, achievable goals and identify their individual personal needs including a discipline or sport they are particularly interested in. It is crucial to give lots of encouragement, be a good listener and importantly to make the sessions fun!
Talk us through your training regime.
Where possible I try to train 5-6 times a week. I combine, gym sessions, with running, swimming, Pilates and Barre Core. I like to push myself and keep my training week varied. I have even been known to train on Boxing Day!
Do you follow a specific diet?
I am a foodie my nature and love to cook and entertain. I do however try to follow a low sugar, low carb diet with lots of fish, vegetables fruit and nuts. I love red meat but try to limit it to once a week. If I eat well my body feels well.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I try to read the latest articles from books, magazines and social media. The fitness industry is forever changing and promoting new ideas and it’s important to be aware of the latest developments. When possible I attend courses and seminars.
How do you balance work and a social life?
I try to socialise with friends at the weekend. Week days are very busy with work and managing my family commitments. I often train with friends during the week and try to squeeze in a sneaky post work out coffee and chat afterwards as a treat!
What are your top 4 trainer tips?
- Set realistic, achievable goals.
- Find a sport or discipline that you enjoy.
- Eat well using fresh fruit and veg and cook from scratch.
- Never give up.
If you could only give your clients one exercise, what would it be?
I would prescribe sumo burpees. These are exhausting but are a great all over exercise and ideal for glute strengthening.
What are your training aspirations?
As a busy trainer, mother and wife, I want to be able to balance training with home life. I want to increase my knowledge and ability, feel valued and be fulfilled. Most importantly, I want my clients to feel happy and feel the huge benefits of being fit and healthy.
Why work with Perfect Fit?
Perfect Fit is a friendly, personal and relaxed environment, where clients’ needs always come first. Clients can exercise and feel confident they are in expert hands at all times.