Hi, if we haven’t met before this is me. I have a love / hate relationship with this punchbag: I hate the amount of skin it removes from my knuckles and elbows and I love how it shows me that I need to improve my punches and elbow strikes. So I can get better.
I have been into sports since I can remember, in fact my mum sometimes mentions that I cartwheeled my way into this world when I was born. I have since been a gymnast, jazz dance performer, choreographer and pole fitness student & teacher. I also studied different styles of martial arts over a 38 year span and I was blessed to have had the opportunity to train with world champions all over the world.
I used to work in Corporate, my last role was as Company Secretary and Head of Finances for a local group of companies. When that came to an end I decided to follow my heart and help others enjoy their fitness journey as much as I do.
And I do enjoy it. I have even come to love being the oldest person in the room when I try something new!
Being active and moving around is when I am at my happiest and it’s not just because of the endorphins. I truly enjoy exploring the art of movement and pushing myself to new limits. Actually as I am now middle aged it’s more about getting as close as possible to the old limits I left behind 30 or 40 years ago. I tried knitting but, although it cost me 3 years of being crippled, I’d rather do Parkour and shove two fingers up to my decaying bone density.
Like most of my clients I struggled with my weight all my life. Slight chubbiness never stopped me from achieving my fitness goals, it just made it harder to bend like a pretzel when the occasion called for it. I always hated the fact that I never seemed to be able to get rid of my pot belly and overhang despite going on punishing diets or doing insane amounts of weight lifting and HIIT workouts.
How I turned it around
A few years back I discovered that I carry the “superfat” gene but, unlike other members of my family, the rest of team DNA manages to keep the little bugger under control. At least to a certain extent.
Being willing to go the extra mile to make that a complete turnaround I invested a ridiculous amount of time and resources (£££££’s) into learning as much as I could about the female metabolism and how hormones influence our ability to burn unwanted fat. Especially after a certain age.
This was a rather steep learning curve but eventually it led me to have curves in all the right places in my 40s that I still keep in my 50s. And without too much effort either. I love exercising but I am not a fanatic. I’d rather have fun than feel the need to puke from the exhaustion.
The results of my smart choices speak for themselves and although some people bitch about the fact that I am not ripped they forget that it is not a requirement to live a happy, active and fulfilling life.
Most of my clients feel the same way too. In over a decade helping others achieve and surpass their fitness and fat loss goals I only had a dozen ladies ask for the fitness model look. Eleven ran away when they found out how they had to eat and exercise to look like that, the other one was game and at 42 she was the fittest woman on the beach.
How I help my clients, i.e. you
I like to keep things simple. My clients also like it when I make something amazingly complicated simple. But effective. It’s a win win scenario.
As well as having a wealth of experience in fitness I have a strong background in psychology and holistic therapies. This allows me to help my clients discover their winning mindset and be inspired to transform into the healthiest, happiest and most fabulous versions of themselves. At times this looks a lot like cutting through BS but in the end it changes people’s perception of what it takes to achieve results that seemed totally unreasonable at the start. Whilst honouring their bodies, of course.
I know very well that “one size fits all” methods for fitness or weight loss don’t work for everyone, that’s why I teach clients how to read their metabolism so they can work with their natural tendencies to adapt any program they decide to try to their needs. Regardless of whether they are trying to improve their fitness or loose some weight.
When I am not busy working with clients I enjoy writing and developing websites. I seem to be doing this a lot, as well as publishing blogs, writing books and sending out newsletters I occasionally write for others. Oh, and let’s not forget my latest adventure: podcasting. I am terrible at it but I am confident that with consistent practice I will soon be bad, and one day hopefully good.
Give it a try at no cost?
If are curious about what it’s like to work with me but you don’t want to commit to a whole conversation yet, here is a quick and easy way to get a taste for it. As soon as you send me your details I will send straight to your inbox my best tips to ensure your fitness success. They’ll keep on coming for a few weeks just so you don’t get overwhelmed. You will also be subscribed to my newsletter which I send out once or twice per week, depending on what’s going on in the world that I feel will be useful to you.
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