About Me: After graduating from University, I started working in a PR and Marketing agency. After a little more than a year at the firm, I quickly realised that a desk bound lifestyle didn't suit me, and I needed to look for a career with a more physically active role. I took the plunge and decided to get my personal training qualifications, to work in the health and fitness industry. From there I quickly learned that to stand out in the industry it was important to have an array of different skills, so I qualified in indoor cycling, ballet barre, and most recently yoga. Every day is different. What I love most about my job is the opportunity to work one to one, with a range of different people, to help them achieve their fitness goals, enabling them to live a more healthy, happy life.
Health & fitness background/expertise/training/qualifications I’m a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at The Harbour Club, Chelsea. I’ve been at the club for two years and work on a private basis with clients whose goals range from cycling events, weight loss and muscle gain to improved flexibility. My qualifications include Level 3 Personal Training, Indoor Cycling, Ballet Barre, Yoga and Pranayama Practice (breathing techniques to combat stress and anxiety).
Overall health & fitness goals: As a sufferer of both bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis) and liver disease, I've experienced first hand how important living a healthy lifestyle is for one's overall wellbeing. To that end, I want to continue to learn more about the natural ways to heal various ailments and illnesses using various herbal supplements and physical exercise.
If you could recommend doing one thing per day to keep you healthy & happy, what would it be?
Taking time to breath PROPERLY. You'd be amazed if you take the time to notice your breath, it is most probably very short and shallow, and only into the chest. Take time for at least 10 belly breaths per day. That means sending the breath all the way down to the stomach. Feeling the belly inflate on the inhale, and deflate on the exhale. You'll feel instantly more relaxed.
What keeps you motivated?
Making sure I don't enter into a relapse from my bowel disease. Therefore, health is KEY!
Top training tip?
Sorry to be a bore, but I'm going to refer back to breathing. Whether you're doing cardio or lifting weights, breathing properly will help you to push further, and lift heavier, for longer.
Favourite all time recipe?
Breakfast is always gluten free oats, with coconut milk, almond butter and honey.
Lunch, I'm obsessed with salmon. One salmon fillet with a drizzle of top quality olive oil and some Italian herb seasoning, wrap in foil and place in the oven for 15-20 mins. I always accompany it with coconut rice, long stem broccoli, and half an avocado for some good fats. Quick, easy, healthy AND delicious.
My fave dinner right now is a venison burger, topped with avocado. Served with sweet potato, or quinoa, and veg of choice is normally asparagus or again, long stem broccoli. The burgers are quick to grill, the sweet potato does admittedly take a little longer to prep, season and put in the oven. Prep for the veg, I always steam. Invest in a three tier steam pan, it's my lifesaver.
Who inspires you? My Mum. I feel grateful everyday to have such a special person in my life. She's the person who persuaded me to do my yoga teacher training qualification. I was lucky enough to spend a month in Thailand with her whilst we both completed the qualification. I continue to learn from her every day.
Who do you train with? When I'm doing an endurance cardio session I love training alone. I can plug my headphones in, and zone out to my favourite tunes. Cardio without music is IMPOSSIBLE. The beat helps to keep my pacing strong and consistent. HIIT training definitely requires a training buddy, so I normally to try and rope in one of my colleagues to help keep me motivated. For weight training, I have two gurus I always ask for advice, Scott White (@bodyopt) and Mark Sharman (@the_smart_pt) - these guys know their stuff, and I'm lucky enough to work with both of them!
What song/music/band most motivates you? Definitely dance or house music with a strong beat. I always try and stay on top of the latest tunes so that my Spin playlists are fresh and fun for my regular spinners.
What are you most proud of?
Sharing my experiences living with bowel disease in the press. Still to this day I receive messages from other sufferers who have seen my story, and they tell me how my experiences have helped inspire them to stay strong and positive, despite living with a debilitating disease.
What’s your favourite way to chill out/decompress etc?
Netflix and dark chocolate digestive biscuits.
Your favourite gadget?
My polar fitness watch. It's one of the old models so it only tracks heart rate and calories, but sometimes the simple ones are the best.