After working in sales for a number of years I decided that I needed a change in career. I initially qualified with the YMCA as an aerobics instructor in 2001 and then went to the University of East London in 2002 to do an Honours degree in Applied Sports Science (which was later changed to 4 pathways in year 2 – I followed the Fitness and Health pathway). While at university I became interested in exercise psychology and the positive effects exercise can have on mental well-being. During studies I took a part time job in supported housing to gain experience of working with people with mental health issues with a view to combining this experience to my work within the fitness industry.
After leaving university I worked part time with Oxleas NHS as a Physical Activities Coordinator running the gym and exercise programmes for the secure wards, and then as a PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression) tutor for Oxleas NHS teaching staff breakaways, restraints and conflict resolution. After my contract ended I decided that I would become self employed as a personal trainer working mainly with clients who experience mental health issues. I now offer sports massage alongside personal training sessions for all-round fitness and recovery. With my background in mental health and as a self employed instructor and therapist I have worked with clients from a number of backgrounds including ex military with PTSD, older clients and those with specific mental and physical health issues.
Education and Qualifications
BSc (Hons) 2:2 Fitness and Health (University of East London)
Exercise to Music (YMCA)
Gym Instructor (Discovery Learning)
GP Exercise Referral (The Wright Foundation)
Sports Massage (VTCT)
BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Advanced Level 3 Instructor
The SMA (The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists)
First Aid Certificate.
Professional Indemnity Insurance