After working in sales for a number of years I decided that I needed a change of career. I qualified as an aerobics instructor in 2001 and then went to the University of East London in 2002 to do an Honours degree in Fitness and Health. 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 at Oxleas NHS as a Physical Activities Coordinator running the gym for the secure mental health wards, and then as a PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression) tutor for teaching NHS staff breakaways, restraints and conflict resolution. After my contract ended at Oxleas I decided that I would become self employed as a personal trainer. In 2017 I decided to add sports massage to my qualifications for all-round fitness and recovery.
Now I am in my 50’s my focus is on training the fundamentals of functional fitness, flexibility and stability to help maintain and improve movement and balance through the ageing process.
Education and Qualifications
BSc (Hons) 2:2 Fitness and Health (University of East London)
Exercise to Music (YMCA)
Gym Instructor (Discovery Learning)
Personal Trainer (Discovery Learning)
Exercise and Older Adults (YMCA)
GP Exercise Referral (The Wright Foundation)
Mental Health and exercise ( The Wright Foundation)
Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage (VTCT)
BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Activity)
FitPro (Fitness Professionals)
The SMA (The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists)
First Aid Certificate: Expires June 2021
Professional Indemnity Insurance: £1 Million
Public Liability: £5 Million