About Me

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 teaching NHS staff  breakaways, restraints and conflict resolution. After my NHS contract ended I decided to a become self employed personal trainer and fitness instructor. 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 helping clients improve and maintain flexibility, stability and movement.

Michelle Ward
Michelle Ward
Charity run raising money for Combat Stress
Charity run for Combat Stress

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)
Acupressure and Natural Face Lift Massage (London School of Massage)

Professional Memberships

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)

Additional Information

First Aid Certificate: Expires July 2024
Professional Indemnity Insurance: £1 Million
Public Liability: £5 Million