Cheltenham-based, mum of 3 beautiful girls, aged 14, 4 and and a year old. My fitness career started way back in 1996, at the age of 18, when I started working in an American Fitness Centre in Hong Kong. It was the first of its kind back then in Asia and I loved being a part of the movement. I learned so much about strength conditioning and it was there that I found my passion for weight training – at last, a sport that I could get down with. I returned to the UK to go to Reading university and got a job at the uni gym and shortly after that, at a David Lloyd Club. Back then, however, I couldn’t really see a career for myself in the leisure industry. I wasn’t a qualified fitness instructor and I didn’t want to be a manager of a club either. Long story short, I spent the next 15 years carving out a successful career at Microsoft but my passion for fitness never wained. In 2016, after 15 years of working in a large corporate, I decided that it was time to pursue my passion for helping women to feel more confident, energised and armed to deal with the challenges that everyday life throws our way. I’m not a magician but I do firmly believe that through our minds, tummies and our muscles, we can feel physically and mentally stronger and more able to face the day, the sleepless nights, the school run, the rat race, the dramas and the unforeseen circumstances. Through good nutrition, we can stave off colds, stop feeling lethargic and generally feel happier. Through weight training, we can improve our bone density, increase our muscle mass, burn calories more efficiently and be fitter for our kids, families, jobs and our future.
I have tried just about every FAD diet out there over the last 20 years! I’ve suffered with body dismorphia that led to battling bulimia for 6 years and I put on over 63lbs when I was pregnant with my first child. I’ve been there. Whether you’ve disliked what you’ve seen in the mirror most of your life, whether you’re unhappy with how your body has turned out now, whether you’re fed up with feeling tired and unfit or whether you just don’t know how to feed yourself and your family for optimal health – it’s never too late to do something about it and I can help you. I’m not invincible, I gain weight as easily as the next woman but I choose to look after myself and 80% of the time, make the right choices when it comes to food. I’m ‘normal.’ I love a Big Mac (#ihavethisthingwithburgers) and can’t say no to a tube of Pringles washed down with several proseccos and a side helping of Oyster Bay BUT all in moderation. Whilst pregnant with my second child, I still put on (according to NHS guidelines, slightly-more-than-necessary) 48lbs but I weight trained throughout my entire pregnancy, took up pregnancy yoga and invested time into looking after myself. I remained very active and consequently breezed through pregnancy, had a homebirth and made a very speedy recovery afterwards. Now, 5 months after my 3rd child, which was my healthiest pregnancy yet but resulted in an emergency c-section, I am back to training and rebuilding my core strength, a bigger challenge post c-section. I love the changes to my body that pregnancy brings but I also love the challenge of getting strong again.
When I was 34, I decided to compete in my first physique competition and went on to gain my Pro status in September 2014. Throughout that journey, I learned a lot about myself and what our bodies are capable of. I also learned that to be lean and fit, no FADs or gimmicks are required. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest superfood or feel like you need to do some (often weird looking) exercise that your favourite influencer is doing but I’m here to tell you that your nutrition doesn’t need to be complicated and as for training, squat right, deadlift right, hip thrust right and bench press right and you’ll never need to do anything else.
Educated and continue to study with Burrell Education – world renowned leaders in Women’s Health Fitness & Nutrition, specifically in pregnancy, postpartum and menopause:
– Pelvic & Core Foundations Online Course 2017
– MetabolicMommy Online Member Jan 2018 onwards
Diploma in Swedish Body Massage – August 2017
Diploma in Aromatherapy Massage – August 2017
Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Coaching – passed with Merit 2016
Level 3 Diploma in Sports Nutrition – passed with Merit 2015