I’ve always enjoyed dancing and keep fit, so when I saw a poster to train as an exercise instructor I thought ‘Wow, I might be able to get paid to teach hobbies I love!’.
After successfully completing my training, I started taking keep fit classes for Northamptonshire Adult Education. After a few years I was confident enough to buy the Northampton franchise of a national diet and fitness company and for the next twelve years, ran a very successful small business, helping thousands of people of all ages, shapes and sizes improve their fitness and control their weight.
During this time I continued to develop my skills – adding qualifications in teaching Zumba and Zumba Gold classes alongside standard aerobics.
I started doing Pilates myself due to a recurring back problem and after finding it helped me, got more interested in the principles and techniques. This led me to take a Level 3 NVQ in Pilates. Since Pilates is completely different to aerobic fitness, this was the hardest studying I’ve done since getting my degree – and I was pleased to qualify, in August 2010!
Running a business is hard work – a lot more than simply teaching the classes! There’s lots of research regards nutrition and fitness to stay updated. Then there’s a lot of admin including PAYE for staff, arranging holiday cover and VAT!
By 2011 I needed a break and I sold my franchise and retired. This didn’t last very long as I missed the lovely ladies and gentlemen who attend my classes so I decided to start a couple of Pilates classes. These classes proved extremely popular and I am currently running 12 Pilates classes. I’m using my experience of the last twenty years in the fitness industry to provide a unique mix of fun, friendly and affordable classes in local community venues.
I do hope you’ll come along!
I’m looking forward to seeing you in class.
Diamond Pilates Instructor, December 2016
iMoveFreely ® – Intrinsic Biomechanics Certification March 2016
Fitness Pilates Focus Workshop, June 2013
Zumba, Gold, March 2012
Dr Kataria School, Laughter Yoga, September 2011
Active IQ, Level 3 Pilates, August 2010
Zumba, Basic, November 2010
Physical Company, Bender Balls, October 2008
OCR, Level 2 Pilates, October 2004
RSA, Exercise to Music, August 1995
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Current First Aid Certificate
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