I was a bold, active kid with a tendency toward mud, sun and adventure. By the time I turned 20, I’d concluded Australia was the place for me and took off to pursue my studies in Marine Biology. But I was starting from scratch, far from home, surrounded by high-achievers and confined by a self-inflicted pressure to do well. Days would pass and I would exist on autopilot, neglecting to consider how I was really feeling and what purpose this was all serving. I began to lose my sense of self and with it went my self-confidence.
Thankfully my love for the outdoors remained intact, and I took up running. Running became a daily ritual, giving me the opportunity to take time out, to reconnect with my thoughts and do something good for my body.
At around the same time I also discovered Iyengar yoga and embraced the calm and focus it created. Iyengar also sparked my fascination with human movement and form. I learned to make fine adjustments to my body's movements to improve balance, composure, flexibility and strength. This newfound level of body awareness was a total revelation; it enabled me to push my own physical limits while remaining injury free, and continues to shape the way I train both myself and my clients today.
As my passion for exercise grew and I regained some self-confidence, I trained to become a Personal Trainer. Simultaneously, I transitioned from an all-out cardio bunny to an avid lifter of weights. The satisfaction and empowerment that came with feeling myself getting stronger was invaluable, and I’ve since become a big advocate for female strength training.
My journey has shaped me and the approach I use working with my clients today. Now with more than 10 years of coaching experience under my belt, I look forward to sharing some of the things I've learned about movement, form and body awareness with you - as well as impart my enthusiasm for strength training, nutrition and fitness in general - to inspire and support you as you work towards your own health goals.
ACCOLADES & AFFILIATIONS
Listed Top 17 virtual personal trainers in the UK in 2021
Listed Top 40 personal trainers in the UK in 2020
Registered with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Girls Gone Strong (US) 2023 - in progress
Menopause Coaching Specialist
National Centre for Eating Disorders (UK) 2021-22
Master Practitioner, Eating Disorders and Obesity
Online Trainer Academy (US) 2020
Online Personal Trainer
Girls Gone Strong (US) 2018-2019
Pre and Post Natal Coaching
Premier Global NASM (UK) 2015
Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise
University of Chester (UK) 2014-16
PGDip Exercise and Nutrition Science
Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (Australia) 2012-13
Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 2 Gym Instructor
Australian College of Massage (Australia) 2011-12
Cert IV Massage Therapy
James Cook University, Townsville (Australia) 2007-08
MSc Marine Biology
University of Exeter (UK) 2003-06
BSc Biological Sciences