I started working in the fitness industry as the Manager at Workout Warehouse, after this I went to work for JJB Sports working my way up from a part time sales assistant to Area Manager in a dual role capacity. In 2009 Dave Whelan bought JJB Sports Fitness and renamed it DW Fitness First. I was then recruited to run a number of retail and leisure sites with clubs at a peak membership of over 4000. I travelled extensively throughout the north of England. I have been involved in all kinds of sport and fitness throughout my life and I am currently taking my Level 3 tennis coaching award. I also work as a tennis coach at the club as well as the Gym Manager.
Gym manager Workout Warehouse. 30 years working in the Leisure industry for JJB Sports Fitness and then DW Fitness First.
My passion for wellness and all things fitness related perhaps stems from growing up in sunny KwaZulu Natal, South Africa where I was involved in surfing and competitive surf lifesaving from a young age.
Later, this innate love for physical activity and competition carried over to Chinese martial arts in high school where I would learn to incorporate and apply a more internal philosophy to my training. This has had a profound and lasting impact on how I approach training not only a physical point of view but also from a mental perspective.
After sustaining several competition related injuries, I was introduced to the gym environment by my physiotherapist for rehabilitation purposes. I developed a particular affinity for resistance training and anything strength based which ultimately served as the catalyst leading to my chosen career path as a trainer.
Working privately as a PT and for larger commercial club chains over the years such as Virgin Active and more recently as a trainer using Miha EMS (Electro-Myo Stimulation) technology at BODTEC SA has been a tremendous journey of personal growth over the span of over a decade in an ever-changing wellness industry.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Institute of Fitness Professionals
Certified EMS Instructor – Miha BODYTEC
My passion for fitness and movement came through my love for dance. I started at the late age of 17 when I got into Kirklees College – on a performing arts course – learning the basics in both acting and dancing. Here is where I found the love for movement, seeing professional dancers at the theatre encouraged me to push this as a career. I finished College and decided to hone my skills professionally and develop myself as an artist as well as researching into the science behind the human anatomy. This led me to the conservatoire ‘North School of Contemporary Dance’ where I engaged intense training in Ballet, Contemporary and choreography – five days a week. I gained both my Degree and Masters through this dance school, along with having the opportunity to tour with a professional Dance company called ‘Phoenix Dance Theatre’ – travelling across the UK as well as China and Africa. Since then I have transferred my knowledge of the body, movement and musicality to my fitness work, giving those who attend my class – both dance and fitness – a fun and exciting experience.
I currently hold a Level 2 in Fitness Instruction and will hopefully achieve my Level 3 Personal Training in the near future. My main classes I teach are; Spin, Zumba, Ballet/Barre, Contemporary Dance and any general fitness class.
Having originally developed my passion for fitness & training as a result of competing in athletics
at age 13, I initially qualified to teach fitness with Level 2 Exercise to Music back in 1987. Inspired
by the difference exercise was making to my class members, I quickly undertook numerous other
courses to enhance my knowledge around health, fitness and training and established a
successful personal training business.
I qualified to teach Les Mills BODYPUMP™ and BODYCOMBAT™ in 1998, and was then
selected to join the FitPro National UK training team in 2000 delivering various fitness courses and
workshops to fitness instructors/personal trainers around the UK and internationally. During this
time I became a Master Trainer for Les Mills International and was fortunate to present training
courses, workshops and master-classes all around the world.
Having helped develop, launch and coach various fitness programmes in the UK I was shortly
after invited to become the National Training Manager & Head Trainer for FitPro in the UK,
recruiting, training & developing a team of 64 presenters, trainers & assessors, and overseeing the
quality of training delivery nationally.
I continued in a similar role from 2012 working directly for Les Mills International, whilst continuing
to deliver training courses and presenting. Transferring my training knowledge across to the
commercial side of the business I then spent 5 years working as a customer experience manager/
national account manager working to support the UK national fitness club chains in managing
group fitness programming and improving its delivery to club members.
In 2020 I took the decision to utilise the 20+ years knowledge & experience of training instructors
to help non-fitness professionals achieve their individual health & fitness goals by refocusing on
personal training whilst also continuing to support my sons local junior football club with strength
& conditioning sessions.
I’m now happy to be able to offer this service to Thongsbridge members and look forward to
helping you to achieve your personal fitness goals.
I started my education at Woodhouse Primary School going on to Rastrick High School, followed by Rastrick sixth form college. I then went to university in Bolton, Lancashire where I studied Sports Rehabilitation. From this not only did I gain a qualification but also gathered a lot of experience in the field of sports massage.
During my time at university I was given the opportunity to visit different sporting venues whilst attending work placement; venues such as Wigan Warriors RLFC, Leigh Centurions RLFC, Rochdale FC and Stoke City FC. These placements allowed me to receive first-hand experience working with both professional and international athletes.
Since graduating I started my working life by offering a mobile massage service, which has helped me build up a good clientele base. Now that my business has grown, I am now in a position to expand and have recently agreed to join the team at Thongsbridge Tennis Club. With over 6 years experience I feel I have a lot to offer the members in the way of recovery treatments and sports massage.
Outside the world of sports massage I am a massive fan of Huddersfield Town. I have held a season ticket for over 15 years. I have a love of music and in my spare time I enjoy playing my guitar.
Sports Rehabilitation BSc (hons) Bolton University