It’s our pleasure to introduce a new member to The Body Barre team; we just know you’re going to love her passion and creativity.
How long has fitness been your thing:
Since I had my calling in 2012 (see blog: A Whole Lot of History)
Family, fitness, Ibiza, sunshine, skiing, raving
People taking advantage
You see the real me in classes. And even if I start a class in the worst mood, or feeling like total crap; teaching gives me the biggest buzz and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll come out all hyper and giddy!
The inability to count your reps (or my own come to think of it). And don’t trust me to have started my stopwatch on timed sets either…
Which class types do you teach at TBB:
Erm, all of them! Luckily I have a brilliant team around me to take their classes as well, each with their own teaching style which keeps things unique and fresh.
Cardio or Strength?
Toughy! I used to just focus on cardio, but have fallen in love with strength, and how it’s changing my body.
Got any goss?
I kissed Harry Styles. Technically it was when I was heavily preggers with my Harry, so not as cougar like as I would prefer to remember it as.
I’ve told my story a fair few times, so apologies if you’ve heard it before – but if you haven’t, and you’re new to fitness, it might help in one way or another…
How did I get to opening The Body Barre?
I was the girl who never (had ever) been to a gym, did nothing even remotely fitness related on any kind of basis, and pretty much rolled my eyes if anyone else did.
I also had PND after my first son, George, was born in 2009, although it wasn’t picked up until after the second, Harry, was born in 2011. I was in a pit of despair and dulled it with wine and Marlboro Lights.
My life changing moment was seeing Arg from TOWIE had run the London Marathon. If he could do it, I could surely do it too?
Long story short, I registered, joined the gym and realised how hard running 1 mile was. But once I was in, I was hooked. I spent every day in the gym, being super shy, and hiding on cardio machines that didn’t intimidate me. I lost weight, felt amazing and then looked at other ways I could challenge myself.
Next came classes – oh my god, the muscle aches and pains. Introducing bodyweight exercises, weights and plyometric moves was like nothing else! But working out in a group exercises atmosphere pushed me harder, and I loved the buzz of being with others.
Recognising people from week to week gave me something I hadn’t had since being in a work environment; as my social life for the previous 3 years involved babies and toddlers, and trips to the supermarket to fill my day. And my body changed again.
After 30 years of eating junk, drinking wine, and having babies – I looked the best I ever had.
Marathon training was still underway; I went from running a 10+ minute mile, to running 8+ minute miles. It was on a long run that I decided, for the first time in my whole life, I knew I wanted to do. Become a Personal Trainer and carve out a career in fitness.
So I trained over 6 months (man, it was hard learning something new for the first time since GCSE’s) and I passed, and then I started running Boot Camps in the pissy freezing cold weather! I also picked up some PT clients (my first client is now my best friend), and life was never the same again.
Fast forward 7 years and I’ve since had a fitness class franchise, which if nothing else, spurred me to seek out a commercial property to hold my own classes. The Bishops Stortford location for The Body Barre was found nearly 3 years ago, and since then I have worked my arse off to get it open (with the help of my husband Luke, and some of the best friends a girl could ask for).
It’s the biggest labour of love, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! This place is a true reflection of me, and I’ll always strive to improve it for every single person who takes the time to walk through the door and see what it’s all about.