Who will these programmes work for?
My programmes are suitable for everyone. As a specialist instructor I am able to train those who just want to increase their overall fitness or those with specific medical problems
What can I expect from Fitness Function?
You can expect a programme tailored to your individual needs. In the class situation you will be with other like minded people, many of who shy away from the big gyms and their lock in contracts. Classes are lighthearted yet focussed and you will never be made to feel a failure.
How are you different to other Gyms, Instructors or Personal Trainers out there?
I have struggled with my weight for many years and remember well how daunting it was walking into my first exercise class. Through exercise I have managed to change my body shape and improve my self confidence. I get real pleasure in seeing those changes in others too. I have a chronic back problem. Through my wide experience of teaching various exercise classes for fourteen years, many educational courses, my medical training as a nurse and the tutoring I have received from osteopaths, have developed a unique class structure that enables me to live a full and active life and has reduced my own and peoples visits to their therapists. I am respected by Osteopaths and we work closely together. I am the areas leading Specialist in Exercise for Lower Back pain but you don’t have to have back pain to work with me. As 4:5 will though suffer back pain at some stage in their lives the work we do is advantageous to everyone.
What type of person do I need to be to make this work?
To work with me I just ask that you commit to coming to working with me regularly, fitness can not be stored. I will monitor your progress and encourage work at you own level. I will challenge you if I feel you need that and hold you back to an appropriate level if you are trying beyond your ability.
I’ve tried lots of stuff before and nothing has worked. Does this really work?
Yes this works. I am humbled at the tales I hear from my clients of how this has changed their lives. We not only build on their fitness in sessions but people are educated as to how to help themselves if problems do arise outside class. There are many testimonials from my clients available here.
What results can I expect?
You can expect to move more freely and have less aches and pains. You will understand what is happening in your body and why you are feeling as you do and what to do about it.
How quickly can I expect results?
Some people tell me they notice the difference after just one class.
What if I don’t achieve the results I want?
If what we are doing is not giving you the results you desire I would ask you to feed that back to me. It may mean I need to take a slightly different approach with you. If we still aren’t achieving what you want it may be another sort of class is more suitable. I am well connected with other local instructors and could recommend someone else to you.
Is it going to be really hard?
Although we are not jumping around the exercises can be quite intense but you just do what you can to start with. I won’t push you beyond your ability.
Why do I have to pay for all the sessions in advance?
Everyone has a free taster session to see if this is the sort of class they are looking for. Once they have decided they want to join us they buy a place in the class and this blocks that place from anyone else. The classes are kept small to give people the attention they need. Payments are taken out by direct debit at the start of the month and as long as we are informed before the end of the month, we will cancel the payment for the following month.
It sounds great but I don’t have time It’s just an hour out of your week, sometimes we just have to make that time, if you consider this important to you. I find once people commit they schedule that class into their week and are glad they have. If not you know where we are when the time is right for you.
Am I too old to do anything about my health and fitness.
You are never too old! With life expectancy rising we owe it to ourselves to keep ourself as fit as possible.
What if I don’t know anyone in the group and I don’t have anyone to go with?
The classes are kept small and it gives me great satisfaction to see how we have created a community and how welcoming the class members are to new people. We all have to start somewhere and the class members are very encouraging.
Are the sessions mixed men and women?
Yes we do have men in the classes.
If I can’t make all the sessions, is it still worth me joining the group?
Yes it is worth joining and if there is space I will endeavor to fit you into another class that week if I have space. Though I’m afraid I can’t guarantee it.
What do I wear?
It is not a fashion show and you don’t have to go and buy special clothes. Loose trousers are best and a T shirt is fine. I’d rather the clothing was not too baggy though, as I do need to see what your body is doing! The hall can be a little bit cool at times so I suggest people bring a micro fleece or jumper to wear at the start of class if necessary.
I already exercise why do I need this?
Getting stronger from the inside out is important to everyone and even international sports people work on this now. Whatever form of exercise you do, you will perform better with core strength. They say a house built on strong foundations will stay strong whereas the house built on an unstable foundation is rocky. In addition to this different forms of exercise cause muscular imbalances and so rebalancing the body using, trigger point and myofacial releases plus more traditional stretches, enable you to perform better in your chosen exercise and be less at risk from injury.
How do I get started?
I suggest you come along and try a class or book in to see me, to see if this approach to exercise suits you. Spaces are limited so at times you may need to add your name to the waiting list.
My Formula/System I’ll be honest I don’t teach pure Pilates anymore. No two Pilates teachers teach in the same way anyway but it is all paths up the same mountain! The system I teach, whilst based on Clinical Pilates, is a combination of methods I have experienced and I believe I have taken the most relevant bits from so many sources. I hold the rare qualification of Specialist in Exercise for Lower Back Pain this qualification is recognized at the highest level on the Register for Exercise Professionals. I spent most of my working career as a Registered nurse working mainly in General Practice so I have a good insight into health and medical conditions. I am also a Be Activated practitioner and this again is a rare qualification. This is a method to help the body fire it’s muscles correctly. It’s almost like ‘rebooting the body’. In addition through my training in Sports Massage and training in ‘Trigger Point Pilates’ plus the extra tuition I have received from Osteopaths, I use muscle energy techniques and trigger point work which releases tight muscles. As a qualified yoga teacher too I use safe methods to stretch tight muscles. Bringing all this together, I believe brings a unique approach to flexibility and fitness that is suitable for everyone.