I started life in the Fashion Industry, having taken a degree in Fashion Marketing and Business Studies; I worked as a Buyer and a Fashion Designer in the head offices of several main fashion companies including Selfridges, Top Shop and Principles until I had my first daughter – Jasmine. I soon realised that for me the pressure of a highly demanding job which required long working hours and overseas travel was impossible to juggle with a small baby, I was working a minimum of fourteen hour days each week and was thoroughly miserable. Throughout my office job days, I had continued to dance and exercise and decided that I would train to teach others something I felt truly passionate about.
When Jasmine was six months old I trained to become an aerobic and fitness instructor – it was the best decision I ever made! During this busy time, I also gave birth to Amber, which made my family complete! I finally had found the job I always wanted. Although my very first class was held in a tiny village hall and consisted of just six people, including my mum and two sisters, I was happy! I was finally doing what I wanted to do and the classes moved from strength to strength. I gradually built up my teaching portfolio; my dream was to be able to offer a comprehensive timetable of classes in the Essex area.
As my classes grew I continued my education by studying to teach Yoga, Pilates, Ante and Post Natal, Boot Camp, Spirals, Zumba and a variety of other forms of exercise and fitness. That was all long time ago…… I now teach full time and I simply love what I do, I feel very lucky to be in this position. My work and family life is now in a healthy balance for me. I currently teach 20 regular classes per week. I have worked for many different clubs in my time, gaining invaluable experience along the way, but I firmly believe that there is nothing quite like working for yourself!
During this time, I became more interested in the therapeutic and clinical aspects of fitness so I trained and qualified as a Level 4 Back Pain Specialist, Alignment Therapist and a Stress Incontinence Specialist – there are not many of us in the industry so I now have a busy timetable of classes specifically designed to help people with back problems and other muscular or mechanical health issues and that certainly keeps me busy! I was also the first Zumba teacher for the South East area and Zumba has continued to be an absolute joy to teach. I am a fully registered Personal Trainer, and Level 3 Studio Professional. I am also a fully qualified Assessor and Verifier for the Active Leisure Sector and in 2009 I graduated with honours for my BA hons Degree in Learning, Research and Technology.
In June 2017 I hope to complete my third year studying for a BSc in Sports and Exercise Performance and it is my intention to continue to study an MSc in Physiotherapy which should take me a further two years. In the mean time I continue to teach classes but also work part time at a local hospital as an Assistant Physiotherapist which has been an incredible experience.
During my spare time, I love to take my three dogs out walking around the lovely countryside we have here and spending time with the people I love. My favourite things in the world are my two beautiful and talented daughters: Jasmine and Amber and my amazing, supportive partner and soul mate James – but am also very partial to Champagne, Chocolate and King Prawns, in that order of course!
Please email if you have any questions….I’d love to hear from you!