In my younger years I enjoyed cross-country running, 800m & 1500m. My main passion, however, was anything equine. My love of horses lead me to enrol on an Equine Management & Stud Course at Duchy College in Callington, which lead to me relocating from my hometown in Falmouth, to mid Cornwall, as part of my work placement at a stud farm. On my placement I dealt with an array of youngsters, stallions and mares in foal. I was fortunate enough to purchase my own 2 year old filly to bring on and ride. All of my equine experience has required an incredible amount of strength and fitness in the outdoors, during all weathers.
Following this, I went on to meet my husband and start a family. I absolutely loved becoming a mum, and wanted to spend as much time with my son and daughter as I could, along with enjoying a new challenge and focus, I found the time to retrain and became a Teaching Assistant/HLTA cover. In this role I encouraged and supported during classroom learning, physical education lessons, delivered Fun-Fit sessions to small groups of children, and created Wake Up Shake Up routines.
My love for dance grew following weekly Jive classes, which lead me on to Zumba Dance Fitness, HIIT Classes, running with The Women’s Running Network, and Newquay Road Runners where I participated in local running races.
My Passion for fitness continued to grow, so much so, that I was encouraged to become a Zumba Instructor for adults, leading on to my Zumba Kids Instructor certificate. From this I started a Zumba Kids after school club, dance PE lessons alongside Sam, dance workshops, and adult Zumba classes.
I was employed for 3 years by the Merlin MS Centre to work in their therapy gym delivering dance fitness therapy to seated, and standing, clients with neurological conditions, as well as working 1 to 1 with selected clients. During this period I acquired my Exercise to Music level 2, and Kettlercise Instructor qualifications...as well as my BASI Matwork Pilates level 3 instructor qualification.
Becoming a Pilates Instructor has changed my life. In 2017 I suffered an injury causing immense pain, after many doctor appointments, and incredibly strong painkillers, I was sent for an MRI scan in Nov 2019, this scan showed a large bulging disk in my lower back (L5-S1) which was pressing on my sciatic nerve, my neurosurgeon had advised a surgical procedure to rectify this bulge. After listening to the pros and cons of the operation, I decided to hold off the operation for 3 months to see if I could use pilates to rehabilitate myself. In Feb 2020 I came off all my painkillers...and so far...no surgery. Now my back is much better now, I’m still mindful of how vulnerable my back can be. Pilates is still incredibly valuable with continuing my rehabilitation.
Sam and I keep striving to share our love for pilates, fitness and well-being to our clients.
Having danced from a very young age, my passion for movement became my life focus.
I trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz to a professional standard, and began a career in small scale contemporary performance companies.
I continued to work as a dance teacher/ choreographer in both education and the community for a further 10 years, where I aided many students in going on to study in dance schools and colleges.
Whilst starting a family I had time to extend my skills and trained to acquire many fitness qualifications such as gym instructor, ETM, PT and Exercise Referral. I then took these skills and took them in to the community delivering fitness classes, and 121's, in a variety of styles such a dance, kettlebells and bootcamp. I found this all really enjoyable, and it worked well with having a family.
As my family grew it became apparent that my middle child had autism, and part of his condition meant he was dyspraxic, affecting his mobility. Hence my interest in working with disability.
I then worked at a therapy gym, the Merlin Centre, for 3 years working with many neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinsons, Dementia and Stroke. This really widened my knowledge and skillset as the need to be creative with your approach to exercise, and the special population, is essential.
I continued developing my own skillset by studying for my pilates matwork qualification with BASI, which absolutely transformed my body in terms of improving old dance injuries and creating a deeper strength throughout.
I now share my passion for dance and pilates with my co-founder of angel fit, Kerry Barrett.
Together we work to share our passion of movement, health and wellbeing to our clients through the classes we deliver.