I was 18 when I left college with my PE and dance A-levels, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after that. I’ve always been into sports, I used to do a lot of athletics and I was part of an athletic club. I’ve actually started coaching for them on a Wednesday evening, so I’ve always been into running but I’ve always loved all kinds of sports, I’ve done football, swimming, dance, everything basically. I’m generally into anything involving movement and I love the thought that you can improve yourself by movement and your mental health as well.
When I left college I knew I didn’t want to go to university, it just wasn’t for me, but didn’t know what I did want to do. Then a few weeks into the summer holidays, I got offered a job in Greece for an activity holiday company, so I was working in the restaurant which was great, I had a great time there. I did that for two summers, and then the third summer I came back as a fitness instructor. So I got qualified in Exercise to Music, Level 2 Fitness Instructing, Level 2 Gym Instructing, and Level 3 Personal Training. I worked with the holiday company for three summers and I was running activities six day a week, with 10 classes a day, doing everything from run clubs to circuit to aquafit and stretching.
The next year I went to India to do my yoga teacher training. That was a really great experience, and I learned multi-style yoga, which means I studied vinyasa, ashtanga, acro, hatha, and arial. I wanted to do multi because I like the fact that I can work different styles of yoga into one practice.
So that’s where I really got started, but then I had to come home in March because of Covid and I was looking at the fitness REPs (Register of Exercise Training Professionals) website for online courses I could do, and found strength and conditioning course. So I applied for that and am now qualified in strength and conditioning.