My first challenge was to become a runner. I wanted to run 5km for at the Race for Life. This was my first goal. Within a short space of time I went from being a “non runner” to running 5km and then on to running a half marathon (Reading). I was able to run the 14 miles having not run further than 8 miles previously. I achieved this in a time of 1 hour, 52 mins. I was able to achieve this by relying on my personal fitness and my mind set (that I had the capability to achieve it if I fully committed to it).
My second challenge was to become a cyclist. Having not cycled since a teenager, I attempted my first time trial with the triathlon club on a hybrid bike! My fear of getting lost on route spurred me on and I now look back at that time and laugh. How different it felt when I progressed to buying a road bike. From that moment on my love of cycling has been immense. My best achievement so far has been to cycle a distance of 102 miles in 6 hours and 6 mins and an overall of 117 miles in one day. This I did for charity and yet again my mind set and what and why I was doing this spurred me on.
I also felt that I wanted to get/experience the sense of fun in a long run and so I signed up with two male friends to compete in a 9 mile Kamikaze race (adventure assault course with a bog, hill climb, river, hill slide and 2 x 6ft walls). Although tough, I remember laughing and smiling all the way around the course. I was totally soaked, covered in mud and picked up some bruises along the way but it was the childlike adventure of it all that I enjoyed. No pressure or need to compete against others just the total freedom to do something off the wall for a change!
At this point I decided that I wanted to become a Personal Trainer and I spent several months travelling to London and attending courses and exams to attain the qualifications that I needed. In order to compliment the PT level 3, spin, boxing, exercise to music, and circuits, I also gained a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) diploma in sport to enable me to analyse the psychological side as well as physical side of fitness.
In order to continually improve my overall fitness, I combine the sports that I undertake. I mix cardio and strength training, and this includes boxing, circuits, weights, spinning, dancing and running and more recently I have become an “Insanity” Instructor teaching High Intensity Interval Training. By “mixing things up” it aids motivation and stops fitness from plateauing.
REPS (Registered Member)
Level 3 Personal Trainer (CYQ)
Level 2 Gym Instructor (CYQ)
Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor (CYQ)
Level 2 Nutrition (CYQ)
Insanity Instructor (Pro Team)
Spin, Circuits & Gym based Boxing Instructor.
Registered Company “BOOSTFIT”
Ever since I could remember, I had always enjoyed aerobics and a twice a week visit to the gym but as I was getting older I noticed that I couldn’t eat the same things I use to without putting on weight and my energy levels had dropped. I was regularly drinking wine and eating chocolate and a weekly Chinese takeaway. Over time I had started to become miserable and felt like I needed a kick start. The self – realisation prompted me to take action. I booked myself to see a life coach in London and the transformation started after that first visit. I started to see things in a totally new perspective and something inside me suddenly woke up!
In a short space of time I was able to improve my fitness level and found a new love of both running and cycling.