Fitness and health has been my passion for over 30 years. I have been fortunate enough to work in the commercial, corporate, and private, and it has been a rewarding journey of learning, teaching, and making a difference.
I’ve been a dancer, a volunteer fire-fighter, a power-lifter, a Sports Aerobics competitor, a rock climber. Running, jumping, climbing, swinging off trees and lifting heavy things. Those were pretty much my twenties and my thirties. The more impossible, straining and demanding something was, the more eager I was to pull up those lycra sleeves and defy all odds. It was practically a calling.
When I became a Neuromuscular Therapist my thinking about training shifted. I became aware how health and fitness are often completely divorced from each other. A lot of movement patterns exercised in traditional training are exercises that force you to work through unnatural movement patterns that have little to no carryover activities of daily living. Fuctional Training back then wasn’t yet mainstream like it is today. I then dedicated the two decades to it and also became a Yoga and Pilates teacher.
My personal physical aspiration was to be a well rounded – strong, fast, agile and flexible. But most of all to remain healthy, strong and fit for everyday living. And that is where my main interest lies in when it comes to teaching and Personal Training. To help people achieve a better quality of life. To be able to walk, twist, turn, lift in everyday life situations, pain free and as effortlessly as possible. We are given only one body – and modern living has strayed us away from its proper usage. We don’t need to learn, we simply need to unlearn.
Yoga has been a long term affair in my life. It is not just a daily practice, but also a way of life. I was already Vegetarian a long time before Yoga entered my life, but it was Yoga and the contemplations of Yamas and Niyamas that turned me full on Vegan. Ahimsa, all the way the baby!
My personal practice includes various styles such as, Ashtanga, Vini, Yin and Forrest Yoga, but I personally teach mainly Vinyasa. We tend to attract, and keep, the students who want to practice yoga the way we do. For me it was the physical practice that attracted me to Yoga at first. With my background in sports, kinetics and anatomy, I teach a dynamic well-aligned, safe and well articulated Vinyasa “power” flow combined with intelligent sequencing and mindful movement. But don’t be fooled thinking this is only a physical practice, slowly but surely just as it did for me; shift happens.
But whatever type of activity I teach, the end goal remains the same – To help people achieve a better quality of life.
I don’t believe in the one-size-fits-all methodology for anything in life and especially for training. We have much more control over our physique and body type than is accredited to us. Are you just lifting weights, or are you aiming to achieve a specific physique? If you want to look like a runner, you have to train like a runner. If your aspirations are long lean muscles of a dancer, then you need to simulate the movement patterns of a dancer. If you want to get big, train, eat and live like a bodybuilder. Body engineering is the key. The good news is, that clever programming can expediate the results dramatically so thankfully, you won’t have to dance for 15 years before you look like a dancer.
National Qualification in Personal Training, Health Studies, Neuromuscular Therapist, Diploma in Sports Massage, Sports Nutrition and Performance, Qualified Yoga Teacher – Vinyasa, Ashtanga (RYT), Pilates Teacher, Boxercise/Kick Boxercise Instructor, Spin Instructor, Ballet Workout, Step Instructor, Freemotion Functional Training Instructor and Teacher Trainer, Whole-Body-Vibration Teacher Trainer, Hydrorider (aqua cycling) Teacher Trainer, Fitwall Trainer and Suspension Workout Trainer.
I have over 3500 hours of experience teaching group exercise and one-on-one.
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