My passion for health and fitness was born as a result of a quest to find a cure for a disabling medical condition, the effects of which saw me on crutches, in pain and facing a future on hardcore medication to alleviate the symptoms. It was only when my doctor suggested I’d apply for a blue disabled badge that I knew I could no longer live like this.
I was 21 years old and had been dabbling in the gym from the aged of 17 but struggled to do any lower body work due to the psoriatic arthritis causing severe swelling in my joints.
Cutting out foods that caused inflammation, making radical changes to my diet and gently working my lower body allowed me to stop taking medication and manage my condition with diet and exercise alone. I’m pleased to say I’ve not been under the doctor for many years now and take no medication at all. Hungry for more information and passionate about my recovery, I studied to become a Fitness Class Instructor, Personal Trainer and have a particular interest in diet and nutrition. I started in 2012 at Dillons Gym (Ilkley) where the owners took me under their wing and helped me gain the valuable experience that allowed me to go it alone.
My classes across various locations in Wharfedale have been running since 2014 offering a variety of session including Pump, Metafit, Bootcamps, S.W.A.T, Circuits and Insanity. I work hard to keep the classes fun and interesting for all levels.
In June 2016 I set up my own personal training studio as well as further expanding my classes around the area. I acquired the old Quaker Meeting Room in Burley In Wharfedale and fully renovated it to a highly specced private personal training gym. I work on individually designed programmes including dietary advice and homework which is encouraged via text and social media.