There are people who I have met in my
career as a fitness presenter that I look up to as role models. These people
have inspired me to push myself to become a more compassionate, attentive, and
add greater dynamics to my presenting. If you do my classes some of these
names mean something to you as I use them frequently.
Sandra Williams Is one of the most
powerful and dynamic women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and the
privilege of teaching alongside. I am proud to call Sandra one of my friends
and she has been partly responsible for pushing me to achieve all that I can
in my career (that and the odd couple of bruises at our last combat quarterly
;0). Should you ever have the pleasure of attending one of Sandra's classes
you will be in for the ride of your life! Sandra is now southeastern regional
group fitness manager for Virgin Active.
Peter Manuel, International Les Mills Master
Trainer. As far as I'm concerned in my classes what Pete say's, goes! Pete is
the essence of a good BTS instructor and I try and do a class of Pete's as
often as I can just so that I can get a work out in the way that only Pete
can, and so that he can pull me up if my technique is bad so that I can be the
best technician I possibly can be. I also like to steal some of his teaching
techniques to make my classes more awesome (shhh don't tell him!).
Darren Kelly was the first Les Mills Trainer
I had the fortune of meeting. Darren Trained me in BODYPUMP and I was blown
away by the power and stage presence he has. I left after my first day of
training with Darren, aching but with a clear picture of how I wished to teach
in the future and looking forward to the next day of training. Darren has
left a lasting mark on the way that I teach BODYPUMP and can be seen on the
instructor training video for BODYPUMP46 (well done!). Darren has now left the
UK team to pursue other things. Darren I wish you all the best in everything
that you do and keep in touch.
When I heard that I had Dan assessing
me for for BODYCOMBAT I asked around about him. Then I was Scared! When I
watched him I was just in awe at the way he moved. As I had been told he was
the most amazing technician. You see all those guys in movies doing martial
arts but this guy is the real thing and makes them look second rate. Not only
that but he was a nice guy and helped me to improve my technique and still
does when I see him around (thanx Dan). If I can look even half as good as
this guy I will be happy! Dan is now a director of BODYCOMBAT along with
Rachael at Les Mills in New Zealand, which means he is now choreographing the
classes that you do and we teach, keep us working Dan you star! you will be
missed at quarterly's. He is also now Co Programme Director for CXWORX.
I had been waiting for BODYJAM to hit
the U.K. for a long time. Coming from a dance background myself I was looking
for a trainer who could inspire me. Rachael took inspiration to another level
on the training course. Rachael is an amazing mover but more importantly she
doesn't make anyone feel that they aren't any worse than her, a page I have
tried to copy from her book. What Rocks?....BODYJAM Who Rocks?....Rachael
definitely does! As you read above Rachael along with Dan is now director of
BODYCOMBAT the bad news is that I don't get to jam with her anymore at
quarterly's the good news is that she is seen by the rest of the world as the
awesome instructor she is! proud of ya! keep in touch babe. Rachael is also
now Programme Director for Les Mills newest Programme SH'BAM the Latest dance
inspired work out to hit the world.
There is another group of people
who have had great impacts on my career and I would call them my teachers.
Whilst I inspire to be like my role models these people have given me my
foundations on which to work up from.
Director of EXERCISE CONNECTION.
Organiser of the infamous FITMOUSE weekends. BTS assessor. Sue is well known
in the fitness industry and has been and done almost everything there is to do
(she probably started half of it ;0). Sue was one of the teachers and
examiners on my exercise to music course. Sue is a real fountain of knowledge
and I still run back to her when I have questions. What she doesn't know
probably isn't worth knowing! Sue also has one other large title in my life,
What can I say about Pam? Up until I
was 21 other than my mother, Pam was probably the most influential woman in my
life. Pam has more than a lifetimes wealth of experience and knowledge in
dance. I understand she was one of the people who started the A' level in
dance (she pushed me so hard in it I got a grade A!). From ballet to
contemporary, history to Laban notation Pam is a walking resource on dance
that only a library could wish to be! I also had the pleasure of teaching
dance alongside Pam for a term in a secondary school where I still managed to
learn a thing or two from her. Pam is now one of the U.K's top consultants
and advisors in dance. She is so good even the Queen knows her!
If you happen to be of the people above
and hate the pic I have used of you, or you don't have one, you had better
send me one you like! Then I'll change it for you ;0)