I wasn’t the child that grew up loving PE at school, in fact, I tried my best to avoid it! You would instead find me in one of my jazzy leotards outside of school at trampolining or gymnastics. I spent my teenage years avoiding any type of exercise until
I discovered the gym at 16, from there I grew to love a challenge. Since then I’ve completed the Great North Run twice, the London marathon once (never again!!), and 3 physique competitions.
However, my biggest challenge to date was recovering from a back injury. Slipping a disc in 2016 quite literally put me on my ass physically and mentally, but from that came strength and patience I never knew I had. Learning to understand my own body, I educated myself on anatomy, posture and what it means to move well. I got my PT qualification and completely changed my mindset towards training.
Whether you’re just starting out or recovering from an injury, you have to start from a place of acceptance and love for where your body is right now, not where it was or where you want it to be. There is no finish line to being fit and healthy, you have to enjoy the journey and find something you love.
Fight classes and mobility
Boxing – nothing quite like the physical and mental challenge of a good sparring session
Sit ups – I prefer more functional alternatives to train my core
Everything happens for a reason
Cold – Stormzy
Anywhere I can watch a sunset or sunrise