"I bet you've always run fast and been sporty"
I get that quite a lot when I toe the start-line of Parkrun or a race. As you can see from the pictures, I've been a lot of things over the years, but now I have reached the grand old age of 40yrs I am the strongest, happiest, healthiest and most confident I have ever been. You can read more about my journey on my blog here. I was driven to start Give Me Strength to help others who may be struggling with self-image, self-esteem and body confidence.
My mission is to help people be comfortable in their own skin- to be fit, healthy and happy and to enjoy life! To enjoy and appreciate what your body can do rather than what it looks like.
Why "Give Me Strength"
There are numerous meanings within this phrase. On first glance it's an amusing play on words. The serious message is about empowering people to change their lives- giving them all the mental and physical tools they need to get themselves to where they want to be, whether that is changing body composition, running faster, lifting heavier weights or simply getting out and moving more.
This isn't about the numbers on the scales, looking great in Instagram pics, fitting into a size 6 or whatever else the media and society have hammered into us for decades about what we should look like- this is about being healthy, happy and strong, feeling awesome, smashing your goals and having fun while you do it!
Happy and strong- 4th lady in the Wakefield 10K, 2019 (40:17).
A proud moment- a client smashes her first Parkrun in under 28 minutes!
Working out and developing body strength can be fun!
How can I help you achieve your goals?
I have 18 years experience as a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University. This scientific background (I have a PhD in Osteoarthritis research) means you can trust me to offer sound and reliable advice on training and nutrition based on scientific research. There are no fad diets or quick fixes here!
I am a member of CIMSPA and hold numerous fitness qualifications including
CrossFit Level 1 trainer
Level 2 Gym Instruction
Level 3 Personal Training
Exercise Referral for Health Management: I can now accept GP referrals and safely train clients with existing health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, musculoskeletal disease (joint replacements, simple mechanical back pain, osteoporosis) and mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Training is on-going to attain a level 4 qualification in low back pain.
Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management (accredited by the Association for Nutrition)
CIMSPA/REPS accredited CPD courses in Nutrition for Sports and Exercise, Pre- and Post-natal Nutrition and Behaviour Change Coaching.
An amazing but intense weekend gaining the CrossFit Level 1 trainer qualification
I have been vegan since 2005 and run at a decent level locally (see my stats on power of 10 here). I haven't always been quick- I ran my first half marathon in 2hrs 17 minutes, but have done my quickest in 1:27:57 (the result of consistent training). Personal bests include 18:58 5K, 39:36 10K, 1:27:57 half marathon, 3:08:28 marathon and 10:04:00 for 50 miles.
Since starting strength training and CrossFit, my running times have become more consistent, despite me only running twice a week. I have much better all round fitness and love the variety of lifting weights and learning new skills.