I’m going to be honest and say here that, for my sins, I’m a full time caged desk bound office monkey! You may now be questioning why I’m appearing on Cooperfitness so let me explain; I’m an alpha girl! I’m a female that isn’t afraid to train in the big boy’s weights area of the gym. I love the squat rack. I eat out of Tupperware in public and laugh when people think protein shakes will make you look like Mr Schwarzenegger. I train for strength and performance which means constantly challenging myself by lifting heavier weights and always having a goal to work towards. I’m not afraid to train “differently” and want to show you how you can too.
Firstly, a little bit of background on me. I was a strong athlete in school with a wide range of capabilities (think Jessica Ennis although not quite as good). I starting kickboxing at the age of 20 and worked my way up to a brown belt before I discovered that although I loved the fitness side of the sport, I wasn’t fond of sparring. I joined a gym and would do a couple of light weights sessions but boy did I love my cardio classes! Combat, attack, spinning, you name it I was there at the front every week, same days, same classes, same results.
Bored of not seeing the progress I wanted, I looked at strength programmes designed for women and from here my body started to change, as did my mindset. I did more research, tried different programmes and learnt that men and women don’t have to train differently to achieve an athletic physique. Now, my training is based upon my goals. I lift heavy weights, flip tyres, sprint, squat, deadlift and all those other manly body building exercises women supposedly shouldn’t do!
I am a Nutrition and Weight Management Advisor and am currently training to become a qualified sport massage therapist. Both experiences have helped increase my knowledge of the human body and how it can perform optimally. I want to help others achieve, train for results and if that means doing something different to the norm then even better!
I love chocolate, believe retail therapy is a necessity, own a vast shoe and trainer collection which I’m unashamedly proud of and laugh loudly a lot. Football and Formula 1 are my sports of choice (largely influenced by having three brothers) and dancing in clubs serves its purpose too! Oh, did I happen to mention I like to lift weights?