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Success Stories

Jane: Skiing specific fitness

Jane came to me for advice and exercise which would help her ski most days on a week's holiday with her family, across 3 generations!

Jane is 70 and keeps herself active by walking and a weekly exercise class in her village. We spent time focussing on specific exercises which would strengthen the muscles used in this very physical sport.

"I enjoyed my sessions, I was encouraged to think about balance etc. which is important for skiing and learning that I could do the exercises made me confident that I could ski.

There was plently of variety and I felt I could ask any questions of Helen."

 

Jane was a great client to train! Very self motivated and determined throughout our sessions; she had a great week away skiing with her family which was definitely helped by the strength work we did together.

Stacey: Postnatal exercise

"I absolutely loved my sessions with Helen!

After having my first baby I really struggled with motivation and time to lose weight... So after my second baby I booked up sessions with Helen. She showed me so many exercise techniques that were really effective and I could fit into my day with the children. I always felt energised and motivated after our sessions.

 A big highlight for me was that I could bring my baby to the sessions. And whilst I was getting a good work out he could sit and watch. If he cried, Helen would pacify him while I carried on. That was a massive win for me! Having some much needed me time, releasing endorphins, whilst the little man sat happy."

 

Stacey was brilliant throughout our 12 week course, she regained strength quickly and worked really hard.

 

"I would highly recommend Helen for anyone looking to get into shape. I learnt so many simple yet very effective exercises that really engaged my core.

Thank you Helen. Xx"

Lucy: Postnatal exercise

Lucy contacted me as she wanted to safely and sensibly begin exercise after having her baby in January. We began a gradual postnatal programme which Lucy was great with. It was obvious that she had been fit prior to pregnancy so regained her strength quickly.

"I liked the fact that the sessions were short enough to feel like I had, had a work out but not too long that they felt like a chore or that I had left my little boy for too long. It felt good to get back into fitness after being out of it for such a long time. 

Helen was so personable and easy going. She would always recap on what we had done previously, talk me through the plan at the start of the session and advise me how to correct any exercises. She would encourage me to repeat them until I got them right to make sure I was doing the right movements and not injuring myself. If I did experience any pain during my sessions Helen would always suggest an alternative, more comfortable position for the exercise or suggest we avoid certain exercises."

Gill: London Marathon training plan

Gill came to us as she wanted to run the London Marathon in a target time between 4:30 and 5 hours. Gill wanted a plan to follow to provide structure to her training but also to run sensibly as she had recently overcome injury. 

Gill smashed her goal time and ran the marathon in 4:23!

"Having a marathon plan written for me was so beneficial as I knew what I was doing and when, and I didn't have to guess whether I was on track. It was also beneficial to have someone to chat to about the plan and make changes where necessary. 

Helen was very approachable and listened to my feedback, adjusting the plan to my lifestyle and level of running."

Sarah: Postnatal exercise and running coaching

I have worked with Helen to recover my fitness level after both of my children. I love the flexibility and variety of the sessions, and really look forward to them each week. 

Fitness is a fundamental part of both my physical and mental health, but it can be a struggle to fit in and also for me, was difficult to know what I could safely do and achieve after two complicated labours. Helen taught me to be patient with my body, how to fit fitness in around a hectic family life, and also how to have fun with it too!

She strikes a perfect balance of pushing me just the right amount. She has also become a great friend ️:)

Jackie: Postnatal exercise and maintaining fitness after returning to work

After having my little girl I really struggled to get back into exercise. Having been relatively fit prior to having my daughter I found this really hard. My biggest issue was how my body changed - having had a large stomach muscle separation and bladder weakness I didn't know where to start on the exercise front.


I signed up to some group classes with Helen in April 2016. This was the best decision I made. I found the group classes great - friendly and enjoyable but most importantly they were run with consideration for a post pregnancy body, which was exactly what I needed.


From there I started doing some one to one classes with Helen. Again these were great - focusing on what I needed to do to get back in shape. The plans were tailored to my goals and easy to fit into every day life.
When Helen went on maternity leave I decide to continue on and join a boot camp. I know that I would never have been able to do that if it wasn't for the training and support Helen gave me during our sessions.


I can not recommend Helen highly enough.

Janet: Postnatal exercise

I met Helen at our antenatal NCT class and after we had our babies, Helen organised a weekly fitness camp. I was absolutely terrified! Despite being reasonably fit before pregnancy, I was scared - I had done no real exercise for a while and now my body was completely different, I was tired and doubted if I could do it?!

 

With Helen as a supportive and brilliant trainer, I could - she has been fantastic. We have all loved the sessions; not only do we get to see each other and bring our babies (and stop to look after them when needed), we have also all lost our baby weight and feel strong and good. Helen is great, calm and enthusiastic trainer - she knows her stuff, she pushes you to your ability but let's you take exercise to where you want it to go, she corrects your posture and helps you make the most of your time there.

 

Ultimately, Helen has made me feel comfortable about exercising again and has supported our group to get our fitness back (and me into a wedding dress!). Thank you!

Alex: Postnatal group exercise

The thought of getting fit again post pregnancy was daunting. As a mum herself she understands what our bodies have been through during and after pregnancy, as a result her workouts are planned meticulously. Helen tailors each session to make it fun yet rewarding.

Ellie: Postnatal exercise

Prior to having a baby I was relatively fit and found post baby training a bit of a shock which is what led me to contacting Helen. She was fantastic with assessing what level I was at initially and then throughout always pushing me to do a bit more but without me feeling it was too much. 

Sessions were varied and she always managed to adjust for my ever growing list of injuries. Best of all she listened to my moaning without batting an eyelid!

Charlie: Chelmsford

I started with Helen, desperate to get my pre-pregnancy body back. 4 months in, I feel great. I feel both fitter and leaner. Helen makes every session interesting, changing it up all the time with both the strength and running sessions.  Helen also helps me at home by setting me further sessions to suit my own personal goals and lifestyle. She has the ability to make you feel like you are being trained by a friend, whilst always pushing you to your limits. I would recommend Helen to anyone.

Lisa: Running coaching and running specific exercise

I first worked with Helen after taking up running back in 2009. Since then, my half marathon times have dropped from my first attempt at 2:32:55, to my recent personal best of 1:55:05.

 

Under Helen's guidance, I have not only cut down my times, but improved my running stance, diet and nutrition and mostly my overall attitude to fitting in my work-outs. She motivates when you are feeling tired, if it's raining out or you are about to make an excuse not to pull those trainers on.

 

Helen's assistance with my poor core technique has added to my overall fitness but undoubtedly improved my running (which in turn also helps when it gets close to that bikini time of the year!). Helen has a wide range of training and fitness plans to suit no matter what your goal is. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend as your next PT.

Natalie: Postnatal group exercise

Helen is an amazing trainer. After having a baby my body confidence and fitness was at an all time low. She worked with me to slowly build up my fitness with realistic goals and kept it interesting with varied routines. Such a relief to find a postnatal exercise class where you can be confident that you're doing the right exercises and have fun !! She's a great motivator aka 'the machine'.

 

I can't recommend her enough for aspiring Yummy Mummies!

Kirsten: Postnatal group exercise

I gave birth to my son following an emergency c-section and as a result was a little slower than I expected to get back on my feet. After the required six week recovery, I was keen to get moving but concerned about what exercises I could and should do. Helen's 30 minute classes were great and showed me what was safe. 

 

After starting with an assessment of my tummy muscles, I was taught exercises to rebuild my core. While the first class seemed a little easy, it wasn't long before I was breaking a sweat and really started to feel my core becoming stronger. 

The classes have the added benefit of babies being able to come into the class, so no need for a babysitter.

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