Hi I’m Anita and you have probably gathered that I have a passion for health and fitness and general body well-being!
Although I have always attended ballet and modern dance classes, my key background is competitive gymnastics. In my youth I was a member of Crawley Gymnastics Club and training five times a week was a member of the Sussex squad and Sussex Schools Champion. I also qualified as a Gymnastic Club Coach.
Once I found my body wouldn’t bend as much as it used to I took up cycling and joined the Redmon CC based in Carshalton. I enjoyed competing in 10 and 25 mile time trials and amazingly still hold the Junior Club record!
I wanted to be a PE teacher, but unfortunately didn’t get my exam grades, so a Beauty Therapy Qualification was the next option – luckily I have the pleasure of still performing treatments and feel very blessed that I still love my work after more than 35 years in the industry.
In 1993 I took myself off to Loughborough University and obtained my RSA qualification in Exercise to Music and Fitness training, and have taught various fitness classes locally ever since – keeping up with the latest trends (from Jane Fonda, to Step to Zumba!)
In 2014 I decided to study for a Certificate in Advanced Clinical Massage so I can help fix and maintain those aches and pains such as frozen shoulder, low back pain, tennis elbow, knee pain etc. It has also enhanced my anatomy and physiology knowledge of body mechanics and injury prevention. Regularly attending enrichment training workshops and lectures also inspires me – there is so much out there to still learn!
The health and fitness industry is constantly evolving and it is so exciting to learn more and keep up to date with the new crazes and fads.
I find it empowering to impart my knowledge and ‘slight craziness’ to motivate and help people to exercise and feel good about themselves – with all the stresses of our modern-day living it’s good to try and do something that helps maintain our equilibrium.
One of my personal mantras:
Remember life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving!
Hope to see you soon!