Jacqueline Hooton

"I am aware students are often apprehensive and anxious when attending their first fitness course so it’s important to create a professional but friendly environment to encourage a supportive atmosphere for learning. This forges the relationship students will need to adopt with their clients in a gym setting, so it has direct relevance in their new careers"
"The best piece of advice that I've received is to follow your passion! You’ll always be successful in the areas you feel passionate about, so in other words don’t feel you have to train with a new piece of equipment just because you think it’s the ‘in thing’!"

Jacqueline has always been a passionate advocate of exercise for health and clean eating. She turned her hobby into a career 15 years ago when she studied to become a personal trainer. 

Experience and expertise

  • Worked in large chain gyms and smaller local authority leisure centres
  • Worked in home-based studios
  • Runs regular post-natal ‘buggy’ type outdoor classes
  • Runs regular events for professional women working in the health and fitness industry
  • Jacqueline teaches and assesses the Gym Instructor course and has been a Future Fit Training tutor since 2010

What are your specialist areas?

  • I qualified as a kettlebell trainer on one of the first REPs accredited courses several years ago and developed the first kettlebell course for the Future Fit School of Personal Training
  • As a mum of five children I have a natural affinity with pre- and post-natal training
  • As a former female body building champion I have a keen interest in strength and conditioning

I encourage students to question and challenge their fitness knowledge and to keep an open mind as the industry develops and changes at such a pace. I hope to infuse students with my passion as a fitness professional and also to maintain standards, encouraging them to identify their unique talents and areas of interest for future career development.

What's your greatest achievement in fitness?

I am very proud to have taken part in two London Marathons as well as raising £8,000 for a local children’s charity in the process. During 2012 I entered the world of female figure competitions and was thrilled to be invited to the finals of the British Natural Body Building Federation. I went on to win first place at the Hercules Olympia Competition. In March 2015 I created the first conference specifically aimed at women working in the health and fitness industry. I have twice been nominated by Future Fit Training as The Most Inspiring Fitness Professional for the UK Active Awards and although I didn’t win it was a great honour to make it as a finalist. I have presented at industry events such as FitPro and I am a published contributor on the Huffington Post UK tackling many issues which I believe affect women’s health and well-being.

Tell us something personal about yourself

I appeared on BBC’s The One Show in a feature about bodybuilding and Chris Evans announced I officially had the longest legs they have ever seen in the studio!