"I wouldn’t say there’s one piece of advice that stands out. However, I always had support from friends and family when I embarked on ‘yet another course’, especially when I returned to university as a mature student. There are so many courses, qualifications and opportunities within the fitness industry. Learning is never a waste of time and you’re never too old to change your route. "
"My greatest achievement in fitness is that I never wear only one hat. I pull elements from all aspects of my training to provide the best service I can to my clients."
Susan’s father and brother were Physical Training Instructors in the Royal Navy so the fitness industry seemed the natural path to follow. Susan gained her Exercise to Music qualification and continued to develop her career as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, sports therapist, fitness manager and assistant club manager. Susan now works as a freelance personal trainer and group exercise instructor, tutors in the sports science department of a local college and also works for Future Fit Training. She’s a keen runner and her main passion is ski-ing.
My specialist area is Pilates. As a physiotherapist I use Pilates in some form or other with every client I see for rehabilitation or postural correction and I’m still amazed at the results. I teach both classical mat classes of mixed ability and specific rehabilitation classes for injuries and older people or those with medical conditions or physical limitations.
When it comes to Pilates I think it’s really important to be patient and teach the fundamentals correctly to set strong foundations. If a client doesn’t understand the fundamentals and performs exercises without correct alignment and engaging the core muscles, then they won’t experience the benefits. I’ve come across many people who have been doing Pilates for years, then realise (in their own words) they’ve ‘been doing it wrong all that time.’ For the benefit of our clients and our good reputation it’s important that we, as instructors, understand Pilates and that we pass this knowledge and understanding on to our clients.
I met my fiancé when I was ski-ing and we’re getting married in a ski resort next year!