About Jane Mansley
I'm a Girton-based Pilates and fitness instructor. I run classes in Cambridgeshire, specialising in Body Control Pilates® and STRONG Nation®. My classes are suitable for all fitness levels and I aim to make them welcoming, fun and very effective.
I believe that exercise should be about having fun and feeling good - for life! If you can't sustain a restrictive diet or a gruelling exercise regime, you won't enjoy the benefits in the long-term, and you'll soon be back where you started. There's no one-size-fits-all system and the best exercise is the one that you actually do!
You don't need to look 'a certain way' to be welcome here. Pictures in the media - including the fitness media - often represent distorted images of what it means to be fit and healthy, and this can lead to negative self-esteem. I am happy with my body, and guess what? It's okay to like a body that isn't Instagram perfect. It's much healthier to like what is realistic for you than to strive for the unobtainable. Feeling good is about being valued for who you are, overcoming challenges and maybe having a bit of a giggle. I adapt exercises to work your body appropriately, in a non-judgemental atmosphere.
Although as an adult I've long been interested in looking after my health and fitness, this hasn't always been the case. If you'd met me at a school PE lesson, typically picking daisies during a rounders match, you would be surprised to see me as a fitness professional today! I favoured sciences over sport, have a PhD in genetics and worked as a conservation biologist for ten years. My family includes two lovely daughters and a husband who keeps fit by running, skiing and Pilates.