My Philosophy Exercise should be about having fun and feeling good - for life! A restrictive diet or a gruelling exercise regime that you can't sustain won't bring you lasting benefits and you'll soon be back where you started. The best exercise is the one that you actually do! You don't need to look 'a certain way' to be welcome here. The media - including the fitness media - often represent distorted images of what it means to be fit and healthy, and this can lead to poor self-esteem. It's much healthier to like what is realistic for you than to strive for the unobtainable. In my classes you will be valued for who you are, overcome challenges and maybe have 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.