Meet the people I teach

When people are thinking about coming to a group fitness class they are often concerned about ‘fitting in’.   Some are concerned that they are not fit enough, or perhaps worried about what to wear, they think they don’t have the right gear etc.  So I’ve started a little movie project to allow you to meet some of the people I teach.  Today at the Meths church I filmed Lilian, Lesley and Lesley.  As you can see they are all lovely and quite Normal!

Sitting is the new Smoking

A Pilates client mentioned to me that her Consultant and told her that ‘Sitting is the new Smoking’.  I remembered seeing this info-graphic, it makes me want to leap up off the sofa!

Info-graphic supplied by  I image that some of the stats come from the US but we wont be far behind.  Makes for chilling reading doesn’t it? 

Behind the scenes with Santa

christmas greeting

Remember the Christmas card I gave out in class and on Facebook?

Some people accused me of Photoshopping it!

Well, yes, some photoshop was involved but me and Sam from Saddleworth Studios did go up to Hartshead Pike in October to shoot me jumping and planking.

I thought you might like to see the Behind The Scenes photos . . .



Plank, my feet and hand are lost in the grass.

 we dropped the plank idea!

Nope, still not working, we dropped the plank idea!

Failed jump

Failed jump, feet totally lost, we have a lot of shots like this.

We caused a stir with cyclists and walkers

We caused a stir with cyclists and walkers . . .


At last, we nailed it, this is the shot I used.

Of course I did add additional ‘me’s’ and a snowy sky, but we really did go to Hartshead Pike!

Any suggestions for next years Christmas photo-shoot?

Learning to Fly

As part of my on going Birthday celebrations I found myself in front of a large helicopter fan learning to skydive, I have to say it was totally awesome!  Whilst flying, the spine is in extension and the chest is opened, shoulders retracted.  I was a little worried that I might get a sore back, my spine and extension are not Best Friends!  Actually my glutes were the main thing that complained (they always want to “take over” don’t they?).  I felt a little beat up the day after but completely worth it for such a fantastic experience.

I was curious to know what the cardiac response to throwing oneself in front of a helicopter fan might be, so I wore my heart rate monitor.  Check out the screenshot, as you can see not much effect at all!

Myzone graph whilst indoor skydiving

Thank you to Cilla for the fab gift and for flying with me along with Mike, Janine and Margaret.  We flew at Airkix near the Trafford Centre, it was the perfect day – Skydiving and shopping!