My Nourish, Sweat, Sparkle journey began with becoming an ETM Level 2 qualified Group Exercise instructor.
This training set me up with anatomy & physiology, exercise to music – aerobics, conditioning, resistance, nutrition and allowed me to start teaching aerobics, body conditioning, designing my own circuits, etc.
But I wanted more. A former brown belt in Washinkai Karate and silver medallist in Kata at the BTKA National Championships, I loved the martial arts inspired programmes gyms offered that didn’t involve actual fighting, so I took to Les Mills Body Combat like a ninja to the dojo.
Quickly, mentored by fantastic instructors of fistandfeather.com fame Chris and Sherry, I qualified to teach that too (it’s a trademarked Les Mills programme; I am no longer paid up subscriber so I no longer teach it, but it comprises martial-arts inspired high intensity cardio training, and a nutrition element is included)
I’d always been a fan of dance growing up, and was hugely inspired by a dance and zumba teacher friend of mine, Georgie Lou, to try teaching zumba too. I became Zumba Basic certified [trademarked zumba class instruction] and taught at a fitness centre for a while in addition to classes at my office when I worked in marketing!
I covered body conditioning, Les Mills Body Combat and aerobics classes at gyms including David Lloyd and LA Fitness for a couple of years, but stopped teaching to spend more time developing my own fitness regime, exploring hot yoga, Tone It Up and Bikini Body Guides. I ran a 10k and a half marathon; I read and read and read about nutrition.
I was asked by friends to design programmes for them based on my experience of all of these varied fitness regimes, classes, and qualifications. They loved them.
I started documenting my journey on Instagram as legallygymliving and got inspired by people who lived BALANCED, HEALTHY lifestyles that weren’t about extreme diets, over-exercising or unrealistic expectations.
Nourish, Sweat, Sparkle was then born.
Having witnessed first hand the power of fitness to transform both mind and body, and build mental strength as well as muscle, I am passionate about sharing this with people and helping everyone make small changes to make them look, but most importantly feel, good.
Stay focused & extra sparkly ❤
Join me on my journey on instagram @legallygymliving, and start yours too!