I am a huge advocate of modern yoga as you all know and am still after 24 years constantly navigating what yoga brings into my life, life in general and what is typically touted as yoga in our society. So I have started bringing group discussion/rants usually led by me into the beginning of class, […]
I am thrilled to announce that Freestyle Fitness Yoga is one of the first recognised scopes of practice in the fitness industry! Scope of practice is a set of guidelines that describe what a professionally recognised instructor can do in their job. It’s a celebration of everything you know and puts the power of change […]
Here is a short piece I wrote for Fitness Professionals on Imposter Syndrome and why it is so prominent in our industry right now. We tend to measure our success by what we see in the here and now, what social media tells us and the frequency in which it drops into our feed. Success […]
Before you scroll down to see just who it is that questions the relevance of people post 50 presenting at this and other conventions, just hear me out and read my post. I wait with anticipation each year to see if I am in the final cut of the IFS video, just one clip sums […]
I recently had a conversation with someone from Sport England and had to ask myself “why are you getting so angry?” Some context – it was in relation to my concerns on how the Group Exercise industry is governed. Upon reflection it is an age old flame that becomes fuelled when I am so confidently […]
If I have 1 regret from my years of teaching, it is that I did not cancel enough classes. My loyalty to the people who came was personal not professional and they would have continued to come, even and perhaps especially if I had been more business like in my class planning. My loyalty to the clubs where I taught was never reciprocated or rewarded, it was expected and that is a massive ask! Sometimes we have nothing to give and at these times we should be able to recoup and relax. You may throw in the need to earn money at this point, but in all honesty, if you do this job well, with planning and some percentage of a business mind, your days away from teaching should not impact your overall income.
Everything needs an outcome and this is it. We are on the cusp of another change in the industry. The large operators are severely challenged by both budget and boutiques. The blanket approach is not pulling in people any more as the end user is tired of mass produced concepts and can afford to be more selective and daring in their exercise choices. They can run for free in the park and pay up to £20 for hot yoga, join a cross fit box, exercise on line – ultimately they have so much more choice.
Today is about INTENTION, when everyone is doing something different, the hardest thing is to stay on your own path. Nike ended – we did not agree with their latest ideas, Athletes in Action ended – we had outgrown it really and Freestyle was ending – so what next? I always wanted my own clothing brand but now was not the time, AIA developed into the best friendship I have ever had and Freestyle? Although it was over, I was not ready to lay it to rest just yet!
We all know that words and actions can truly inspire, but do we really understand the power that our words and actions have on others? Or the affect our internal dialogue has on our own self esteem and state of mind?
By actively creating a more positive outlook, focusing on true character strengths and setting positive intentions we can help ourselves and others experience better outcomes.
Now we’re not talking magical powers here but scientific fact – read on…
Here we go or here we go again? Let’s be honest! the new year, new you stuff is all a bit overwhelming, when it’s cold, wet and all you want to do is re live Christmas. Positive affirmations, smiley faces, peace and love – I kind of want to lie down with the cat for […]
Well actually, yes it is, if loving what you do is the absolute and most important thing in your life. I know so many people who teach as a means of relaxation, enjoyment, a reason to step out of their own lives for a few hours each week. Teaching exercise is the perfect way to […]