Strength & Conditioning
General fitness / weightloss
Snatch - 59kg
C&J - 78kg
Squat - 125kg
Deadlift - 150kg
I'm a British Weightlifting instructor based in Warrington, and will be teaching classes, offering programming and personal coaching to clients. Other than coaching, I have years of experience working in nurseries with 0-5's before moving into working in schools, particularly ASD (autism) bases and SEN schools. She holds a postgraduate in Early Childhood, and a postgraduate in therapeutic play studies having trained as a play therapist for children, as well as childcare and multiple special needs qualifications including autism and speech and language. I am also DBS checked. At Pride Performance, we offer an inclusive gym where every age and ability can attend, and special educational needs will be met where possible.
I got into strength training when I attempted to squat in a commercial gym, on my own, and although I enjoyed it, knew I needed more help. I very nervously joined a gym which was known for weightlifting and took it from there! Trust me, I understand if you're scared or don't think you're strong enough etc, I was absolutely terrified! I literally hid in a bush for 40 minutes in the freezing cold because I was nervous about going in to a strength gym. I had so many questions and thoughts running around my head; what if I wasn't good enough?, they're all so strong, what if they laugh at me?, what if I can't do it?. Luckily, a member of the gym found me as he was leaving and took me inside introducing me to everyone in the gym. I couldn't believe how friendly everybody was and how wrong I'd been!
At first, I got into lifting my compound movements, squat, bench and deadlift and with the support and advice of people around me in the gym, I noticed a huge progression in my own lifting. Although I love these lifts, I knew I didn't want to compete in powerlifting. I decided I wanted to take up olympic weightlifting, and that's where I am now. I absolutely love the sport and my confidence has soared personally and in the gym since I began.
Although I coach a range of ages and abilities, I personally enjoy coaching beginners as I believe that being an olympic weightlifter myself who has progressed from a nervous beginner to where I am today really helps to build relationships with my clients and to understand and support them through their journey.
My current goal is to continue to progress in olympic weightlifting and become competitive at a regional level.