Gemma

I’ve always been active, dancing regularly – and competitively – from the age of two to sixteen, but, surprisingly for a personal trainer, sports were never my forte. In fact, I often avoided P.E. like the plague! In my twenties, I swapped tap shoes for trainers and well and truly caught the gym bug. I’d often watch personal trainers working with clients or teaching classes and think, “I can do that”, so I decided to stop thinking about it and actually do it, studying for my Level 3 PT and pre and post-natal personal training qualifications. 

 

Pre-personal training, I worked as a fashion journalist at Look magazine for 8 years, and exercise was a way of counteracting the stress and pressure of busy office life, hectic commute and the effects of spending all day sitting at a desk. More recently, I was Fitness Editor at Women’s Health magazine, a role that involved working with various fitness experts, bolstering my knowledge as a personal trainer. 

 

After having my son in February 2019, I knew I wanted more of a work/life balance, and now combine personal training with writing – the best of both worlds! Having trained throughout my pregnancy and returned to exercise safely after my C-section, I knew I wanted to empower other women to do the same, and cut through the often-confusing noise and misinformation surrounding exercise in pregnancy and the post-partum period. 

 

I have experience working with clients of varying abilities and am passionate about training for strength and functionality. 

 

When I’m not working, I’ll be taking walks with my son and husband in nearby Epping Forest, reading a book or escaping back to my native Newcastle for some family time and fresh sea air. 


 

Qualifications and Training

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training 

Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante Natal and Post Natal Clients 

Level 3 Award in Instructing Outdoor Fitness

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