We caught up with new Hub team member Claire!
Claire is a Personal Trainer and we are very excited to welcome her to the team! Claire has already started working with clients at the Hub, so if you are interested in further information, please contact 01548 852355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I moved to Devon 8 1/2 years ago from the Midlands. I always wanted to live by the sea and would spend the end of every holiday in the South West wondering why we were leaving. I have a young family and wanted to bring them up valuing the outdoors rather than shopping and busy high streets.”
What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
“I am passionate about exercise, fitness and nutrition and love being outdoors. I love the feeling you get from exercise and the strength and energy it gives you in life and want to share that with others.”
How did you first get into fitness?
“As a student and like many others my diet was awful and I enjoyed drinking and socialising but once I graduated decided to take myself in hand and get myself fit. I started by attending step and aerobic classes as well as attending the gym with my friends and soon got the bug. In my 20’s we got a dog and I decided to start running with her which was fabulous and she ran with me until she was 12 years old! We had many adventures along the canal paths and fields of Leicestershire. I now have a sprocker spaniel and have started to run with her too which we both love.”
Who is your biggest fitness inspiration?
“I am inspired by endurance athletes and spend a lot of time on my long runs listening to The Rich Roll podcast. I love listening to stories of adventure, hearing how people overcome difficulties within their life and go on to achieve huge challenges . One of my favourite people is Kim Chambers who went from having a terrible life changing accident to becoming the first woman to complete Ocean’s Seven, which involves swimming seven of the most dangerous channels across the world.”
Top tip to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising?
“When I don’t feel like exercising I try not to think too much about it. I just throw on my trainers and get started I always know I will be so much happier within 10 minutes of getting started!”
What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
“I love to spend time with my family and I get outside as much as possible. I can’t stand being stuck inside all day and am happy to go out whatever the weather!”
What would you say to someone who doesn’t know where to start with their fitness journey?
“The most important thing is to just give it a go, don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t worry about what others think. Plan set times each week so that exercise becomes part of your usual routine and if you miss a session from time to time don’t beat yourself up about it, just pull your trainers on a and get started again.”
Favourite motivational quote?
“Believe in yourself. You will be unstoppable”
Proudest achievement to date?
“Last year I completed the Dartmoor Classic 100 Mile Cycle Ride. It was freezing cold and pouring with rain and although the elements were definitely against me I didn’t give up and kept going to the end! Shivering and freezing I wanted to stop on many occasions during the day, but as I rode with a friend we were able to keep each other going by looking at the funny side of it and eating plenty of flapjack along the way!”
Two deserted island must haves?! (If all your human needs such as food and water were taken care of!)
“My gorgeous dog Harper and my trainers I can’t be without them!!”