“I think, the reasons behind why I do what I do, stem completely from a desire to learn; a fascination with how the body works and moves; and undoubtedly a passion for being outdoors, for being surrounded by nature and mountains. Then of course, the fact that it feels totally natural for me to take that information and learning and pass it on to someone else who will benefit.”
Where did it all begin?
“I guess, it all started at a very young age, never sitting still, always being out and about. Whether that was running around a football pitch, competing in athletics and cross country, cycling with friends, climbing trees, kayaking or going on walking and camping holidays with my family; that desire for being outdoors, was deep seated pretty early on. Always knowing, I wasn’t the type of person to sit behind a desk for a living and that I would always follow my passion to find a career I loved.
My love for PE at school, and a drive for understanding how the body worked quite naturally took me to university to study Sport & Exercise Science. At the time, believing that Secondary PE Teaching was the direction I would end up in, it allowed me the opportunities I craved to learn more and more about how the body worked, how all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together and nurtured my desire to pass the information on to others.
It also gave me my introduction to climbing.
Albeit, something I’d done occasionally before, this was now an opportunity to really get my teeth into something I’d wanted to try properly for a while. It’s safe to say I was hooked!”
“Climbing, is the one thing that seems to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together for me. It gets me outside in the most amazing places, allows opportunities to travel and see amazing things, it gives me that escape that most crave but struggle to find, to be able to turn phones off and escape technology and the buzz of a city for a while.
I guess, it just makes life simpler. You are totally immersed in what it is you are doing, having trust in those who are with you and always learning more about yourself. It’s also one of the most fun and social things I’ve ever done, full of like minded people the world over.”
Things didn’t quite go as planned…
“After finishing uni, I struggled for a few years trying to get onto a PGCE course, trying to get into teaching. I also picked up a few injuries; breaking my ankle climbing whilst at uni had a knock on effect and gave me knee issues, too much climbing caused compartment syndrome in my right shoulder. This was a particularly frustrating time. Fed up of not being able to start the career path I believed was right for me, sick and tired of being unable to run or climb or train and not knowing what I could do to fix things, having seen a Physio who didn’t really help! (*note, this is most certainly not the case with all Physio’s!)
It actually turned out to be one of the turning points of my life, and a time, looking back, I’m very grateful for.”
A new direction…
“Why? Purely because at this point in time I began my diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy. My passion for how the body worked was reignited, it linked all the theory and learning from my degree with practical hands on knowledge of how to train effectively and not only allowed me to learn how to fix the injuries that had been driving me mad, but gave me the perfect toolkit to help others. This passion is something that I realised was what I was here to do.
To change the climbing communities perception of strength & conditioning and training for climbing, to show other’s smarter ways to train, to create better movers, who are more able to deal with the stresses of climbing, recover from injury quicker or maybe even stop them occurring in the first place and ultimately take their climbing to new heights and great achievements.
I’ve been really lucky over the past 7 years, in the fact that by moving to Sheffield and following my dreams I’ve helped 100’s of clients including some of the biggest names in the climbing industry and currently have the great opportunity to work and travel with the GB Climbing Teams.”
Want to learn how we do what we do to get you great results? Check out The Movement Method page to find out more about the way we do things, I’ll give you a clue… it’s all about movement :0)