HUTT | SASPT | Personal Trainer | East Grinstead
Sarah was recommended to me by friend after my moaning about putting on weight after giving uo smoking and general life approaching mid thirties! I contacted Sarah and have never looked back since. She was recommended by someone who goes to her classes and told me how motivating she was, she was not wrong. Sarah has changed my attitude towards exercise and instead of hating it, as I once did, I now love it. She has a passion for her job that somehow rubs off on you and not only do I enjoy exercise now I look and feel like a different person. I will not lie, she works you hard but Sarah makes every session intersting and different, for example boxing. I had never thought about this as a way to get fit but now I love it and have invested in my own gloves.
I know it may sound dramatic but I feel Sarah has changed my life! I have a new energy and positive outlook and seem to wake up ready to cope with the day ahead. After doing an intensive 6 months with Sarah people were commenting on how much weight I had lost and how toned I was looking, which makes you feel great, no more bingo wings. I think because Sarah makes the sessions fun and interesting it feels like the time flies by. I am now pregnant and although I reached my target weight I still carry on seeing Sarah, as well as going to her classes at the gym, as I enjoy the sessions so much.
There are not many people who can change your life around in such a positive way, perhaps she should become a life coach too! Thank you Sarah for the new and improved me.
Valuable lessons I learned
In 2018 I fell off a shed, into a branch and cracked my ribs. I had qualified again for the UCI amateur world championships (Cycling). The year before I had raced in Albi. I had placed 19 in my age category and 3rd British female in my group. I had trained all summer, sacrificed trips away, nights out with friends but it was worth the sacrifice as I was feeling strong and fast! Cracking my ribs was such a blow. I was unable to compete, I was on strong anti-inflammatories and pain killers that may have put me on the banned substance list and my insurance company wouldn't insure me to travel.
I learned some valuable lessons over this time.
- I tried to get back on the bike too early. I even raced 6 weeks later in the Revolve 24. I won the female place for distance, riding for the 12 hours race, riding through the night! But I was in pain. I wasn't listening to my body. My legs were strong but my body was compensating to keep the weight off my ribs. Listen to your body. Take time to recover. That didn't mean stop moving but move with consideration.
- You can read all the literature about pain but it doesn't really give you the understanding of how it can change your life. I couldn't sit in a car for long. I cancelled numerous trips that meant I would have to travel in a car or a plane. I did one trip to Scotland in this period and I was literally in tears. I worried the whole time I was there as I knew I would have to travel home again. My mood changed, my sleep, my frustration. Listen, have empathy and understand where someone is coming from.
- You will try anything and everything. I went to see all manner of medical and non-medical professionals. I had 2 herniated discs L5S1 and had a nerve root injection in my spine in 2019. I had so much conflicting advice. I know a lot as a personal trainer, I have continually studied and still do to this day, but I am not medically trained and would never claim to be. I had one person say "don't lie on your front", another that said "it's fine, if it feels ok". Listen to others but also understand there is a lot of "opinion out there". Listen to your own sense of reason.
I love what I do and I am are constantly learning and training myself
I am constantly driven by the incredible sense of fulfilment I feel when someone achieves their goals – no matter if they’re you’re an elite athlete, recreational athlete or a sedentary office worker. I believe that everyone can positively change themselves and their bodies.