OTTERY FOREST FIT
Movement in Nature.
I believe we need to remember our evolutionary biology and add movement in nature back into our modern lives. We know we can help our health with exercise. It improves blood pressure, immunity and cardiovascular function. It strengthens muscles, reduces inflammation and helps regulate hormones. It reduces our risks of chronic disease.
Natural light is also critical for our well being. It has positive effects on our body clock, sleep quality and vitamin D levels. Spending time in green space improves our mood and reduces stress and anxiety levels.
Exercising in nature therefore offers so much more than the standard workout.
A Bit About Me
I am a former marine biologist who loved nothing more than being on a wind swept beach collecting specimens. After moving my scientific interests into genetics, and spending 14 years in Sydney, Australia, my family and I set up home in beautiful Devon. With such awe-inspiring nature on our doorstep, a passion for lifestyle health and a love of exercising outdoors, I decided to do my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training and start Ottery Forest Fit.
I run exercise sessions among the trees and surrounding areas of Ottery St Mary. These include small group circuit, interval and trail running sessions which focus on strength, cardio and core. Classes are suitable for all levels. I also offer personal training which targets your specific needs.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I use my 30 year background in science to write about and promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles. I am also a graduate of The Nutrition Academy, Australia (International Accreditation and Recognition Council accredited) and can work with you to help you achieve you weight goals.
I look forward to helping you move more and take control of your health.
Group outdoor classes will be back soon! Next term will start on Tuesday 20th April and run for 6 weeks until Friday 28th May. In the meantime, I am still able to offer 1:1 outdoor sessions in a public space and have various classes running via Zoom (see below).
If you are interested in any classes and/or would like more information, please contact me via email, social media or the form below.
Zoom classes will start again on the 22nd February and run for 6 weeks. Each class is £4 or £20 for the term.
Mondays 7-7:45am: High intensity interval training (HIIT).
Tuesdays 6:30-7:15pm Tabata with a focus on core stability for running
Wednesdays 9:15-10am Midweek Midlife Calm, Core & Strength.
Fridays 7-7:45am HIIT
Saturdays 10-10:45am Circuits
You'll need a mat and water. All exercises can be done using body weight only but sometimes additional resistance can be added with mini-bands, weights or common items you have at home such as tins of beans or water bottles.
I also offer online 1:1.
Fitness is about function both physically and mentally. When you exercise with others you share the experience and have fun. Add in nature and your body and mind will find the right balance. If you are a group with a specific challenge in mind, please get in touch.
Classes run weekly in line with the school term. Please check back about these when lockdown restrictions have lifted.
Monday Forest Circuits 9:15-10:15 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
Tuesday Forest Circuits 9:15-10:15 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
Tuesday Evening Interval Running 6:30-7:15 pm, Winters Lane Park, Ottery St Mary
Wednesday Calm, Core & Strength 9:15-10:00 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
Friday River Intervals 9:15-10:00 am, Ottery St Mary
Saturday Forest Circuits 9:15-10:15 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
Saturday Forest Circuits 10:30-11:30 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
One to One
I will help you work towards and achieve your health and fitness goals. This may include nutrition guidance as well as exercise. If you would like to train with a friend who has the same goals, I am happy to tailor a program for two people. If you have a four legged friend who may also benefit from your outdoor workout, they are also very welcome to join us!
Carers and Kids' Fitness - during the holidays only
Spend time in nature with your children, have fun and get fit. It's a winning combination all round! I run these in the school holidays. Check back for future dates.
The perfect gift for someone who loves connecting actively with nature.
Can also be used for remote classes.