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 improve our health with exercise. It improves blood pressure, immunity & cardiovascular function. It strengthens muscles, reduces inflammation and helps regulate hormones. 
But natural light is also critical for our well being. It has positive effects on our body clock, sleep quality & Vitamin D levels. Being in nature improves our mood and reduces stress & anxiety levels.
Exercising in nature is therefore so much more than a gym 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 offer carers and kids' fitness sessions in the school holidays. I also do personal training which targets your specific needs.

I also use my 30 year background in science to write about and promote the benefits of healthy lifestyles. I am a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and am a graduate of The Nutrition Academy, Australia (International Accreditation and Recognition Council accredited).

I look forward to working with you to help you move more in nature and take control of your health.

Genevieve x


What I Do

I want you to enjoy exercise and enjoy being in nature and reap the benefits of both. I aim to help you achieve your health and fitness goals with a programme of exercise in an outdoor environment.
However, at this unprecedented time, we are unfortunately unable to do that together. I am therefore currently offering classes via Zoom. 
Classes will start again on the 1st June and run for 7 weeks. 
Mondays 7am: high intensity circuits
Wednesdays 10am: high intensity circuits
Fridays 9am: Low impact strength & core
If you are interested in classes, please contact me via email or the form below.

Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift for someone who loves connecting actively with nature. 
Can also be used for remote classes.

Group Fitness - currently suspended

Fitness is not only about what your body looks like on the outside, but also about how you feel. Exercising with others is about a shared experience and having 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.
Sessions are 45 minutes and run weekly in line with the school term. You're very welcome to start mid-term. 
Monday Forest Circuits 9:30-10:15 am, East Hill, Ottery St Mary
Tuesday Evening Running & HIIT 6:30-7:15 pm, Winters Lane Park, Ottery St Mary
Wednesday Early Bird Circuits 6:15-7:00 am, Land of Canaan, OSM
Wednesday River Intervals 9:30-10:15 am, off Fairmile Lane, OSM

Personal Training - currently suspended

I will help you work towards and achieve your health and fitness goals. If you would like to train with a friend who has the same goals, I am happy to tailor a specific program for two people. If you have a four legged friend who may also benefit from your outdoor workout, they are very welcome to join us!

Carers and Kids' Fitness - currently suspended

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.

Winter Warmers for over 55s - currently suspended

If you are over 55 and thinking about getting a little more active, why not try these Winter Warmer classes. The focus is on enjoyable and gentle movement in nature that will help your health and wellbeing. 

Classes are on Fridays from the10th January to the 3rd April.

Classes are £1.50 per session and take place in the Land of Canaan park, Ottery St Mary, 10:30-11:15, and are followed by a short walk to a local cafe for a cuppa and chat.

Haven't been before? Don't let that stop you! Just turn up or email for further details.


What People Say


"Would highly recommend Ottery Forest Fit. A friendly, lovely group. They are supportive, helping you to achieve your goals."

Janet Abbott

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Ottery Saint Mary EX11, UK


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