A Brief History of Helen

I have always been interested in sport and exercise. My mum was a netballer, dad played rugby and (much to the disappointment of dad), I played football. As I grew up I tried all different sports but it’s football that has remained a big part of my life.

When I was growing up, I always wanted to go to Exeter University and study Sports Science. I have no idea why I was so keen on this, but I was. I left school and went to Exeter College, studying the BTEC in Sport (Performance and Excellence) and I was part of the very successful football academy there.

I studied Exercise and Sports Science at Exeter Uni as well as playing rugby and football (not going to lie, the degree did take a backseat at times)! I made the three best mates I could ask for and I loved it! Then I graduated. What now? I had no idea. I worked in Tesco bakery part time, and if I wasn’t overweight enough from Uni, that didn’t help!

We have family friends from America and I can remember them coming over and meeting them in the cafe in Tesco. To this day, I credit Kerstin with putting the idea of becoming a PT in my head and giving me the confidence to pursue it. I went home, spoke to my parents and a few days later I had signed up for a six week personal training course.

My first job was at a council run sports centre, although not the most glamorous of places, I wouldn’t change it. I made some excellent friends who I still see, and I now own a studio with the chap who hired me! From there I went travelling, then I came back and was offered a job as a PT at the local Golf & Country Club, then I went travelling again, came back and started out as a self-employed personal trainer. The rest they say, is history.

So many PT’s try and go self-employed as soon as they’ve finished their course but I’m glad I worked my way up from the bottom. I’ve worked with, and learnt from, some excellent coaches and trainers and figured out what not to do from some not-so-great ones. I’ve now been training people for nine years, which isn’t a bad life span for a PT! I still love my job, as much, if not more, than I did when I first started.

But what else do you do?

Well, I’m still playing football and I love to watch rugby. I also love to go surfing but I’m more of an ‘all the gear, no idea’ type of surfer! I also bought a longboard (the skateboard kind) so I love to go out on that, although falling off comes naturally to me!

Apart from sports, my other passions are dogs, coffee and donuts! I will always maintain that it’s hard to beat a Sainsbury’s sugared ring donut. Yum. If you feel differently about this, feel free to try and change my mind!

I love to read and watch films. I’m a bit of a fantasy fan and love Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and all the Marvel films. I enjoy going out for dinner, and love asian food.

Travelling is also a big part of my life. As you can see above I’ve been twice for four months at a time. Twice to New Zealand and Fiji as well as South East Asia, South America, Indonesia and Australia. I made a promise to myself that I’d try to go to a new country each year.