A bit about us...


SAMANTHA:

Like my sister Rachel I've always had an interest in fitness, from organised gym classes to my own training. Even at school I was a member of the netball team and enjoyed the P.E. lessons when others were hiding in the changing rooms.

I was introduced to Kettlebells whilst working out with a PT, I was amazed that this one simple piece of equipment could work everything... and I mean everything! When Rachel qualified as a Kettlercise Instructor in 2011 I jumped at the chance to attend her classes when I could, I've been a regular attendee ever since.
Classes rather than lone gym work have always been my particular fitness fix as I feel more motivated to work hard and push myself when exercising with other people. This is a major factor in me making the move from class participant to instructor. I completed my intensive Kettlercise training course with Guy Noble (Kettlercise co-founder) and I'm  looking forward to putting everything I've learned from both Rachel and Guy into practice.

Exercise Experience:

I've completed a number of running and walking events including; Everest Base Camp Trek (2013), The Major Series (2013), Stanford Hall Half Marathon (2014), Yorkshire and National 3 Peaks Challenges, Barnsley 10K & Appleby Bridge Canter 10K. I run regularly with a mix of friends and family and am a keen 'Park Runner'. 

 
            Everest Base Camp with my Fiance                             Bungee jump in New Zealand                        Christmas Park Run crew

RACHEL:

As a mum of 2 young boys I know how hard it can be to fit exercise around family life, everything can seem to be against you finding time to train. I found Kettlebells were a great way to get an all body workout and used 2-3 times a week can provide great results in terms of fat loss and muscle development.

After finishing University I decided to pursue a career in Outdoor Education. I completed an intensive practical based course and gained a variety of outdoor and adventurous activity based instructor qualifications. I worked in this field for a number of years eventually progressing to personal development work with a variety of Educational Charities whilst I completed my Post 16 Teaching Qualification.

In 2009 my first son was born. Since his birth I have continued my education, I decided to gain further fitness based instructor qualifications. I completed my Level 2 Gym Instructor course in 2011, along with my Group Studio Cycling and Adapting Exercise for Ante / Post Natal Participants qualifications. I am currently finalising my Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification as well as selection of specialist fitness and sports modules. The Kettlercise and Kettlebell Level 1 & 2 qualifications were natural inclusions after introducing Kettlebells into my own training during 2011.

After falling pregnant with my second child in early 2012 I continued my Kettlercise classes until November 2012. My 2nd son was born in January 2013, a fantastic start to the new year!

Exercise Experience:

I have spent the last 17 years personally using gym equipment and participating in various organised classes (Boxercise, Step Aerobics, Body Pump, Body Combat, Circuits, Spinning). Alongside activities in a gym environment, sports have formed part of my life since I was 10 years old (playing netball, competitive level hockey and rowing for my university). During my time as the rowing team captain I ran circuit training sessions for club members alongside water based training. I have had involvement in a number of adventure sports including mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking and caving. I include various activities into my own training including running, cycling, hill walking, resistance training and kettlebells and have taken part in a number of races and events; Stanford Hall Half Marathon (2014), The Major Series (North 2013), Cannon Hall 10k (2013), Race For Life, Wakefield & Dewsbury 10km, Tough Guy (twice - what was I thinking!), World Tin Bath Race (Isle of Man), The Great Kinder Beer Barrel Race (Edale, Derbyshire) and the Hathersage Hilly Triathlon.

I have recently started training for and entering Strongwoman competitions. My Kettlebells have given me a real solid strength foundation to work from and develop. 

            

  The Kinder Beer Barrel Race Team 2011 (I'm 3rd from right)                                            Tough Guy crew (2007)

                                                                                                                      We're just about to start the Killing Field obstacles

Qualifications:

  • Kettlercise & Kettlercise H-CORE Instructor (RKPS)
  • Kettlebell Level 1 & 2 (KBT Education)
  • Strength & Conditioning Level 1 (KBT Education)
  • Group Training and Circuits
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Studies with English Literature (University College Chester)
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Group Studio Cycling
  • Adapting Exercise for Ante and Post Natal Participants (L3)
  • Mountain Leader (Summer)
  • Single Pitch Award (Climbing)
  • Trial Cycle Leader (MTB)