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Alberto...

Hometown: Barcelona, Spain

Background: Alberto was born with a love for all things sport and fitness related. He has a background in Karate and Athletics and holds a BSC (HONS) Sports Science degree as well as several Personal Training and Pilates qualifications.  Alberto’s passion for all things related to human movement have lead him to write articles for the European Congress of Sport Science, where he has also held lectures for other trainers.

Alberto loves to help people get the most out of their bodies and achieve results they never thought possible!

Alberto’s fitness tip: Integrate everything into your workout. 

Favourite place in London: I love Regents Park – great for a picnic and a spot of Frisbee on a summer’s day!

Favourite move: Platform lunge, TRX Bridge w/ low row, Saw saga

Amy...

Hometown: New York City

Background: Amy was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, starting in New York with Dance Theatre of Harlem and finishing with Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds. Amy has a Bachelor's in Fine Arts for Dance Performance and Education and a Bacherlor's in Print and Broadcast Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, USA. After retraining in Exercise to Music and Gym Instruction, Amy began teaching dance exercise in the fitness industry four years ago and added indoor cycling, total body conditioning, XtendBarre and barefoot cardio programmes to her repertoire.

Amy's fitness tip: Find something physical you enjoy doing and exercise will never feel like hard work.  

Favourite place in London: Brick Lane on a Sunday because of the art, food and the different types of people from all over the world.

Ania...

Hometown: Donetsk, Ukraine

Background: Ania fused her 2 passions into one career and became a Lifestyle & Fitness trainer in 2007, having graduated from the University of North Carolina with an MA in Exercise Physiology. A particularly interested in muscular imbalances and postural alignment issues which drew Ania to yoga and following a trip to India in 2010, Ania became a certified Astanga yoga instructor.

Ania's fitness tip: When trying to make changes to your lifestyle it’s ok to start small and important you set yourself achievable goals in the beginning. You will find yourself moving towards a healthier and stronger you in no time. Find an activity you enjoy and fitness will never feel like a chor!

Favourite place in London: One of the many things I love about London is the variety.  There’s so much on offer in this amazing city.  I particularly love picnicking in London’s parks, exploring The Southbank and Camden and taking a trip to Greenwich by boat. 

Favourite move: Platform teaser

Anushka...

Home town: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Background:  A former Professional Rugby player for the Sri Lanka national team, Anushka has been a sports and athletics fanatic since childhood.  Sports specific conditioning and nutrition are his speciality.  Anushka's energy is infectious and will leave you smiling after a tough love workout. 

Anushka’s fitness tip: Train smarter not just harder.

Favourite place in London:  Greenwich Park for a great workout.

Favourite move: Scrambled egg

Ban...

You will soon know about Ban's interests!

Beth...

Hometown: Newton-le-Willows

Background: Beth comes from a background of competitive swimming. She graduated from Leeds Met with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She is now a qualified Personal Trainer. Her main forms of training are weight training, swimming and reformer Pilates.

Favourite place in London: Borough Market, purely for the burgers!

Favourite move: Side lying leg press, I love a good booty workout!

Charlie...

Hometown: Streatham, London

Background:  Charlie has a passion for martial arts and has been involved in the sport since an early age. He loves a physical challenge and is a huge fan of rock climbing and other extreme sports.  Charlie is a recently qualified REPS L3 Personal Trainer. He's young and highly energetic with a warm and friendly demeanour.

Charlie’s fitness tip: Your body is more capable than you think!  So next time you train push yourself that little bit harder. You can do it!

Favourite place in London: London Fields in East London - there's so much going on and it's got a great vibe.

Favourite move: Wheelbarrow

Damien...

Hometown:  Brighton

Background:  Damien grew up playing basketball from a young age and realised that he was a better athlete than basketball player - so decided to pass on his passion and knowledge of fitness. He has been Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist for 8 years, and a qualified and a practising Kettlebell coach for 4 years.

Damien’s fitness tip:  To create a balanced, lean and healthy body inside and out, don't forget to work your heart!

Favourite place in London: Primrose Hill - it's an amazing place to be on any day, in any weather.

Dan...

Hometown: Durban South Africa 

Background: Professional dancer

Favourite place in London: Top of Greenwich park 

Favourite move: Pike

Dec...

Hometown: Dundrum, Co. Down

Background: Declan is a level 3 qualified personal trainer with a passion for sport and fitness. Declan loves competitive sports, and played Gaelic Football for his Parish and Schools while growing up back in his native Ireland. He is also graduate of the prestigious London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, where he studied acting, and in doing so gained further knowledge of the body as an instrument. 

Favourite Place in London: Along the South Bank. It has so many interesting places, like the National Theatre, the BFI and Royal Festival Hall. There's always something happening. I also love the view from the nearby Embankment Footbridge.

Favourite move: Teaser. Zero springs. I love blasting those obliques!

 

Emma...

Hometown: Aylesbury, Bucks

Background: Emma became a huge snowboarding fan at the age of 16 and a couple of years later she moved to the French Alps where she lived for 10 years.  Emma entered the world of fitness through rehabilitation of a knee injury, realising the importance of maintaining a strong healthy body in order to do what she loved.  She then moved back to the UK in 2009 where she studied for a Diploma in Exercise and Fitness instructing.  Having completed her Diploma she returned to France for another season of snowboarding and teaching circuit training and outdoor workouts on the beach.

Emma's fitness tip: "Try not.  Do or do not, there is no try."   Basically, if you think you can't do something, train yourself until you can!!  Have fun with it and be proud of your achievements.

Favourite place in London: Anywhere as long as I am on my bicycle! I cycle everywhere in London, it really is the only way to travel and you see the city from a different perspective, having the freedom to explore the canals, back streets and beautiful parks.

Favourite move: Scrambled egg

Erika...

Hometown: Tonbridge, Kent

Background: Erika trained at Trinity Laban – receiving a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre and continued her studies at University Limerick, Ireland with MA in Contemporary Dance, whilst completing her Exercise to Music with YMCA. Since graduation in 2010 Erika has performed and taught dance across the UK and has certified as both an XtendBarre and STOTT Pilates teacher.

Erika's fitness tip: Learn to listen to both your body and mind - know when to push yourself harder and when you need to rest. Focus on reaching your own full potential but remember you only have one body, take care of it!

Favourite place in London: Blackheath – especially on Bonfire Night.

Favourite move: Standing inner thigh

Esther...

Hometown: Basel, Switzerland

Background: Esther graduated from Laine Theatre Arts with a National Dance Diploma (Trinity London) and an I.S.T.D. Dance Teacher Qualification. Whilst working as a dancer she started to build up a second career in the fitness industry teaching Pilates, Dance and Fitness. Esther has 8 years’ experience teaching Pilates to clients of all abilities, and her certifications include Mat Pilates (REPS Level 3), Equipment Pilates (Pilates Education), Pilates for Skiers (APPI), Pre & Post Natal Pilates (The Centre for Women's Fitness), Exercise to Music Level 2 (YMCA), Willpower & Grace and Zumba.

Esther’s fitness tip: It's all about movement and body awareness - move with precision and passion and enjoy how it makes you feel.  Listen to your body, feel your body and look after your body. Embrace a new challenge, stick with it and have fun.

Favourite place in London: I love the diversity in London, every area has a complete different feel to it and there are just too many places I love to pick out one.

Favourite move: Spider kicks

Gillian...

Hometown: Kildare, Ireland

Background:  Gillian began teaching Pilates in 2008 following a career change and has since achieved a Level 3 diploma in Pilates and Gym instruction. Gillian is also a qualified Kettlebell and TRX instructor. In addition to this Gillian holds a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy in CNM Dublin.

Gillian's fitness tip: It's never too late to start. Be brave, surprise yourself and remember if it didn't challenge you it won't change you!

Favourite place in London:  Hampstead Heath - it's like a little slice of home!

Gok...

Hometown: Dubai, UAE

Background: Gok has been in the fitness industry since 2008 practicing a wide range of disciplines, from step aerobics to yoga to personal training. He gets goosebumps from teaching high energy classes and will definitely push you to get the best out of your workout. Apart from being true aficionado of functional training, he takes pride in both his ability to sustain the urdhva dhanurasana for a substantial period of time, and his ever-growing collection of colourful athletic shoes.

Gok's Fitness tip: Weight is just your relationship with gravity. Your mirror image on the other hand is an honest measure.

Favourite place in London: BFI IMAX. The view is simply stunning. And the sound.

Grace...

Hometown: Surrey

Background: Grace is a dancer and studied at Italia Conti in London, she danced professionally for 10 years. Grace now teaches Pilates and Barre at Heartcore and is loving it!

Favourite place in London: Richmond, heaps to do, love the chilled out vibe. It's a beaut in the summer and in the winter!

Favourite move: Standing pretzle, it has it all, glutes, waist and upper body!

Isabella...

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Background: Growing up in a dance studio in Brazil, she discovered her passion for music and dance. She continued developing her skills for 15 years focusing mainly on classical ballet and contemporary dance. Her growing interest for dance and body movement motivated her to pursue a degree in Physiotherapy in Brazil, allowing her to fully understand the physiological movements. After moving to London she decided to combine her background in physiotherapy and dance to become a Barre instructor, which allows her to leverage her passion for fitness.

Favourite place in London: Regent's Park, beautiful place for outdoor workouts.

Favourite move: Flat back chair, I love the way it elongates and strengthens the thighs and upper body, such a good burn!

 

Karen...

Hometown: South Africa

Background: Karen was born and raised in South Africa where she was exposed to a diversity of culture that has mainly taught her compassion and love overcome all boundaries . She is an individual genuinely passionate about dancing, fitness and health having grown up in the dance world since the age of 4. She started her career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer in 2008. She then taught in and managed a dance academy teaching classical ballet and body conditioning to dancers off all ages. Karen also holds a Nutrition and Massage Therapy Certificate

"I aim to actively teach and train with love, passion, grace and composure, endowing others with the same. Committed to working with patience and the utmost care with each individual. "

Favourite place in London: boat trip along the canal on a sun shiny day! The peaceful nature and beautiful countryside remind me of home

Favourite move: Skater

Kathryn...

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Background: Kathryn fell in love with movement whilst working in film finance and since then has wanted nothing more than to share it with everyone. She is an RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance and is mat trained with STOTT Pilates. She is a qualified Thai massage therapist and a total Heartcore addict.

Favourite place in London: Islington. There is such a wonderful community to this area it feels like a small town in the big city.

Favourite move: Low Back Fly, it's helped me work on my own alignment and posture.

Kimberley...

Hometown:  Romford, Essex

Background:  Kimberley qualified as an Advanced Personal Trainer with Future Fit Training in 2010, and has also completed Studio Cycle and Kettlebell courses with Premier Training International.

Kimberley’s fitness tip:  My mantra is always enjoy the exercise you do and you will achieve so much more. Make every session productive and achieve your maximum potential every time.

Favourite place in London:  I love sitting on the South Bank near Tower Bridge watching the world go by (in the sunshine of course!).

Krisztina...

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary

Background: Krisztina has a diverse sporting background of ballet, classical dance, taekwondo, kick-boxing, weight training and crossfit.  She is a fitness fanatic and is always trying out new trends and techniques to challenge her fitness levels and get optimum results for her body. Krisztina is currently studying nutritional therapy to add to her expertise.

Fitness tip: By making even the smallest changes to your diet and fitness routine, you can change your life for the better.  Once you start to see and feel the benefits, you will feel the motivation to keep at it!

Favourite place in London: Camden Town - it's so fun and full of life!

Favourite move: Side lying scrambled egg

Matt...

Hometown:  San Francisco, California

Background:  Matt comes to Heartcore as a dancer, choreographer and teacher of yoga and Pilates mat work. He has a degree in dance from California State University and holds a REPs Level 3 yoga qualification. 

Matt’s fitness tip:  Exercise isn't just about building a strong core but strength of mind too. So hold that plank!

Favourite place in London:  Hampstead Heath – especially when enjoying a picnic with friends on a sunny day!

Max...

Hometown: Hackney, London

Background: Max became interested in boxing and weightlifting as a teenager and began training himself and other young people at his local youth centre. From there he ventured into many forms of exercise and movement such as Capoeria, Powerlifting, Kettlebells and Gymnastics. Max gained his Level 3 Advanced Personal Training certification in 2010 and has recently begun studying for a degree and masters in Osteopathy.

Max's fitness tip: Train hard, eat clean and have fun!

Favourite place in London: South Bank at night, London lit-up is amazing.

Melika...

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand

Background: Melika has a diverse sporting background in competitive gymnastics, kickboxing, dance, skiing and yoga to name a few. After falling in love with reformer pilates several years ago, she has since made a transition from a professional background to a passionate pilates trainer.

A keen advocate of holistic wellbeing, Melika is qualified as a REPS 2 trainer and also has a diploma in Swedish massage therapy.

Favourite Place in London: Running through Hyde Park in all seasons, it’s always an energising experience and beautiful any time of year.

Favourite move: The pike. Must be a throw back from my gymnastic days, an all time favourite leg lengthening ab strengthening move; combining balance, abdominal strength and those ever tippy toes getting that carriage all the way in to the platform during the constant reminder of maintaining perfect form over reps. LOVE... also you get to be upside down.

Mia...

Hometown: Los Angeles CA USA

Background: Devoted fan of the work out for six years. Trained last year and started teaching SPX in LA. Originally a criminal defense attorney. 

Favourite place in London: Borough Market-I'm a huge foodie and it's like heaven!

Favourite move: Chop down

Mike...

Hometown: Fulham, London

Background: Mike is a recent addition to the TRX team at Heartcore, previously working in Financial Services in the City and Hong Kong.  He had the privilege of spending 5 years in the Territorial Army where he was able to represent his Regiment in the Marathon Des Sables(the toughest footrace on earth) and do fun stuff like climbing Mt Blanc and doing a return row across the channel.   In fitness, he pitches the exertion level at the 'possible' not 'comfortable'.
 
Favourite Heartcore move: Burpee Scorpion

Natalie...

Hometown: Orange, NSW Australia

Background: Natalie has a long and extensive background as both a professional dancer and professional cheerleader for the Australian NRL and 20/20 Cricket. Natalie was lucky enough to grow up in the great Australian outdoors and has always had a passion for living a physically active and healthy lifestyle. After school, Natalie graduated from Brent Street Studios in Sydney where she studied Performing Arts and from here continued to follow her love of fitness and wellbeing adding Cert III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training, Pilates Mat and Reformer and XtendBarre qualifications to her belt. Natalie also just recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with a classical ballet teaching qualification.

Natalie's fitness tip: There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs. - Unknown. I think it rings true in both fitness and life. 

Favourite place in London: Brixton Market - it's the perfect snapshot of how eclectic and vibrant Londoners can be. It's got such an amazing energy, the place is always buzzing! 

Favourite move: Seated pretzel, ultimate bikini bod exercise. Targeting the glutes and waistline simultaneously

Nick...

Hometown:  Camden, London

Background:  Nick trained at Premier International, gaining a qualification in Advanced Personal Training in 2007.  He is also trained in Sports Remedial Massage.

Nick’s fitness tip:  Always focus on stabilising the whole body using as many muscles as possible to get the best results from your training. Make it fun for yourself.

Favourite place in London: Top of Primrose Hill on clear day or night. Breathtaking!

Phillipa...

Rebecca...

Hometown: Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Background: Rebecca has always been a keen enthusiast of outdoor sports. She spent several years snowboarding and chasing the winter seasons around the world. On her return to the UK, Rebecca trained to become fitness professional and completed her Level 3 Personal training in 2008.  She teaches a variety of strength and conditioning techniques and is trained in various disciplines including TRX, core strength & stability and spinning.

Rebecca’s fitness tip: It’s really important to push your mind and body outside of your comfort zone. Easy doesn’t get results!

Favourite place in London: Anywhere at dawn when the city hasn't really woken up yet and there is no one around. You see London in a totally different way.

Richard...

Hometown: Fot, Hungary

Background: Following years of competing professionally in karate, weight training and basketball, Richard trained to become a Personal Trainer in 2010. Richard has had many years of experience teaching Crossfit and has a real passion for strength training.  Richard is continually increasing his expertise through training and self-study.

Richard’s fitness tip:  No matter what sports you do, it’s vital to learn the techniques properly and have the right movement pattern. Once you have these in place there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

Favourite place in London: There are so many great parks in London - too many to choose just one!

Robbie...

Hometown:  Canterbury, Kent

Background:  Robbie graduated from St Mary's University College with first Class Honours in BSc Sport Science. He has also played county and semi-professional rugby, regularly trying out new training methods and styles to discover alternative modern training techniques.

Robbie's fitness tip: Exercise should be mentally challenging as well as physically challenging, and most of all it should be fun.

Favourite place in London:  Camden, there is never a dull moment.

Roberto...

Hometown: Black Forest,Germany

Background:  Roberto competed at a very high level in tennis and hockey, and his passion for sports drove him to make physical conditioning his career. He has worked as a personal trainer in some of London’s most exclusive clubs over the past 10 years, helping his clients reach their full potential. He has a strong interest in martial arts, as well as strength and conditioning, which has led him to obtain certifications as a Crossfit and Kettlebell coach.

Roberto’s fitness tip: Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and, Be At Your Best!

Favourite place in London:  Richmond Park, especially on a Sunday. Great for a good workout before a nice big Sunday roast!

Rodrigo...

Hometown: Garça - Brazil

Background: Having spent a life time involved in fitness, after graduating in Biomedical Sciences in 2005 and working for two and a half years with biochemical analysis, Rodrigo's love for exercise and movement lead him to take a wild turn to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Currently holding a Sport Science BSc degree and several qualifications in Exercise to Music and other disciplines, Rodrigo is absolutely passionate about technique and form.

Fitness Tip: Fitness is just about developing a strong mind than it is about developing a strong body. Sometimes, learning to overcome those mental barriers may handle more results than a new technique or a new fad in fitness ever could. 

Favourite place in London: Anywhere outside when it's sunny. There is something almost magical about London when it is warm and sunny. It feels like another city when people are laughing and wearing their colourful summer clothes. Spending a day chilling on the grass in one of the parks soaking up the sunlight and laughing with some friends is just priceless. 

Favourite move: There are so many I can't chose just one! Love me some Teasers (forget about the bar, let's do it on the platform!) to shape and chisel the obliques and a Chop Down to make me feel like my core is most definitely getting stronger. 

Sammy...

Hometown: Seaford, Virginia US

Background: Practioner of many sports and specialist in none! The closest I got was being a semi-elite Triathlete and Dualathlete for a bit. I have been a personal trainer and athletic coach for over 10 years in a range of disciplines from Ski and Snowboard instruction in Colorado to Running Specialist work at studio's in New York City.

Favourite place in London: Hampstead Heath, I am a nature guy, I need trails to run on and there is no better spot than the Heath.

Favourite move: J-Lo 

 

Sarah...

Hometown: Fort William (Scotland)

Background: Dancer (ballet and contemporary). Mat Pilates and barre instructor

Favourite place in London: I studied near Richmond and spent 3 amazing years around there so that will always be a special place to me however Hampstead Heath is my escape from busy London life, frosty or sunny, for picnics, walks or even swimming it's beautiful!

Simonne...

Hometown:  Sydney, Australia

Background:  In 1993, Simonne completed the ACHPER (Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation) Fitness leader programme and in 2011 gained her Premier Level 3 Personal Training Diploma from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Simonne's Fitness Tip:  To maximize fitness results: OUTPUT= mix up your training with cardio vascular and resistance training and go for it in your workouts!  INPUT= eat lots of raw fruit and vegetables (preferably organic) + drink lots of water.

Favourite Place in London: Hampstead Heath -every time I go there I feel that I am catapulted out of busy London and into a leafy, historical, luscious park.

Steph...

Hometown: London

Background: Steph is a ballet dancer and trained at The Royal Ballet School. She joined Heartcore as a client and immediately fell in love with the Pilates workout. Having been injured as a dancer, Pilates has helped her stay fit and in shape without aggravating those injuries. She trained as an instructor and joined the Heartcore team in August. She has a passion for fitness and loves working with people.

Favourite place in London: Colombia Road, I love the combination of unique boutique shops, cafes, galleries and beautiful flowers. 

Favourite move: Pike, I love the stretch and length through your legs as you work your abdominals. It’s a beautiful movement, super effective and feels awesome.

Tim...

Hometown: KL, Malaysia.

Background: Tim has a previous degree in Biomedical Science from UCL before training and freelancing as a contemporary dancer in London for 6 years. He teaches Heartcore Barre and is also a Yoga teacher.

Favourite Place: Southbank. It's convenient and there's always something to see or do throughout the year!

Favourite move: Water Ski Dancing. Our new signature move that works ur thighs, glutes, abs, back and arms simultaneously.

Tom...

you'll know more soon what Tom likes ... 

Wojtek...

Hometown: Radom, Poland

Background:Wojtek is a ballet dancer and trained at the National Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Wojtek gained his BSC in Physiotherapy and 2 years later FIE Level 3 in Personal Training.

Fitness tip: Strive for progress not perfection and clear your mind of can't.