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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hometown: Regents Park, London
Background: Elissa has been a Pilates practitioner for over 10 years and has 8 years teaching experience. Sport has always been paramount to Elissa, from competing on the England tennis team in her teens, to competing as an equestrian. Elissa then attended The Arts Educational Performing Arts School, and honed her talent as an actor/dancer. The rigors of performing as an athlete and dancer took their physical toll, and Pilates was the rehabilitative answer - as a result, Elissa became a certified Stott Pilates instructor, teaching both mat and reformer Pilates and later acquiring her Pure Barre certification in Los Angeles.
Elissa’s fitness tip: Make your workout effective, meaning short and intense AND don’t underestimate the importance of nutrition. Proper nutrition powers your workouts!
Favourite place in London: Tough one…there are so many delicious pockets of London! Little Venice being one of them…the best of London and Venice!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Background: Kerry came to Heartcore as a client in 2007 and quickly became a devoted fan and a living advert for the Heartcore method after witnessing a complete transformation in her own body. Kerry decided to retrain and qualified as a REPs level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer in 2007. Her other qualifications include a Certification in Nutrition for weight management and physical performance, Boxing for Fitness, TRX suspension training and Keiser indoor cycling.
Kerry’s fitness tip: Train like an animal - spontaneous lung-busting effort, with rhythm and skill. Nourish your body with honest eating, enough zzz’s, belly laughs and sunshine.
Favourite place in London: I enjoy some of the places that Banksy takes me to, as well as the markets in Borough, Columbia Road, Portobello and the golden nugget behind Notting Hill Gate tube. For some mental escape - Primrose Hill or the Japanese garden in Holland Park.
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!).
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!
Hometown: Islington, London
Background: Leyla has a BPA honors degree in contemporary dance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and trained as an aerial performer at The Circus Space in London. She is also a qualified Reiki master and yoga instructor, which has allowed her to explore her interest in the body further.
Leyla’s fitness tip: Practice engaging your core whilst out and about on London transport!
Favourite place in London: Shoreditch - in the amazing Vietnamese restaurants, eating and catching up with all of my friends.
Hometown: Swansea, Wales
Background: Lucy is a highly trained musical theatre performer and Choreographer and has performed extensively in London and across the UK. Alongside Lucy’s performing career, she has taught dance for many years to a variety of age groups and disciplines, including classes for the British Ballet Organisation, Associated Studios and was Head of Teaching for the Classical and Modern Dance society at the University of Warwick. Fitness is extremely important to Lucy and she is passionate to encompass many styles and methodologies.
Lucy's fitness tip: Eating well and exercising regularly is a lifestyle choice. Find enjoyment from it and never see it as a chore.
Favourite place in London: Farringdon – because there’s a great collection of amazing cafes in the area that serve the best brunch in London!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Hometown: Chelsea, London
Background: An accomplished rower and rugby player at school, sports and fitness has always been a passion of Paddy’s. He graduated from Premier in 2009 and since then has worked as a freelance trainer in and around Chelsea.
Paddy’s fitness tip: A full body dynamic workout elevates metabolism, keeps the heart healthy and saves time - that's efficient and effective training!
Favourite place in London: The roof terrace on top of Shoreditch house - a slice of Ibiza in London.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hometown: Forest Hill,London
Background: Victor comes from a varied sporting background which includes athletics, football and judo. After studying Psychology and Sports Studies, Victor decided a career in health and fitness would be the natural progression. Victor loves training that challenges the body in different ways and enjoys varied workouts from running to yoga, to mixed martial arts. Having previously run a business offering pre and post natal exercise classes, Victor has extensive knowledge in this area.
Victor’s fitness tip: Be consistent with your training. Keep a log of your weekly workouts and note how you felt after each session. This helps to ensure you stay consistent, challenged and motivated and enables you to see your fitness progression.
Favourite place in London: Battersea Park, great for training in the outdoor gym, sprinting on the track or chilling out by the lake.
Background: Zazie’s fitness career began in 2002 in the world of competitive gymnastics. She then went on to study and teach developmental gymnastics, focusing on emotional, social and cognitive development through positive coaching. Her qualifications include: Gym Instructor Certificate II, Personal Trainer REPS Level 3 - Advanced Instructor, EIF Master Trainer, British Gymnastics Coaching Award.
Zazie’s fitness tip: Never try to separate the body and mind, they are intricately connected - when you train your body to cope with the demands of your environment, you're also training your mind to stay strong and adapt.
Favourite place in London: The canal side. I love the industrial buildings and houseboats that line the East London towpaths, and despite the dubious look of the water, you see a surprising amount of wildlife on the way. Londoners also seem more inclined to smile at each other on the waterways!