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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


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.

Favourite move: Scrambled egg


Hometown: A dot on the map in the Canadian Rockies

Background: An early love of fitness evolved into a career in fitness journalism and copywriting, but life didn't feel complete when I spent the bulk of my time behind a desk. I would be training in the gym or in classes and other fitness enthusiasts would approach me to ask for advice. These interactions became my favourite part of the day, and I started coaching and blogging on the side to fuel my love of being active and inspiring others to lead active lifestyles. In 2015 I finally commiteed to getting qualified and secured my Level 3 in Personal Training. Within days of qualifying, I started my TRX Instructor training at Heartcore. Formerly a loyal Heartcore TRX client, I now love being on the other side and challenging some of London's fittest, most inspiring studio regulars!

Favourite place in London: Parliament Hill, Hampstead. A brutal hill run, but London's most captivating view awaits at the top!

Favourite move: Single leg TRX lunge jumps with an under knee clap. Wahey, endorphins!


Hometown: Cornwall

Background: I trained and worked as a professional dancer but decided to pursue my career in health and fitness earlier this year. I love challenging my body to new limits and sharing my passion with others - it's so rewarding! 

Favourite place in London: Bayley & Sage Deli - I go once a week to pick up the best brownies and avocados in London (two of my obsessions). 

Favourite move: Power Thruster (push up to squat) - feel like a ninja.


Hometown: Durban South Africa 

Background: Professional dancer

Favourite place in London: Top of Greenwich park 

Favourite move: Pike


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!


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


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



George has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.  With a BSc in Sports Science and Biology, George has worked as a senior fitness coach at Crystal Palace Football Club alongside Terry Venables, and worked as a senior trainer at Matt Roberts in Mayfair.  More recently George has followed his passion for the slopes, and become a BASI ski instructor in Zermatt, Switzerland.




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!


Hometown: Dubai, UAE

Background: Gok has been in the fitness industry since 2008 working in different training modalities, 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.


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!



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


Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany

Background: My passion for sports and fitness started with a career as a professional rhythm gymnast as part of the German national team which then led to becoming a contemporary dancer in London after having completed my BA. Hons. in Theatre Dance at UAL as well as a Professional Development Postgraduate Certificate. Teaching barre has offered me an opportunity to combine my love for movement, a fundamental understanding of the body and being in an environment where people share the same mentality.

Favorite Place: South Bank

Favorite move: Thigh Dancing. Super intense strengthening and stretching sensation.


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: Crowborough, East Sussex

Background: trained in musical theatre and acting, as well as performing being a huge passion for me, sports has always been part of my life as well, one that I couldn't live without! As a child I ran on numerous occasions running cross country for the country and swam back stroke in the yearly swimming gala, winning two years in a row, trampolining was one of the first sports I used to do as a child.

I was always drawn to the world of fitness and can remember watching my mums calanesthetics videos as a young teenager.

Having pondered what discipline to teach for a while, I finally decided to do my PT qualification in early 2015, and when I came to Heartcore as a client I just knew barre was the right thing for me!

It combines everything I'm passionate about teaching to others, and I feel that it's a universal form of exercise that everyone can see the benefits of in a short space of time. 

Currently I'm working towards a black belt in kickboxing.

Favourite place in London: I have a few favourites but Hampstead Heath is up there at the top!

Favourite move: Side lying glutes


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: Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

Background: Raul has loved sport since he was a child, coming from a family of athletes and trainers. He has a passion for martial arts and studied Taekwondo, Jiu jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, and MMA before realising that one too many knockouts really wasn't healthy! Having previously taught self defense and high intensity interval workouts, you can guarantee Raul knows how to motivate you to be your best through your class. He's currently finishing up his L.3 Personal Trainer qualification and plans to continue his studies with a nutrition course.

Raul's Fitness tip: Failure is not an option, overtraining is a myth and never say 'I can't' before you try. You don't know how far you can go. It doesn't matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get up.

Favorite place in London: There are so many great places in London, choosing just one is hard 'cause everything is amazing!  Camden town during the day, Brixton at night and any place I can enjoy with my friends.

Favourite move: Childs pose


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: South Africa 


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: 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. 


HometownCoventry, United Kingdon

BackgroundSamuel trained as a professional performer  and graduated from London Studio Centre in 2009 with a BA Hons in Theatre Dance. Samuel worked on numerous theatre and TV productions, performing alongside Ruby Wax, Faye Tozer from Steps, Brian Blessed, Paul O'Grady and Pamela Anderson to name a few. Towards the end of 2012 Samuel and his partner Rosina lived in New York City for a year developing there craft, training at such prestigious dance studios like Broadway Dance Centre, Steps On Broadway and Peridance. During his time in the US, Sam found an interest in fitness and its place alongside dance training. On his return to the UK Samuel pursued a career in the fitness industry starting as a Fitness coach to Studio manager taking on various roles in between. Samuel's time away from Heartcore is spent as a Freelance Certified Personal Trainer and a LES MILLS BODYPUMP™ AND BODYBALANCE™ Instructor teaching at various gyms and health club in London. Samuel is also a Dance and Fitness Coach for Elite UK Dancers and teaches regularly at the Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School, MIlton Keynes. 

Favourite place in LondonAnywhere that has a great atmosphere, great food and with great company.

Favourite moveA combination of KB swings, split lunges, press ups and TRX Back row to get the heart bursting and fatigue the muscles!! 


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!


Hometown: Hillingdon, Uxbridge

Background:My love for dance and fitness started as a child where I performed in and outside of school and at London theatres. There was nothing else I considered doing, so I took a dance a level Which led to university, after experiencing the first year in my dance degree, I realised I could use dance and movement in a different way. So I left to persue a career in fitness and got a exercise to music qualification and from then on it was non stop, from teaching in and around London to gaining my Zumba and personal training qualifications and using these in a variety of fitness centres as well as most recently gaining experience in all aspects of a gym from being assistant manager and front of house manager, it was then that I knew that my passion lay with teaching and that's when I found heartcore. 

Favourite place: Regents looks good any time of year and great place to sit and have picnics!

Favorite move: Mermaid.. Oh and Pike! 



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.


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


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.