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: Fulham, London
Background: Small but mighty Ban quit her former career of working in the City to finally pursue her long term dream of working in the Health and Fitness industry. Ban is a personal trainer qualified in suspension training, kettlebells, studio cycling, circuit traiing and RAD Ballet (grade 1-8). Her specialties include weight loss and body transformation (fat loss and lean muscle gain) through resistance training combined with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Ban gains a real sense of satisfaction in supporting people to feel good, to feel strong, to feel proud both inside and outside the gym. Combining undeniable passion with a strong sense of humour is key to her success because let's face it; it's not always an easy ride. Sometimes the journey feels uncomfortable so we might as well laugh about it, sweat it out and feel good after. Ban's approach is paramount to long-term success, realistic lifestyle changes and not just a quick-fix solution.
Ban’s fitness tip: Constantly remind youself WHY you are doing this and HOW it makes you feel. It's not always easy but it's usually worth it. Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable in the studio and outside in the real world. Because that's when the magic happens
Favourite place in London: Peanut butter
Favourite move: Squat
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!
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: 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: 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
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 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.
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: 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
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: 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
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
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: 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.
Background: Turned to exercise to address my self confidence issues and never looked back. I like to do a bit of running and did my first half-marathon in March 2015.
Favourite place in London: Shoreditch
Favourite move: Frog kick
Hometown: Coventry, United Kingdon
Background: Samuel 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 London: Anywhere that has a great atmosphere, great food and with great company.
Favourite move: A 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: 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: Hillingdon, Uxbridge
Background:I got into dance and fitness as a child and loved performing and dancing in and outside of school and performed at London theatres growing up. took a dance a level and wanted to keep movement as a major part of my career, after experiencing first year of dance at university, decided to leave and persue a career in fitness and got a exercise to music qualification and taught classes around London, gaining my Zumba and personal training qualifications and using these in local gyms..and central London, being in all aspects of a gym from assistant manager to front of house.(sorry for the blabbing)
Favourite place: Regents park..looks good any time of year and great place to sit and have picnics!
Favorite move: Mermaid!
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.
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.
Hometown: Mechelen, Belgium
Background: Former gymnast. Level 4 personal trainer, M.A. sports scientist and fitness professional with 15 years’ working experience in the industry. Lived and worked in Qatar for 4 years where I was part of the PT team to the Qatari Royal family. Currently also training to be a Clinical Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Therapist.
Favourite place: Tower bridge remains fascinating to me. Other than that, Southbank, Borough Market, and Greenwhich Park overlooking London.
Favourite move: Reverse Jack Knife. Trains the abs, back, chest, shoulders, arms, legs, as well as coordination and balance!
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.