I usually get up with Noah around 8am get him ready for nursery drop off at 9am and head to Dynamics to teach either a post natal class or barreconcept (a mix of ballet, pilates and yoga performed at the ballet barre).
When I’m not teaching classes in the morning I try to practise what I preach by either working out by doing an at home barre workout or in the gym using kettlebells and body weight exercise.
Although now I’m more than eight months pregnant it is mostly about maintaining core stability so pilates is a big feature at the moment.
I think it’s important that myself and Mark know it feels for our client to participate in a Dynamics class and be fit for our jobs.
After class I’ll stay at the studio to do staff training or work on the business social media and booking system and setting up classes then head home to pick Noah up from nursery after lunch.
Afternoons combine Thomas the Tank Engine and puzzles whilst answering phone calls, emails, general business admin and class preparation.
I try to update my knowledge and training by either taking online classes or reading research and recent studies, to ensure myself and staff are up to date in the latest techniques. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to posture.
We all try and sit for an early family dinner before myself and/or Mark head back out to Dynamics for the evening classes to teach and sign people in for everything from barre and bootcamps to Dynamic Kettlebells, Pilates, insanity and dance fit.
We have around seven staff including ourselves in over the week teaching a variety of classes with various specialist areas.
Classes finish at 9pm so the working day finishes then or soon after.
I live in exercise gear. Usually leggings and a dynamics top. We don’t wear shoes for barre classes so I got our own brand of pilates/barre grip socks manufactured called ‘dynamicsocks’ which I have wear constantly!
What is the favourite part of your job?
Keeping fit and watching other people improve in technique and confidence. It’s amazing to see people reach their goals.. From reducing back pain after pregnancy, to weight loss and last year we had four people run a marathon for the first time (that was awesome!)
What is the least favourite part of your job?
Running your own business with your husband means you are working all the time. It’s hard not to talk about work when you’re having dinner. Also if you have any time off teaching it hurts when you start back. We ache for the first class or two back too.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
A cliché but I’m pretty much doing it although I’d love to have a specific barre studio so we’ll see what happens once baby number two is out.
How do you relax when you are not working?
I watch terrible reality TV. I am partial to a bit of shopping and read a lot of magazines.
What is your favourite film?
Mmmm that’s hard, probably Billy Elliot or I’m a sucker for Dirty Dancing.
What is your favourite book?
I’ve recently read Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter which reminded me of my teenage years, very funny.
What is your favourite song?
Mr Brightside by the Killers is a firm fave.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you?
Jessica Alba, no resemblance to me at all but I think she’s beautiful and can dance!
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