Contact Name: Valerie Elliot
Age: 60

I am 60 years old and have 5 grandchildren.  I work full time in central London in IT but my true passion is in the fitness industry.  I qualified as a Level 2 fitness instructor 9 years ago when I was 51 and a Pilates instructor 4 years later.  I have since studied and qualified in Nutrition, Back Pain Management, Pilates for Orthopaedic Conditions and Fitness Testing.

I currently teach classes in my spare time in Coggeshall but have taught in most of the places I have worked in my IT contracts.  I was at the DVLA in Swansea for two years and introduced Pilates to my colleagues and taught in my lunch hour, I also covered for an instructor in the hotel I was staying in.  l love helping and educating people on the benefits of getting and keeping fit .

I have recently started a running group in Coggeshall and have been overwhelmed and inspired by the response and energy of all the participants.  We started in February as complete novices and are now running 3 times per week and running at least 3 miles each time.

The following few sentences sum up my beliefs around exercise:

  • You don’t need to jump up and down and go bright red to keep or get fit.
  • The hardest part of any exercise is walking through the door the first time you go.
  • Be brave and your body will repay you.
  • Exercise should always be enjoyed, if you don’t like what you are doing try something else.
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