Meet the team
Hello, I’m Irene and I started this business in April 2017. I’ve been working in the Fitness world for a while though, and I absolutely love my job! It gives me a huge amount of job satisfaction.
I’m fully qualified as a Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor:
- Diploma in Instructing Pilates Level 3
- Certificate in Fitness Instructing Level 2
- Certificate in Personal Training Level 3
- Diploma in Exercise Referral Level 3
- Trigger Point Pilates Licensed Instructor
- Otago Exercise Programme Leader
- MK Pilates Barre Programme Licensed Instructor
- Certificate in Chair-based Exercise for the frail and elderly
I run Pilates classes for a local leisure centre and teach classes for Stevenage Borough Council. Currently, I provide Fitness classes for Cheshunt and Royston U3A and I’ve run dance and fitness classes within schools in the past. Please get in touch if your organisation needs a qualified fitness instructor.
As you’d expect everyone who works in the team is First Aid trained, has Public Liability Insurance, and a Public Performance License (PPL) so that we can play music to keep you motivated during classes. In addition, we are certified in Safeguarding Children and Vunerable Adults and have been vetted by the DBS Disclosure Barring Service.
I haven’t always been a fitness instructor. A little bit like a cat, I’ve lived a few different lives! I’m ex-military, having worked in Army communications in the Royal Signals, I did marketing for a major bank, was a marketing consultant for the NHS and I enjoy providing event catering services every now and then, as well as baking the odd cake!
Outside of work I enjoy motorbiking, running and gardening. I’m Mum to Holly and Heather, and married to Barry who’s a fire-fighter. My dad Donald moved from Scotland to live near us, and I love spending time with him – you may even meet him at one of my classes! My family also includes a dog and a brood of hens. There’s never a dull moment.
Donna joined early last year to initially take on a class here and there, but now runs much of the weeks classes alongside me. Donna was brought up in Barnet but moved to the Peak District, Derbyshire following an early career with the John Lewis Partnership. She left to bring up her 2 (now grown up) children and then built up and ran her own successful business The Tiny Tots Play Gym for over 12 years. Donna has been a qualified Exercise to Music Instructor for many years, teaching Spinning, Aerobics, Antenatal and Postnatal Classes and more recently Fitness Pilates and Seated Exercise Classes. Before she moved back to Hertfordshire in 2016, Donna worked for the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the Chatsworth Health and Fitness Suite which is part of the Chatsworth House Estate as Deputy Health and Fitness Manager. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team and keeps me sane when my “to do list” runs amok!
Holly recently joined the team having got her first qualification as a L2 Gym Instructor in July. She has since become a Fitness Pilates Teacher too, gaining her qualification in September 2018. Holly is also Irene’s daughter, and it appears the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree… her sense of humour and chatter during workouts seems to be going down very well with the class participants, young and old alike! Holly is a grafter and as well as working in classes alongside the team, she still finds time to work at weekends with a local Alpaca Farm (as she has done for many years) and can also be found working at the local pub, The Fox, in Aspenden village. On the rare occasion she takes a break, Holly likes to hit the shops and stock up on her shoe collection!
Diana and Jenny
Diana and Jenny complete our little Fitness family, working part-time with us in some of the local seated exercise and U3A classes in Royston, Stevenage and Cheshunt.
“Working with Irene, we’ve discovered that we can play to our own strengths but can also surpass them. She will give us an exercise or two to practice at home if we want to and then we find that we can challenge ourselves a bit more with it and manage movements that we’ve not been able to previously, which is great.”Janet