Having been involved in fitness all my life but never being competitive, I was fascinated to learn how simple it is to stay in shape without entering the world of the gym fanatic or elite athlete. So after 17 years running classes and managing the swimming school at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me an even greater sense of achievement and job satisfaction.
I studied the mechanics of exercise versus shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see a change in their shape.
Phrases such as “Eat less, move more” could give you an image of diets and high intensity cardio workouts, whereas the reality is, swap a few things in your diet and walking instead of driving would certainly be a great start.
With that in mind Tessfit was born!
As soon as I qualified as a fitness instructor I devised and started delivering classes which I christened, Body Logic. This name best describes the focus that I use when preparing every class. Life is too short to be working hard for little result! I prefer to ensure that each exercise is working on your shape in the most efficient way without causing distress to joints or blood pressure.
Qualifying as a Circuits Instructor has enabled me to incorporate small circuits, which cause all sorts of grunts and giggles!
I also started studying the Pilates method which was fascinating, in part because some of the advanced exercises are nearly impossible! I realised quickly that perfection in this would take some dedication and so I spent 12 months training to become a fully qualified Pilates instructor. I am now qualified to teach Basic, intermediate and Advanced Pilates and am very proud of that!
I call my Pilates classes PilaTess because they are mine!
These classes are for those who want to achieve better balance, greater core strength and stability but still get that energy from good music and motivational workouts.
The Diploma I gained in Nutrition and Weight Management is probably the qualification I found the most interesting. After years of confusion it was comforting to understand that common sense really is the answer! I thoroughly enjoy imparting this and many other important pieces of information to anyone who wants to unravel the mysteries of this complex subject. It is during Personal Training sessions that this is usually tackled.
I have my own public liability insurance for peace of mind although health & safety has been part of my working life for as long as I can remember.
The phrase ‘people person’ really sums me up and this fortunate asset has enabled me to follow my dreams.
Nutrition & Weight management 8 week course: Feedback
“I enjoyed getting information in a manner that was easy to understand and digest. There was plenty of time to build up my motivation which I struggles with to start with.
I have become a lot more active, being active from none to 4 times a week! My food knowledge has increased and I am very happy.
Thank you very much.
Nutrition & Weight Management course: Feedback
This course exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the sessions and learning about food management. the course was a good length and I learnt a lot about nutrition and exercise.
I achieved my goal of losing weight and changing shape. I also changed my thoughts about nutrition and know it is a change for life. I would recommend this course to others.
Nutrition & Weight Management 8 week course: Feedback
“Chatting with someone who really understood was the most enjoyable part of the course. I though I wouldn’t get any results but not only have I lost weight I have lost inches too. I now have motivation and the desire to exercise! I would recommend this course to others.”
Glad to be able to keep up with my pillates and body logic and joining the Friday night tipple with Tess.
I have just joined the Friday “Young at Heart” class and after 3 weeks my joints are definitely moving better. Tess is an excellent teacher and never takes her eye off the ball and always aware of any problems a client may be having. You work as hard as you feel able to and are not pressured in any way but always encouraged. She is so cheerful and upbeat that is so infectious to her people. I am nearly 73 so obviously not as mobile as once was and felt as if I was seizing up, definitely a big improvement. Highly recommend her!