When you train the body at a high level in your chosen sport your body becomes prone to injury and unfortunately mine was no exception. The daily repetitive movement of intense track sessions took a serious toll on my back and hips which eventually forced me to retire.
In 1987, I moved from South London to Southsea, Hampshire where I became an avid user of the local gym. It was here I first got interested in instructing. I soon realized teaching and participating are two completely different disciplines, the former being much harder!
My body was still craving high intensity, so I proceeded to certify in disciplines like Circuit Training, high impact aerobics and step training. However I was still dogged with injury problems.
In 1995 my “real” job as a Fingerprint Officer took me to Bermuda where I spent six fabulous years. During this period I married my wife Karen and was blessed with two beautiful children. It was here that I was introduced to yoga. After I was certified in 1998, I started practicing and teaching Vinyasa yoga and amazingly my back problems started to diminish.
In 2001, we moved to Vancouver and I decided to switch my profession from working with “dead” bodies to working with “live” ones. It’s much more rewarding believe me!
In 2003 I was introduced to Pilates by Mary Sayers. I loved it and I have never looked back.
Life is a journey, our bodies are under stress every day. We need the freedom of movement and good nutrition to live a fulfilled life. I believe what I have learnt through great teachers and my own life experiences has provided me with a way to give back.
“Take care of your body it’s the only place you have to live.”– Jim Rohn