We have a huge number of industry experts, influencers and household names to inspire, inform and motivate you at FitFest Oxford 2019. See below for just a few of the people involved with our Festival of Fitness and Wellness.
Flora is a food and fitness blogger. She is popular on Instagram and has hundreds of blog readers. Her fitness regime is inspired by many different forms of training, including weight training, resistance training, HIIT, boxing and running. She focuses on skill sports, such as boxing, and anything else that gets the endorphins flowing – treadmill sprints are her favourite!
Hussain Manawer is a British poet, writer and actor from Ilford, Essex. Drawing inspiration from Mike Skinner, JK Rowling and Tupac Shakur, Manawer began to perfect his craft. Fast forward a decade or so and Hussain Manawer now travels across the world to deliver raw performances that promise to pack an emotional and inspiring punch.
The Naked Professor was born as a creative distraction from every day the worries of Ben Bidwell. It gave him a platform to share his education in mental wellness. As a Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Meditation Teacher and blogger lives by honesty, truth and vulnerability – qualities reflected in the message behind his naked snaps.
James Wythe specialises in creating healthy and quick gluten, wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar-free recipes. His aim is to inspire and motivate people to make better food choices and to improve their overall lifestyle. Many believe that cooking healthy recipes is expensive and time-consuming and James is on a mission to change that. James believes that with a few tweaks to what you store and use in your kitchen, you too can live a healthier more balanced life.
Hollie Grant is an award-winning STOTT Reformer and Mat Pilates Instructor, and Personal Trainer specialising in functional fitness, posture correction and strength and conditioning.
She is a huge advocate of the 'Strong not Skinny' message and believes exercise is the key to improved mental and physical health. As the creator of the much-hyped workout technique 'The Pilates PT Method' - An innovative, results-driven workout that combines HIIT, body-sculpting Reformer Pilates and metabolism boosting weight training; ex-chef Hollie is against dieting and believes that a strong, functional, flexible body is the key to lifelong wellness.
Vivian is a highly-qualified personal trainer with a wealth of experience across functional training, weight-loss, performance training and rehabilitation. As one of Brazil's best-known fitness instructors, her work has taken her to Canada, the USA and now London. Personal training is Vivian's true passion and her life has been dedicated to helping others achieve their full fitness potential
Krista Thompson was a preschool teacher for 8 years before starting her business Zen Den Oxford. While studying Early Childhood Education at Vanier College in Montreal, she realised that she was fascinated by the psychology behind the child's environment and how it affected their behaviour. A natural at organising and decluttering, Krista decided to fuse her two passions of environmental psychology and organising together to start Zen Den Oxford. Zen Den offers organising, decluttering and move management services including staging and unpacking. With every contract, Krista focuses on the individual client and their family to create a space that is perfect for their needs.
I obtained my degree at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and did my clinical internship at the National Health Institutes in Mexico. Mexico is among the countries with the highest obesity and diabetes burden; seeing this first-hand during an internship motivated me to obtain a postgraduate diploma as a diabetes educator after my bachelor degree.
Subsequently I volunteered for Movimiento CUS AC, a non-governmental organization focused on providing healthcare, nutritional assessment and education in marginal communities in Mexico.
Since moving to the UK I have been working as a nutrition and health advisor at Oxford’s favourite health store, Revital; I’m at the Summertown store at least once per week offering friendly advice to their customers.
And as a long-term collaborator with Dr Adrian Soto (Oxford University) I have participated in many research trials investigating the benefits of ketogenic diets on an array of health measures. I will share the insights I have gained with you in the FitFest presentation ‘Keto Diets and Exercise’
Alexa is a Personal Trainer at Buzz Gym Oxford, she works closely with her clients to improve their mobility for everyday movements as well as for lifting weights in the gym. She has been a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist for 7 years, having previously played football for England. Check her out on Instagram @theprojectpt to find tips on mobility and exercise technique.
Maria - is a motivating, enthusiastic result driven Personal Trainer and Bikini bodybuilding competitor who is currently preparing for a summer show! She is also an ardent Vegan with a real love for animals, healthy eating and positive mental well-being. Find her at Buzz Gym Oxford!
Chloe - I am a fitness fanatic and have been since a young age, where I was continuously playing sports and representing the county and school teams. Since studying at Nottingham Trent University and receiving an upper 2nd class degree with honours in sports science my passion for fitness has lead me to become a personal trainer at Buzz Gym Oxford and online coach. Alongside my career I am also a competitive bodybuilder and won the PCA British champion title in 2018, my goal is to take this as far as I possibly can!
Hi my name is Tobi, I’m a Personal Trainer at Buzz Gym Oxford and owner of Total Transition Personal Training.
I’m a Les Mills GRIT Instructor, Les Mills GRIT Cardio is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that improves cardiovascular fitness, increase speed and maximize calorie burn. This workout uses a variety of body weight exercises and provides the challenge and intensity you need to get results fast.
I’ve been in the industry just under 3 years now, working with over 100+ male and female clients, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals. I work with all types of transformations, but predominantly help with weight loss, muscle definition and improving general fitness levels.
Alessandro has been practising Yoga for over 25 years. He completed his training in 2007 at Jivamukti Yoga with founders David Life and Sharon Gannon, and has gone on to train with Laughing Lotus Yoga School in New York, and in Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. Alessandro is a senior teacher registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, and is the co-founder of YogaVenue and the Spiralling Crow Teacher Training School.
Alessandro teaches classes that are physically demanding, mentally stimulating with the intention to affect heart, head and spirit. Emphasizing gracefulness, concentration, attention to detail, safety and laughter, he aims to inspire others to explore the edge of their potential and push the limits of who they are as individuals. Alessandro is particularly interested in how yoga can support us in our daily life. Alessandro draws from a background in competitive endurance sports, Aikido, Shiatsu, as well as injury, sickness and dis-ease. He has been an Aikido teacher for many years.
Alessandro teaches Vinyasa Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Advanced Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Hot Power Flow Yoga.
Caroline is the reason that YogaVenue exists. Her love of Yoga and desire to bring this to Oxford led to the creation of the studio. Caroline has been teaching Yoga since 2005 and has completed trainings in Bikram Yoga with Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles and Vinyasa Yoga with the Laughing Lotus Yoga School in New York. Caroline is a senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, and is the Co-Founder of YogaVenue and the Spiralling Crow Teacher Training School.
Caroline finds that Yoga enriches and energises her life, be it on the mat, teaching class, or out in the world in daily life. When Caroline is not at YogaVenue she can be found sprinting after a very fast toddler in the local park.
I am Georgina an occupational therapist and fitness instructor. I was a competitive swimmer for many years so fitness and exercise have been in my blood, I have a passion for helping people on their own fitness journeys, which is why I set up #GELfitness. I teach spin, insanity, kettlercise and more recently Core de force. I also run an online fitness group....I give people of any level of fitness anywhere in the UK or further afield the opportunity to workout from home working around jobs/ working away from home ( i have people working out in their hotel rooms) and family commitments with access to hundreds of online workouts so there will be plenty that's suits different people from cardio to yoga from pre & post pregnancy to butt lifters! 1-1 coaching from me to keep people accountable and on plan with their own personal fitness goals. My team help support each other and share healthy meal plans and ideas which is fab so we all work together and all online so people can connect where ever there are at any time of the day when they choose.
Helen is a wellbeing coach and educator on health and wellness with a special interest in gut health. "After having cancer, my energy never went back to the level it was before until I discovered that you needed to look after your gut health. Once I focused on that area my energy went back to what it was in my 30's, well before I had cancer. This has lead me on a journey of becoming passionate about gut health"
SJ helps men and women over 40 find purpose, joy and energy in their lives. When she’s not life-coaching, SJ teaches Strala yoga, which she feels is another important way to reflect, motivate yourself and encourage mindfulness and energy flow, just as life-coaching encourages productivity, joy and energy flow. Combine SJ’s life-coaching experience with a Strala yoga session, and you’ll be full of self-admiration, hope, reflection and powerful energy flow, giving you the tools you need to find purpose and positivity. SJ has been teaching Strala yoga for four years, and loves how seamlessly it fits into her life-coaching sessions, and really works hand-in-hand with the values and goals she works with her clients to achieve.
Lisa is an International fitness presenter and a TV presenter who originally began her career with Nickelodeon and CBBC, where she co-hosted ‘Get Your Own Back’ for 11 years. She has worked a lot in the music and fitness industries, with experience including choreographing and managing tours for Tidy Trax Records for three years. Lisa was a Reebok Master Trainer with 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry.
She now regularly presents viBeatz at conventions in the UK, Europe, the USA and other fitness events such as IF Blackpool, ‘Move It’ 2018 and Fitcamps 2018. Lisa is very passionate and enthusiastic about what she does and is so excited to bring the ViBeatz concept to a national scale.
In 2010, after discovering Zumba at local gym, in one of my many attempts to lose weight and get fit, I finally caught the bug for fitness. I decided to become an instructor and in October 2011 I taught my first class. I was very lucky to form a large and very amazing community of people who continue to enjoy my classes today.
In 2012, I trained as a BOKWA instructor and taught that alongside Zumba for two years. In 2014, I trained in Zumba Kids and Aqua Zumba, I have been teaching Aqua Zumba at the Park Club in Milton for the last five years. I trained in Clubbercise in 2016 and added this to my timetable of classes.
In 2016 I was one of the first in the UK to train as a STRONG by Zumba Instructor. STRONG is a form of HIIT class, that has an intensity level somewhere between Insanity and a Les Mills Body Attack class. The music is great and synced to every move. STRONG is cardio, body strength and toning all in one, it is a fantastic programme, but one that often gets over looked due to the word "Zumba" in the title. People often mistake it for a dance class, I can assure you it is no dance class!
Leila is a 28 year old who has found a passion for health, fitness and, most importantly, body confidence. Since her journey began, she has become a huge advocate for self love and body confidence. This has been a message she spreads on her Instagram daily. She's also very proud to be #Girlgains ambassador in Essex.
By day, she is yoga instructor, and by night she loves to spend her time upside! Yoga and aerial arts and just a few of Yasmin’s favourite things. Believe it or not, she comes from a circus family – So it seems her passion to be upside down is in the blood!
Yasmin is an energetic and friendly teacher. She comes from a big family and has regularly spent afternoons playing Yoga with her many nieces and nephews. This sparked her interest in children’s yoga, which was promptly followed by teaching classes within local schools.
Yasmin has taught yoga classes and aerial yoga classes to a mix of ages, including aerial yoga to children with disabilities, offering that freedom that can not be reached in everyday life. Specialising in Aerial Yoga and Family Acro Yoga, Yasmin aims to deliver sessions which empowers students, whilst nurturing mind and body with fun fitness sessions.
Joanne is known for her contagious enthusiasm, her ability to to have fun, while helping you to facilitate strategies to ensure you achieve their goals, giving you what you want, how you want it. She is an educator, author, personal training and group exercise trainer . She has presented around the globe on behalf of Faster Health and Fitness. Currently she is author and education director for Faster Group Specialist and co-author on a research and communication course called the Three C’s of Success.
Vicky Rainbow owns and runs classes at Soulshine Wellbeing Space, a beautiful sanctuary in Abingdon, Oxfordshire offering carefully crafted classes, workshops & retreats using Nia Movement, Dance, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, arts, crafts and more. Vicky has always experimented with many kinds of dance and fitness techniques, and then, in 2008, she discovered Nia. It’s a great way to get fit, have fun and feel great all at the same time. Since learning about it, Vicky has been teaching classes and workshops in Oxford and beyond.
Tamara from Breathe360 offers personalised health and wellness coaching with a focus on stress, chronic pain, fatigue anxiety, depression, IBS, headaches, trauma and PTSD. In addition to one-to-one coaching sessions, she facilitates access to live webinars and an exclusive Facebook community. Bodywork, such as massages and other products to support your healing journey, are also available. Tamara’s work with her clients is guided by her own experiences and unique healing journey.
Susanne discovered Yoga during her time at university in an effort to balance a busy schedule and compensate for all that time sitting down. She completed her teacher trainings in Vinyasa Yoga and Hot Power Flow in 2015 with Spiralling Crow at YogaVenue. Susanne is interested in helping everyone find the most stable alignment in postures and transitions; she believes that adapting postures to fit a person’s flexibility, strength and body shape is key to a safe and consistent practice. Her classes provide an inclusive space where everyone gets one to one attention.
Sarah Fountain is a community based fitness coach offering group sessions including Boxercise, Kettlebells and Bootcamp. Sarah turned to fitness after her first child in 2008, having little time to herself, or to be sociable, let alone schedule time in to get to the gym. Since 2008, Sarah has run 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, two full marathons, completed in numerous mad events, including Tough Mudders, Monster Runs, Night time runs, cycled to Paris, rocked up boot camps, circuit training and outdoor fitness, all with a child in tow or being pregnant! She proved there is no such thing as ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I can’t afford it’. Everything is possible if you want to do it. In 2019, Sarah will take on Race to The Stones, 100km in 24 hours. Sarah is not a size 8, she doesn’t eat salads all day, and she doesn’t avoid social activities. Sarah is a firm believer it’s all about choosing the right foods and exercising for life, not just for a short period.
Rachael is the Director of Jump Rope UK. She starting competing when she was 9 years old and is now a full time coach not only for the company Jump Rope UK but also for our international competitive team. She is the main driving force for getting more people in the UK jumping.
Obie Pearl is a performing artist and professional instructor. She's travelled the world sharing the disco fever, through friendship, love, fitness and fun! She holds a Guinness World Record for ‘most hoops spun simultaneously as a group’ and can even spin multi-hoops and roller skate at the same time! Her company, PlayTone, is an evolution of a successful alternative fitness brand specialising in fitness and fun. Tone up with hoop, skate, jump and yoga classes. They also run courses, training, workshops, tours, pop-up Roller Discos plus other alternative events!
Tinuke’s Orbit is a disco-licious performing artist and professional instructor who has travelled the world sharing the disco fever, through friendship, love, fitness and fun! Tinuke is trained under Starlight Express the musical.
Bami Kuteyi is a Young Fearless Entrepreneur, having founded International dance fitness brand Bam Bam Boogie when she was only 22 years old. Since then, Bami has left her full-time Job at Google as an advertising executive, to focus on empowering women and young girls all around the world through "Fearless Female Fitness". She aims to transform the way that women feel about their bodies and minds. In turn, enabling them to feel the confidence needed to chase after their dreams, no matter how big or small. Bami has shared her story with over 11,000 people around the world through fun, engaging and motivating talks, workshops, online videos and fitness classes. She has also been featured by brands such as Reebok, MTV and She Leads Africa. You shouldn't miss this fiery Millennial Entrepreneurs Empowering Session at FitFest Oxford 2019!
Adam Vanni is one of the founders of JARR Kombucha. His initial role was as JARR’s head brewer, helping to formulate the original recipe, source ingredients and lead the charge on sales but he has since transitioned into becoming the brand’s main ambassador. Whether it’s organising and leading the first kombucha masterclasses offered in the UK with Whole Foods Market, Deliciously Ella and Soho House or managing PR activities and collaborative projects, Adam’s goal is to share the JARR story and spread the word about kombucha to as many people as possible.
Dr Surina Sehgal is a Dentist who found herself addicted to sugar. She was craving something sweet after every meal and it was taking its toll on her skin, weight, energy and mood quite badly and so Surina began her own journey to work her way back to a healthier and livelier lifestyle by eliminating refined sugars! After learning how simple it could be to remove the quick, convenient, processed foods that are so common in people’s lives. Come and listen in on an educated Dentists presentation about how you can also fight your way back to a cleaner, leaner diet with tricks and tips from the woman who knows.
Lizzie Merifield is the owner of 3 BOUNCE franchises in Oxford ((BOUNCE)) and focusses on making fitness fun and accessible to everyone! She has long background in Dance which gives her excellent knowledge of how routines should be performed and is a great instructor for keeping an eye on your technique to ensure your workout is as effective as it possibly can be!
You will find Lizzie teaching an amazing BOUNCE Masterclass on the mainstage as well as in our dance studio throughout the day. Get ready for her favourite exercise in this class- Tricep Dips. Most people hate them but Lizzie loves them. Strong arms aren’t just for the guys-MESSY BUNS AND LADY GUNS is her motto!
Matt is a level 4 qualified Master Trainer and BoxFit class instructor who is currently based at Park Club Oxford. He is an extremely hard-working, highly motivated and enthusiastic personal trainer who always gives 100% effort in his own training programmes as well as the sessions he delivers to his clients. Matt has high levels of experience working with a variety of clients who all range in ages and abilities so if you have set yourself a goal to try something new, learn new boxing techniques or to work on your overall fitness levels, Matt can help you strive to achieve them!
Would you like to try some personal training sessions? Or maybe you want to book a few of his classes?
Anginette Barton is the owner of AJ Active in Oxford where you will find a variety of high energy and holistic classes on her timetable. AJ has been teaching since the age of 21 when the fitness industry was very different to what we know today. Many years on, her passion has only increased! The industry now is very split between ‘freestyle’ teachers who create their own choreography and those you teach licensed pre-choreographed classes. AJ is one of the ‘freestyle’ variety and stands by her style for not to follow the same groove as everyone else! She loves to have the free reign to personalise each class where the choice of music can change depending on clients and mood! You will find AJ on our timetable teaching Yoga.