I did a degree in exercise, nutrition and health at Plymouth University. I left with the degree that I didn’t know what to do with and decided to qualify as a personal trainer.

Hi Sheryl, how are you doing?
Very well thank you, I have just spent the last 2 hours doing pilates with my sister in law.

What are you teaching at POWMAK at the moment?
EVERYTHING! Anything POWMAK does, I teach!!

How old are you?
27 – but not for too much longer!!

Tell us about your background.
I did a degree in exercise, nutrition & health at Plymouth University. I left with the degree that I didn’t know what to do with and decided to qualify as a personal trainer. The first job I applied for was the the first job I got! I worked for David Lloyd for just over 2 years a PT and gym instructor there and then decided I didn’t really like the corporate world. My mum already came to POWMAK as a member and she began to talk to Sam about my options.

I came to POWMAK that September and by the following April I was qualified an instructor. I also started to do all the behind the scenes stuff as well. I am involved with helping to develop the courses and get them accredited. In time I hope to teach new teachers also.

Recently I have completed training to allow me to teach the starter sessions and also do 1-2-1 sessions in the studio.

Why do you do Pilates?
Anyone who knows me will know I’m super inflexible, which hinders me quite a bit in everything I want to do physically. The pilates increases my flexibility and strength – and recently I have incorporated it into my running training, which I hope will keep me injury free, as I didn’t listen to my own words of wisdom last year!!

Do you do any form of exercise outside of teaching sessions?
I am a Body Pump teacher and I still do PT sessions and I am also currently training for the London Marathon – so I run A LOT!!

Tell us about your favourite exercise snack?
Cashew nut butter on a bagel – which I have pre-long runs to give me enough carbs and protein.

What will help us to become as fit and bendy as you?
Try to keep up with a regular routine – you can’t just come along for a few sessions and expect miracles!!!!

What is your favourite ‘naughty food’ and why?
I eat chocolate – there can be no chocolate around me that doesn’t get eaten!!!

What is your favourite music to exercise to?
I’m not very into music, so I just listen to whatever is on the radio. I recently started trialling audiobooks for when I’m running. (Sheryl looks in her phone as she can’t even remember the title!) – as long as there is some background noise for distraction that I can tune into I’m pretty happy.

What is your one piece of advice for staying happy and healthy in 2015?
I wish I had some great mantra to tell you, but simply I think just do what you need to do, for yourself. Don’t try to impress others.

What is the best thing about working at POWMAK?
I love the people that work here, but also I love the range of different clients. There is always someone new walking through the studio door – with a different body to work with. I get bored quite easily, but here there is plenty of mental stimulation.

Who inspires you the most?
Probably my mother. She is hugely successful and nothing ever phases her – she just gets on with it.

Do you have any bad habits?
Clicking my knuckles !!!

Anything else we should know about you that you are prepared to share with us?
Just that I am running the London Marathon on the 26th april, raising money for the charity KIDS, which supports disabled children and their families – here is a link:
www.virginmoneygiving.com/sheryl

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