Olivia is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager, specialising in dance, Pilates and mobility classes, as well as aerobics, conditioning and stretch classes.
Olivia’s from a village in Cambridgeshire, but recently moved to Scotland, and she’s been with us for over 2 years. She’s a professionally trained dance and musical theatre graduate but also has qualifications in sports massage therapy.
Olivia is passionate about all things creative and regularly performs in a Dirty Dancing Musical around the UK. Fun fact – she managed to convince her peers at stage school that Ross Kemp was her dad for 3 years.
Olivia will take you through a short 20-minute class to help mobilise the body. This is a great class to do before or after a workout to really help aid recovery. You'll need a mat, some space around you and a chair. Now, who can feel that stretch?
Increase your mobility and flexibility in 20 minutes with poses like crooked pigeon and upward dog. You’ll start with some guided breathing, move on to some simple movements and stretches to open up your joints and warm up your muscles, and finish with a relaxation.
Stretch and mobilise your feet, legs and hips with this 20-minute session. For those suffering from lower body issues, you might want to try this class before your main exercise. If you have a foam roller grab it – but if not, you can skip that section and simply massage your legs instead.
Strengthen your core to support the rest of your body with this 30-minute Pilates class. Target your abs, sides and back from all angles with lateral plank walk outs, mermaid obliques and the Pilates 100.
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This routine focuses on back mobility and glute strength, which is great if you're spending a lot of time sat down. It's split into 6 exercises, some of which you can modify for more of a challenge, as well as a relaxation section at the end.
This calming seated routine is perfect if you’ve got any aches, pains or injuries, or you simply want to unwind. You’ll start with some breathing exercises, followed by some gentle stretches and finally a body scan. You can either sit on a mat or on a chair, whichever is more comfortable for you.
Olivia shows how you can avoid common runners’ issues, such as muscle soreness and shin splints, by warming up your muscles before your run and stretching them afterwards. If you have a foam roller, make sure it’s nearby – if not, you can use self-massage instead.