Meet The Team

Lucy and Andrew are the founders of Dorset Fitness Retreat. They are a husband and wife team who have both served in the military. Their dream has always been to provide an opportunity for people to take time out of their busy lives and find their ‘Why’. The Dorset Fitness Retreat enables them do do this and they feel truly honoured to be part of an individuals fitness journey.

Andrew

Fitness Expert & PT

Having served 23 years in the Royal Navy as an aircraft engineer, he then embarked on a new career in Fitness and over the last 3 years has been building up FitAgain. After travelling all over the World with the Royal Navy and after growing up in Preston, Lancashire he now settled in Sunny Dorset after meeting Lucy whilst they served together in the military. Andrew is a Master Personal Trainer specialising in strength and conditioning and back care. He runs a luxury private gym locally for 1:1 based in Axminster. His clients range from professional athletes to busy Mums. He has a fantastic passion for helping people achieve goals and break down physical and mental barriers. Throughout the retreat he will be sharing his expertise and knowledge in fitness and nutrition and will be leading a number of the presentations and fitness sessions.

Lucy

Mental Health Nurse & Co-Founder

Lucy, the co-founder of Dorset Fitness Retreat is born and bred is West Dorset and is excited to share this wonderful place with others. Lucy is a general and mental health nurse and has always had a passion for fitness and his has come out in the form of running, snowboarding, swimming and triathlons. She was proud to represent the Royal Navy during her 14 years of service in Running and Triathlon. Lucy is a fitness instructor and is trained in Insanity and this is a class she will be bringing to you on the Retreat. Lucy is a trained mindfulness teacher and as a mental health nurse during the retreat there is a big focus on linking physical and mental health. Lucy will be taking you for a number of outdoor fitness sessions at Dorset Fitness Retreat and will invite you to join her for some wild swimming and will be a fantastic guide on the beautiful coastal walk over the Jurassic Coast.

Charlotte

Pilates Instructor

Charlotte’s early years as a gymnast and an athlete enabled her to gain an extensive background in movement and body biomechanics, which has fuelled her knowledge of anatomy, alignment and injuries.

She was first introduced to Pilates at the age of 12 by her own Physiotherapist who suggested Pilates to help with her hypermobility and back pain following intense sport.

In her early twenties, Charlotte practiced as a Sports Masseuse working alongside Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. She worked closely with sports people and general clients to recover from injury and improve overall body health. She decided from a young age that her aim was to help eliminate people’s physical pain after overcoming many injuries of her own throughout her sporting life.

Charlotte decided to train as a Pilates teacher to fulfil her dream of helping people through movement and share with them just how transformational the disciple is.
She became invested in taking her clients into a studio and working on joint strength and stability rather than treatment on the massage table.
Having a past career in massage allows Charlotte to have the confidence to be a very hands on teacher. Having the highest quality of training behind her, she prides herself in being an extremely precise and dedicated teacher.

Over the years Pilates has given her an enhanced understanding of working within client’s range of movement to safely maximise their potential. She believes that Pilates is a fantastic disciple that can work for everybody, regardless of age or ability. She is truly passionate about teaching and enjoys sharing the benefit of Pilates and wellness with her clients.

Qualifications:
Level 3 Body Control Pilates qualification
Europe’s largest Pilates association

Paula

Massage Therapist

Paula provides a range of holistic therapies. With over twenty five years of experience in delivering Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Swedish massage and Reiki, she is fully qualified and has memberships with the AoR (Association of Reflexologist), and also the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapies).

Dee

Yoga Instructor

Dee came into contact with yoga, pranayama and meditation in her late teens. She practiced various different styles of yoga and it was ‘love at first breathe’ it was through the love of her practice and the transformational benefits that she decided to train as a yoga teacher as she wanted others to experience the benefits that she herself had. She has transformed her own life through this comprehensive healing practice.
Dee’s qualifications and specialities are Yin, Restorative, Hatha & Hatha Flow, Aerial Yoga / Aerial Pilates and guided meditation/relaxation.

Her practice is beautifully breath focused, pulling the awareness into the body and empowering the mind to use its capabilities for the good of the whole being. She loves to use meditations that are complex in their simplicity and deliver them with love and grace.

She really values healthy alignment of the body, the mind as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude. Guided by an open heart and a curious mind, we playfully explore the boarders between softness and intensity – this is my yoga. I love to explore the body’s natural way of moving as we try and find a lightness in the practice.

Dee is fascinated with Ayurveda and how this eastern approach to medicine is so intricately entwined with yoga. Dee has a diploma qualification in the principles of Ayurveda and can use this within her practice to further enhance your experiences on and off the mat. She can work with ascertaining your unique body type and make suggestions relating to the optimum diet & postures to live in complete balance.

Also, a qualified life coach, law of attraction specialist and journaling/gratitude advocate she loves nothing more than bringing elements of all of this into her classes and specifically on retreats to work on everyone as a whole. A holistic approach and powerful practical tools to align the body, mind and spirit; to feel connected and energised and to be able to live a happy and healthy and fulfilling life.

She loves to hold nurturing and compassionate spaces where students can come home to themselves and realise the wisdom, strength and beauty that lives within them all.
She was first introduced to Pilates at the age of 12 by her own Physiotherapist who suggested Pilates to help with her hypermobility and back pain following intense sport.

In her early twenties, Charlotte practiced as a Sports Masseuse working alongside Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. She worked closely with sports people and general clients to recover from injury and improve overall body health. She decided from a young age that her aim was to help eliminate people’s physical pain after overcoming many injuries of her own throughout her sporting life.

Charlotte decided to train as a Pilates teacher to fulfil her dream of helping people through movement and share with them just how transformational the disciple is.
She became invested in taking her clients into a studio and working on joint strength and stability rather than treatment on the massage table.
Having a past career in massage allows Charlotte to have the confidence to be a very hands on teacher. Having the highest quality of training behind her, she prides herself in being an extremely precise and dedicated teacher.

Over the years Pilates has given her an enhanced understanding of working within client’s range of movement to safely maximise their potential. She believes that Pilates is a fantastic disciple that can work for everybody, regardless of age or ability. She is truly passionate about teaching and enjoys sharing the benefit of Pilates and wellness with her clients.

Qualifications:
Level 3 Body Control Pilates qualification
Europe’s largest Pilates association

Barbara

Mindfulness Instructor

I am looking forward to bringing some breath-work and mindfulness to Dorset Fitness Retreat. My back ground is as a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher. Through this work I teach individuals grounding techniques to reduced stress and help up live in the present moment. I also have a strong passion in gut health and will be sharing a practical kefir making workshop to help improve our gut biome.

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