Meet the Team

Here at YMCA Gym we have handpicked our enthusiastic instructors to ensure you get the best out of your time with us. Here you can learn more about our team and what makes them unique.

Donna – Gym Manager

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I love supporting people to help them achieve their goals, whatever they may be. I have a passion for teaching classes and love the buzz you get from the atmosphere within a class environment. I love the community spirit we have in our gym and that everyone supports one another.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? BACPR – Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor, Gym and Exercise to Music, Nutrition, Pre and Post Natal, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Clubbercise, Boxercise, TKO, Fitness Yoga, Kids Fitness, Armageddon, Burlex Fitness.

What’s your favourite exercise? It has to be the squat! I love squats and there are so many variations which you can do.

What’s your training style? I like a mixture of training styles. I enjoy giving myself challenges.

What’s a guilty pleasure of yours? My guilty pleasure is World’s Strongest Man. I’ve watched this every Christmas with my Mam from being very young. I have been to see Europe’s Strongest Man in Leeds for the past 4 years, and I met Terry Hollands and Eddie Hall at BodyPower.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I love spending time with my family and taking our 2 dogs out for walks on the beach.

Sarah – Deputy Gym Manager

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I enjoy meeting the members and knowing I make a good impact on their well-being and health.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes, GP Referral, Indoor Cycling and META Fit Instructor.

What’s your favourite exercise? HIIT reps and all HIIT classes.

What’s your training style? I don’t have a particular training style as I enjoy all fitness styles.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t spend all your time looking at what you want, take time to be great for what you have achieved.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Spending time with my children.

Kay – Fitness Instructor

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? The absolute best thing about my job is seeing people enjoying themselves while exercising. Seeing people improve and meet their goals is so much better when they’re having fun doing it.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? Level 3 Personal Training, Pilates, Level 2 Exercise to Music Instruction, Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy…

What’s your favourite exercise? Kettlebell Turkish Get Up – it’s great for mobility, flexibility and strength.

What’s your training style? My favourite type of training is Aerial Yoga and Aerial Hoop.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I’m an artist, I mainly use watercolours and gouache.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? When I’m not working, I’m happiest reading and painting.

Julie – Fitness Instructor

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I love the people here, both colleagues and members. I love the music too; most of my classes are known for their high tempo, high energy music!

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? Indoor Cycling, Aerobics, Kettlebells, Boxercise, Les Mills SPRINT.

What’s your favourite exercise? Spinning. 

What’s your training style? Cardio & weights.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I’m an amazing cook!

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Cooking for people and spending time with my dog Roxy.

Connor – Fitness Instructor

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I enjoy seeing members’ progression throughout their time spent working out at YMCA Gym. It’s really satisfying to see not only an individual’s physical health improve but also their confidence and mental well-being. Being able to aid and support someone in achieving their goals is the reason I got into personal training.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? Level 3 Personal Training, Level 2 Gym Instructor, Studio Cycling Instructor, Kettlebell Instructor and Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy.

What’s your favourite exercise? They are a great compound exercise that requires very minimal equipment.

What’s your training style? I mainly focus on bodybuilding however I sometimes incorporate circuit training into my routine.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t You should never view failure as a complete negative; it’s all part of a learning process and will hopefully better prepare you for the next time. For example, just because you failed a 1 rep max in the gym, does not mean you should quit altogether. Learn from it and come back stronger.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time with my mates, wether it’s just hanging out, paying sports or enjoying a few drinks. It really helps me unwind after a busy week.

Chelsea – Fitness Instructor

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I love getting to know our members and watching their fitness journeys. It’s an awesome feeling to help someone reach their goals – whether that be a number on the scale, a bench press, personal best or participating in a marathon.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Boxercise, Circuit Training, Indoor Cycling and I’m currently doing my Level 4 Strength & Conditioning.

What’s your favourite exercise? Deadlift.

What’s your training style? Strength and Strongman training – anything involving weights really.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I’m doing Novice Strongwoman training to compete again in July.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I love to read in my free time.

Harry – Gym Assistant

What do you enjoy about the work that you do? I My favourite part about working in YMCA Gym is the friendly environment. The staff and members always go out of their way to have a chat.

What exercise-related qualifications do you have? 3 Distinctions in Sports Coaching and Exercise

What’s your favourite exercise? Bent over barbell row as it allows me to lift heavy while feeling an amazing contraction in my back muscles.

What’s your training style? I My training style is bodybuilding with a healthy mix of strength training to supplement my aesthetic goals.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t take life too seriously.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? When I’m not working, I love spending time in the gym as it allows me to take a step back from everything for an hour or two while improving my body.