YOU GOT THIS!
Hi I’m Sam
5th Dan Karate instructor, Dance and Dance fitness Instructor, Pre and Post Natal exercise coach and massage therapist! They are just my jobs, I am also a Daughter, Friend, Sister, Aunty, Granddaughter, dancer, gym goer, and so on. Just like you I have many titles and called by many names. My job doesn’t define me but it is a huge part of my life and lifestyle!
As a child my parents were extremely active (and still are) so most of my weekends I was fortunate to be either camping in the lake district, walking up a mountain in wales, water skiing on the River Dee or on some other outdoor activity after being in sports clubs through out the week. It was only natural, with the lifestyle I had as a child, that I turned 2 of my hobbies in to a career and just over 6 years ago I set up Purple Gecko Youth which delivers dance and karate classes to children and young people across the North West.
About 3 years into this business I decided to set up Purple Gecko Health which aims to provide safe and effective Health and Fitness to women at all stages of their life including Pregnancy, Post Natal, and over 60’s. Providing a safe and educational place for women to take part in Fitness is something I am very passionate about for a number of reasons.
- I see all to often pregnant and post-natal women being advised and trained wrongly and unsafely
- Although I have been active my whole life it was only at age 25 I really understood the concept of nutrition and exercise working along-side each other. I want to educate young women about the balance of nutrition and fitness.
- Impressionable young women are mis-informed by social media and other outlets about Health and Fitness.
- Its important to teach the foundations of physical health as-well and mental health!
- Women and young girls in my opinion should be able to defend themselves!
When I was 22 I suffered a head trauma from a snowboarding accident which caused severe concussion. This the led to depression and anxiety. Instead of opting for a cocktail of drugs I decided to look at the 3 following (what I class as medicine) to help me instead.
Firstly, I decided to get myself into a daily routine of either attending the gym or a dance or karate class every day. I then researched and look into my nutrition and what I needed to fuel my body for what I was putting it under each day. And lastly, I made it a priority to take some time for myself a couple of times a week to par take in some at home yoga and meditation (or as I like to call it a moment of calm)
I made sure that I worked these 3 key aspects into my bust work life and social life. And eventually I made it through the depression and anxiety and to the other side. Now don’t get me wrong I still have good and bad days but the good days far out way the bad and I put it down to having a solid daily routine!
Now they say that balance is key it took me until maybe 2 years ago to really understand what balance was! I was working 7 days a week not only teaching but also running my own business which at this point had over 80 classes per week running across the North West.
While I was at my best friend’s wedding in Mexico, I had, for the first time really stopped and took a minute, a breath and realised I was doing far too much and was running myself into the ground. If I was not careful, I would end up back where I was 5 years previous! While on this amazing holiday I made some tough decisions and decided to walk away from some sessions I had been teaching for 6 years and decided to hire some more teachers to share the work load.
This actually then gave me the space and time to really focus on what I was passionate about. That was helping Post Natal women regain their fitness, confidence and self -steam through safe and effective work out programmes and delivering Karate and self defence to women and young girls.
I will be forever thankful for the child hood I had, the bumps in the road I came across and the supportive squad of friends and family I have in front of me, behind me and at the side of me. So, before I finish, here are a couple of tips from me to you (and these are things I would go back and tell my younger self)
- Surround yourself with the very best Squad
- Create yourself a daily routine
- Nourish your body correctly
- Take time to be still and meditate
- Find what you are passionate about
- Keep active physically and mentally!
- DO NOT STRESS – it will all be ok in the end, because it has to work out!
- Remember you got this GURL!!
I have also included one of my favourite home workouts (post-natal safe of course) my favourite calm pose and my favourite go to healthy recipe.
Stay WONDERFUL you Wonderful Warrior Women!
WONDERful Warrior Workout
3 sets of 10 reps
Band side steps
Step ups (on to bottom step of stairs)
Recipe – Sweet Potato Curry (with or without Chicken or Prawns)
1 x medium sweet potato
1 x carrot
1 bell pepper
1 Tsp Garlic
2 Tbsp Mild Curry poweder
Salt and Peper
Chicken or Prawns
1 x tin Coconut Milk
1 cup of Water
Chop and add all to a pan – Broil until the curry becomes thicker (and chicken or prawns are cooked)
My Favourite Calm Pose
Childs Pose – find a silent space and take 10 deep breaths