I grew up in a lively family with three older brothers and my parents quickly got me involved in sport and my first real sport was Taekwondo. I trained from the age of 7 for about eight years, achieving my 2nd Dan Black Belt. I learnt a huge amount from taekwondo - respect, work ethic, patience, integrity - and it also gave me a great grounding in fitness. From age 11 my interest in rugby started to take hold, initially training at school and then joining West Park Leeds’ U15 section and playing there until I was 18. After school I moved to study Environmental Science at the University of York and started my university rugby career. I was enthusiastic about fitness on and off the pitch throughout my first year and finally got to run club fitness in my second year.
In 2015 I fell and suffered a fracture that almost shattered the front of my L1 vertebrae. Thanks to some exceptional staff and surgeons, I narrowly avoided a future without sport. Going from highly independent to almost entirely dependent on others was a huge challenge and it was a long journey back to every day function however. Following physical rehabilitation guided by physiotherapists and my own extensive research, I went ahead with surgery to remove the metal in my spine. From this point, my rehabilitation goals switched from ‘return to normal function’ to ‘return to competitive, contact rugby’ and I didn’t look back once. Through these experiences I have learnt what chronic pain is like to live with and it gave me a great, new perspective on life and the importance of strength training.
Not only did these experiences give me a new perspective on life, they had a huge influence on my career choices. I enjoy being able to help others in the same way that my physios and coaches helped me and that is what led me to personal training. Strength training is such an effective way of reducing your chances of injury and obesity, building self confidence and providing an outlet for mental stresses - it should be part of everyone's life style, whatever the goal.
" I couldn't recommend Ruth more highly - having her train me for a couple of years now I can really see the difference... She takes on board what you are aiming for and tailors her training to suit you... Most importantly she creates a very positive can do atmosphere.."
" I began training with Ruth as I recovered from an injury.. She helped me feel comfortable in the gym again and tailored my training to my injury which really sped up my recovery.. I would without a doubt, recommend Ruth to anyone looking for a Personal Trainer"
"...every programme is carefully constructed to not only take into account your physical abilities, but also helps increase your own knowledge... She is truly committed to helping you reach whichever targets you set.. Highly HIGHLY recommend."