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My East London FooFoo Fun Club Ladies give you an in sight as to what you can achieve;

  • Foo foo has been a great experience for me. It’s helped me understand how my pelvic floor works and what to do to get it in shape. My continence confidence has increased and I feel so much more positive about my future pelvic floor function. Not only this but the sessions also provided a time and space for us women talk and support each other. I would recommend it!
  • Sally is an excellent motivator. She made the classes interesting and fun, tailoring exercises to suit our individual needs. I felt that Sally really cared about me and the benefit that the FooFoo classes would have on my health a0nd fitness. It is a really holistic approach and Sally’s knowledge of nutrition really inspired me to think about my health and wellbeing – something that had been forgotten since the birth of my baby.  The FooFoo program is simple and the idea is easy to grasp. I found myself thinking about my posture, not just my pelvic floor, and the exercise helped me to build confidence by strengthening my core muscles and making me feel more in control of my body.

What about Personal Training?

  • I can’t recommend Sally enough! I have had personal trainers before but none have helped me maximise my strengths and overcome my fears like Sally. What I love is her style of coaching. While most trainers focus on form by talking at you, Sally has an uncanny eye to spot my slightest deviation from the correct stance and knows exactly how to communicate what I need to do to correct myself by getting me to really focus on how my body feels in the correct position. She also has the ability to drive you to try harder than you thought possible and enjoy every minute of it!
  • Who would have thought it!! Certainly no one would have in my family! But I have done it with your help and got over my phobia of THE GYM. Thanks Sally
  • You have given me confidence that nobody else has succeeded in over the last 50 years – and will be eternally grateful for your help.
  • Sally has an easy comfortable manner and a delightful personality. She works professionally at all times and is totally committed to teaching better awareness of movement alongside getting a really good workout!

 

Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach in East London.

For more information on CrossFit, Pre & Post natal fitness or general fitness email Sally @ sally@crossfitlondonuk.com

What did you get up to at the Weekend?

Me?

I was at CrossFit London attending the Coach Chris Sommer, Gymnastic Bodies Seminar.

In my pursuit of better teaching and movement I was hoping to learn some really cool things and refine some of my teaching ability.

What I walked away with were some tidy skill progressions and moves with a side helping of motivation and focus.

The weekend was broken into two days the first of which was based around the importance of mobility.

As a group this area was sorely missing. We were meant to be mobilising for the first 15-20 minutes of the session but 1 hour in to it and we were still writhing around on the floor pulling pain faces. A clear take home from this is the need to implement a clear and progressive routine that would allow good practise of gymnastic foundation movements.

I have always known this is the area of fitness that I am lacking. I am in a pattern of rushing through the stretching bit in favour of the bigger faster movements. Don’t we all.

So why am I going to listen to Coach Sommer? Allow me to degress a little.

As a child I really wanted to do gymnastics. I loved the cool moves, but I hated the teacher. In hindsight she was probably just a kid herself and was only coaching the way she had been coached, which was pretty much shout and bully the girls until they break. Well I broke after a term. I did not like getting shouted at and for that I stopped.

Now in adulthood my gymnastic dream pretty much faded. Whoever heard of adult beginner gymnastics?

Well funny thing is in 2010 my boss Andrew Stemler scheduled CrossFit London’s first Beginner gymnastic classes.

A chance to re-live my dream, only to be put on hold again by the news of my pregnancy. In keeping with pre-natal fitness guidelines I stayed away from aquiring new skills during my pregnancy and just scaled back CrossFit to an appropriate level. Leaving gymnastics on the back-burner.

Now after a long post natal period of recovery, I have been slowly looking at gymnastic skills and weaving them into my usual CrossFit training. And of course because I am impatient and the movements look cooler then the mobility I have been missing steps in progressions and skipping beats in mobility, all in all which showed me up in front of Coach Sommer.

So back to full circle. Why am I going to listen to Coach Sommer and mobilise my butt?

Because unlike my childhood attempts at gymnastics I am in charge of my training so it is only me to answer to, not a young coach out for blood.

It has never felt very realistic before as gymnastics has always seemed like a youth window that I missed. Working with Coach Sommer and seeing some of his advanced students, gave me re-newed energy for success. They can demonstrate amazingly cool moves on the rings or pararell bars and can tell you they were not child gymnasts but started maybe 2,3,4,5 years ago.

Great motivation for an adult beginner to hear.

And so it begins.

I have just finished writing out my training program for the next 12 weeks.

I can not wait to see what I can achieve by paying a little more attention to the finer things.

Here are some of the photos of the weekend.

Mobility through the Pelvis
Mobility through the Pelvis
Handstand drills
Handstand drills
Looking at upper back strength
Looking at upper back strength
Shoulder Prep
Shoulder Prep

Thanks Coach Sommer.

 

Sally Dixey is a CrossFit London personal trainer and pre/postnatal fitness coach based in East London.

Contact Sally directly on sally@crossfitlondonuk.com