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Rachel Glew, LFA Master Trainer

Rachel is backed by a decade's practical experience, and combines her role as a Life Fitness Academy Master Trainer with running her own Lifestyle Change and Personal Training company; ‘Strength In Motion Fitness®’. Specialising in providing feel good experiences designed to increase strength, self-confidence and happiness Rachel’s mission is to empower her clients to live their lives in a state of balance not extremes.

With a vast array of specialist qualifications ranging from Olympic weightlifting to lower back pain, Rachel's educational knowledge enables her to safely work with clients of varying ages and abilities. As a self-confessed education geek Rachel is currently completing her studies as a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.

Recognising the power that events have to build her clients self-confidence, Rachel established Rocky’s Runners in 2015 to bring everyone together and enable them to be part of something bigger.

At the start of 2017 the group had taken place in nearly 30 events, including multiple Tough Mudders, Walk The Walk, the Spartan Race and 7 Half Marathons.  

Strength in Motion Fitness® was established full-time following Rachel's 12-month mentorship with the former Human Performance Advisor for the US Navy SEALs. Prior to this she spent 7 1/2 years as a National Military Account Manager for Life Fitness advising UK Military personnel on the set-up of rehabilitation and performance training facilities.

Using her 10 years experience at Life Fitness, Rachel enjoys designing and delivering bespoke training solutions aligned to individual Life Fitness customer values and needs.  Working in consultation with David Lloyd Clubs for over 3 years Rachel is responsible for the creation of their quarterly SYNRGY classes. Rachel’s mission is to help educate instructors on how they can develop their coaching skills so they can move away from no pain no gain mantras and provide a positive fitness experience to all Members regardless of age or ability. 

Qualifications

  • Distinction Grade Postgraduate Degree in Publishing (West Herts)
  • Bachelors Degree in English Literature (University of Sussex)
  • Award in Education & Training Qualified Tutor (QCF)
  • Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer (Lower Back Pain Specialist)
  • Level 2 Training for Warriors Coach
  • Level 1 British Olympic Weight Lifting Coach
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist
  • Level 3 Pre- & Post-Natal Specialist
  • England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness
  • SAQ International Award
  • Movement Dynamics Quest for Physical Literacy
  • Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains for Movement Therapist
  • Cross Fit IQ Fundamentals
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 2 Exercise to Music
  • Group Cycling Instructor
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Best Advice

"Anyone can make someone tired, not everyone can make someone better" (Martin Rooney - Training For Warriors)

Favourite Exercise

Deadlift

Favourite piece of Life Fitness equipment

SYNRGY

What qualities do you believe an exercise professional requires to be successful in today’s industry?

Successful Exercise Professionals adopt the role of a supportive Coach, not a dictatorial Trainer.  "No Pain No Gain' might be the mantra of some, but achieving positive, long-term lifestyle change comes when you work with your Clients not against them. Empathy and honesty are key qualities - being able to understand and accommodate for the external demands your Clients face and being realistic about the changes you can help them to make.

How do you see the industry changing over the next few years?

My hope is that we will continue to promote all forms of movement as credible 'exercise' - from an Outdoor Synrgy class to dog walk with friends. For those starting out on their fitness joinery it's important that we encourage a gradual build up to change before we start benchmarking the amount of time and type we think they 'should' be doing. 

What is your personal motto?

Start With Why?  - Taken from Simon Sinek 

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