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CHANTAL WOOD

What makes your class so f’cking awesome?

Fun, inclusive, challenging and informative, with the best tunes!

What was your journey to becoming an instructor? How the hell did you get here?

The long way! I was more into books than burpees when I was younger, but I took up pole dancing when I moved to London and ended up taking a fitness instructor qualification so I could teach it. I’m now a qualified personal trainer and pre/postnatal instructor, while still holding down a day job as a programme manager Monday to Thursday.

What’s your favourite way to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind?

Don’t forget to rest, physically and mentally, whether that’s a few hours extra sleep, some meditation or relaxing in front of Netflix. If you’re prone to oversubscribing yourself make sure your friends hold you accountable for planning in chill out time!

How does your choice of exercise fit/help your day to day life?

I love strength training and HIIT, it’s so important for me to feel strong, and also to trigger those endorphins. Exercise is crucial to managing my mental health. I also love yoga for keeping me grounded and in the moment.

Who’s your fitness hero? Why?

Serena Williams, her determination, professionalism and humour in the face of so many obstacles is incredible. She is one of the greatest sportspeople of all time, but also an inspiration to those with a different body type to the ‘typical’ athlete, and for active mums everywhere.

What is your signature move?

I looooove a deadlift, but the technique is everything! The mistake I see most often is people cranking their head up at the bottom of the move to look in the mirror, keep your spine straight from tailbone to crown of the head by letting your gaze follow the path of the move. Don’t worry about the mirror, I’ll tell you you’re beautiful.

What’s your favourite way to feel good fitness-wise and life wise?

I only do workouts I enjoy, and I try to make as much of my life about spending quality time with the people I love.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

You only regret the things you don’t do.

Follow Chantal on the 'gram: @chantalwoodwellbeing

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