My name’s Leyla & I’m a Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor at Baypoint & I’m also an Online Coach.
I’ve always been into exercise & keeping fit & healthy, but I went through what I’d call a transformational journey during the first lockdown. I discovered a genuine passion for exercise & nutrition. I quickly realised how important these were for my own mental health & wellbeing. I also recognised how making small, manageable changes to my daily routine & habits had such a noticeable impact on my physical appearance & fitness levels.
I worked with my own online coach throughout lockdown from home, with limited equipment, when gyms were closed. I achieved some amazing results in just 20 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy, there were no miracles involved but I had the drive & the commitment to achieve my goals & I had guidance, support, education & accountability from my coach. Having been through a fat loss phase, maintenance phase & muscle gain phase, I felt I’d learned enough to be able to help others & I wanted to share my experience & knowledge to assist people with achieving their own fitness goals. So, I completed a Level 2 Gym Instructor course & a Level 3 Personal Training course, alongside my full-time job as a secondary school teacher. I’ve applied the methods & tools I’ve learnt from my own journey & through my studies to help people achieve their goals with some great results. I’ve since completed a Level 2 Circuit Instructor course to enable me to offer circuit classes too.
Kim got in touch with me wanting to reduce her body fat without a fad diet. She wanted to be held to account - with a busy lifestyle it’s easy to give up as life gets in the way. Kim’s a busy working mum with an active social life, no gym membership & limited equipment at home.
I helped Kim understand the importance of eating regularly to fuel her body. Kim didn’t eat breakfast but soon felt the benefits! I taught Kim to track her food so she could progress whilst still attending social events. Kim never ate snacks, but we introduced these during the day, so she felt full & energised.
Kim battled with an injury, which often stopped her hitting her daily step count. But we overcame this by finding ways she could train without worsening this.
Kim’s mindset around weighing herself changed. She’d always over-analysed the number on the scales, but soon realised success wasn’t always defined by this. Kim had weeks where her weight didn’t fall, yet her measurements decreased & she saw changes in her photos & her clothes were loose. I was chuffed when she said, “I was more comfortable this week with the scales not budging”. This was a huge mindset shift!
The best part of Kim’s journey was discovering a passion for running. In a check-in Kim wrote “I’m doing the Bewl Water 10km, which is a huge achievement for me, 6 weeks ago running 5km seemed untouchable, I couldn’t run for 2 mins without thinking I was going to die”. After doing a 10km race, Kim completed a half-marathon, she was prouder of this, than of her weight loss which was her initial goal.
After 16 weeks, Kim felt ready to go it alone. I was happy I’d given her the knowledge & confidence to carry on by herself. She said “I’m feeling really good, I feel like it’s just a way of life now, I know what to eat, when to eat & what I’m doing exercise wise each day, it’s just a routine now. It’s like, all of a sudden it just clicks”.
I started my weight loss/ fitness journey with Leyla at the end of lockdown as I was in a horrible rut. I’d put on weight, stopped exercising and generally felt yuck!
Leyla wholeheartedly supported me through my time with her and I had amazing results. I lost 12kgs, created a healthy relationship with food and found a passion for running (never ever thought I’d be writing that!) and these lifestyle changes are still with me today.
Not only did we have weekly check-ins to discuss my progress that week, Leyla was always at the end of the phone everyday of the week. When I found it tough, she spurred me on, when I couldn’t see the woods for the trees, she guided me and when I did well, she celebrated me.
Leyla asked me if I would share my progress photos but I really don’t feel comfortable sharing as I like to keep that private. I can say that I lost 12kgs, went down two dress sizes, got rid of my big belly and saddlebags and felt fitter, healthier and stronger than I had in years.
You do have to find your own motivation to begin any new venture but with Leyla behind you, you certainly won’t fail. She is amazing!
"I have attended circuit classes with Leyla and would highly recommend her. Very knowledgeable and well thought out classes. Caters for all levels of fitness, will improve your technique and develop your health and fitness. Makes it fun and will encourage you through your journey!"
"Thanks Leyla. You made the circuit class fun! I smiled all the way through and you continued to encourage me all the way to the end of the session. Absolutely brilliant, can’t wait for the next one!"
"What ever level you are at Leyla adapts. She maintains a positive and caring attitude throughout your training. I have attended her circuit class and had Personal Training. Afterwards I always feel like I can take on the world…cue Rocky theme tune."
"I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying and benefiting from these classes. Leyla is an excellent instructor, providing the correct form & time to warm up and stretch. The classes are a perfect way to start each day and are working on areas that I hadn't worked on for several months."