Amanda’s passion for physical well-being is obvious from her infectious enthusiasm in her classes and her constant drive to help others get fit and healthy. Alongside the Smart-Fitt classes and personal training, Amanda has been working towards a qualification to become a Sports Massage Therapist. After 2 years of hard work and dedication Amanda is thrilled to have qualified and is looking forward to being able to share her new skills as soon as the current Covid restrictions allow.
About Sports Massage
Sports massage is not just for sports people or those who participate in sport.
The varying techniques used in sports massage provide a deep tissue massage that can help with postural conditions and help treat injured muscles.
Amanda underwent rigorous training, learning about commonly presented conditions, pathology, special tests required for diagnosis and the specific treatments.
Sports massage is great if you are very active and push your body to the limit but it can have just as many benefits for everyone - it can help relax your muscles, fight fatigue, improve flexibility and strength and even improve sleep.
Amanda is really looking forward to being able to offer the Sports Massage Therapy service and feels it fits really well alongside her Personal Training qualification as “any little niggles can be sorted out and then I can prescribe an exercise regime to suit.”
Watch This Space!
As soon as it’s deemed safe, Amanda will begin to offer Sports Massage Therapy sessions as well as the fitness classes and one to one sessions currently available. Keep an eye out for further information and a sneak peek of the treatment area!
We have been having one to one sessions with Amanda. She always makes it fun and we really enjoy her weekly sessions. Would highly recommend.
Hayley and Chris Thornton
In our Move It or Lose It FABS (Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength) exercise classes, resistance bands are a vital tool during the Strength section. At Smart-Fitt classes we encourage each individual to work at their own pace during the strength section so to address how we could still carry out our classes remotely during the pandemic, Amanda thought the easiest way would be to produce an easy to follow instruction sheet. This then developed into an online instructional video and an information booklet specially designed for our Move It or Lose it members and anyone who needs simple exercises to improve coordination, mobility and overall health and well-being.
seated banded exercises
The book 'Seated Banded Exercises' that Amanda has developed contains a range of exercises aimed at anyone who wants to improve their strength and mobility. The exercises include ‘sit to stand’, a vital exercise for improving mobility and strength, full instructions on how to use your resistance band safely and 15 fantastic exercises to perform using your band:
The book is easy to follow with photographs to help make sure you are performing the exercises correctly.
There are a great many variations that can be done with bands. These shown in the booklet can help with your own strength and flexibility in both upper and lower body.
FREE Resistance Band with Every Book Purchased!
Amanda’s fantastic book is available to buy now and every book comes with a brand new resistance band so you can get stuck in as soon as your book arrives!
To buy a book and resistance band simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address and state whether you are a Move It or Lose It or other Smart Fitt class member. Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer, message Amanda for more details.
Why not try the online fitness videos and join our Facebook page for fitness motivation and laughs while you wait for your book to arrive!
Covid-19 has meant a complete change for how Smart-Fitt can bring fitness classes to the local community but thankfully we can all still stay active with me through my virtual classes!
Virtual classes allow anyone to join in from the comfort of their own home by following along to one of Amanda’s classes online. It’s easy to lose motivation, especially in the current situation but exercise, as we know, boosts our physical and mental health. We all need a boost right now and virtual classes are a great way to stay fit and healthy.
Smart-Fitt classes that are available online are the Move It Or Lose It classes and the Total Body Blast classes.
Total Body Blast - Youtube Playlist
Move it or lose it - Youtube Playlist
Move It or Lose It classes are ideal for older people and those who have limited mobility. Exercises can be performed seated or standing and can be adapted to suit everyone no matter their ability. Many of the moves are ‘functional fitness’, meaning they represent activities we commonly carry out in our daily lives eg; knee raises which can help with our ability to get up and down the stairs. The classes are fun and relaxed, as you can see in our videos:
Exercises are wonderfully designed to help us older people to keep mobile, great music too, to which we often sing along!
(Sue, attends Move It Or Lose It at Elsea Park)
Thank you so much for the weekly keep fit videos you put online... It puts a big smile on my face! I am so happy knowing I am doing something to stay fit.
(Ann, online weekly videos)
Total Body Blast classes are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes which are ideal if you want to burn calories and get fit! HIIT workouts consist of short, intense bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. Amanda has been doing a weekly Total Body Blast class online, checkout the workouts available so far:
Total Body Blast is great for getting in shape and improving fitness and the online classes are great for keeping you motivated:
Since lockdown I’ve been following her videos on YouTube and they’ve been so effective and good and they still manage to motivate me which is something I struggle to do on my own. I can’t wait to start the sessions again to see how much further I can push myself.
(Cassie Strickland, attends 1-1 sessions)
Watch this space for more virtual classes and shout up on social media if there is something you particularly enjoy or would like me to cover.