Lynne Taylor

A little bit about Lynne…

Global Therapies: Lynne on Striding Edge, Lake District

Scrambling on Striding Edge, Lake District

Why choose Personal Training/Sports & Remedial Massage as a career? I like helping people, and I’ve always enjoyed being involved in sports. As a Personal Trainer and massage therapist I can bring the two together and use my knowledge and experience to improve the quality of life for people. My work at the London 2012 Olympics providing Sports Massage for the Track & Field athletes was an amazing experience and confirmed the career and lifestyle choice we made moving to Glossop was the right one.

I am a Personal Trainer and also specialize in Pregnancy Fitness as I believe there are many women who can have healthier bodies if they understand how to exercise properly before, during and after pregnancy. I’m combining personal training with the UK Athletics Fell Leader in Running Fitness award to work with lots of people – helping them to get fitter, have healthier lifestyles and achieve goals. I get a real buzz out of training other people, seeing them improve and change over time. When my clients are getting close to their goals and then achieving them I feel so full of pride and excitement for them.

Strength and condition training with weighted chin ups

Strength and condition training with weighted chin ups

I know what it’s like to train hard for the sport and activities you want to do, so yes, I do walk the walk and put the hours in on my own fitness. See the link at the bottom to my own blog for more about my own training, or drop me a line as I’m happy to share what I do or answer questions about my own training.

I have undertaken CPD courses and gained experience in Strapping & Taping (we use Rocktape), Breathing Pattern Disorders (with Leon Chaitow), Core Fascial Release of the Shoulder (with Noah Karrasch), Seated Chair Massage and Hot Stone Therapy.

Final few metres of the Howgills 26 Trail Marathon – still smiling

What sports are you involved in personally? My main focus is running, particularly fell running because I get to be in the hills and experience nature up close – sometimes too close when you fall in a peat bog! I’m a member of Glossopdale Harriers and I compete in fell and orienteering races. I also go walking, cycle, occasionally climb and swim. At various points in the past I’ve done caving, paragliding and scuba diving. I completed my first marathon, the challenging off-road Howgills 26 Trail Marathon, in May 2015 and my first ultra race in August 2015 – the Long Tour of Bradwell. I’ve since gone on to complete the grueling Bryce Canyon ultra race – a 50k race held in Utah, USA at altitude and in record high temperatures up to 32degreesC.

Other interests? I love baking – flapjack and chocolate brownie are firm favorites. When in season I go out collecting fruits – I make blackberry chutney and blackberry jam, crab apple jelly, and damson chutney. Lemon curd is also a favourite, though living in Derbyshire I don’t see many of those growing locally!  I’m also keen on photography – textures and patterns seem to draw me in so my pictures will either be of the hills and running or lovely little things. My outdoor interests also led me to qualify as a Hill & Moorland Leader so I can teach navigation to private clients and I’m one of the instructors on the Fell Running Association navigation weekends which are run twice a year.

Favourite place? Win Hill, Hope Valley. It was the hill I would walk or run up after school and always feels welcoming whatever the weather.  A close second is now James Thorn – a hill just a few miles from my house in Glossop and one which I visit frequently.

Global Therapies: Lynne helping to flag Shelf Moor fell race

Lynne helping to flag Shelf Moor fell race

Favourite saying?take the road less traveled” which is derived from the poem The Road not Taken by Robert Frost. While some interpret the poem to mean the author had regret for choosing the path he took, I keep this saying in mind to remind me to return to places I’ve been before and to take the road less traveled – to find new in what is familiar.

If you want to read more about Lynne’s life and exploits head over to her blog, Running Delights.

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