I’m Carly, personal trainer and founder of CLC Fitness. I’m a mum, chief organiser and juggler of many things. I love running on the beautiful trails around Guildford where I live and drinking decent coffee.
I’ve spent the last few years growing my women’s personal training business into the lovely community it is today, alongside looking after my two children and, more recently, training for a “good for age” time in the Edinburgh Marathon (which you can read more about in my blog). Yes, personal bests are definitely possible after having kids and as you get older, ladies, and I can show you how!
I would be the first to admit that I don’t come from a conventional background as a personal trainer. For starters, I definitely wasn’t the “sporty” kid at school and didn’t do much exercise at all until I was in my late teens. I can vividly remember my first tentative steps on the fitness ladder, both as a total beginner and after having children. I think having first-hand experience of how daunting this can feel means I’m uniquely placed as a personal trainer to help other women who may be just starting out on the road to fitness – I’ve been there and I know how it is!
Also, I haven’t however always worked in the fitness industry. In fact, before having children, I was doing something totally different – working as a lawyer, squeezing my love of exercise in around long hours in the office and the daily commute. After having my eldest son, I was able to reflect on how re-discovering exercise again had been so enormously beneficial for my physical and mental health. I wanted to help other women feel the same and made the (huge!) decision not to return to the law. I re-trained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, specialising in women’s fitness. I also qualified in pre and post-natal exercise and subsequently taught Buggy Fitness classes for the UK’s leading Family Club, Busylizzy, for over 4 years, giving me a huge wealth of experience in pregnancy and post-natal exercise. This knowledge is definitely something I would’ve benefited from myself as a new mum!
I make no secret of the fact that I suffered with depression and anxiety after having children. I’ve written both on social media and on my blog about how exercise has formed a huge part of my recovery and is a key tool in my kit for keeping my mental health in the best shape possible. So many of the women I have worked with find the same and I really encourage my clients to exercise both for a healthy body and a happy mind.
I work one-to-one and in small groups with women of all ages and levels of fitness experience, from complete beginners through to seasoned exercisers. I can honestly say that I love it so much that work very rarely feels like work! I also run a super-friendly and speedy HIIT class on Saturday mornings in my village just outside of central Guildford – you can find more information here.
It is wonderful seeing the women I work with achieve their goals (and have fun whilst they’re doing it). I know how hard it can be to fit in exercise around family and work commitments so I do my absolute best to make sure that training with me is enjoyable and effective and isn’t yet another task you feel that you have to squeeze in to your already busy week.