“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I discovered just how powerful exercise and nutrition can be and how incredibly resilient our bodies are if we train and fuel them correctly.
“I was working as a news journalist and feature writer when I was diagnosed in 2013. When I discovered I was ill, I knew I’d need to keep my body strong. I had always enjoyed exercise and turned to a team of fitness experts – the same people who will coach you at our Fitter, Stronger weekends – for advice. I cleaned up my diet and exercised as often as possible, allowing my body to rest when necessary. I was training to climb Snowden when I received my diagnosis. That trip was put on hold, to allow me to cope with chemotherapy and resurrected as my treatment drew to a close. The following month, I climbed Ben Nevis, to mark the end of my treatment and a new beginning.
“Nutrition and regular training weren’t just good for my physical health, they helped me cope when I had to tell my husband and children, when I watched my friends cry and when I faced surgery. They gave me a positive focus away from cancer, helped me look beyond my condition and to the future.
“In 2015, I qualified as a personal trainer and created Fitter, Stronger to motivate others. We offer a luxurious location, delicious food and we take a practical approach, tailoring advice for busy lives and scaling exercise according to ability. We work with complete beginners, people returning to exercise following illness and injury and those who have trained all their lives.
“Right from the start, I wanted James Cracknell to be involved. He seizes life and embraces physical and mental challenges, fighting back from a near fatal head injury following a collision with a lorry while on his bike, to run the London Marathon in 2 hours 50 minutes and complete the Coldest Race On Earth in the Canadian Yukon. He used exercise and nutrition to get there, just as I did when I was ill. Our message is the same and I’m delighted to be working with James and with our expert fitness team, all of whom I’ve trained with and recommend. I’m very proud of Fitter, Stronger.
Our message is simple. Keep your mind and body strong and you’ll achieve far more than you think possible. We’ll show you how.