I think it would be fair to say that people who know me well would describe me as both motivated and fearless – I’m not one to back down from a challenge, nor am I someone who gives up very easily. But on 30th April I faced one of the biggest mental and physical challenges I have ever encountered – Abseil for the Animals. I took part in the UK’s highest freefall abseil from the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Olympic Park – and thankfully my terror at the top was not in vain as my personal challenge was all in aid of The Mayhew Animal Home, and whilst I knew this would be something outside of my comfort zone, I had no idea just how much inner strength I’d have to summon to get me though.
If you’re a regular Wildcat Fitness Blog reader or social media follower you’ll know I don’t shy away from a physical challenge. Over the past few years I’ve gone from not being able to support my own body weight to push ups and heavy deadlifts, and from barely being able to run for the bus to hill sprints and tuck jumps. So this year I thought it was time for a new way to push myself, which is why I am taking on the not only physically but hugely mental challenge of Abseil for the Animals – the UK’s highest freefall abseil in aid of an amazing charity – The Mayhew Animal Home. Why a mental challenge? Because I’m not great with heights and even the thought of being at the top of that 300ft sculpture (the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Olympic Park) and looking down, knowing I have to jump off makes my palms sweat just sitting here, so goodness knows how I’ll do it on the day – but – one thing is for sure – I will do it – because I am determined to raise as much money as possible for these incredible animals and this incredible cause, and here’s why.
As a regular reader of my Blog, or follower of mine on social media, I hope it would seem apparent that my fitness journey is one in the name of self improvement and that my ethos behind setting up a Personal Training business is to help people become the best possible versions of themselves. But as well as the physical, what about the personal? Do you ever stop and think: I wonder if I could try to be not only a better person, but a kinder person too? As well as looking and feeling fantastic, wouldn’t it be amazing to know that one act at a time you could be helping, supporting or even showing others their true value? This is a concept that hugely appeals to me – as much as I love my City, London can also be a cruel, rude and unforgiving place. So when Kind Snacks approached me about taking part in their 2016 Kind Challenge to help make London a kinder place one healthy snack at a time, there was no way I could refuse.
Despite being based in West London, and indeed already teaching classes myself in Kensington, I have never been along to check out the ultra sleek Equinox gym and fitness studio just off High Street Ken, so when the invite came through from the gorgeous Ming and Bianca Bridges to join them at one of the Bridges Manor events at a signature Equinox “Get Whipped” class I was first on the RSVP list.
What is the Bridges Manor? I’ll let the girls tell you in their own words: