If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.

Brian Koslow

Who am I? Why do I do what I do?

I'm Michelle Stroud

I am passionate about Sport and exercise, and have been since as a very young girl I stood with my Dad on the terraces at Stamford Bridge. At secondary school I was then lucky enough to have a truly excellent set of physical educators in both netball and athletics. I cannot thank them enough as although like many adolescent girls I temporarily dropped out of team sport, the invaluable lessons they had taught me about discipline, tolerance, teamwork, and athleticism have stood me in good stead and been something of a “Saving Grace” in my adult life.

I have not always worked in the sector however. For 14 years until 2007 I worked as a resettlement worker in the Voluntary Housing Sector helping London’s homeless. But as a young mother I wanted a change to a career that would fit more easily with family life and reflect my passion for keeping active, healthy, fit and strong.

So, I joined The Women’s Self Defence Academy - which gave me physical and mental strength training at a crucial point in my life – and brought valued friendships.

I also became involved with “Community Sport” and Islington’s Access to Sport Project who then invested in me and assisted in my re-education in Sport, Health and Fitness. I owe them a great deal.

Determined to make a career in the sector I studied for a three year degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Middlesex University, and emerged with first class honours ready to achieve my goal of becoming a Physical Training instructor and coach, helping others to get as much out of exercise and sport as I have done.

For me physical fitness furnishes a structure to alleviate stress, and be competitive in a healthy way. It provides a place to meet myself again, to switch off from that gathering collection of unhelpful thoughts, to re-align, to get things in perspective – to simply be in the moment.

It also chimes perfectly with being a practising Buddhist, the other great passion in my life.

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