Personal Fitness Trainer based in Brighton and Hove

Personal Fitness Trainer

My name is Jenny Osborne and I run Body Happy, a personal fitness studio, located in the city of Brighton and Hove.

I’m a highly experienced, fully qualified personal fitness trainer specialising in customised fitness and well being programmes.  I help people of all  ages, backgrounds and levels of fitness.

Yes, this means YOU.

I’m the sort of personal trainer that you really need: I won’t nag you, embarrass you or make you feel small.  I won’t set you impossible goals that you can’t reach.

Most of all, I will help you find your own way towards optimum health, whatever that means to you.

You may already know what you need or want. To lose weight, increase your fitness, feel great.  Perhaps to get into that special pair of jeans or trousers that hang forlornly at the back of your wardrobe. Or, simply to feel better.  To enjoy a good night’s sleep, or run around with your children – or grandchildren.

All of these things I can help you achieve, and more.

Customised Personal Fitness Programmes

Personal fitness for all agesEspecially relevant!  There’s no need to feel self-conscious.  I’m friendly,  non-judgemental, supportive and positive.  My clients appreciate my approach and tell me that this is what they need when it comes to personal training.

Although I can work with you in your own home, or almost anywhere, I have a fully-equipped, private and spacious fitness studio in Hove with easy parking. After an in-depth assessment, I can create a personalised, achievable plan that incorporates your current fitness levels and lifestyle.

Highly recommended.

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Susan Beckingham, Kemp Town, Brighton.

Jenny’s personal training sessions are fun, challenging and, as the name suggests, entirely personalised to your needs. As a busy person sometimes overwhelmed by too much to do, Jenny has made me realise that taking time to prioritise my health and wellbeing is vital. I now sleep better, look better and feel better.

After an in depth consultation and analysis, Jenny devised a programme to focus on developing my core and upper body strength and on helping me improve my flexibility and balance. We train together for an hour each time, with each session being different from the last; this keeps things fresh and works all those lazy, tired muscles for a full body workout. I work about a third harder with Jenny than I would do on my own and it really makes a difference. She’s lovely, too – she makes me laugh and never judges me, embarrasses me or makes me feel awkward.

Each session incorporates elements of strength training, Pilates, cardiovascular training and stretching. I’ll help you focus on posture and technique to ensure that you’re working at your best capacity and that you avoid injury. Training with me will be challenging but not punishing.

My aim will be for you to leave my studio feeling energised and motivated.

Body Happy also works with a number of trusted personal trainers who are based from my studio in Hove.  You can read about them here.
I also work in partnership with a chiropractor, a nutritional therapist and a specialist in hypnotherapy and well being, who can help you achieve your health goals.

I’m here to help.

Contact me on 07786 557 998 to arrange an introductory session and see what it’s all about.  Send me a text or leave a message.

Pilates Classes

Pilates Classes in Hove

I am a fully qualified Pilates teacher, offering three matwork Pilates classes per week:

Monday 12pm – 1pm
Wednesday 2pm – 3pm

The cost of each class is £7.50 per person, payable on the day.  Classes are popular however, so you will need to reserve your place in advance. The classes are held at our Hove Fitness Studio.

pilates in action
Pilates classes every week

Pilates is a highly effective method of exercise to strengthen and tone your body, with particular emphasis on your “core” – a complex series of muscles around your abdomen, lower back, hips and pelvis.  Your core is incorporated into almost every movement of your body and working on these muscles can transform how you look and feel.

Having a strong core is important for optimum health and vitality.  You will leave my Pilates classes feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world.

You can read more about the origins of Pilates here.

Pilates Classes for Strength and Vitality

Pilates classes in Hove

Pilates is unlike any other method of exercise.  It’s non-impact and therefore ideal for anyone at any age and at any level of fitness or strength.  Each one-hour class is limited to 8 people, enabling me to correct your posture and technique; you will be amazed what happens when you engage the right muscles with the right technique, focusing on doing the exercise correctly and precisely.

The classes are friendly, informal and nobody will judge you.  Each one incorporates a different series of exercises which you can do at your own pace.  You’ll soon find that you’re fitter and stronger.  It really does work.

If you’re new to exercise or haven’t been active for some time, check with your GP for your safety and peace of mind.  He or she probably knows about Pilates and will encourage you to embrace this fantastic way to improve your posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility.

pilates testimonial from Richard Russell
Richard Russell – 56 years old – Brighton resident.

“Jenny’s Pilates classes have made a huge difference to my life. I was never going to lift weights or run down roads. Pilates will push you to your limits without getting wet or cold! I strongly recommend Pilates to men of all ages – I wish I had found it years ago. It can really push you to the limit (if that’s your thing) and it literally stretches you all over.  Gentlemen:  this is a tough but effective work out, believe me. My six pack (yes, six pack) is coming on nicely.”

What Do I Need to Bring to a Pilates Class?

Just yourself.  Everything else you need is here, including mats, water and a changing room and WC.

What Should I Wear?

Comfortable but fitted clothing is ideal; layers are good, as are socks, but you won’t need your trainers

Why not try out your first Pilates class?  Or, if you’re a Pilates regular, why not try something new?  Contact me on 07786 557998 to reserve your place now.

 

What is Pilates?

Pilates (pronounced pill-ar-tees) was devised in the early 20th by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed in the strong connection between mental and physical health – he coined the term “Controlology” to describe its principles and although we no longer use that term, the idea of a sequence of controlled movements still applies.

Joseph Pilates developed his method of exercise as a way to help dancers recover from injuries and prevent their reoccurrence.  These days, Pilates is practiced all over the world and is a safe, highly effective method of body conditioning and strength training.

“It was my first time doing Pilates but Jenny made the experience highly enjoyable and comfortable for me.  She was patient and didn’t push me to to the same level as others in the class.  The exercises were excellent.  You could really feel your body working!  Jenny gently corrected my positions when I needed a little help.  I highly recommend her Pilates classes, they’re totally great.”    Morella Velázquez

 

Pilates is a series of movements that aim to increase your flexibility, build strength and boost endurance in your entire body.  Done consistently, you can develop a strong core and improve your coordination and your balance.  With its emphasis on posture and correct technique, Pilates is as good a work out as you can get.

What is My Core?

Your core muscles are those around your abdomen, lower back and your hips.  Having a strong core is generally thought to offer considerable health benefits, such as good stability.  Walking, running, standing, sitting – you name it, everything comes back to your core.

How is Pilates Practised?

Pilates can be done either on a mat or with special equipment, such as the curiously-named Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair.  This equipment (or “Apparatus” as Pilates named it) has a system of pulleys, springs, handles and straps.

“Both Jenny and her Pilates class are brilliant.  I do a fair bit of exercise and have done so for years, but had never tried Pilates.

I am so glad that I did!

The classes are just the right mix of challenging and strengthening whilst still feeling relaxing and fun – and I always feel so great afterwards.

Jenny has a really encouraging and kind approach and you always feel that whatever level you’re at is just fine.  I highly recommend Jenny for both Pilates and anything else – she is very knowledgeable and supportive.  Thank you Jenny!”     Liz Davies – Hove

Body Happy classes focus on mat work, meaning that you can start to practice Pilates immediately, rather than learning how to use the equipment first.

What are the Principles of Pilates?

There are six original principles: concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing, each working together to create powerful muscle firing patterns within your body.  The principles of postural alignment, stamina and relaxation now square the circle.  The result? Increased levels of body strength, flexibility and a powerful feeling of wellbeing.

How Does Pilates Differ from Yoga?

Both Pilates and Yoga develop strength, good breathing, flexibility, balance and posture and both systems value the powerful links between the body and the mind.  However, Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement, rather than with a series of static poses, as is the case with Yoga.

Is Pilates Safe?

Yes, indeed. Injuries are almost unheard of.
Pilates is very low impact, with the emphasis on completing fewer exercises precisely, rather than several incorrect ones.  However, it must be taught by a fully qualified Pilates instructor so that the classes are suited to everyone’s level of fitness and ability.

Can Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?

Again, yes.  Pilates builds and strengthens muscles, thus increasing your metabolic rate.  Stronger muscles require more calories.  However, choosing a healthy diet to complement your classes is the best way to see results, as well as incorporating other exercise such as swimming or walking.

Who Is Pilates For?

It’s for you.  Pilates benefits men and women of all ages and levels of ability.  Classes incorporate the skills of both an advanced Pilates exerciser and novices alike.  None will judge you, and a good teacher will keep an eye on you to make sure that your technique and posture is correct.

Keen to learn more?

Why not come to a Pilates class or give me a call on 07786 557998.
It could be the start of something very good.

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What is Personal Fitness Training?

What is Personal Fitness Training?

Jenny with client
Personal Training Session with Jenny Osborne

First of all, let’s agree what we mean by personal training.  Personal training is just that: it’s personal.

One-to-one.

In addition, personal training is about YOU, your needs, your health and well being and YOUR fitness goals. What does this mean in practice?

  1. Your Life, Your Goals

Personal training programmes that reflect your real life, work and family commitments will always offer the best results.

Because your goals and objectives are important, they’re at the heart of a customised health and fitness programme.  Most of all, with your commitment and focus, personal training will change your life and rock your world.

  1. Accountability, Motivation, Encouragement
Encouragement - all part of the service
Encouragement and support.

Most of us need a bit of a push.  If you’re determined to change, accountability and motivation from a personal trainer will help you get there.  So, you’ll receive feedback on your progress and your programme will be adapted as you move towards your goals.

  1. Safety, Posture and Technique

Safety is important.  It’s easy to exercise ineffectively by not using the right muscles.  To avoid this, a personal trainer will always correct your technique and posture, thus ensuring that you are doing each exercise correctly.  The result?  You’ll achieve your aims more quickly and learn how best to exercise when you’re on your own.

Importantly, you can avoid injury or strain.  No sore shoulders or strained neck muscles!

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  1. An Investment in Your Health and Wellbeing

Your physical and mental health is your number one priority: without it your life could be limited in some way, or at least not as fulfilled as it should be.

A personal trainer will work with you to help increase your cardio vascular capacity, your balance, flexibility and core strength – four key health-giving essentials.  He or she will get to know you well and if they notice an ongoing problem, will recommend you to a specialist for further help.

  1. Work Harder, Burn More Calories

Admit it, you may not work out to the max on your own – is that right?  A customised, one-on-one training programme will burn more calories in less time than working out on your own.  Your trainer will devise your plan to achieve maximum results in a minimum time window.

It’s more challenging but will make that all-important difference.

  1. Fresh New Perspective on Exercise

Information on fitness, nutrition and exercise is “out there” – on TV, via social media, in the latest diet or exercise book.  It’s impossible for the average person to keep up to speed, but don’t worry: your personal trainer has the knowledge, skills and experience to know what will work for you, and what is worth avoiding.

For example, most personal trainers know the weight-loss benefits for women associated with strength training, that running long distances won’t necessarily promote fat loss and that an avocado is actually good for you.  Have a look at our FAQs page for more information.

  1. Different Every Time

A skilled personal trainer will keep things fresh, challenging new sets of muscles and teaching you new techniques at each session.  What you think you can’t do, you’ll probably end up achieving, sometimes with relative ease.

  1. Privacy, Trust and Respect

Finally, your personal trainer will never humiliate or embarrass you; you’ll always work within your fitness capacity, although you will find it challenging, of course.  You won’t be working out in full public view and your trainer will certainly not judge you, your appearance and your fitness levels.

Health and Fitness Studio in Hove

Private Fitness Studio in Hove

fitness studio HoveBecause many of us feel self-conscious, we don’t always want to work out in a public space, say in a park or a commercial gym.  The Brighton and Hove seafront?  Lovely, but a little too visible.  even. So we have our own Fitness Studio in Hove.

Are you new to exercise? Maybe been inactive for a long period? Consequently,  does the thought of exercising under other people’s beady eyes put you off?  Since you feel exposed, you may put off exercise for another time, or go off the idea all together.

Is this you?  Don’t worry.  First of all, Body Happy has a fully equipped private fitness studio in Second Avenue, Hove.  It’s from here that my team and I offer personal training sessions, so nobody can see you.  It’s also where my Pilates classes are held.  We have everything you need to get fit in one place.

Fitness Studio Location

Because you need to find us easily,  please note the following location and transport information.

The Studio, Kingsway Court, First Avenue Hove, BN3 2LR.  We’re just off the seafront.  You’ll find us when you see the sign for The Bali Brasserie.

Body happy location on Google maps
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Travel, Public Transport and Parking

Buses run frequently.  Second Avenue is the nearest bus stop near the Body Happy studio.  It’s just a short 2-minute walk.  Head towards the sea front on Second Avenue. You’ll be here in no time.

There’s plenty of low cost metered parking around the studio.

Pay cash at the machines, dial 01273 458 458 to pay by phone.  Or,  download the Brighton and Hove Pay by Phone app to your smart phone or tablet.

Better still, why not walk?  A bracing, brisk march along the sea front will set you up for your work out.

What’s in the Studio?

There’s everything you need to work out – and more.

My studio has a full range of resistance and strength training machines.  At Body Happy, since we want you to get maximum benefits from your training with us,  you’ll find free weights, resistance bands, ViPRs, kettlebells, foam
rollers, TRXs and stability balls.

As much as you may like our gizmos and gadgets, there’s plenty of room for stretching and other exercises on comfortable, supportive floor mats.  In addition,  there’s also a stationary bike, rowing machine and a cross trainer, so you’ll be able to work on your cardio fitness and HIT (high interval training).

walking machine

Especially relevant to your comfort is the fact that our equipment, as well as the studio itself, is spotlessly clean and well maintained

Changing Room, Toilet and Shower

Finally, if you’d prefer to get changed at the studio, there’s a fully equipped private changing room and bathroom with a WC.   In addition, there’s a shower, which is of course free to use if you wish to freshen up after your work out.

While personal training may seem out of your reach, we can assure you that it’s really, really, not.

Contact me to find out more.  Or send me a text!  07786 557 998

Personalised Fitness Programmes

Personalised Fitness Training in Hove

Personalised Fitness Training Programmes Men and Women

My team and I offer one-to-one fitness training sessions for men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Whatever your lifestyle or fitness levels, here at Body Happy we can make it happen. I have a fully equipped, light and airy fitness studio in Hove (with easy parking, with plenty of space for your work out.

Fancy working out with your partner, friend or sibling? I also offer sessions for couples, where you can each unleash your inner competitive spirit (should you so choose).

What’s Involved?

Following your initial assessment and physical analysis session, we’ll set your objectives. These may include weight loss, improved stamina or increased muscle strength.  Your exercise programme  may be difficult and outside your comfort zone, or maybe quite straightforward. You may want to train for a marathon or just walk that little bit further without getting out of breath. With your commitment, you will get there.

Judy Sparkes – Hove

“Jenny was my perfect choice.  I’m nearly 70 and needed help with strengthening my core, improving my balance and becoming more flexible.

She has helped me progress with a well-chosen programme of exercise and weight training.  I recently hurt my leg and Jenny supported my rehab, therefore speeding up my recovery time.

The training I’ve done over the last 6 months has made me stronger, improved my overall health and helped my confidence no end.  Working with Jenny has been so very enjoyable and helpful.  I’m happy to recommend Jenny Osborne to everyone!”     Judy Parkes – Hove

 

What Happens in a Personal Training Session?

We’ll implement fitness sessions to integrate a wide range of training disciplines and methods.  In this way, your interest and motivation will remain high.  Also, this means that your body adapts to the new regime, yet challenges itself as you develop.

We’ll make sure that you complete each exercise properly, with the correct posture at all times.  Less is more, most of the time.

We’ll focus on increasing your flexibility, your core strength and your stability.
Most of all, you’ll leave each session feeling invigorated and full of beans! You’ll wish that you could bottle this amazing feeling of well being.

What We Don’t Do

• First of all, your privacy, welfare and comfort is very important to us, so you will never be humiliated or embarrassed in any way. As personal trainers, we’re immensely privileged that you have chosen to train with Body Happy, so if something doesn’t feel right we won’t make you do it.

• No pain no gain? Not in our philosophy. If it hurts (rather than just challenges your muscles) we’ll do something else instead.

The next step?

Your once and future self awaits you.  Why not text me on 07786 557 998? .