Introducing the Staff at Wild View Retreat

A Q&A with Ali S one of our new Fitness Instructors.

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Ali what inspired you to get into all this?

I have my parents to thank for this! As a kid I was always playing sport and keeping active, and my parents were great role models for a healthy and balanced diet. After I finished school at 18, I started teaching classes at my local gym. This led to me studying as a personal trainer and getting as much knowledge as I could through different courses, work experience, and other trainers.

What inspired you to come and work at WVR? 

When I met Andrew it was like meeting a kindred spirit! We have had very parallel experiences, and when he spoke about his plans for WVR I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. WVR is unlike any other retreat; there is a focus on all of the elements that contribute to a happy healthy lifestyle, which are not just short term whilst at the retreat, but can be taken away and used in everyday life.

If you had one message for those coming to Wild View Retreat retreats what would it be? 

To be open-minded! A lot of people see retreats as a quick fix, but WVR strives to be the exact opposite. You will learn how to implement healthy habits into your life, in a way that suits you. If you’re looking to get fit, eat well and learn then this is the retreat for you! 

What would you like people to get out of the retreat and your teaching?

I love when people leave my sessions feeling better than they did when they came in. Exercise is a great way of relieving stress, and it’s empowering to watch your body get fitter and stronger. I want people to look forward to training with me and hopefully see some great results.

What inspires and motivates you on a daily basis to maintain your healthy lifestyle?

I exercise and eat a healthy and varied diet because if I don’t I just don’t feel good – its that simple! My sleep is affected, I’m less able to do my job effectively, and I’m definitely not much fun to be around. The trick is making “being healthy” a lifestyle and not a chore, and realizing you don’t need to make huge sacrifices to be healthy. 

What future areas would you like to learn more about?

I am currently studying as a Nutritional Therapist, and a big area that interests me is the effect of stress on the body and how we can use food to heal chronic and acute stress. I am also an Eating Disorder Practitioner, so learning techniques such as NLP are of great interest to me.

What are you most looking forward to here at WVR?

I love working in a team, and I’ve found that you can learn something from everyone! I also can’t wait for the beautiful surroundings, and getting to know the clients on the retreats.