Clients

"I started with North London Fitness as I wanted to get fit and had seen the classes in the park for years and always thought they looked interesting and noticed that people were smiling.  I’m now a regular as the classes are always fun and varied. You never know what to expect as each class has a different range of exercises and challenges. I love being outside in the sunshine or running between the trees to dodge the rain. I have built up my strength and stamina and joined a new community of like- minded people.

I’d absolutely recommend the class to others and often do. Gail is full of energy and enthusiasm, she knows each participant individually and caters to their needs in a fun, inclusive and challenging class."

Kara O

"I saw the sign advertising Gail's class and was interested in doing something different from going to the gym and doing indoor classes.   That was seven years ago, and I have been coming regularly ever since.  It's the combination of a group of friendly, welcoming people, an instructor who ensures you never do the same class twice, and watching the park change throughout the seasons which has retained NLF's appeal over such a long time.   Coming to class has not only kept me fit but has ensured I get a regular dose of Vitamin D."

Deborah D

"I don't like stuffy, sweaty gyms and so I started at North London Fitness over three years ago as I prefer to exercise in the fresh air - and in all weathers! Every session is different, and they are based on workout-time, not reps, so you're working at your pace and not intimated by super-fit people who have finished ahead of you. When I joined, I couldn't even do a sit up. Now I'm a regular and even taking personal training sessions.  I’m seeing a remarkable improvement in my health and fitness! Gail is a great motivator and the group is very sociable. It's a fantastic way to meet local, like-minded people and I've made some good friends too."

Micaela C

"I initially contacted Gail regarding PT sessions as I wanted to get in shape ahead of my wedding (gym classes just weren’t cutting it), and then went on to compliment personal training with the classes in the park.  I noticed fast results but also really enjoyed exercising in the fresh air with the added bonus of an incredibly friendly bunch of people.   Four years later and I am still attending, enjoying it more than ever.  I recently had a child and the classes have definitely helped me re-gain my pre-pregnancy shape, as well as feeling more energetic. Way better than any gym classes, I would recommend North London Fitness any day of the week!"

Jenny F

"I started coming to class a few years ago because the gym did not work for me, I was useless at motivating myself to go and I found exercising on my own really hard, I needed something to motivate me.  After cancelling my latest unused gym membership, I spotted the North London Fitness poster in the park and decided to give it a go.  It was a good decision, I now exercise in the great outdoors, with a bunch of likeminded people and a great instructor!

The classes are challenging, but fun, within a few weeks I felt fitter and after a few months I felt a lot fitter/healthier than I have in years.  Our instructor, Gail, has a great way of encouraging everyone and always adapts exercises to meet everybody’s needs, to ensure they are doing what is right for their body and health.  She pushes you just the right amount to get that little bit extra from you and works very hard to make each session different as well as challenging.  Consequently, I have been inspired to push beyond what I thought I could do, even managing to run a few 10ks, which I certainly could not have done a few years ago!  On top of that I have lost about 1.5 stones and needed to buy new clothes.

North London Fitness, my fellow class members and the changes I have seen to my body and fitness have all been what motivate me to exercise and I would now much rather be in the park doing squats, stair runs, planks and even burpees, than stuck in a sweaty gym.  I have even been known to pass on drinks after work to get home to go to class!  I would recommend these classes to everyone whatever their age or level of fitness, I was totally unfit before I started and with them I have achieved my goal of getting fit and healthy and at the same time I have had fun and made loads of new friends."

Amanda

"I have been coming to classes with Gail since 2010 and still absolutely love them. The classes are a great mix of exercises (cardio and strength). The format is always different to make it interesting and best of all Gail and the other instructors are encouraging, pushy (!) and most of all fun. Being outside in lovely Broomfield Park is such a bonus too and takes your mind off the pain! I really miss it when I haven't been."

Eve B

"If you haven’t exercised for some time, are lacking in confidence or wondering how to get started then, please read this.

Before finding North London Fitness, I hadn't done any proper exercise for 17 years and had reached my mid-40's feeling unfit-exercise didn’t really figure in my life at all. I signed up for my free group session but, it took me 18 months before I went to the first class. I could always find a reason not to go; too tired, too cold, hungry, everyone there will be really fit and I'll feel stupid, I'll definitely go next week, etc, etc. Eventually, I signed up for some personal training sessions with Gail to get me started and that really helped and boosted my confidence.

I loved the outdoor sessions from the first night- I think the fresh air and social aspect of the class helps, ESPECIALLY when you don't feel like it! And I've made some good friends along the way. (We have occasional nights out with alcohol if that might persuade you).

Three and a half years later, I've had a career change and am now a qualified personal trainer myself. I still attend Gail's classes at Broomfield Park and even cover classes if needed. Thank you to Gail for starting this all off, being a great trainer and for entrusting me with her business and clients when she needs cover. I know how hard it is to get started because I've been there. I never imagined it would lead to where I am now. I hope this inspires you to try a class."

Karen B

"We are a couple at the wrong end of our 40s, wanting to lose weight, improve our fitness and enjoy doing exercise, after too many years without it. We’ve tried several personal trainers over the years, but this was in another league. Gail quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and developed a positive and really varied programme.  It’s not all one thing, or the other. And there are no fads or flavours of the month; just a really balanced set of activities, stretching us that bit further each time, and mixing things up so there is always something new. Gail is positive, always encouraging and in-tune with our needs and capabilities. She knows how far to push us and when to hold back. She really knows her stuff, without in any way being arrogant, and is always happy to offer tips and suggestions if you want them, from diet, to choice of trainers. Being outdoor has been excellent and so much better than stuffy gyms.  Results have been better than we’d ever hoped; we’ve lost a fair bit of weight, feel a lot fitter and have built exercise in to our weekly routine. Now we have learnt that it can be enjoyable (!) we’ve started to build regular exercise into our week. Really grateful for all the help we’ve had from North London Fitness and we can’t recommend them more highly."

Sarah and Tim B

"Over a year ago I began personal training after many years of being a committed couch potato. I was very nervous about the whole idea of exercising. However, from a wonderful recommendation from my brother I contacted Gail, booked my first appointment and can truly say it's the best decision I have ever made. I love my weekly sessions as I know I will be challenged to my best ability in a positive and supportive way which I find very motivating.  I can remember every milestone of achievement that she has got me to from doing my first ab balance to running my first km. I have recently just completed  a 10 km race in Hyde Park with my brother and was fit enough to talk as I ran was something a year ago I would not have dreamed of."

Jo C

"Training with Gail has become a regular 'fix': not something to do without if at all possible. She intuitively understands how far to push you each session to pursue your fitness goals. Gail is by far the best fitness trainer I've had over the years."

Sue S

"Gail is inspirational!   I met her a year after I had my baby.  I had attended some exercises groups for women after pregnancy and thought I would never be able to regain my old figure.  Gail assessed my needs and then tailor made an amazing programme for me.  Initially focusing on losing the weight and then toning up  I now look and feel better than ever and it is all down to Gail.  I could not have done it without her.  I feel full of confidence and happiness when I see myself in the mirror.  I know that when I have another baby she will be one of the first people I call!

Her ability to really focus on your individual needs and create a very personalised training programme really makes her service and help unique.  I would recommend her to anyone and everyone."

Kathy W

"Gail Hadley, the woman behind North London Fitness, has taught me to love exercise. Like many people, I've always despised the gym. It never seemed to inspire me like it does others. When I met Gail I was badly out of shape and couldn't run for more than a minute without feeling like I was about to collapse. Now I'm running for up to 40 minutes at a time but more importantly perhaps, I love getting out into the park with her and moving around.

She's getting me fitter and fitter every week and it is having a material effect on the other parts of my life as well as my health.

There is no pressure to be anything other than what you are with Gail. She's upbeat and positive without being a 'gym drone'. She's knowledgeable and perceptive and has an ability to bring out the best in her clients without ever barking or shouting at them. The relationship feels more like trusted friend than client and service provider.

I've only ever done personal training with her but I'm about to start going to her classes in addition as they sound like a lot of fun. It's a myth that you need to be pushing free weights in a hot stuffy gym to get fit. This is how getting fit and healthy should feel."

Mark C

"I've done PT now with Gail on and off for about a year and thoroughly enjoy it. Gail makes you work hard but its fun at the same time. Gail has a holistic approach to PT - so its not all about the exercise; but the food, mind frame, stress levels etc. We started PT sessions in my lounge (which I didn't think was possible) and now when I don't fancy braving the outdoors, I sometime use the same exercise routines by myself - so its really boosted my motivation to exercise too. Give it a go - you won't be disappointed!"

Tej S

"I wanted to lose 2 stone before my brother's wedding so I booked a series of Personal Training sessions with Gail. The first session involved a detailed consultation about my goals, health, diet and habits as well as the dreaded weigh in and measurements!

After this, we started the actual training sessions. Gail is such an expert at what she does. Each session focused on specific areas and Gail is incredibly knowledgeable about the different muscle groups and how to maximise the work you are doing.

Gail asked me to keep a food diary for 2 weeks so that she could have visability of my eating habits. This was a really important part of the training as it enabled me to make improvements to my diet based on Gail's feedback.

I loved working with Gail on a 1:1 basis; she was very good at motivating me. At the end of my final course of sessions, Gail weighed me and took my measurements for the final time. I was astonished to see that I had lost 6 inches from my waist as well as losing almost 2 stone. Definitely worth the time, effort and money!"

Nicola N

“I started personal training to get fit and lose weight for my wedding and it’s had a great impact. I lost weight fairly easily and toned up loads, focusing on some specific areas that I really wanted to work on. I find it really motivating and just the right amount of challenge without feeling too grueling. My trainer, Gail, is lovely – very human and we have a chat and a laugh at the same time as getting a good training session and achieving the results I want. She pushes me but understands some weeks are better than others and that PT has to fit around my life – she doesn’t make training feel like torture! Gail’s also been good at encouraging me to get a good exercise routine, so I train with her once a week and do a couple of other sessions on other days. In fact, she motivated me so much I even made sure I carried on while I was on my honeymoon and came back from three weeks on the beach having not put on a single pound! It’s had such a positive impact for me that I decided to carry on after the wedding and have made my husband come too!”

Hannah T

I originally joined North London Fitness to lose weight for my wedding that was due last year. I don't like gyms or fitness classes as I don't/can't be in closed rooms or small spaces, so working out in the fresh air sounded ideal for me and it worked! I also suffer with panic attacks and needed some stress relief. North London Fitness has really helped with this as it allows me to not only to get fit but also refresh and uplift my motivation. Gail, the trainer, allows you to work at your own ability but is always aware of how far you can go- she also gives you an alternative if you feel uncomfortable with a particular exercise. The group are just so lovely to work out with- I really haven't worked out anywhere that I feel so comfortable.

Elena Z

I joined the bootcamp in July 2011 and go nearly every week. When I started I weighed 82 kgs and could hardly run around the field but due to attending twice a week my fitness has increased considerably. I became motivated to change my diet and also started jogging. I’m now 10 kgs lighter, dropped two dress sizes and recently ran 6 miles in just under an hour on a charity run. I also jog to and from bootcamp now. It has not only improved my fitness and shape but it's fun too. Gail is a wonderful coach and the other participants make it a kind of social event too.”

Sarah M

Is it really possible to exercise with a smile? Can it be true that by Saturday lunchtime one can feel not only hangover-free, but smug to boot? Will you really feel better inside and out?! If you’d told me six months ago that all these questions warranted a big fat ‘yes!’ I wouldn’t have believed you, but honestly, it’s true! After having two babies quite close together I grudgingly decided that I really had to sort myself out and do some exercise – if only to get some time out of the house to myself! Training with North London Fitness at the outdoor group sessions has not only helped me shed the post baby-weight and tone up, it’s made me feel a whole load more positive about myself and I’ve made some lovely new local mates as well. Can it be that I actually look forward to the sessions now?! Yes!

Emma B

Being an avid runner I wasn't sure how much benefit I would get from the classes, but after my trial session I realised that I needed North London Fitness! I've now been coming every week for 10 months and I have toned ALL of my muscles, have far fewer "running" injuries and have made lots of lovely friends! Gail is an excellent trainer and easily gauges individual abilities, ensuring that everyone has a challenging, but fun workout. I would recommend coming along to a taster session to see what it's all about!

Miranda S

I found out about North London Fitness over a month ago on the internet and went for a free trial session. I didn’t have any high expectations at the time but wanted to give it a try. Gail, who runs the sessions, referred to me by my name from the minute I introduced myself. She always ensured that I was doing the exercises correctly. It was a nice surprise to see a bunch of people exercising together and supporting each other no matter their age, body size or ability. I felt welcomed and happy with the way the session was structured. I could not walk for the three days after the trial session. However I decided to join the group and sweat every Saturday and Tuesday together with people who don’t want to waste their life on the sofa eating junk.

Lucie H

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first went to bootcamp, in fact I was a little nervous! I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed my first session and have continued to go for about 6 months. The best thing about it is that it always keeps you entertained, so you get a really good workout without ever getting bored or feeling like it is monotonous. I hate going to the gym and have always found it quite hard to motivate myself to go for a run. So for me, this has been the perfect solution. It really is suitable for all fitness levels and yet you do feel challenged. After a long day at work being able to exercise outside with a group of people is genuinely good fun and has really helped improve my energy levels. I am really pleased I went to that first session as it is the only exercise class that I really feel I can stick too.

Sarah W

Staring at MTV and listening to someone else's choice of music blaring out.......or staring at the daffodils and listening to birdsong? Now that I have discovered exercising outside, I can't imagine wanting to go back to the stuffy confines of a gym. Gail manages to make every week different and has a real gift for making everyone feel welcome, whatever their level of fitness

Deborah D

Starting to go to Tuesday night sessions has motivated me to do even more exercise during the week! I enjoy training in a group and find the instructor both helpful and understanding. I am pushed past what I would normally achieve on my own and then feel more motivated when I am training on my own to achieve the same. Broomfield Park is also just a lovely setting - whether we running though it or around it!

Denise O’S

I've tried numerous exercise classes/ gyms over the years but it has always felt like such an effort. A colleague mentioned to me about outdoor gym sessions and after a quick Google search, I found that there was a Saturday class in Broomfield Park. After the first class, I was hooked! It's a fun class, great to be in the outdoors and you genuinely feel like you've done a decent work out. Never in a million years did I think that I would actually look forward to a gym session; but I genuinely do - even the ones in the rain! I would thoroughly recommend trying it at the very least - I've even roped my husband into joining and he loves it!

Tej S

I quit the gym about a year ago, fed up with escalating prices and getting very little in return. About 6 weeks ago I saw the sign for ‘Bootcamp’ in the park and thought I’d give it a go. I was half expecting it to be like the opening scene from ‘Bridesmaids’, me hiding behind a tree, watching, while a sergeant major type instructor bellowed instructions at his victims. But hey, this is Broomfield Park, not New York and the instructor was female and didn’t bellow at us once. The first session was free and I was met with a very warm welcome from Gail, the instructor and the rest of the group. Everyone is really friendly. As a result of a thoroughly exhausting but enjoyable first class, I wasn’t able to walk properly till the following Tuesday but I haven’t missed a Saturday morning since. The classes are pitched just right for all levels of ability and Gail is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable trainer. She motivates all of us, individually and collectively throughout the sessions. I have noticed significant changes in my body shape and level of energy since starting the classes. Training outside, rain or shine, leaves you feeling invigorated and ready to embrace the weekend. I’m loving it!

Claire W

I have been coming to Bootcamp for a year now and really enjoy it. It has been the only form of exercise that I have ever stuck with and I have tried everything. I have lost weight, toned up and my overall fitness has improved. The classes are fun, challenging and keep you on your toes. We do new things every week so you never get bored and doing it all outside is really refreshing. I have also met lots of really great new people.

Helen W

Bootcamp is a fun way to keep fit. The activities are always varied. The trainer offers lots of options for your personal level so there is always a challenge. You will go home feeling energised. I have seen great results in just four weeks.

Carol S

I have been attending North London Fitness for two months now. It is not only good fun but is a really good work out!  I have tried a lot of classes in the past and this is the only one I have managed to stick to. There is a real variety in the circuits from week to week which means that you never get bored but you are able to build strength and stamina.  The trainers are great, really encouraging and ensure that everyone is working to their own ability.   I would recommend it to anyone

Kate M

Since having my first baby last July I was keen to get my pre-pregnancy figure back so I started Bootcamp last October and have since lost almost three stone and am now fitter than I have been in years. I have been a member of many gyms over the years, but training outside has been the best training for me. Not only for the circuit training but the way it challenges your body and makes you feel. You feel so much freedom training outside. No matter what the weather you can have a great work out and really feel the benefit. Gail has been a real support over the last few months, she recognises when your fitness is increasing and pushes you accordingly. The classes are different from one week to the next to keep you on your toes, and the other team members are supportive and friendly. No matter what your fitness level you should really give this class a go, as before you know it you will be losing weight, toning up and be a part of a great group.

Sarra C

Boot Camp!!  What a great way to kick ( And I mean that literally ) start your way into regular exercise.  I thought I was fairly fit before but soon realised how much fitter I could be.  Far healthier than being in a gym on a treadmill.  What could be better than getting fit in the great outdoors especially if you work inside the rest of the day.  It's great fun and it works. I've got so much more energy and I've lost weight too.

Jackie C

I have been to many gyms and while starting out strong, I would often loose momentum and stop pushing myself or stop going at all. Training with North London Fitness means that I have someone to push me that little bit further when I don't push myself. I feel so much better after training, have more energy, sleep better and am more focused at work.  Anyone who knew me before I started training knew I didn't really like exercising and would put it off, but now I am the one pushing other people to get involved. It's tough but a lot of fun.

Hannah B

Just wanted to drop you a note when I got back home to say I really enjoyed the session tonight!! It was great to workout in the open and to do various activities, working all over, pushing out of my comfort zone with great motivation! Probably won't be saying that tomorrow when I attempt to get out of bed! hahaha...

Claire W

session I ached, I ached a lot! You fit so much into the time your there and its really good for you. After just a couple of sessions I already noticed the difference. I feel much much fitter. People think I'm mad when I say I go running round a field jumping about avoiding the cow pats but it's much better to be outside than in a stuffy old gym.  The trainers are great. They push you hard, but they understand that people do have limits. And over time they know how much you can do and encourage you to go that bit further. They're happy to answer any questions you've got and offer advice on improving your fittness outside of the camp. But they do blow their whistle if you're slacking a bit!  To be honest, its some of the best exercise I've done in a long time!"

Andy P

I needed a kick start to get me back in to training but lacked the motivation & drive to push myself harder. Bootcamp provided me with a fun, refreshing & challenging way to get back in shape. Exercising outdoors is so much more inspiring than being in a gym & being in the open air felt healthier & made the time go really fast. The instructors were firm but fun & made the experience more enjoyable by joining in & showing people the techniques correctly. They are very friendly & knowledgeable which made me feel in safe hands & that I had really had a workout!

Sophie G

"After my fitness and weight going downhill with the birth of my son, I have been saying I need to get fit.  As a dance teacher it had always been very good. I just found with work & a family I couldn't fit it in.  North London Fitness has given me the kickstart I needed!  Now I book on sessions and even jog (my biggest hate) several times a week!.  I feel stronger, fitter and even sleep better at night!"

Naomi H

I've suffered with digestive issues for many years following surgery and have also suffered from anxiety and depression.  My eating wasn’t great as I was always worried that certain foods would affect my digestion and potentially leave me back in hospital.  I began experiencing insatiable hunger that several doctors could not find the cause of. Doing nutritional therapy with Gail changed everything.  During our consultation she was so attentive and understood not only my anxiety related to foods but also my anxiety generally.  She advised me on how to change my eating so that not only would I be getting the nutrients that I could be lacking because of my diet but also how what I ate could massively impact on my anxiety.  She also recommended supplements that would help to support and improve my symptoms. The particular supplements did indeed solve the terrible hunger I was experiencing & along with the nutrition advice the hunger issue has now been resolved.  My digestive symptoms have greatly improved and I have experienced a significant improvement in my ability to cope with stress and anxiety.  I cannot recommend Gail highly enough.

Alison S

Gail worked with me to help me get back to health and support my training goals at the same time. She helped me not only with my physical programme, but also by assessing my nutritional needs. She reviewed my food diary and made dietary recommendations based on my medical (I have an IBD) and physical needs. She suggested supplements that complimented her dietary recommendations and I’ve found that by combining both (as suggested by Gail) I have seen a significant improvement in my health. I have continued to follow the dietary recommendations and continue to take the natural supplements as needed. I found Gail to be very supportive and she would regularly follow up with me to check that the programme was still working (which I’m happy to say it is!).

Miranda

I have been suffering from IBS for about 8 years. Like millions of other sufferers, it was brought on by stress at work and my inability to switch off or to create a happy work-life balance. After numerous trips to my GP, a couple of endoscopies, which revealed nothing other than ‘inflammation’, I decided to take action.  I gave up eating wheat and gluten and followed the FODMAP diet which helped but I continued to suffer from the same symptoms. I felt miserable, fat and uncomfortable all the time due to bloating and being in pain.  I then had a consultation with Gail where we discussed my symptoms and diet, she produced an extremely thorough and detailed bespoke report with recommendations.  For the first time in years, I felt that somebody had really listened to me. She suggested subtle changes to what I ate, when I ate and how much liquid I was taking with meals. She also commented on how some of the fruit and veg I ate regularly were not ideal for me. It sounds simple, but it really did make a difference. She also suggested taking some supplements (I don’t normally take supplements) to help with my digestion. It worked, and I can now manage my IBS much better.

Combined with regular exercise at North London Fitness, I feel I’ve got my body and my life back on track. Gail’s support and advice has been and will continue to be invaluable to me. I highly recommend a nutritional consultation with her.