What’s Beckwith’s Best Asset? Easy: Our Team!
When we look at what sets us apart as a health club, it’s the people who work with us. Their friendly dispositions, professional attitudes and wealth of health and fitness knowledge stand out every day!
We love for our clients to know our team better and so we’ve asked Janelle, an experienced PT who joined Beckwith in the last year, some questions about herself.
Hi Janelle! How did you first get into health & fitness?
Hi! My name is Janelle Yeates.
I first got into fitness with my mum, as we used to attend Hatha yoga classes. I also enjoyed walking.
It was at university that I started going to the gym and playing squash, but I also always enjoyed running, cycling, and walking as well.
On my return to Harrogate following university, I gained employment at NatWest Bank in Central House and spontaneously decided to become a Lifeguard & Swimming Coach, encouraged by the Lifeguards at the local pool.
But I couldn’t swim! I had only taken my kids’ swimming and attended ante/post-natal & Aquafit classes. However, I enjoyed the release exercise gave me and also being able to enjoy it as a family.
I knew it would be hard work to train to be a Lifeguard but I had to try to achieve my qualifications. Ultimately, I qualified as a lifeguard, advanced swimming coach, and Aquafit instructor!
How long have you been a P.T. for?
I have been a P.T. for 28 years but always veered towards group exercise. I enjoy the challenge of trying to conduct discipline and coordinate 30 class participants! I trained as an Exercise to Music instructor at Beckwith Health Club and previously attended classes there so I have always been drawn towards it.
I love a class set to music. It’s where I feel most at home. Being in front of a class, you have to shine!
What was your process for becoming a P.T?
For me, after I had qualified as a lifeguard and advanced swimming coach, I joined a gym and attended Carnegie Leeds Beckett for my level 3 diploma. A year later I had passed the certificate and the gym I joined offered me work.
Where are you from originally?
I was born and bred in Harrogate, but I lived in Bath for 6 years while at University. While I was there I started working out at a council-run gym, which was what sparked my interest in the industry.
What drew you to working at Beckwith?
Beckwith Health Club is certainly a perfect place to expand your abilities in a friendly and professional atmosphere.
I strongly believe that whether it’s my Spinning or Dance classes, you will come away energised & feeling good. I absolutely love group exercise as music and dance free the soul!
Confidence in life is built through learning in so many different ways and
I look forward to meeting all of you.
What are some of your tips & suggestions for first-time P.T. clients?
A P.T. client should have a good chat with their P.T. and check out their recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask the question, ‘Which Personal Trainer will serve and suit me best?’
All P.T.’s have their own specialities, so you need to find the right fit for your fitness goals.
Regarding first-time P.T. clients, many gym members love the one-to-one sessions. It helps them to enjoy the guidance, and with guidance comes knowledge and increased ability.
What are some of your tips for staying in shape?
In these hardest of times, exercising and being outdoors brings so much reward and pleasure.
Fitness is a way of life – it is not always an easy path, but it is certainly never dull!
Also, fitness is not just about your body. Especially as we grow older, physical exercise releases endorphins which release the mind! So remember that exercise is not just good for your body, but for your mind as well.
What do you enjoy most about exercise and being a PT?
I enjoy strength and conditioning (weight training) personally. The weight does not have to be heavy! I have also been known to run the Tough Mudder a few times for the charity organisation Help for Heroes, and I enjoy instructing varied classes.
I specialise in Muscle Hypertrophy, as well as Strength and Conditioning training. This led me to compete for the GBPF (Powerlifting Federation). My discipline is the Squat/Bench Press and Deadlift at Divisional & National Level. I gained two British Gold Medals in this discipline, much to my children’s delight!
I started in this line of work as a lifeguard – 28 years later and I can’t think of any better industry to work in! I love being able to help people to achieve their goals.
And lastly… what’s a random fact about you?
My main interests outside of work are motorcycles and the touring lifestyle. I also have multiple qualifications, including for Zumba, nutrition, circuit training and more!
For information on how to schedule a P.T. session with Janelle, explore our website here.