Get in shape in the great outdoors with Bianca Sainty’s tailor-made fitness sessions
In recent years, fitness classes have become a familiar sight in London’s open spaces. Chances are, if you’ve spotted enthusiastic small groups working out come rain or shine in Ravenscourt Park or Furnivall Gardens, they will have been organised by Bianca Sainty.
‘The benefits definitely multiply when you’re outdoors,’ says Bianca, a W6 resident for 15 years. ‘There’s such built-in variety and stimulation in the ever-changing weather and landscape.’ Following a successful career in television, Bianca was inspired to re-train after running the 2011 London Marathon. ‘When I was young, exercise was an intrinsic part of my life but, with a busy job and young children, I’d lost touch with it. Preparing for the Marathon made me realise just what I was missing, so I decided to get some qualifications.’
In 2013, duly armed with a Diploma in Personal Training, Bianca launched her company, which last year won the Health & Beauty category in Hammersmith & Fulham’s Brilliant Business awards. ’I knew that I didn’t want to work in a gym. So, I began by taking people I met through the local nursery and school to the park – and they loved it. I also really enjoyed being involved with the community; that’s why we still lead a social jog every Friday morning from the Detour Café on Askew Road.’
Making a personal connection is key to Bianca’s philosophy. ‘I always meet new clients. They tell me their objectives, I explain how we work and we decide how to achieve the best results. Most join our sociable Small Group Personal Training programme. We offer three, six and twelve month packages and, with two to three sessions daily, clients can train in different groups. Each session is limited to four people and our experienced trainers ensure the work-out is varied, enjoyable and highly effective.’
Whatever your basic level of fitness, if you would like to shape up, feel good and meet interesting new people, Bianca and her friendly team will help you reach your goals. And they make the whole process great fun too!