Melanie Fitzsimon – Casual Staff

In 2011 I decided to take the step to retrain in a new career after 11 years as an electronics engineer, I had grown tired of my job and wanted to start focusing on my health and nutrition, I loved cooking good food and was just discovering a new passion for running, after deciding to run the 2012 Great South Run. I thought I would love to be able to share my new found enthusiasm for nutrition and exercise so I signed up to do an Advanced Personal Training Diploma.

I gained my Gym Instructor qualification in May 2012,  I then went on to qualify as a Personal Trainer and completed Exercise Referral in 2013.

In January 2013 I started working at Sturfit Gym, then a few months later started helping with the administration of the Centre.  In August 2015 I was given the Centre Manager contract. In November 2022 I left the position of Manager to pursue some new challenges with the NHS and patient rehabilitation. I remain on the casual staff.

My spare time usually consists of walking my dogs, training in the gym, swimming, cycling and running.  I have recently started entering swimming events, which I find an enjoyable way of pushing myself further in my training and helps keep me focused on the next goal.

  • First Aid at work
  • Kettlebell Instructor
  • Certificate in Suspension Exercise training
  • Certificate in Functional Equipment training
  • Level 3 Diploma In Exercise Referral
  • Vivobarefoot running techniques instructor
  • Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer – REPS registered
  • Level 3 Nutrition for Weight Management
  • Level 3 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Certificate in Circuit Training
  • Level 3 Torso Training and Core-stability
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor