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THE LITTLE GYM harpenden


 

Lauren-Elf-2Lauren Bunting

Gym director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I love all The Little Gym classes but it makes me especially proud to watch the Birds transition from crawling to walking and talking! The development you see in each child during the Semester always amazes me but you can't beat a job where you get to see a child's first steps!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have danced since I was 2 years old in a variety of styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical and loved to compete in competitions and shows. I still regularly go to gym classes and especially enjoy Yoga and Body Balance.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- Most of my free time is spent with friends and family eating! I love to go out to restaurants and also enjoy cooking and baking at home. Yoga is a great way to burn off all the cake!

​What can't you live without? ​
- Food!! An obvious one but I really could not live without good food! I love cooking and eating all kinds of food especially Sushi, Pizza and Thai.

Where ​have you lived?
- I was born in St Albans and have lived there most of my life other than four years in Ashbourne in Derbyshire from age 5-9 and University in Nottingham Trent which was a great 3 years. I really enjoy travelling and have been lucky enough to go to some fantastic places including New York, Thailand, Vietnam and The Philippines.

  

Becca-SnorkelBecca Lee

Programme director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- After being at The Little Gym for over 4 years I have heard children say the funniest things and I love their honesty, they never fail to make you laugh! I couldn’t imagine not having a job where I get so many cuddles and get to act like a child again. From jumping like a frog, roaring like a dinosaur, to dancing like a Princess, there is never a dull moment at The Little Gym!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I was encouraged to try all sports as a child but I started Dancing at the age of 3yrs old and it was always my favourite! I worked my way through different Dance Grades, performed and competed in shows until I was 18yrs old. I then studied Fitness and qualified to teach studio classes, which I teach aside The Little Gym. I love the buzz and energy whilst teaching a Spin classes!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- Chilling and spending time with friends! I love being sociable and meeting up everyone. A cheeky shopping spree and Starbucks are also a must!

​What can't you live without? ​
- SNACKS! I am always on the hunt for a tasty treat…yummy!

Where ​have you lived?
- I am from Welwyn Garden City and lived in the same house for 24 years! Each day at The Little Gym makes me more excited to start my own family. My partner and I are always looking for another holiday to book, as we love the sun and adventures!

  
  

Caz-CrownCaz Grazette

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I have had the pleasure of working at The Little Gym for 6 years and have loved every second! Everyone knows that TLG is the place for children to grow not just physically but in confidence too. It’s a place where they make new friends and can try new challenges whilst having so much fun. Personally for me though TLG goes even deeper than that….Teaching all of these amazing children it is about…seeing a Beast free to explore and have fun, a Super Beast learning more structure and making a transition to becoming a Funny Bug…. Seeing the joy in a Funny Bugs face when they nail their first forward roll by themselves, a Giggle Worm/Good Friend kicking up that little bit higher in their handstands and a Flip/Hotshot becoming stronger and wanting to take on fantastic new challenges! As well as being able to teach children which I love I have built up friendships with parents too. The Little Gym Rocks!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have always loved being physically active since primary school! My favourite sports were athletics, gymnastics and netball.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I go to the gym where I enjoy weight and interval training. I also enjoy going away on holidays (where I find the nearest gym ha ha).

​What can't you live without? ​
- Firstly friends and family!!! I couldn’t live without my alarm clock to wake me up early every morning, my collection of Nike trainers and my car

Where ​have you lived?
- I love holidays and have been to some amazing places including Milan, Venice and Barbados.

  

OpheliaOphelia

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- On more than one occasion I have been rejected of a high-five from many of the gymnasts at The Little Gym, and this never fails to make me laugh!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have always been a very energetic, active person and for as long as i can remember I have done ballet. I started dancing when i was 3 years old and i continue to do so 13 years later! I love to take part in outdoor sports like Netball and Athletics, however Gymnastics and Trampolining has always been a favourite hobby of mine.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time, I enjoy meeting friends, drawing, singing my heart out on karaoke and having long relaxing baths.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I absolutely love halloumi, its something I could not live without!

Where ​have you lived?
- I currently live in Wheathampstead in the house i have lived in for my whole life.

  
  

Olivia-cameraOlivia Francis

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite thing about working at The Little Gym is everything! The members and the staff both make me feel like family but I love that I can be my crazy self and not feel uncomfortable! I also love that the children I teach always have fun as well as learn and build self confidence to try harder skills.

How did you get interested in sports?
- My Mum told me I would always dance around the house and love running in the parks, therefore she put me in dance and athletics from a young age. Ever since, I have had a passion for being active and just expressing myself! Whilst growing up, I took part in a lot of different sport activities! My favourite was playing golf with my dad and cheerleading in secondary school!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love spending time with my family at home looking after the younger siblings and baking cakes and biscuits to bring into work the next day! But I also love to vlog as I have a really big interest within the media subject!

​What can't you live without? ​
- My camera! I love capturing and vlogging! Nevertheless, I couldn’t live without being creative in anything I do, whether that’s how I teach a class, or how I do my hair for work; being creative makes me stand out.

Where ​have you lived?
- My background country is St Lucia and Jamaica. I am originally from London. I went to secondary school in Swindon from year 7 to year 9, I then went to a Private Drama school in London called Sylvia Young as I had gained a scholarship. I am currently studying in West London. When I graduate from University, I hope to live in the USA as they have better networking, which benefits my career!

I love to travel and have been travelling with my parents from the age of 1. I have been to Paris, Tenerife, the whole of the Caribbean, Hawaii, Brazil and Canada!

  

Shiv-Witch-2Shivani Patel

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- As much as I love all the classes, I especially love seeing the children in Funny Bugs gain confidence and make friendships with the other children. They are so happy and smiley. It's also nice to see that they understand perseverance and that if they keep trying, they can do it!

How did you get interested in sports?
- When I was a baby and toddler I did swimming classes with my Mum, and then carried this forward regularly as I grew up. I had an active participation in sports throughout my younger years in school. At the moment I have a martial arts lesson (karate) every week and am working towards achieving a black belt. I also enjoy trampolining and school which I do weekly during our PE lessons.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love having movie nights or just watching movies in general, especially going to the theatre and watching productions. I also enjoy socialising with friends and family, going out for meals or just generally meeting up as well as babysitting which I love doing.

​What can't you live without? ​
- It's got to be music and people. I love socialising with friends and family, meeting new people and making new connections. Moreover I couldn't live without music, life wouldn't be as exciting!

Where ​have you lived?
- I have grown up in Harpenden and still live her at the moment. It's such a warm and friendly place to live, it's nice walking through town and seeing many familiar faces. I currently go to school in Harpenden also.

  

Charles-FishCharles Boahen

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I enjoy teaching all my classes, but I connect more with my Good Friends classes. They stand out to me the most because of all the different personalities in my classes. They make me laugh and we can have crazy fun.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I come from a very sporty family. I have cousins who played
Football at professional levels so this encouraged me to participate in sports.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I spend a lot of time with my close friends. I’m also into a lot of outdoor and adventurous stuff.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t live without some friends because I have a very strong bond with my friends. I can have all the things I want in the world but without certain friends and family in my life it’s all meaningless.

Where ​have you lived?
- I was born in Ghana in West Africa. I lived there for 9 years then moved to England, I’ve lived here since.

  

CiaraCiara Thomson

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I cant wait to start my journey at The Little Gym and I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone so please don’t be scared to come and say hello!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I was always a very energetic child and people would always tell my mum how tired they were from just watching me! After seeing my sister taking part in dance and gymnastics classes I just remember thinking I want to do that too. So, since then I have regularly participated in gymnastics and dance classes and have never stop… including down the street!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I really like attending dance classes at pineapple dance studios in London. I also really like having a girly night in with my friends watching films with lots of yummy snacks.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I couldn’t live without my friends and family as they are really important to me and I really enjoy spending time with them.

Where ​have you lived?
- I currently live in Watford which is where I was born and grew up. When I was 13 I had the chance to live in New Zealand for a year and a half which was an amazing experience.

  

ChloeChloe Johnson

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I am having so much fun instructing in lots of The Little Gym classes, but I really love being in with the Funny Bugs as they have so much imagination and energy! They get so creative with the games and activities we give them. I come out with an achey face from laughing and smiling so much!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have danced since I was 3 and have been trained in many styles including ballet, jazz and street! I went from school into even more dance training and got to work with some very talented people along the way. I was lucky enough to put on the famous Butlin’s Redcoat and worked there as a dancer for 2 years!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love to go to the cinema and have pizza nights with my friends! I really love baking! Cakes, cookies, desserts! I love to make people birthday cakes as well.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Chocolate! Any chocolate. And music, I love to listen to music and sing in the car. Not very well…

Where ​have you lived?
- I have lived in Hertfordshire since I was born, I moved to London when I was training and also Bognor Regis by the seaside when I worked at Butlins!