For anyone today living with one of many chronic life-changing clinical conditions – cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and menopause amongst them – recent advances in medicine mean that the focus today is as much on life after diagnosis as it is on treatment.
TenClinical exists to help maximise quality of life for clients living with these conditions, or their aftermath. We do this by providing bespoke, specialist, clinically proven and highly effective physical exercise sessions within a welcoming, inclusive and empowering boutique environment.
The evidence in support of this kind of exercise during and after treatment is overwhelming. And the benefits, both physical and mental, are huge.
Since 2012, Ten Health and Fitness has set out to bridge the gap between the fitness sector and the medical community.
TenClinical is the latest step in that process, providing bespoke exercise prescription for clients with an identified clinical need – specialising in those diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, diabetes or women’s’ health conditions. Through exercise therapy, we support the benefits of their treatment and improve the speed and quality of their recovery.
We have strong relationships with London’s leading hospitals, consultants, surgeons and clinical practices. Many of our clients are referred to us by them.
TenClinical exercise sessions are led by qualified and clinically experienced physical trainers, with fully integrated physiotherapy support.
Every client has a full clinical, functional and musculoskeletal assessment, which underpins the development of his or her individual programme. All sessions are closely monitored, with regular assessments to evaluate performance and measure improvement.
We’re also able to support referring surgeons, consultants and medical teams by providing them with detailed, quantified feedback on client progression and outcomes.
Outside their 1-1 sessions, clients have access to Ten’s in-house massage and physical therapy teams, along with nutritional guidance and mindfulness coaching to support them on their journey.
TenClinical is uniquely able to offer a rigorous clinical approach within a welcoming, supportive and empowering boutique environment, and, through our Circle of care, to enable clients to progress from illness through rehabilitation and clinical exercise to functional exercise and fitness.
No other fitness provider in London is able to offer a comparable service.
Mainstream gyms, personal trainers and fitness providers generally lack the capability to deliver Clinical exercise. Gym staff are not qualified in or capable of working safely with clients whose conditions require specialist skills and training. Designed for ‘DIY’ workouts rather than expertly guided sessions, gyms typically lack our sustainable approach to exercise, level of trainer expertise and in-house Physio and Massage therapy and rehab capabilities.
In contrast, Ten has a in-depth of experience providing expertly taught guided sessions (whether classes or 1-1), and we offer a uniquely integrated and in-house Circle of Care, to support our clinical capability, along with a significantly more expert, personal, inclusive, supportive and welcoming experience.
TenClinical is not the only provider of Clinical exercise in London; there are also a number of specialist single-clinic practices. While we share their rigorous clinical approach, ours is delivered within a welcoming and empowering boutique environment. In addition, for clients progressing from clinical to more functional exercise we have the ‘downstream’ skills in-house that they lack. In fact, we’re already providing 500 hours a week of expertly-taught, highly effective and sustainable exercise sessions to a broad range of ages and abilities.
Lastly, with 10 Studios throughout London we’re more readily accessible to clients wherever they live and/or work.
“TenClinical has replaced my self-doubt with confidence and made me stronger – both physically and mentally. I now join Reformer Classes, which is something I never thought I’d physically be able to do again.”
What’s Clinical Exercise?
Clinical exercise differs from standard personal training sessions in a number of ways, the most fundamental being that goals are dictated by the client’s needs rather than their wants.
So rather than being about aesthetics, weight loss or running the marathon in under 4 hours, the first priority is client safety, with sessions designed around proven scientific and medical principles to help clients manage a life-changing condition and improve quality of life.
Unlike normal personal training, collaboration and information sharing with the clients’ consultant is ongoing, along with frequent measurement and evaluation of baseline clinical indicators, especially blood pressure, resting heart rate, body weight/composition and blood glucose/cholesterol.
Each condition requires a different approach. For example:
- With cardiac issues, continual measurement – and more importantly, management – of heart rate is paramount, so it’s measured every 2 minutes during sessions.
- With oncology clients, there’s more focus on resistance work to build lean muscle, proven to improve resilience before, during and after chemotherapy and other treatments. In addition, session content and approach are tailored to fit the fatigue stages of treatment cycles.
- For clients going through or post menopause, key areas of emphasis are on blood pressure management, and on optimising the effectiveness of resistance work to combat the body’s reduced ability to generate lean muscle.
- For diabetes sufferers, there are strong links between diabetes, difficulty in managing weight and coronary heart disease. So for safety, glucose readings are taken at the start and finish of every session. Additionally, sessions are tailored to ensure that exercise is conducted in the ‘fat burning zone’ (utilising energy from fat lipids rather than glucose or glycogen). The higher body mass that frequently accompanies diabetes puts undue pressure on bones, ligaments and joints. As a result, sessions also focus on injury prevention – correcting compensatory movement patterns and encouraging safer, more functional patterns.
All sessions are totally bespoke in every detail.
Medication can affect the way the body tolerates exercise, so clients’ prescription, dosage, and frequency are incorporated into session planning and programming. As are external factors that can impact either clinical symptoms or physical capability – including client lifestyle, external stress levels, and mood.
Even environmental influences like music, lighting and behaviours are tuned to maximise the benefit from each session.
“The team created a personalised program that accounted for my limitations and capabilities, with an eye on rebuilding my body slowly over time.”
2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK, with numbers predicted to rise to 4 million by 2020 (Source: Macmillan)
Studies show that prescribed physical exercise can reduce recurrence risk, decrease fatigue and improve physical fitness and quality of life in cancer patients throughout treatment and afterwards.
During cancer treatment, exercise releases endorphins which improves mood and as well as helping reduce some of the side effects of treatment. Afterwards, it can help to recover physical function as well as reducing the risk of cancer reoccurring, and other long-term conditions developing (heart disease being one of the more common), by 40% to 50%. (Source: National Cancer Institute).
7 million people in the UK are living with cardiovascular disease. Of those, 2.3 million people are living with coronary heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 25% of all deaths per year. (Source: British Heart Foundation)
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common medical disorders, associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Exercise is a cornerstone therapy for the primary prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension, particularly cardiovascular training. Aerobic exercise lowers resting blood pressure and heart rate for up to 22 hours post exercise as well as stimulating fat loss, which reduces strain on the heart and circulatory system, which can result in a reduction in prescribed medications.
In addition, a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training helps to build muscle mass and boost metabolic rate, again aiding weight loss and reducing dependency on medication.
Cardiac rehabilitation is increasingly recognised as an integral component of care for patients with cardiovascular disease and is an important tool in secondary prevention of the disease (i.e., reducing impact, preventing complications and reducing the risk of future recurrence).
Our Cardiac specialists have a breadth of experience creating bespoke, evidence-based and clinically proven rehab programmes to help clients following a cardiovascular disease diagnosis.
We take a holistic approach, addressing the mental and emotional impact of a life-altering diagnosis as much as the physical challenges. We support referring surgeons, consultants and medical teams by providing them with detailed, quantified feedback on client progression and outcomes. And we provide access to Ten’s integrated and multi-disciplinary Circle of Care to support clients on their journey. Read more about Cardiac Rehabilitation.
4.5 million people in the UK have diabetes, an increase of 60% in the last decade, with numbers expected to top 5 million by 2035. (Source: Public Health England, Diabetes UK).
Diabetes is now the fastest growing health threat of our time, and one of the top 10 causes of death in first world countries. However, more positively exercise has been proven to have both acute (short term) and chronic (long term) influence on those sufferers. Over time, it can can result in a reduction in diabetes-related medication as well as a reduction in the associated cardiovascular risk factors.
30% of the female population – that’s 13 million women in the UK alone – are going through or are in menopause. (Source: MenopauseUK)
A natural part of the ageing process, Menopause affects women in many different ways, some of the most common being hot flushes, difficulty in weight-management and increased levels of fatigue. It has also been associated with increased susceptibility to clinical disease.
Two major concerns are the rise in atherosclerosis (a narrowing of the arteries due to the build up of plaques that can result in coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease or kidney problems) and increases in the body’s bad cholesterol levels (LDL) combined with a decrease in good cholesterol (HDL).
Exercise and nutritional focus have been seen to be beneficial by slowing such effects during the transition through menopause, and afterwards. It is particularly effective at lowering levels of bad cholesterol and triglyceride (fat molecules carried in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease at high levels), along with supporting weight management and reducing waist-to-hip ratios.
TenClinical works closely with leading Harley Street consultant Nick Panay, whose Hormone Health clinic provides medical support and treatment options to clients with with a range of menopause and hormone related conditions.
– Coronavirus Recovery
Ten’s Coronavirus Recovery programme is an evidence-driven, clinically proven recovery and rehabilitation programme. It is designed to help reduce the impact of Long Covid symptoms and help you recover faster.
If you have had Coronavirus and are now virus-free but are still experiencing symptoms, you are welcome to join the Ten Clinical Coronavirus Recovery programme.
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Meet the Team
– ADAM HEWITT (MSc,BSc, CanRehab) Clinical Lead
- Masters in Strength and Conditioning (Rehabilitation) - Middlesex University
- Bachelors of honors in Sports and Exercise Science - Exeter University
- Cancer Rehabilitation (Advanced Level 4) - CanRehab
Adam comes to TenClinical with over 10 years experience in rehabilitation. Adam has a depth of experience working with various clinical populations. He provides expert and bespoke exercise prescription for clients diagnosed with a range of life-changing conditions including heart disease, cancer, mental health, eating disorders and diabetes.
Having previously managed a leading Harley Street clinical rehabilitation company, Adam is Clinical lead at TenClinical, building on already strong relationships with many of London's major hospitals and clinics, as well as with leading oncologists, cardiologists and diabetes specialists.
For Adam, working with clinical clients is as much vocational as it is professional. His approach is empathetic, positive and highly personal.
For him, it is crucial that whatever his clients are undergoing, he is on their journey with them, and much of his personal motivation comes from having the opportunity to be a part of someone's rehabilitation through their toughest times.
– FRANCES BOWDEN (BSc, BACPR, CanRehab) Senior Clinical Trainer
- Bachelor of Honors - Sports and Exercise Science - (Loughborough University)
- British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - Advanced Level 4 - (BACPR)
- Cancer Rehabilitation - Advanced Level 4 - (CanRehab)
Frances previously worked in leading Harley Street and City clinics, where she saw patients with a range of diagnoses, but focused on cancer and cardiac patients.
Qualified as a Level 4 BACPR exercise professional together with CanRehab, Frances is an expert in clinical exercise prescription. She is a firm believer in breaking down the mental barrier of ‘I’m sick therefore I can’t’ and using exercise to help a patient psychologically just as much as physiologically.
Frances’ favourite part of her role as Clinical Trainer is giving people the confidence in getting back to exercising post diagnosis and seeing the positive results that exercise can have on the side-effects of medications and cancer treatments.
– CARYS WARD (MSc) Senior Clinical Trainer
Carys was born in New Zealand and has always been extremely passionate about health, wellness, and the human body.
With a background in athletics (she was team captain at provincial level), netball, and touch rugby prior, she holds a degree in Exercise Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from The University of Auckland.
Carys has 4 years of experience working with the clinical population both in NZ and the UK. This has enabled her to work professionally with a variety of patients presenting with a wide range of health conditions (including cardiovascular, haematological, musculoskeletal, metabolic, neurological, and pulmonary) within a clinical yet adaptive setting.
Carys is a firm believer in ‘Exercise is Medicine’ as a fundamental element that boosts not only physical health, but also mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Carys is always committed to assisting her clients in achieving a healthier lifestyle and meeting their fitness goals through enjoyable, personalised and evidence-based practice (combining both testing and exercise prescription). She is also extremely eager to continue learning and enhancing her knowledge and skills, to create the most appropriate and beneficial programmes for her clients.
For Carys, what makes Reformer Pilates so beneficial as an exercise practice is that it incorporates stretching, loading and corrective components without putting too much pressure on weight bearing joints. She enjoys being a part of Ten team because of the shared set of beliefs and goals, and because of Ten’s Circle of Care – an integrated and collaborative team of allied health professionals working closely together with each client’s best interests at its heart.
Having endured her share of sporting injuries and having undergone knee surgery, she is acutely aware of the mental and physical impact of injuries and setbacks on training goals, and knowledgeable about modifying exercise programs to assist in rehabilitation whilst still supporting clients’ journeys towards their health and fitness goals.
– GEORGIA HEAVEN (BSc) Senior Clinical Trainer
- Bachelor of Honours - Sport and Exercise Science (Loughborough University)
- British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation- Advanced Level 4 (BACPR)
- NASM Optimum Performance Training Model Certification
- NASM Mental Toughness
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialisation
- Emergency First aid at Work
- TRX Suspension Training Course
- Kinesiology Taping
- Dynamic Reformer Pilates (DPR)
- Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise
Georgia graduated with Honours from Loughborough University in Sport and Exercise Science. Throughout her studies she gained valuable insight into the best evidence-based and scientific led methods that are emerging in the clinical field of exercise.
You can expect your sessions with Georgia to be scientifically researched and tailored to your needs and goals. For Georgia, the future of clinical exercise is the ACSM initiative of ‘Exercise is Medicine’. This strives to implement collaborations with healthcare providers and counsel patients on the effectiveness of physical activity leading to sustained behaviour change.
Like medicine, exercise is prescribed, in a specific dosage and formulation to each individual’s clinical diagnosis. For some clients, the prescription must be very specific regarding exercise modality, intensity, frequency, and duration. Qualified as a Level 4 BACPR exercise professional, Georgia will provide you with a safe, personalised clinical exercise programme that best meets your requirements.
The foundations of Georgia’s clinical working philosophy is built on the 5 aspects of holistic health being physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual. Taking a holistic approach to clinical exercise is essential to address the leading cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. It is about honouring the mind-body connection by treating the whole person. She empowers her clients with the education and motivation to make better choices and to take charge of their health and wellbeing.
The myriad of health benefits of exercise is widely researched and documented, yet little is done within the health and medical setting to action this. Georgia hopes Ten Clinical can change this.
Georgia is keen to advance herself in her profession to ensure she can provide the highest level of clinical care to her clients. You’ll come away from your sessions not only moving better and with more confidence, but believing your goals to be challenging but most definitely achievable.
Always striving to push herself, Georgia has also competed nationally in Kickboxing, where she won the National Intermediate Lightweight category in 2019 whilst also studying for her Black Belt.
– SANTIAGO GALLEGO (MSc) Senior Clinical Trainer
- Senior clinical trainer / Cardiac rehabilitation Lead
- MSc Exercise Physiology, St Mary's University
- PGdip Health-Science and Sport
- British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation – Advance 4(BACPR)
Following his post-graduate course in Health Science and Sport, Santi began his career as a clinical trainer in Brazil, where he specialised in cardiovascular rehabilitation. With his skillset, he quickly built up relationships with the local GPs and consultants, working closely with their patients.
Santi has always been driven to expand his knowledge, keeping up-to-date with the most cutting edge research and information. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at St Mary’s University in London, with a focus on specialist populations with chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer and heart disease) and he subsequently qualified as a Level 4 BACPR.
Most people are aware of the great potential of physical exercise as medicine, but Santi firmly emphasizes that to obtain the greatest benefit, it is important to know how to identify the most appropriate type of exercise, as well as the intensity. That's why Santi believes in creating bespoke programmes for each individual, calling on his experience to adapt and modify exercise prescription.
Santi is an expert in dealing with patients suffering from cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. He is supportive, caring and motivational, involving them in the programme the whole way, and giving them the confidence to get moving again following what might be a life-changing event.
For Santi, there is nothing more rewarding than working with a client and helping them to overcome any adverse situation, step-by-step, and to improve their quality of life.
In his free time, he loves keeping active himself. Hiking and outdoor activities are his biggest passion. Along the way, he loves to stop and capture the moment, with his excellent photography skills.
– ADAM RIDLER (BSc, CanRehab) Clinical Trainer & Master Trainer
Sport was always a passion for Adam, leading him to study Sports Science at university, initially focusing on strength & conditioning and performance enhancement, but quickly developing skills in other areas.
It was whilst studying that Adam’s other passion emerged, as he was introduced to rowing. He went on to become part of the Great British Lightweight development squad, enabling him to work alongside Olympic champion coaches and athletes.
Working with people to help them move well and understand their bodies is something Adam particularly enjoys. For him, what brings greatest satisfaction is working with people to overcome barriers, unlock their potential and understand what makes them feel their best.
Adam is a hugely experienced fitness professional. In addition to spending many years as a Personal Trainer and Dynamic Reformer Pilates instructor, he has also worked in corporate wellness, teaching employees to become more active throughout the day, and understanding both the short term performance and long term health benefits this brings.
He has also worked in the emerging and increasingly important field of Exercise as Medicine, leveraging the latest insights and data to demonstrate how exercise can be an important element in the prevention, treatment and recovery process for various illness and diseases.
By keeping an eye on the latest research and key opinions Adam believes in following the best practice and evidence based methods to continue to move forward with his skills and teaching methods.
Away from the studio Adam will most likely be found outdoors, ideally on the water, and still competing at the odd national event.
– TOMMY MARSHALL (MSci, CanRehab) Clinical Trainer
- Masters - Sports and Exercise Science - (University of Bath)
- Cancer Rehabilitation - Advanced Level 4 - (CanRehab)
Tommy has been physically active for as long as he can remember, playing recreational to semi-professional football over the years before a back condition stopped him in his tracks.
Combining a lifelong enthusiasm for movement and activity with his love of science, Tommy took his first career step by graduating from the University of Bath with an MSci Sports and Exercise Science degree.
Tommy has always been dedicated to helping people achieve their goals/rehabilitate from life altering conditions through exercise interventions. Suffering from a back injury himself he knows first-hand how affective exercise rehabilitation can be. Especially when underpinned by science and research. Tommy’s master’s degree sparked his interest into clinical exercise as it taught him the science behind how exercise and daily physical activity can improve the quality of life and retard and/or prevent a number of chronic diseases.
Tommy is a firm believer that exercise is medicine. He loves helping people meet their goals no matter how big or small – meeting any goal is a step in the right direction. He is driven and enthusiastic to help empower clients to reach their full potential. Tommy took his first steps towards being a qualified clinical trainer by attaining his Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation qualification.
– NATACHA QUINTAL (BHSc, BA) Clinical Trainer
- BHSc Honours Biokinetics
- BA Sports Psychology
- Sports Administration
- Theraband CLX
- Sports Massage
- Ten Dynamic Reformer Pilates
- Ten Pre and Postnatal Dynamic Reformer Pilates
Natacha graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa with a Bachelor of Health Science degree with honours in Biokinetics, following a BA Sports Psychology degree from the University of Johannesburg. She was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society for academic achievement and has been a member since 2015.
As a Biokineticist, Natacha specialises in using science-based exercise programmes and protocols, focusing on rehabilitation and prescriptive exercise interventions for the health promotion and maintenance of a broad spectrum of conditions, following an individualized assessment. No two people are the same and therefore an assessment is of the utmost importance before designing a rehabilitation programme.
Sports have always been a big part of Natacha’s life, having competed from a young age in indoor and outdoor soccer, field hockey, and touch rugby. After suffering a soccer injury, Natacha learned how important the rehabilitation process was, especially when looking at returning to sports and pain free activities of daily living. Working in a multi-disciplinary practice highlights the importance of the circle of care and how important it is to have a holistic approach when treating any injury.
Natacha has worked with people from all walks of life, from postural correction to injury rehabilitation and prevention, chronic diseases to organ transplants, Parkinson’s disease to stroke patients, joint replacements to amputees. Helping people is her passion, and she believes that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone you have worked with achieve something they didn’t think was possible.
Natacha is a kind hearted individual with a passion for improving people’s quality of life - she gives each and every client all of her time and effort in order to achieve their personal goals, she has an affinity for sports injuries, orthopedic, chronic and neurological rehabilitation, and enjoys working with individuals of all ages.
In her free time Natacha can be found exploring and eating her way through the streets of London, spending time with family and friends or traveling to new exciting destinations.
– FRANCESCA DENTON (BSc, BACPR) Clinical Trainer
Francesca has always been an advocate of “Exercise as Medicine” which led her to complete a placement year at the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre at Leicester General Hospital and at The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine during her studies at Loughborough University. Here she gained valuable experience and knowledge regarding clinical exercise with many different populations specifically diabetic, COPD and cardiac patients, by working closely with physiotherapists, doctors and research staff. Through her research experience, evidence-based practice has become one of her core values, which forms the strong foundation of her bespoke sessions for each client.
Francesca is passionate about improving mental health through exercise as a stress and anxiety reliever. She believes breaking down mental barriers is key for every client not only to achieve their physiological goals, but to gain confidence to do things you never thought were possible by celebrating the small steps along the way. Most importantly, she believes finding exercise that you enjoy and benefits your specific needs as a client, is the key to reaching those long-term goals.
– MATT NEWMAN (BSc) Clinical Trainer
- BSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science
Matt believes that having a passion for what you do is one of the keystones to happiness. He developed a love for sport and fitness at an early age, turning his hand to any sport he had the time to try. This passion continued to grow throughout school and university, where he studied Sport, Health and Exercise Science, and developed a speciality for human physiology and the beneficial effects of exercise.
After graduating, Matt honed his clinical rehabilitation skills whilst working within cardiac and cancer care. Matt enjoys nothing more than being a part of your journey, working with you every step of the way to meet your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.
In Matt’s view, one of the most fascinating parts of clinical exercise prescription – and exercise in general – is that no two people are the same. During his sessions you can be assured that every individual’s needs, goals, and requirements are carefully considered, with each person receiving a programme and experience truly unique to them. Matt believes the greatest success of his day is when his client leaves their session with a smile and a sense of achievement.
Outside of the studio, you’ll likely find Matt in the gym, on the rugby pitch, or running on the streets of London. Besides sport, he also enjoys experimenting with healthy recipes in the kitchen, accompanied by good music and bad singing.
– KIRSTIN FERRIE (BSc) Clinical Trainer
- Bachelor of Science Honours Sports Science (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Kirstin’s keen interest in exercise from a young age sparked her love for all sports. Leading a very physically active lifestyle, it’s no surprise that she participated in triathlon at a provincial level.
This motivated Kirstin to obtain her honours degree in Sports Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. It was there, during 400+ hours of work experience in prehab and improving athletic performance, that she discovered her potential to positively influence the lives of those beyond the professional athlete spectrum.
Taking a holistic approach to life, Kirstin genuinely believes movement is a medicine that can create change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.
Kirstin has a passion for working with clients to provide individualised exercise prescription that is enjoyable for each person. In doing so, she is able to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve quality of life by boosting strength, stability, flexibility and confidence, whilst applying all the scientific foundations of sports science. Helping others keeps Kirstin inspired – there’s nothing she loves more than guiding them to achieve their goals, being part of their progress and putting a smile on their faces.
– DARIO GENOVESE(MSc) Clinical Trainer
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science
- MSc European Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity
- BACPR Level 4 Exercise Instructor
- First Aid at Work
- Emergency First Aid at work (EFA)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Exercise Referral Practitioner
Dario is an enthusiastic and passionate Clinical Trainer. Over the years he has developed a deep interest in wellbeing and exercise science. After completing his bachelor degree in Sport and Exercise Science, he continued his studies with a European Master degree in Health and Physical Activity.
Knowing more about how exercise can be both a preventative medicine and a treatment to avoid further escalation of underlying conditions. Dario performed shadowing work at the Imperial College NHS Trust in Cardiac Rehabilitation, liaising with exercise professionals and other figures of the multidisciplinary team to best understand how to empower people and promote an active lifestyle.
He joined Ten Clinical with a sound knowledge and expertise and a desire to help others achieve their goals. In his day-to-day, he enjoys the challenge of applying his skills in practice, always showing a caring attitude and a dedicated approach. Seeing his clients’ improvements over time, and guiding them along the journey towards better health, is the most rewarding part of his job.
Also an excellent Pilates teacher, Dario has been able to apply his background and combine it with his Pilates training. Being a lifelong learner, he enjoys updating his knowledge and expertise to gain professional and personal development.
– SKYE WHISTLER(MSc) Clinical Trainer
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science
- MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Level 4 Cardiac Exercise Instructor
Skye has had a passion for sport for as long as she can remember. Growing up in the UAE, it was there that she discovered the positive influence of an active lifestyle. She participated in athletics, Netball, and swimming all at a highly competitive level, which continued into university Netball.
Skye holds a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. This provides her with important scientific knowledge on the most recent clinical and exercise research. Whilst completing her bachelor’s degree Skye accumulated 300+ hours of voluntary activity that resulted in a gold Go Herts Award.
To expand the knowledge learnt during her undergraduate and to feed her compassion for helping others, Skye has worked hard over the past year to complete her Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Portsmouth and finish her BACPR course concurrently. This has met her personal goals in ultimately creating and applying cardiac rehabilitation principles to individualised exercise prescriptions.
Skye is a strong advocate for prescribing (using) exercise to prevent and manage mental health and has found it very effective at both preventing onset of depression and managing symptoms either on its own or together with other treatments.
For Skye, making sure that clients feel comfortable and encouraged to achieve a healthier lifestyle whilst realising their fitness goals, no matter what their ability, is the ultimate goal. She believes that small steps towards success is key to maintaining any exercise routine.
Having experienced her fair share of athletic injuries, She is keenly aware of the psychological and physical impact this has on an individual. Using this experience has helped her understand the changes that occur to peoples training goals and hopes to support clients through their individual journeys.
– MANDY DE ALMEIDA(BA) Clinical Trainer
- BA Sport Psychology
- BA Honours Biokinetics
- Strapit Sportstape
- ASA Athletics Coach (middle/long distances running)
- Full Body Massage
- DRP Reformer Pilates
Born and raised in South Africa with three older brothers, Mandy was introduced to sport at a young age. Her early interest only continued to grow and paved the way for a career.
Mandy completed both an undergraduate degree in BA Sport Psychology and a BA Honours degree in Biokinetics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She then joined a leading South Africa bank as a Biokineticist at their corporate gym, where her role involved training staff members as part of a campaign to improve quality of life for employees.
Once Mandy had a solid foundation of experience in the field, she opened two of her own exercise rehabilitation practices in South Africa covering the orthopaedic and chronic sector. During this time, she had the opportunity to network with some of the greatest healthcare professionals in the industry.
She worked with a range of conditions at both practices. This included the rehabilitation of patients with cancer, lung and heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and strokes. A substantial amount of her time was also spent on post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation. Mandy further distinguished her practice by offering hydrotherapy, exercise-based programs at schools for sports development, and exercise maintenance regimes for the elderly at care homes.
She also has experience training high performance athletes, whether this be to accomplish a specific goal, improve performance or technique, or prevent injuries through education.
Mandy emigrated to the UK and joined the team at Ten and is working as the Senior Clinical Trainer at Notting Hill Gate. She continues to follow her passion for helping people overcome various challenges and making a real difference to their lives through movement and patient education.
Mandy is highly active and motivated, constantly challenging herself to be better. She often competes in endurance events, is a keen cyclist and golfer and loves being outdoors. When she’s not on the go, she spends her free time with her family, which includes two adorable beagles. She also loves to travel the world – in fact, it’s one of the reasons she moved to the UK.
– GABRIELLA HADDOW(BA) Clinical Trainer
- Bachelor of Arts Honours in Biokinetics
- BA Sports Psychology
- Be-activated 123 certified level 1 and 2
- First Aid and CPR level 1 and 2 certified
- Advanced Course in Diabetes care for Health Professionals certified
- The Bio Specific Upper Quarter course
- The Ultimate Lower Quarter course
From a young age, Gabriella fell in love with playing sport, and excelled in tennis, achieving full provincial colors and earning a nomination for sportswoman of the year, for two years in a row. As she got older, her passion for sport grew as well as her need and want to help people, which left her wondering if the two things that she loved the most could be combined.
With an undergraduate degree in BA Sports Psychology already under her belt, Gabriella wished to use her knowledge and experience to work with sports related injuries and issues. It wasn’t until a Biokineticist introduced her to the field of Biokinetics that she came to learn more about those suffering with autoimmune, neurological and chronic conditions, an area that she says she can make more of an impact than she could ever do with sports.
And with that, Gabriella began working to turn her dream into a reality, completing her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Biokinetics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015. She continued to participate in sport, moving away from tennis and into indoor and outdoor football, whilst expanding her knowledge with courses in sports massage, nutrition and sports nutrition.
Her determination and persistence to work in her chosen field landed her an internship at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in South Africa. During this time, she received extensive training and became certified in dealing with diabetes and diabetic related complications. Gabriella then obtained a position with a practice as a full time Biokineticist, where she began actively working with autoimmune, neurological, chronic and special populations.
As a Biokineticist, Gabriella is professionally trained to apply and prescribe exercises and physical activity specific to a person and their individual needs. Her knowledge of human movement and her understanding of a broad range of diseases and how they impact an individual, allows her to treat a patient holistically in order to achieve the best possible outcome. From this aspect she can then actively apply exercise interventions and rehabilitation techniques to influence and change a person’s life.
Gabriella’s want to keep learning, which also allows her to see her patient’s bodies in a different light, comes from studying a variety of different courses that separate her from the rest of the professionals within in her field. Throughout 2017 she completed courses that stimulated her mind and enabled her patients positively. She took it one step further by achieving her level 1 and level 2 with Douglas Heel’s Be activated 123 – a course that truly honed her holistic approach, from analysing breathing techniques, through to posture and correct movement abilities – altering the body to perform its basic movements.
– TOM LOWE(BSc) Clinical Trainer
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science
- Level 3 Personal Trainer
- Level 4 Cardiac Exercise Instructor
Tom has always had a strong passion for all things sport, health, and fitness. From an early age, he tried his hand at everything, including football, athletics, swimming, and rugby, to name a few. This developed through school, leading him to study Sport and Exercise Science at university, where he specialised in human anatomy and physiology and the effects exercise has on the body.
Wishing to combine his university studies with his passion for working with others, Tom completed his Gym Instructor and Personal Training qualifications. Tom enjoys working together with clients to help them unlock their potential, overcome challenges, and become the best version of themselves that they can be. Whether it is teaching a new client the basics of the gym, or training elite athletes in a strength and conditioning environment, Tom feels that a combination of communication, team-work and dedication can achieve most goals.
Always striving to push himself and increase his knowledge in the industry, Tom completed his BACPR Level 4 Cardiac Exercise Instructor, allowing him to help clinical populations with exercise prescription. It was during this time that he fell in love with clinical exercise prescription, and aiding clients that need specific clinical needs, goals, and requirements. Tom feels that helping people get back to fitness after suffering health problems is as much of an achievement as hitting a bench press personal best or 5k best time.
Continuing from this, Tom has worked with GP referral clients in both a 1-2-1 and group exercise setting. Working together to achieve a common goal, facing a variety of barriers and physical conditions is the way he loves to work. Being able to understand specific needs, work through obstacles in the most effective ways for the clients and continuously developing the health, wellbeing and confidence of clients is a particular strength of his. From improving the range of motion at specific joints, to increasing cardiovascular fitness to improve the quality of daily functional activities – no matter the aim, if it is important to the client, it is important to Tom.
Tom combines high energy and enthusiasm with theoretical knowledge to provide fun, valuable, and thorough sessions that will support clients on their individual journeys.