“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it”- Michael Jordan
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • REPs Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Physiology Research Assistant
Favourite exercise:

Mountain climbers – an effective exercise that improves core strength, agility and cardiovascular endurance whilst working several different muscles.


Born in Portugal, Zinilda took up various sports throughout her childhood, from athletics (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relays) to handball and basketball at borough championship and London Youth games level.

She went on to play football at British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) level, whilst studying Sport and Exercise Sciences at Middlesex University. 2020 saw her being awarded Student of the Year, followed by Player of the Year. Pursuing further studies, she holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Roehampton.

Whilst completing her undergraduate degree, she carried out work experience with rugby players at Allianz Park, conducting Physiology and Performance analysis. She also analysed performance in children to identify any issues in their movement and provide solutions to these problems. The real-life experience that she gained during this time allowed her to work with a wide range of people that differed in age, gender and athletic ability.

Zinilda’s passion for sports has continued to grow since she was young, as it has not only benefitted her physically, but has also provided her with a way of coping with the stresses of University and the day-to-day. Exercise has always been an essential part of her life.

When it comes to her clients, Zinilda’s goal is to help them feel better during and after their sessions, and to encourage them to enjoy movement without any pressure to perform each exercise perfectly. As long as her clients are continuing to learn, she believes this will set them up for good habits in the future, help them improve and allow them to gradually increase their exercise difficulty.

During her spare time, she enjoys watching American football, practicing mat Pilates, reading and visiting her favourite parks.