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Abi Mendonca

When did you discover your passion for fitness? 

My passion for health and fitness was born, somewhat unromantically, out of necessity!

I have always danced from a young age and have trained hard and been fortunate enough to work professionally as a dancer for most my adult life - so health, fitness and well being became a requirement to maintain the high standards I set myself, and for keeping my body in a good condition!

The wonderful benefits reaped both physically and mentally sparked me into making it a part of my everyday life alongside dance.

Who inspires you?

Anyone who pursues what they want; for me it's inspiring to see the drive, ambition and tenacity in someone, I have quite a few friends like this. Also my Nan; she's a very selfless person who has been behind me the whole way growing up. 

Why did you choose to teach at PBB?

I took a class to try it out when I heard about it from friends and found the intertwining elements of ballet, yoga and Pilates technique within a dynamic yet flowing workout had me hooked. The classes are engaging, challenging, fun and (obviously!) a great workout - I really wanted to have the opportunity to teach something like this that I believed in.

Where did you study fitness and health? 

I graduated with a BA hons degree in dance theatre from Laban Conservatoire for Contemporary Dance and am mid way through my fitness and personal training diploma - I adore yoga so will take a teacher training course for that in the not too distant future. 

How do you stay motivated? 

First and foremost, the absolute certainty that I will feel amazing after a workout - that blast of endorphins and feeling wonderful about doing something good for yourself.

It's sometimes hard to do, but not being too harsh on yourself if you slack off a bit - we can't all be running on 100% the whole time! 

Keeping it varied and sticking with the things you love, but trying something new once in a while always helps - and above all knowing that by doing this now I'm helping myself to stay healthy and supple for as long as possible!