Hi I’m Lavina Mehta, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor, with a private gym for women’s 1-1 PT sessions. My mission is to make women FEEL GOOD about themselves.
My approach isn’t just about how you look on the outside, although there is some truth with Look Good/Feel Good. With the rise of so many common diseases, it is more about promoting the health benefits of exercise & strength training and how they help our bodies Feel Good inside. I am also a big promoter of the Mental Health benefits of exercise.
As a Mum to 3 boys & being the daughter of a Cookery Writer, Chef & Teacher Kumud Shah, I am passionate about fitness, healthy eating & living a balanced sustainable lifestyle. I want women to feel confident, strong, energetic, empowered to reach their goals & believe in themselves. I want them to become the best version of themselves, inside and out!
During my childhood, I actually got teased at my single sex girls’ school for being “under weight”, not over weight! This was a difficult time but I managed to get through it. Nowadays there’s even more added pressure from social media on how the “ideal” female body should look and the rise in eating disorders. The message I want to portray from this is that it’s not just about “your weight.” We should exercise to love ourselves and feel good – body & mind.
I really believe in fate & destiny. Following my A- Levels, I wanted to pursue a career in Art but went down the more traditional route & studied Management at UMIST. I was lucky to have some amazing job opportunities post university which helped me progress my career very quickly to a senior level. When I married Menal, I was in a demanding job as a Global Project manager for BP’s Trading systems & I really pushed my management for flexible working (which was very rare at the time) and luckily they agreed to going part time to bring up my sons, Sai & Saj. After I had my youngest son Sahil 12 years ago, I decided to resign from my role which I absolutely loved. It was a tough decision, but looking back but I feel so fortunate that I was able to have such quality years raising my boys.
My own fitness & wellness journey started during my pregnancy with Sahil as I helped type, publish & launch my Mum’s “Feel Good with Food” book. It gave me in depth knowledge into the science behind food, anti oxidants & super foods, and made a big impact on my own vegetarian diet.
Although I was always slim up until childbirth, I wouldn’t say I was healthy or fit! I loved food, especially growing up with an amazing chef as a mother (& I still do!) The weight did creep on over the years as my metabolism slowed down. Post childbirth I lost over 10kgs through hard work, consistency & patience with my training, nutrition and lifestyle improvements.
I used to regularly go to the gym and do the usual classes on offer. It was only when I hired a Personal Trainer that I got exposed to the whole new world of weight training & saw how resistance training transformed my body and mind. On a search to learn more about my passion, I decided to educate myself and undertook home study courses to gain my Level 2 in Fitness Instructing & Level 3 in Personal Training.
I am highlighting this private part of my life as I want women and mothers to know it’s never too late to follow & fulfil their dreams.
MY PASSION & PURPOSE
I offer Women 1-1 Personal Training Sessions at my Private Gym in Bushey, London which has a fully kitted gym, functional & circuits area, cardio equipment, large garden for outdoor training & a holistic relaxation studio.
I pride myself on my meticulous planning and giving each client “Personal” Training by writing individual personalised training plans for all my clients – it’s not a one size fits all approach! I want my ladies, who range from the age of 30-70 years old to train safely, with perfect form & to reach their goals.
I believe we are ALL on a continuous wellness journey & the goal is NOT always weight loss. I work with women who want to get strong & feel good about themselves. Many of my mums may want to shift their pregnancy weight; or my menopausal ladies may be experiencing hormonal weight gain and want to increase their bone density; my older ladies want to preserve their bone density, muscle mass and their independence; or I have women who just want to get strong through weight lifting; others where fitness, stamina or flexibility are the priority. Some of my clients are just focussing on health & trying to mitigate and reduce the risk of illness; or working safely with previous injuries/health conditions.
Although my ladies have got some amazing physical results, they have also got super results in terms of strength, stamina, flexibility, fitness, as well as important mental health benefits and some have even corrected pre-existing health conditions and injuries via the benefits of exercise.
I provide more than just PT but also Wellness & Lifestyle Coaching on leading a healthy & active lifestyle, cardio targets, nutritional advice, sleep management, stress management, importance of stretching, correct breathing techniques, mindfulness, self-care & promote the strong correlation between mental health and exercise.
I am different to other PTs out there as I am not just about the hardcore physical transformations & photo shoots or the restrictive / fad diets which can be hard to sustain and can cause the recurring cycle of yo-yo dieting and weight loss. There is no “Feel Good Diet”, just sensible principles to focus on building the best possible eating plan to work around my clients’ lifestyle, goals & needs – a flexible approach that makes them feel good and get amazing results in the process.
I have a strong & active “Feel Good Team” forum for all my amazing ladies to support & motivate each other on their fitness journeys. I strongly believe in “Women supporting women.”
I’m incredibly lucky I love what I do & find it so fulfilling and rewarding. I am blessed that from my Passion, I have found my Purpose & I want to help as many women as I can to FEEL GOOD.
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