A Little Bit About Me
Nicola Porter, Founder and Trainer
I believe that moving our bodies is something to enjoy! I also think that exercise is the fastest, most effective way for anyone to feel happy and positive about themselves and their lives. When women are fit, healthy and empowered, they can take on anything. And the world can be a better place for it.
Sadly these days we rarely give ourselves a break and can often use exercise - whether we do it or not - as a stick to beat ourselves with. This impacts on our physical and mental health and can mean when we do train, we don't see the gains we deserve.
But this can change! At Move Happy we work hard but also find a bit more kindness towards ourselves. We find ways to focus positively on what our body can do and how it feels, rather than worrying about how it looks.
As a previous journalist and campaigner always restless to for drive positive change, I am now looking to share the discovery of holistic and intuitive training. I want to explore and address not only the way we train, but also our attitude and our relationship to it.
My classes, tailored programmes and blog aim to celebrate our bodies and the incredible benefits to our lives and others if we exercise and take care of ourselves.
A lifelong enthusiast of sport and fitness, I first qualified as a Fitness Instructor in 2014 and have since continued my personal and professional journey within the industry, delivering indoor and outdoor group exercise classes for women of all ages - right up to 101!
I hold specialisms in ante and post-natal exercise, kettlebells training, foam rolling, and also chair-based exercise. As a result of my growing interest in the links between physical activity and mental health and well-being, I recently worked to gain my specialist award in Mental Health Awareness.
Instructor, Pilates Teacher, Run Leader
As the UK celebrated inspirational sporting achievements in the 2012 Olympics, Amy was spending most of her time either at a desk or tasting cheesecake as the desserts buyer for a major supermarket. Her unhealthy lifestyle was making her glum and contributing to back pain, and she desperately missed the dancing and sports she had enjoyed at school and university.
She decided to make a change and trained as a Level 3 Pilates Matwork Instructor.
In the last 7 years Amy has gained a wealth of experience teaching Matwork Pilates in community and corporate venues, helping hundreds of clients improve their strength, flexibility and postural awareness. Amy is able to adapt exercises to suit a range of fitness and experience levels and uses small equipment such as bands, balls and foam rollers to keep sessions varied and challenging.
Amy has taken further training in ante-natal and post-natal Pilates and Pilates for breast-feeding mothers. She more recently qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness with England Athletics.
In addition to her Pilates work, Amy heads up the Windsor and Maidenhead branch of GoodGym, a charity whose members combine running, walking and fitness with volunteering in their local community. She also has 4 children, who keep her on her toes!
Amy is happiest when she is being active, and she is passionate about the idea that physical exercise is essential for mental health as much as physical health. Amy’s classes are not about achieving the perfect ‘beach body’; they are about being able to move and carry out our daily lives with energy, joy and freedom, happy in our own skin.