About Clarice Fitness
I’m Clarice Wamba, a qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor with a passion for helping people get fit, stay fit or improve their fitness.
Working with adults and children in Anerley, Beckenham, Bromley, Croydon, Crystal Palace and surrounding areas, I advise and motivate my clients to get fit and understand the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. I support them to believe in themselves and in the results they can achieve.
My fitness routines are mostly based outdoors and are ideal for those who don’t like gym environments. If you feel intimidated by them or simply don’t have the time or means to travel to a gym, I can help!
As well as one-to-one personal training sessions, I also run pilates classes on Mondays at St Hugh’s Community Centre in Anerley and I offer group sessions for adults and children.
See my services pages for more information on both group and private tuition.
Working with young people
I am also passionate about working with children and young people. It’s important to learn about the benefits of exercise and the importance of healthy eating at a young age. Not only will it improve young people’s self-esteem; it also builds up their strength and stamina, giving them the tools to live a healthy lifestyle.
I’m involved in running a number of projects across South East London working with children and young people. These include running sessions at a youth club, summer fitness fun days and other holiday activities aimed at stimulating young people’s interest in sport and making fitness fun.
Crystal Palace Park Run
I’ve also been involved in setting up the Crystal Palace Parkrun, which meets every Saturday morning to run 5K through the park, supporting and encouraging each other to improve their fitness, health and wellbeing. Since it started in 2010, the Parkrun has grown to include over 200 regular runners, including children, of all ages and fitness abilities.
I haven’t always been a fitness instructor; I trained to become one after turning my life around with the aid of fitness and running. I hope my story will inspire others to achieve their own personal fitness goals.
Having moved to London from Cameroon in 2009, fleeing persecution, I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe depression and anxiety. A single parent with three young children, I was struggling to cope and adapt to my new life in London. I was also obese and on anti-depressants, so my GP referred me to a gym for help because of my weight and mental wellbeing.
Walking and jogging
It didn’t take me long to find out I didn’t like the gym; the environment was very intimidating and my low confidence and lack of self-esteem didn’t help. Instead, I found I preferred walking and jogging in the local park. Starting slowly at first, I made sure I went to the park at least three days a week.
I began by alternating running and walking over a 5km route in the park – initially one minute running and then one minute walking. Gradually, I found I was able to run more and more, until I could run the whole distance.
After a few months, the transformation was amazing – I started to feel much better and was able to smile and meet with other parents from my children’s school. I was also able to reduce my medication and, after three years, I was able to come off it completely.
I now run both short distance – 5k and 10k – as well as marathons and half-marathons. Quite an achievement for someone who used to get out of breath walking up the stairs!
So, I decided to train as a personal trainer to help, encourage and educate other people about the benefits of keeping active and that small changes can make a big difference.
Qualifications and training
I am DBS cleared, covered by public liability insurance and hold the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Personal Trainer (CYQ)
- Level 2 Fitness Instructors Qualification (CYQ)
- Level 2 Fitness Instructing and Coaching (teaching activity to children) (UK Athletics)
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (Welcare)
- How to Coach Disabled People in Sport (UK Athletics)
- Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (SCTC)
- Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates (SCTC)
- First Aid Certificate (British Red Cross)
- The NCFE certificate in Exercise and Physical Activity for Children
- I am on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)