Amanda Wright, MCSP
Amanda, was born and bred in Manchester and came to the South in 1984 at the tender age of 18 to work with horses. She worked at a livery and show jumping yard working 6 long, physical days a week, before she took a post at Cranleigh Leisure Centre and entered the fitness world. 12 years later, after supporting people in the gym and leading the older people and falls prevention classes she is following her passion for supporting people of all abilities with exercise by joining the SHR team as a rehabilitation assistant. Her role includes supporting the physiotherapists in sessions at the studio and on home visits, leading sessions practising exercise programmes, and a vital role in running the groups. Her friendly, energetic and supportive style is very much valued by all her clients and has become an absolute asset to the team.
Amanda says 'I had no idea then that one day I would wander into health and fitness, as my passion had always been horses, and I still like to ride today.
After nearly 15 years working with horses, I accepted a Receptionist role at Cranleigh Leisure Centre, very different indeed! No extreme weather conditions to work in for starters! My job was good, for a few years, but I also felt something was missing. When I went to use the gym, I would find myself taking an interest and watching the gym instructors interact with their clients. I thought I'd like to do that, being able to help someone achieve their goals or help re-educate them in aspects of exercise and healthy nutrition was very appealing.
So the seed was sown and I signed up to a long distance Level 2 Fitness Instructing course with Focus Training. I shadowed the gym instructors a few hours per week alongside my Receptionist role. I passed this course December 2005. I used the next year getting experience on the gym floor working with, inducting and writing programs for many different people from all walks of life.
In March 2007 I passed my Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructing again with Focus Training. At this point, I decided to give up Reception totally to focus purely on the gym.
After 12 years working in the leisure industry, now with Personal Trainer Level 4 Reps Registered (No.R0034234) status, I have attained many health and fitness related qualifications, including some of the following :
- Exercise for Special Populations Premier Training - 5th June 2008
- Nutrition & Weight Management, Level 3 - Skills Active - 12th January 2010
- Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain, Level 4 - Premier Training - 17th June 2010
- Aqua Instructor - Active iQ - 18th February 2015
- Chair Based Exercise for the Frail Elderly Instructor - Amac Training - 24th March 2015
- Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Independently Active, Older People (QCF) - Amac Training - 4th June 2016
Plus many more and CPD (continued professional development) qualifications, and currently doing my GP Referral with Amac Training.
Over the last couple of years I also taught classes, mainly Seniors Active Lifestyle in Cranleigh, Ewhurst and Haselmere. I also ran two extra Falls Prevention seated classes, that included strength, balance, co-ordination and functional training.
I met Kim through Beth (OT), a few months ago and I'm so pleased I did. Here is where my next chapter begins, as a Rehabilitation Assistant here at Surrey Hills Rehab. I am so excited to work with Kim and her wonderful team. I hope to bring lots of enthusiasm, a happy go lucky outlook and a drive to further my knowledge in neurological conditions and develop new skills.'
Amanda is an Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and supervised and trained by Kim Wilson.