Exercises For Back Pain

Exercises for back pain with Heather Oakes

We have a new contributor for the Fit for Keeps blog!

Heather Oakes BSc PGCE PGDip has a wealth of experience in the fitness industry and is also a qualified Exercise Referral Specialist – so she is expertly placed to provide advice on how exercise can be used to help many physical conditions such as exercises for back pain.

Heather is going to be sharing her thoughts on how the Tuffit can be used to strengthen your body to avoid the risk of common injuries and discomfort. But first, we thought we’d help you get to know her a little better…

How do you know Jenny? 
I met Jenny 10 years ago (gulp) when we were both competing as figure athletes.  Jenny was the reigning British Champion, and she gave me some great tips for my first routine on stage.  We never competed in the same show but both did well.  Jenny was there supporting when I got my first British Champion title in 2008 and we’ve kept in touch ever since.
 
What do you think of the Tuffit?  
I think it is about time exercise became fun and stylish.  Looking back, people have had all sorts of exercise equipment in their houses and because it looks ugly, it gets slowly relegated to the depths of the garage or loft.  As everybody likes an excuse, this makes you less likely to use them, and your fitness suffers.  The Tuffit is stylish, funky, and really easy to whip out and use.  The workouts available make it fun, and you’d have to try hard to come up with an excuse not to use it. Ideal.

When did you start work in the fitness industry?  
I started teaching my first aerobics class in a school hall in 1998 with my mum’s friends. I was keen to keep learning and developing, so in 2004 I completed a BSc in Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition and in 2006 a PGDip in Weight Management.

Do you still teach classes now?  
Yes I do.  I have industry qualifications for Personal Training, Pilates, Swimming Instructor and virtually any exercise class available but in 2008 I completed a PGCE and began teaching courses to train others to work in the fitness industry

So you train the trainers now?  
Yes!  By 2013 I’d also fulfilled an ambition of mine to write and develop a Pilates qualification which is now nationally delivered to Pilates instructors to give them further knowledge once they are teaching.

You also have a passion for helping people with a range of health conditions?  
Yes – by 2012 I’d become an Exercise Referral Specialist able to advise clients with a range of conditions.   More recently I’ve also trained to deliver Pilates to those with common orthopaedic conditions, updated my pre and post natal training and became a lower back pain specialist, advising on exercises for back pain.

All pretty busy, I don’t know how you fit it all in!  Do you have any spare time to do anything else?   
I’m still tutoring and assessing fitness industry recognised courses – besides being a mummy to an energetic little boy!

Heather’s first post will be about exercises to prevent shoulder injuries and you can read more about the role of an Exercise Referral Specialist here.

Sarah xx