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THE LITTLE GYM CAMBRIDGE


   

Cambridge-Sejal-P-illustration-webSejal Patel

Gym director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- There are many The Little Gym stories that could be a favourite, however, I think the one that takes the top spot is the one where Ned was being 'helpful' in one of our Funny Bugs class. I was the Lobby person during this class, and went into the gym to help the team put the air track away after the group activity. I was rolling it up from one end, and Ned, thinking it would be helpful no doubt, jumped on the other end, catapulting me into the air, much to the amusement of the other instructors and children in the class! Laughs all round!


How did you get interested in sports?
- I have always enjoyed sports; I've always enjoyed the adrenaline it gives you, and the sense of accomplishment at the end. I started dancing at age 6 until I was 14, after which I started coaching gymnastics and playing lacrosse (until University), and have been with gymnastics ever since :-)

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time, I love going on walks and listening to my music.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can't live without my music, I take it everywhere I go! and chocolate eclairs....they go with me everywhere too!

Where ​have you lived?
- In the past I have lived in London, Krakow and Trinidad and Tobago.

  

Cambridge-Martina-M-illustration-webMartina Mazdrova

Programme Manager

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I have plenty of great stories about the gym and it's hard to choose but this one is on top of my list. I was teaching a Funny Bugs class when suddenly the music went funny, it went on,off,on, off and so on. Then I turned around and one of my Funny Bugs is sitting happily on the red mat and is playing with the remote control. Seeing his excited face with a huge smile was just priceless.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I got interested in sport at an early age as my parents were very active themselves. My brother and I have always enjoyed being active. We were very lucky to have the opportunity to experience all sorts of sports but gymnastics and dance were always my favourites.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- What I do in my free time depends on how I feel; it goes from relaxing with a book and sipping coffee to meeting friends, dancing, going for a run and travelling as much as possible!

​What can't you live without? ​
- In terms of what I couldn't live without it would have to be my family and closest friends.

Where ​have you lived?
- In the past I have lived in Beroun in the Czech Republic (my hometown) until I was 18. Next I moved to Pilsen, Czech Republic where I went to university. Cambridge has been my second home since 2010 when I moved here and fell in love with the city.

  

Cambridge-Alex-M-illustration-webAlex Martin

Programme Manager

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- This was when we were teaching a really energetic class. I was enjoying teaching the class so much that as I was doing some backward walks I managed to trip over the corner of the air-track in front of all of the kids in the class. They found it hilarious! A very funny memory!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have been interested in sports from a very young age. I have played football since the age of five so that is my favourite but I love pretty much every sport. I am a self-taught gymnast. I just love trying different challenging skills.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I do a lot of football coaching which in the future I would love to do professionally. I also love

​What can't you live without? ​
- Music! I cannot go a day without listening to my music on my phone!

Where ​have you lived?
- I have always lived near Cambridge, in Melbourn (not the Australian one) and now I live in Shepreth where I have lived for nearly a year.

   

Cambridge-Daisy-N-DS-illustration-webDaisy Simao

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- One of my favourite Little Gym stories is from Halloween week, we were telling the story of Peter and Paul. One of the teachers was Peter (I think Sejal) and we needed to find Paul (the big fit ball dressed as a pumpkin). With all the kids sitting in a circle, Peter comes and tells his story and asks for the children to help to find his friend. He goes and looks everywhere and when he gets to the store cupboard he looks and says Paul is not there (Paul was in there but not meant to be found yet!) -the cupboard door swung open by it self about three times and Sejal was trying to close it as quick as she could so the kids wouldn't see Paul. All the teachers were in tears from laughing so hard.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I don't really know how. I have been active since I was 5 years old. I have always played outside and loved to run around, I joined the school's football team and never looked back!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I love eating!! haha. Besides that, going to the gym, listening to my favourite music and watching movies.

​What can't you live without? ​
- The one thing I could not live without is the internet. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check my social media (before I get up!)

Where ​have you lived?
- I have lived most of my life in Angola-Luanda and Portugal-Lisbon as a second home; My family and I often traveled between the two, because we have houses in both places.

  

Cambridge-IMG_0274-illustration-webAbby Regler

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I love working at The Little Gym, I've got so many great memories, my favourite being trying to keep Paul the pumpkin (a dressed up fit ball) from rolling out of the cupboard at Halloween !!!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started gymnastics when I was nine and never stopped. My gymnastic coach encouraged me to start coaching at 14 and even after I moved away to university I never stopped doing gymnastics. I began getting interested in cheerleading at university as an alternative way to use my gymnastics and socialise more. After I moved to cambridge I set up my own cheer team and began training for a year with an elite team near London to further my expertise.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I currently spend all my free time either dancing, cheerleading or doing gymnastics. I also spend one evening per week studying Japanese.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can't live without chocolate!

Where ​have you lived?
- I have lived in ....Somerset, Wiltshire, Tenerife, Turkey, Plymouth, Japan and finally Cambridge.

  

Cambridge-Gaby-P-illustration-webGabrielle Prevost

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite stories at The Little Gym are about the amount of friendships I have seen be built in my classes. Recently it's been veteran Giggle Worms cheering on newbie Giggle Worms (past Funny Bugs).

How did you get interested in sports?
- I'm not sure how I got into sports. The common elements between the sports I enjoy are that they challenge me.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I enjoy participating in Barre Ballet, Hot Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga classes. I also play various video games, and do some light reading in my spare time.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I would have to say I would have a hard time living without my friends. As they make everyday life such an adventure!

Where ​have you lived?
- I have been fortunate enough to live in Ottawa, Canada and in Cambridge, but I hope to add more cities to my list!

  

Cambridge-Fay-G-illustration-webFay Goulding

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I've heard many success stories from The Little Gym and hilarious tales during my short time of being here, and I am hoping to create some of my own fabulous memories very soon!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started gymnastics when I was just 7 years old, and trained seriously until the age of 15. My love for gymnastics was then rekindled when I joined a competitive cheerleading team at University, and I have been taking adult gym classes once a week ever since. I have always been an active person and get a little bit on edge if I haven't done exercise for a while... One of the reasons I love this job! It most certainly keeps us all on our toes!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I am extremely creative and love anything that involves art, music and drama. I have recently started my own 'personalised' glass painting business, which I absolutely love as it allows me to be creative and experimental with my designs. I also play piano and am also doing a part time acting course at the moment.

​What can't you live without? ​
- In terms of what I could not live without, Chocolate, Carbs and Cheese. When I'm having a bad day, a combination of these three beauties will turn everything around.

Where ​have you lived?
- I lived in Sheffield for 3 years whilst studying at university. During my time there I made the most of being young, gained some life long friends and created some of the best memories... along with getting a degree.

  

Cambridge-Kerry-A-illustration-webKerry Abrahams

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- In our Good Friends classes the other week we had a game which involved standing up then lying down then standing up again really quickly, which the kids found hilarious! Hearing the gym completely filled with laughter was truly amazing and I can’t wait to experience more moments like this!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I’ve been interested in sports since before I can remember! I started gymnastics when I was four and took up trampolining, dance and netball at secondary school. My family are big football fans so although I don’t play it, football has always been a massive part of my life too!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- Usually I love spending time with my friends and family – particularly going on day trips to London or going to the cinema. If I want to relax then I love going for walks in the nature reserve near my house or sitting back with a hot chocolate and my favourite book!

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t live without my family, my best friend and chocolate!

Where ​have you lived?
- I’ve lived just outside Cambridge for my whole life, aside from the three amazing years I spent at the University of Nottingham.

  

Cambridge-Mary-Headshot-illustration-webMary E

Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

-  Since working at The Little Gym, my favourite moment would have to be...(can't really think of one really good one yet)

How did you get interested in sports?
- I first started gymnastics when I was six. I used to live in Qatar where I did my gymnastics for 8 years before moving back to England.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I'm currently in college so I'm usually busy with homework but I love to play computer games with my friends 

​What can't you live without? ​
- I absolutely can't live without my baggy pants. 

Where ​have you lived?
- Quatar, Georgia and Cambridge.