BODY AND MIND COMBINED
A happier, healthier you
As a professional Personal Trainer and Counsellor, my passion is to encourage people towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. I recognise the importance of looking after both physical and mental wellbeing, and work with you as an individual to combine exercise routines with the opportunity for talking therapy to help you deal with anxiety, stress, and barriers to motivation for exercise.
Read about the benefits of exercise for physical and mental health and wellbeing here
Many people find motivation hard, and I can support you with this, and be with you every step of your journey, so that you realise your potential and discover that you can actually enjoy exercising.
Read about barriers to motivation for exercise here
Having the right person to understand your barriers, and to support, encourage and challenge you is vital. Everything that we talk about is strictly confidential, whether in personal training sessions, talking therapy, or Walk and Talk sessions, so you can feel safe to discuss any issues with me. Read more about confidentiality here
"As someone who struggles to stay on track with exercise, I started having online fitness sessions with Kathy when the UK lockdown was first introduced. The aim was to get myself moving, and to have someone objective to talk to about how the stresses of the situation were affecting my mental health. Through these weekly or twice weekly sessions, I learnt about what my strengths are - that I enjoy to be challenged, and will push myself to take the harder option when Kathy offers me alternatives within a routine. I always come away feeling mentally unburdened, and I couldn’t recommend Kathy’s sessions highly enough. We’re still having our online meet ups and I feel stronger all round from the experience." Helen T.
Read more client testimonials here
ABOUT BODY AND MIND COMBINED
The aim of Body and Mind Combined is to guide individuals towards a greater sense of physical and psychological wellbeing. Everybody is unique, with their own strengths and limitations. My method is to build a customised plan based on your health, schedule and fitness goals. To help you achieve your goals, we can talk about any barriers to exercise - lack of confidence, body image issues, or maybe you just find most routines boring! I'm also here to listen if you're feeling anxious or stressed. This is why I also offer Walk and Talk sessions, as walking and talking can be a good way to help clear your mind. Walk and Talk sessions are available in Bristol and the surrounding areas, such as just across the Severn Bridge and into the beautiful Forest of Dean. And don't worry if you prefer a gentle stroll to a hike, we walk at your pace. The aim is for you to take pleasure from the walking, your surroundings, and the opportunity to talk.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Hi, I'm Kathy Kingdon, and I'm passionate about physical and psychological health and wellbeing.
I'm a qualified Personal Trainer and Counsellor, and I'm fully insured, DBS checked and a member of CIMPSA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity).
I have a Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling. My First Class Honours Degree includes social science modules - my final assignment considered the sociology of running. In 2019 I completed my Master's in Sport and Exercise Psychology; my dissertation examined motivation, benefits and barriers of sport and exercise in university students at UWE.
As a counsellor I have worked with clients of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of issues, and understand the importance of being able to talk to somebody who is empathic and non judgemental.
I have always enjoyed working out at the gym, and love running - on my own or competing in races. I'm based in Bristol, and have many scenic places to run or walk right on my doorstep, or just a short drive away in the surrounding areas, such as the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Through my own experiences I realised that the benefits of exercise weren't just physical - it's a way that I deal with the stresses of life, and I want to help other people experience those benefits.
MAKING FITNESS FUN!
Exercise should be fun! It's not all about repetitive exercises in a gym, it's about doing things that make you happy!
And it's not all about being the best, either - I want to show that age and ability don't have to be a barrier. You might be surprised at what you can achieve when you get the right encouragement.
My aim is to build variety into your routines, improve your fitness levels and your confidence, so that physical activity not only becomes a normal part of your everyday life, but something that enhances your enjoyment of life.
I found it really easy to talk to Kathy about everything that was on my mind, during our Walk and Talk sessions. It surprised me how easy it was to open up to her while we walked. I think being outside with nice scenery helped. Kathy is really empathic, and I felt listened to and understood. It's definitely helped me deal with things that have been going on in my life.
Had an excellent personal training session with Kathy over Skype during my lunch break today. She was efficient, encouraging, and got me working a range of areas in the short 45 minutes that I had available. She has a great knowledge base, and helped me correct my form on several occasions - which is something I really struggle with. Highly recommend for personal training if you want someone who makes you feel comfortable and really listens to what you’re trying to achieve. Thank you!
Walking and Talking with Kathy is a rewarding experience, there is no pressure to talk about problems, but just talking helps me to focus on things. Kathy is understanding and non judgmental and has great empathy and a sense of humour, all of which make the session so worthwhile.
I have had regular personal training sessions with Kathy over Messenger this year. She has always thought thru an exercise plan but always checks with me on how I'm feeling and adapts it as necessary. Kathy is always encouraging and gets you working on all of your body to help you on your specific areas of improvement. I really recommend Kathy for personal training if you want someone who is easy to work with, makes you feel comfortable and listens to what you have to say in terms of focus areas and issues.
I met Kathy for a walk and talk this afternoon. It was fab! Chat came easily about all sorts of things and Kathy was great at listening and responding to what I was saying.
It was great to get out in the fresh air and have company on a walk. Really friendly and no pressure to do more than you are comfortable with. Would highly recommend 😊
As someone who struggles to stay on track with exercise, I started having online fitness sessions with Kathy when the UK lockdown was first introduced. The aim was to get myself moving, and to have someone objective to talk to about how the stresses of the situation were affecting my mental health. Through these weekly or twice weekly sessions, I learnt about what my strengths are - that I enjoy to be challenged, and will push myself to take the harder option when Kathy offers me alternatives within a routine. I always come away feeling mentally unburdened, and I couldn’t recommend Kathy’s sessions highly enough. We’re still having our online meet ups and I feel stronger all round from the experience.
Had a good “ walk and talk” session with Kathy. Good for body and spirit! She is very motivating in encouraging you to keep going and at a reasonable pace, without being critical at all. A good listener and able to understand any stress or emotional issues and give either a friendly ear or some practical advice if appropriate. Would definitely recommend her.