Meet the team 

  • Our 52 Club team

    Our team of highly-qualified, friendly staff are on hand to help you, whatever your health and fitness goals may be - whether you're training for your first 5k, running a marathon, or are simply looking for ways to get fit, our experts will have been there and can help you reach your goal. 
     
    You'll get a fitness assessment at your induction which will be reviewed regularly - but if you need more support, personal training is available at additional cost.

James Carolan

James is a friendly and approachable teacher. His classes are dynamic and challenging with helpful adjustments to guide you into the postures.

Having trained as a professional dancer at the Arts Educational School he understands the effect that stress can have on the mind and body and the benefits that yoga can have on dealing with this and other health related conditions. James gained his yoga teaching diploma at The Power Yoga Company- Fulham, with Stewart Gilchrist. His other qualifications in Holistics massage (Richdales Institute) , Tuina medical massage (Bodyharmonics Centre), Traditional Indonesian massage (Bodyharmonics Centre), Acupuncture (Bodyharmonics Centre), and Thai yoga massage (Shen mantra) have all contributed in making James a well rounded teacher.

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Joe Cook

Hi I’m Joe, I started at the 52 Club in September 2018. I’m qualified in fitness and Personal Training. I used to play Rugby but no longer, just stick to the gym!

I believe good sleep is the key to recovery and benefitting from an exercise-led healthy lifestyle.

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Kevin Coulter

The main philosophy developed by Kevin over the years is a progressive and sustainable approach.

Over the last 6 years Kevin has helped clients achieve consistent results through tailored coaching and planning.

Providing constant support and helping create stronger and leaner bodies.

A key focus for Kevin is nutrition and bringing that diet and training together to help with fat loss and hypertrophy (Building muscle).

If you want to get fitter, stronger and look better then Kevin will look into every lifestyle factor in order to ensure you hit your goal.

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Davina Davis Butchers

Hatha and Vinyasa flow Yoga - with Davina

Hatha comes from two words – Ha stands for sun and Tha is the moon. So it’s two forces – the active and masculine force of the sun and the feminine and receptive energy of the moon – that join together to purify the body. Vinyasa is about linking the movement of the postures to the breath. Vinyasa yoga gives a lot of importance to the journey between the postures; while Hatha yoga is about the postures only. This yoga with its flowing movement and fast pace, builds heat in the body and stretches the muscles of the body. Like all styles of yoga, Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, toxins are released and your body re-energised. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body.

I teach and embrace Yoga, in order to share with others so that it can also support their own individual journeys.

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Chris Dodd

I have been practicing Shorinji Kempo for a little over 25 years, and have also practiced a few other martial arts, including Karate, Aikido and Muay Thai.

My other main interest is in Buddhism, particularly Japanese Shin Buddhism and I also have an interest in Meditation and Mindfulness and Japanese culture in general.

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Chris Gibbs

Chris Gibbs has been a massage therapist for 13 years. His specialties include acupressure, reflexology and sports massage. He spent his first 5 years of practice working alongside a medical osteopath, which helped him develop specialised massage skills to alleviate stress, pain, injury and tension acquired during occupational, domestic and sporting activities.

During the last 5 years, Chris has also been a nursing assistant, staff massage therapist and back care trainer for the NHS at Oxford’s neuroscience department, which has provided a great understanding of the stress, strains and injuries that relate to hospital work. He has also worked at UCLH for the last 3 years, providing specialist massage services for cancer patients and staff at the Macmillan centre and in the main hospital. Chris regularly helps staff with conditions, such as: back ache, shoulder pain and tension, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, work stress, joint problems, sleep issues and digestive problems.  He is a professional member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and regulated by the Professional Standards Authority.

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Maria Hawkins

With my experience and knowledge I can provide the training and motivation needed in order for you to achieve your goals and enjoy your training sessions.

Whether your goals are sport specific or looking to tone up, lose weight or increase strength I’ll help you through tailored exercise programmes and advice. If you simply want to improve your relationship with fitness, health or nutrition, together we will discover effective ways that will take you closer to a happier and healthier you!

Please contact me on maria.hawkins@nhs.net if you need more information, or to arrange a consultation.

I am here to help you in making a positive change!

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Edgar Leite

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Steve Owen Jones

I am a compassionate and thorough trainer. I have trained hundreds of clients with over four thousand training hour’s experience. My specialist areas are in pain management, movement analysis, postural dysfunction and performance training. I hold an MSc in Strength & Conditioning and am a qualified sports massage therapist. If you’re looking for an experienced trainer and/or therapist let’s arrange a free consultation.

You will mainly find me posting on Instagram about my indoor & outdoor climbing escapades and the struggles of renovating a house!

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Kate Pepper

I have over 17 years experience in teaching exercise as a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor. I mainly teach circuit classes, indoor cycling and Pilates.

On Mondays, I teach  HIIT – a high intensity interval class using your bodyweight and resistance bands to focus on cardio and strength training, on Thursdays you can find me teaching spin and then on Wednesdays lunchtime and the evening of Thursday I am sharing the Pilates- focussing on correcting posture, muscle recruitment and breathing patterns. All of my classes are open to all levels of participant.

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Ruth Preece

I have been in leisure management for 18 years, yikes that is scary when you write it down! Before coming to the 52 Club in 2005 I was managing the second best municipal golf course in the UK after St Andrews, a place called Panshanger in Welwyn Garden City. Personally I have always been interested in health and wellbeing, being in St Johns ambulance as a teenager, a nurse from school then a first aider, then first aid instructor, lifeguard and last year I became a Nutritional Therapist which is currently being healthily employed at the 52 Club in the Four Week Forward programme here.

My passions are homeopathy, skiing, rugby union (Northampton Saints) and ‘tripettes’ especially in this country with a city break .

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Carlos Reis

I come from Portugal and live in London, which I have made my home. I am a new member of the full time team at the 52 Club on reception and my history is in administration of the building industry and accounting data entry. I look forward to welcoming all to our friendly Club.

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Olga Ribaka

I have been teaching dance and fitness for 16 years now. I am Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 3 Personal Trainer and Level 3 Pilates fitness instructor as well as I have Diploma in Dance and Culture Management. In life it is all about balance that is why I teach different type of classes - Body Pump, Pilates, Zumba, LBT, Total Body Conditioning, Age Vitality, RPM, Step and dance.

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Anthony Savvides

The 52 Club team have been a very welcoming and supportive environment from the day I started. I’ve always had an interest in health and fitness which is why I wanted to start working in this environment. The fact that I have spent most of my free time at the gym since I was 16 years old really indicates how passionate and eager I am to enjoy a career in health and fitness. My main goals for the future are to achieve my level 2 in fitness instructing and then level 3 in personal training.

Going to the gym isn’t my only satisfaction in life. I’m a huge lover of music and enjoy travelling. I have one philosophy when it comes to training and getting yourself in the best position physically and mentally, and that is that if you stay dedicated, focused and consistent, you WILL see results.

 I feel very driven and inspired to achieve and constantly improve at something that I love doing, and the fact that I’m being paid to do something I love is a bonus.

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Donna Torrance

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