Learn what Samantha’s clients think…
I have been going to Sam's Pilates classes for about 12 years now . Before that I had an assortment of different issues ranging from a bad back that used to flair up and need a chiropractor every 6 months to a trapped nerve and perpetual tingling sensation in my fingers. Since attending Sam's Pilates group all these are a thing of the past.
It sounds simple to say but an assortment of stretching excercises that she adapts to your capability will make you never look back.
- Michael Walsh
Sam is a motivational instructor who through a selective and focused training schedule enabled me to run a better time in Bristol 10K, even with a lung condition that would normally keep me out of the gym. I would gladly give positive feedback for her and encourage anyone to ask for her help.
- Darren Britton
Sam is an amazing teacher who makes you feel welcome to her yoga class and is very down to earth. She is very knowledgeable about yoga and fitness in general, answered any questions I had, but we also had a great laugh too. Don’t hesitate to attend a class with Sam!
- Nikki Bond
I've been coming to Sam's Pilates class for just over a year and I thoroughly enjoy them. I attend with my teenage daughter and it is a class for all ages. Sam's classes are fun, informal and welcoming but they are also very effective and Sam is always on hand for advice.
- Louise Trivett
Sam has made a huge difference too my life, since starting Pilates with Sam, I have lost a stone in weight. I’m fitter and more flexible than I have been in years. Her back care course myself. I look better and have more self-confidence. People have actually have noticed the change in my shape. I’ve still got a long way to go but will always be thankful that I found Sam to get me off to such a tremendous start.
- Sue Sowden
Sam’s Pilates class has helped me a lot as I have back problems and other joints cause me problems too. The various Pilates movements has helped my problems by getting stronger and as Supple as possible, and generally keeping fitter and making me aware of good posture. Also socially a good class which is good for my wellbeing.
- Marlene Hill
I would like to thank Sam for the support and encouragement she has given me for several years.
I have one leg shorter than the other from a childhood illness. Recently I fell and broke my hip, resulting in a full hip replacement. Sam continues to encourage and support me throughout the excellent Pilates session.
- Pat Postlethwaite
Sam is helping me to recover my strength and fitness following bowel cancer surgery that resulted in me having a permanent stoma. I also have a parastomal hernia. Sam has been fantastic. She has been very understanding and show great patience with me. She has carefully built up my confidence and been able to help me achieve movements and a level of flexibility that I never thought were possible. Sam has been an inspiration. She is very down-to-earth and conscientious. She has worked hard to ensure that the program of exercises that we do are tailored to my condition and goals. Her knowledge and level of personal experience is incredible. I feel very fortunate to have been able to benefit from Sam’s thoughtfulness. She has a wonderful personality and skills set. I can I thoroughly recommend Sam, her classes and the individual tailored support that she offers.
- Alan Monaghan
I cannot recommend Sam @gentlefitness enough. Not only has she fixed my back through her expertise in Pilates but she has continued to keep me well physically for the past 4 years. If you're after a fun, light-hearted but effective Pilates workout then look no further!
- Gemma Border
I’ve been attending Sam’s Yoga and Cycling for Beginners, also Pilates and Functional Fitness, on a weekly basis for the past 2 months at Keynsham Leisure Centre. Sam’s classes have helped me with aching knees and hips. I am able to take on far more Physical activities such as riding my bike and learning to play tennis. I am living with grade 4 Prostate Cancer and will be for the rest of my life. The relief from the sessions along with a more active life have given me some ambition for the future other than just sitting in a chair. It’s a great set of courses and may help you too. You will also make lots of friends. Good luck and don’t wait - sign up and go.
– Boyce Preston
Sam’s Pilates class is such fun to attend. She is extremely knowledgeable and always offers different levels for each exercise so you can work as hard as your body allows. Sam always demonstrates each exercise and assists everyone individual to ensure they have the correct position. She will happily offer an alternative exercise if needed. Sam has helped me recover from a nasty whiplash injury and she has helped me strengthen my core to protect my back. The atmosphere is very relaxed with music playing in the background and there is always plenty of laughter. I always leave feeling relaxed, happy and de-stressed.
- Emma Skidmore
Hello, I’ve been with Sam’s Pilates class at Kingswood Leisure Centre (Wednesdays) for about a year. I was completely new to Pilates when I joined, but was able to join the exercises immediately with the other participants. Sam is very supportive. The classes are very inclusive both of any fitness types as well as appetite to join the various topics that are shared amongst the class I’d recommend it.
– Paul Pryce
I’ve just managed to do the Bath half! With Sam’s help I was managed to train injury free right up to the race. She helped me concentrate on my weakness and understand my body. With out her I wouldn’t off finished! I would definitely recommend her if you want to get to your goals and haven’t managed it by yourself.
- Antony Bezer
Sam's pilates class is unlike any class I've ever been to!
it is so relaxed, all the exercises are demonstrated at varying level, beginners to showoff. There is always conversation, usually laughter, occasional grunting and groaning, but often the class passes without the feeling of hard exercise.......until you the next day!!!!!
Sam quietly encourages people, often checking in by txt during the week but also has a crazy sense of humour and will tease at every opportunity .
– Nic Barnett
Thank you for the extra exercises that you gave me to do at home, it has helped with my left knee and hip (both have osteoarthritis in). I enjoy your Pilate class on a fri morning, as they are a relaxed class, you teach us different level of excises all the time, if we have a injury you always suggest alternative exercise. You are a lovely friendly teacher, who is very knowledgeable in what you do. I have meet a lot of people who have become friends, not just through who is sat next to me, you actually call each other by there names. I have never been to a exercise/Pilates class where you get to meet lots of people, I have been with this class since June 2017, and normally by now I have given up on the class.
- Sarah Hewitt
Sam is an excellent instructor, she makes sure you are comfortable and tailors exercises to suit your abilities. Always a fun class.
– Natisha Browne
Sam, who is behind Gentle Fitness, is a great teacher. She has a very down–to–earth approach for all her classes, thereby making everyone welcome; no matter your age, size, abilities or background. Her classes are not just about the exercise. She manages to get a whole room of strangers to talk to each other which is sometimes more important for our (mental) health than the physical activity.
I‘ve attended her Pilates, Yoga and Aqua–Aerobic classes at various venues and was never dissappointed. She will always make sure that you are doing the exercises safely and within your abilities even if it means she has to push you a bit. Importantly, you will never be forced to work beyond your limits, which is not always the case with other instructors.
She is always available for advice on exercise in general and how it can be used to improve your wellbeing/injuries/healing.
I would highly recommend her classes.
- Anja Berndt
Relaxed pilates class that I enjoy going to. Exercises with different levels so you can do what you're comfortable with.
- Gemma Gardner
Started Sam’s class recently. She’s fabulous - exercise and laughter in one. Helpful and supportive, yet fun and extremely friendly and welcoming.
- Laura Burchill
I started going to Sams classes whilst waiting to have an operation on my knee (torn meniscus) After just a few months on visiting my consultant, he told me I no longer needed an operation and said whatever I was doing was helping it to heal, on it's own! Needless to say, I was absolutely delighted, but obviously knew myself that "things had improved" a lot. So,thank you Sam, I just wish I had come to you earlier!
- Judy Bale
Improving fitness and flexibility in a friendly and fun environment is the ethos of Sam’s Pilates classes. She tailors the exercise levels to suit the ability of each participant while challenging them at the same time. Sam designed a bespoke set of exercises for me so I can continue developing my stamina & fitness at home, both of which have greatly improved since I joined her Pilates class!
- Yasmin Wahid
I came to Sam for yoga having suffered with pelvis problems. I was nervous about joining a class, worried I wouldn’t be good enough. Sam put me at ease straight away. She’s great at the moves, great connecting to people, but very modest. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, enabling everyone to relax and enjoy the class. She’s very hands on, ensuring you’re getting the positions right and getting the best out of them. I think Sam should name her own style of yoga because what she offers is far more fun than normal yoga.
- Laura B
I go to Sam’s Pilates, Yoga and Gentle Exercise classes. Sam always welcomes new people to the class and offers different levels of exercise. There is a relaxed atmosphere in her classes but she does check that everyone is doing the exercises correctly. Since doing regular exercise with Sam I have fewer back and knee problems.
- Alison Powlesland
Sam has been helping me with my fitness for over a year now. I am a 57 year old woman, and I have not done any sports or fitness activity since I was 16. I had never set foot inside a gym. Due to a problem with my vision I was becoming less and less active and moving more slowly. I was beginning to feel very lethargic. I told Sam how I was feeling and she put me at ease straight away. We discussed my options and she came up with a programme. Once we started I did not feel under any pressure to “perform”, and I did not feel that she was judging what I could or couldn’t do. She has let me take things at my own pace. I don’t regret one moment that I have spent excercising. I feel a lot more toned and am definitely feeling the benefit of my sessions with Sam. I have no hesitation in recommending Sam as a guide to getting and keeping fit.
- Josie Isle
I have always enjoyed Sam’s tummy session, they have been fun, informative and friendly.” Hannah Brewer “Samantha is a very conscientious trainer always ready to meet the needs of her clients. She is happy to answer questions, great at writing programs and willing to help the client meet their goals. She appears to know her job really well. Samantha is easy to approach and has a friendly personality and I would thoroughly recommend her as a trainer.
- Jacqui Cook
I started training with Sam 9 months ago, my aim was to lose weight and improve my aerobic fitness. Working with Sam has kept my programme challenging, interesting and achievable. Sam is always ready to listen to my requirements and her encouragement helps me to keep on track. To date I have exceed my target weight loss, as well as the added benefits of lowering both my blood pressure and cholesterol. I look forward to continuing to work with Sam, who I am confident, will support me in achieving my future goals.
- June Rogers
I would recommend Sam to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer. Over the last two and a half years she has helped me to achieve my goals, both inch loss and weight loss. Her balance of professionalism and friendly support has maintained my commitment to improve my overall fitness”
- Sharon Ranahan
Sam has been undertaking one on one swimming lessons with me for over six months now. She gives me the confidence to do things that I have never done before, jumping in the deep end and putting my head under water. She is professional and while she is determined to help me achieve a better swimming technique she also makes it fun and very enjoyable.
- Denene Burton
Sam is a very good all round leader of her fitness classes. This involves ensuring we all enjoy the fun in the exercises and at the same time looking after the class. Everyone is encouraged to be part of the group but looked upon as an individual
- Janet Worlock
The super senior/gentle exercise class is very good. I enjoy the variety spending time on each exercise and find it beneficial. It is very friendly especially if you are new to exercising.
- Judith Taylor
I enjoyed my first class. Excellent supervision an explanation of various levels of exercises within my capability. Sam is quick to observe any problems and gives lots of encouragement. A very friendly atmosphere
- Kathrine Dunn
Since joining Sam's classes I have noticed a big improvement in my breathing and well being. Also a steady weigh reduction which I am pleased about.
- Ray Griffin
Sam is a very encouraging instructor, good fun but professional. The classes are always enjoyable and a good workout.
- Chris Taylor
Sam is caring, encouraging and aware without being sickly sweet about it. Provides different levels of activity without others knowing where you are.
- Nola Lowe
My husband and I started Super Seniors, in Kingwood at the start of May. We have found it great fun, Sam does different exercises each week, so you never know what she will get you to do. I am in my late sixties and have a lot of health issues including a recent broken shoulder but she understands I can’t always keep up or do some of the exercises and never pushes me. At the moment my husband is the only man in the class, but doesn’t feel out of place as everyone is friendly, and he really enjoys some of the female banter! If you are looking for boot camp then this isn’t for you, in fact it is the complete opposite easy going, fun, and we are even allowed to chat why we work!
- Liz and Phil Wade
Gone are the days where exercise was boring. Sam makes it a joy to work through a regular routine and makes it easy to stay motivated. It’s hard work made fun and I’m really pleased with the results she has helped me to produce.
- Josh Rendell
Very professional sports based massage. It works for stiff or tight muscles and helps to unwind. I enjoy that Sam explains what she is doing as she does the massage. It also helps to know how to avoid tighter muscles and processes that happen in the body and the muscles on a daily basis when you are doing certain exercises. I love the option of different oils and treatments to help relaxation.
- Lucy Deas
Sam’s classes are always fun and she has a quirky teaching style which I love. She is always ready to correct our moves and positions and is very ‘hands on’. Just great!
- Sue Grainger
Sam’s Yoga is an amazing class especially for beginners and the unfit! You’re made to feel welcome and important. You get tons of encouragement and support. After 30 odd years I can touch my toes!!! I love Sam’s class.
- Sarah Hammett
Sam taught my youngest son to swim on a 1:1 basis. She was great fun and pushed him to his limits which he thoroughly enjoyed! His style and confidence improved quickly and they built a great relationship. Sam was honest with me once my son had reached a good level of competency – she didn’t keep taking my money like some teachers do! Highly recommend Sam!
- Rachel Coleman
It’s an enjoyable class with plenty of banter, don’t get me wrong it’s hard work and you certainly work up a sweat. The rotation of equipment every week means you get plenty of variety which is good. Sam is a great instructor making sure everybody is able to participate whatever their level of fitness.
- Douglas Bartley