Sue Gyngell - Phase IV Cardiac and COPD Instructor

I have been specialising in phase IV cardiac rehabilitation for over 6 years. My training started at St. George's Hospital Tooting with their cardiac rehabilitation service and my experience then led me to Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton where I assisted the patients with the physiotherapists in phase III exercise groups.

As well as working at the Cardiac Exercise Club I also regularly run classes for cardiac patients who are supported by the partnership arrangement between Wandsworth Borough and DC Leisure. I find the work so rewarding and feel very humbled when I realise the classes are making a difference not only for patients' health but their well-being and personal confidence.

I was part of the team delivering physical activity clinics through Wandsworth PCT advising people on their best way forward with exercise. For the last few years I have been teaching weekly cardiac exercise classes at Tooting Leisure Centre where members are referred by St George's Hospital or local GPs. Recently I enjoyed obtaining my COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) qualification for people with breathing difficulties which enables me to support and supervise people with cardiac or breathing difficulties in the same class at the club.

I have gained my Level 3 GP Referral Diploma which has given me a greater understanding of many other medical conditions, the limitations they impose on patients and the benefits of appropriately planned and evaluated physical exercise programmes.

I have a small private practice as a personal trainer in the local area and run a theatre stage school at the weekend. I'm always trying to practice what I preach by trying to fit in my own time at the gym in between running after my two children. I also spend as much time as I can visiting phase lll cardiac groups in local hospitals and clubs promoting the benefits of our great cardiac exercise club.

You can nearly always find me at the club on Tuesday evenings - just pop along for a chat and see what we do.

Faye Tobby - Caediac Exercise Facilitator, Health Therapist and COPD Instructor

I joined the Cardiac Exercise Club over two years ago and run the Thursday evening sessions. I have been interested in helping others engage in exercise since doing sports studies at school and have built my career around motivating and encouraging others to find value in physical activity. Beside my sessions at the Cardiac Exercise Club I work as an Exercise Facilitator for the St George's NHS Trust helping people who are at risk of falling whilst moving around in their daily lives. I also work as an exercise and health therapist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust supporting groups of patients by assessing their needs and prescribing tailor-made activities to suit their physical capacity and individual preferences.

I have built on my Sports Science degree by training as a BACPR phase four fitness instructor which follows periods of time working as a Children's Play Worker, Physical Fitness Instructor in Kensington and Chelsea and a Swimming Sports Coach within the Sports Ambassador Scheme. I have recently gained a full COPD qualification to better support the exercise needs of club members with breathing difficulties. It is important that when people exercise they do so safely and are supported by someone who has an understanding of their condition, their medications and the restrictions these might impose on them.

I like to keep fit by running and swimming and of course by leading exercise sessions at the Club and elsewhere. I gain constant encouragement in my work by seeing patients and clients gradually develop improved ability to tolerate and benefit from exercise and gain in confidence. Some patients I see need to be physically fitter to go back to work and regain their confidence after a period of ill-health. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for activity with individuals in groups and like getting to know people and the conversations we have as we exercise together.

Feel free to come along on a Thursday evening to see what we do. If you want to exercise with us please bring a referral note from an appropriate health care professional.

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