outside of the city.
My name is Sue Jackson and I set up Balance The Countryside Gym in the Village of Timsbury.
Before you read a little more about me I wanted to say that many businesses have had to adapt to working in a different way and Balance have been no different. and our instructors are now teaching their classes via Zoom as well as in person, so that you can all exercise from the comfort of your own home if you don't feel ready to come in at this time. I am incredibly proud of how the Balance team and our wonderful clients who have rallied round to change the way in which we work at such a fast pace.
now about me! I have always had an interest in fitness and have played lacrosse, netball, volleyball, tennis and squash for various teams over the years. I also play golf when time allows and I am a keen walker, having to exercise two lively dogs on a daily basis as well as going on treks or cycles with once a year, when restrictions allow going to interesting places around the world.
I find It is always good to have a goal or challenge to work towards, however small these may be and will also hopefully encourage my members to do the same. I have trekked in Costa Rica, cycled in Vietnam, Cambodia and India and trekked in the Arctic as well as climbs closer to home like Snowdon. This year I will be walking some or the Cornish Coastal path and trekking in Iceland for Chartiy.
I have attended many gyms over the years mostly in Bath but decided to complete my Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training exams so that I could pass on my passion for fitness to others and base my gym in the villages to provide a service to people outside of the city.
Balance The Countryside Gym and Studio
The Gym and Studio are set in beautiful countryside and is peaceful, quiet and private. It has been designed for all those who would like to train in idyllic surroundings in a personal and unique training space with free parking and no traffic queues into and out of Bath!
It is all about combining healthy living with personal training, coaching and mentoring unlike conventional gyms where it can sometimes feel impersonal and can be busy with loud music and an emphasis on youth.
i believe that everyone can get fitter and improve their quality of life whatever their age, size, shape or fitness level.
If you want a quieter and peaceful place to work out and get fit, then Balance The Countryside Gym and Studio could be the perfect option for you, with its mature environment and functional approach to training.
Meet the team
Sue Jackson | Owner
Sue's passion in life is to inspire people to have a fit and healthy lifestyle. Her vision with Balance was to create a warm and Inviting space for people to have a great time and work hard. Sue is a level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and have taken part in a number of sports herself over the years.
Sue currently covers for trainers in Boxercise, HIIT, Circuits, Kettlebells as well as PT clients.
Stephanie Weir | Pilates | Baby Yoga | Power flow
Stephanie has been teaching Pilates for years in and around London, helping people of all levels She is a professional dance teacher too and brings the fun side.
Stephanie has a baby daughter and has begun teaching pre and post pregnancy yoga on Thurdays which has proved very popular.
Having recently moved here she is enjoying a different way of living to the fast paced London, and is continuing to teach Pilates with us here on Thursdays as well as Powerflow on a Friday..
Amy Dee-Jay | Yoga and Arial Yoga
Amy loves everything food related, eating out, exploring new cuisines and cooking/baking. She is passionate about yoga and enjoy exploring new and fun ways to use it from acroyoga to aerial yoga. She is also a keen climber.
Amy is a qualified physio and has an excellent knowledge of anatomy and rehabilitation. She is qualified in Hatha yoga and believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and that is very much about understanding your body and its abilities. She is also qualified in teaching ‘Aerial Yoga" she teaches yoga, pilates and aerial yoga.
Vicky Rees-Davies | Marketing Manger, HIIT, Circuits and Kettlebells
Vicky is our Marketing Manager and also a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Balance. She currently teaches our Balance Burn HIIT classes, Sculpt & Tone and Kettlebells classes as well as offering Personal Training.
Vicky has been passionate about fitness her whole life and believes that whatever form of exercise you do that that it must be fun! She has noticed first hand the positive benefits it can have not only on our physical wellbeing but also on our mental health. Her classes are always positive, fun and varied but also hard work!
Kara Herbert | Yoga
Kara is a highly experienced yoga instructor and teaches yoga sessions for all ages and abilities including weekly classes on Monday morning and Tuesday evening, plus weekend workshops and our much loved week long Balance retreats. All of Kara’s sessions are tailored to suit our clients individual needs. Kara loves all things yoga and dance, plus swimming, travelling and most recently skiing!
Maddie Norris | Yoga
From teaching the elderly with dementia to teaching in primary schools, Maddie loves the variety of yoga and the multitude of positive effects it can have on different peoples lives. Her passion is providing an inclusive space for encouraging expression through creative movement and utilising the breath.
Maddie teaches Yoga here at Balance on a Thursdays. Her classes are energy boosting, friendly and cater for all abilities and ages.
Julie Hegarty | Yoga
Julie is a mother of three boys and discovered yoga when she relocated to Bath from Edinburgh in 2011. Her passion, fuelled by the health benefits, led her to enrol on a teacher training course in 2017. Her style and focus is based on Hatha but with a strong emphasis on breathing and flow. Julie teaches Yin Yoga on the 1st Sunday of the month, both live and on Zoom.
Kathryn Edwards | HIIT, Circuits, Boxercise, PT
Kathryn is a qualified PT & fitness instructor at Balance as well as managing all of our social media.
She has always loved fitness, has been qualified as a personal trainer for a four years and constantly strives to help anyone work towards achieving their fitness goals.
Her favourite classes to teach are HIIT based, boxercise and interval fitness but she also finds it important to build core strength and stability
Kathryn teaches our Boxercise, Bounce Fit Body, Tone it Up, Balance Burn, and Kids HIIT
Kathryn is also part of the admin team.
Amie Hawker | Pilates
Amie is a Level 3 pilates mat instructor who has been teaching for over 7 years. She is also a Dance and Barre teacher and is very used to teaching both physically and now on Zoom. She teaches participants of a range of ages and backgrounds. Amie is currently covering for Jess Lynch who is on maternatey leave.
Sara-Jane Welch | Pilates
Sara-Jane is a Level 3 pilates mat instructor who has been teaching for over 10 years. She is also an ex professional dancer and has her own studio as well as teaching here at Balance She teaches both physically and now on Zoom here at the studio.
Sara-Jane is currently covering for Jess Lynch who is on maternatey leave.