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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.

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 extend my thoughts to all of those working hard across the country supporting people infected by COVID 19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

We have all had to adapt to working in a different way and Balance have been no different. I did not want any of our members or MOVE GB members to go without the opportunity of attending their usual weekly classes and as a result all of our instructors are now teaching their classes via Zoom so that you can all exercise from the comfort of your own home. This has not been an easy process and I am incredibly proud of how the Balance team have rallied round to change the way in which we work at such a fast pace. 

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 hungry dogs on a daily basis as well as going on treks or cycles once a year to interesting places around the world.


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.

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.

Meet the team


Sue Jackson

I am the owner of Balance and it is my passion in life to get people back into a fitter and healthier lifestyle. I want people who come here to have a great time and work hard but in a non threatening space, enjoying training both inside and out depending on the weather. I am a level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and have taken part in a number of sports over the years. I hope I can pass my passion of fitness on to others. I currently teach a range of classes including Boxercise, HIIT, Circuits, Kettlebells as well as PT clients.

Amy Dennis-Jones

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" and is looking forward to introducing this as well as her ‘Beginners Yoga’ class to Balance.

Vicky Rees-Davies

Vicky is our Marketing Manager and also a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Balance. She currently teaches Circuits & Kettlebells classes. 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!

Ruth Timms

Ruth has been practicing yoga for 18 years and will be offering Hatha Yoga at Balance as well as weekend Day Retreats and Thai Yoga Massage. Ruth loves nothing more than taking long walks in the countryside with friends and family, especially when they involve a good pub lunch!

Kara Herbert

Kara is a highly experienced yoga instructor and teaches yoga sessions for all ages and abilities including weekly classes, 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

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 a variety of classes at Balance including Yoga, Teen Yoga and Teen Circuits and our gentle exercise class. Her classes are energy boosting, friendly and cater for all abilities and ages.

Julie Hegarty

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 is teaching our Beginners Yoga course starting on the 5th November. Julie also loves to teach Yoga Nidra and spent many years as a children author when she lived in Edinburgh, so her natural storytelling comes through in her style of yoga.

Katie Hodge

Katie trained at YMCAfit in Bristol, and teaches Hatha Yoga to all abilities. She is passionate about sharing the amazing gift of yoga with others, helping them feel the benefits she has experienced from practice.


She encourages every student to take their own journey on the mat, allowing them time in the day to connect mind & body.

Anna Beament

Anna Beament trained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in 1996. She qualified as a Pilates teacher with the Pilates Institute in London in 2007. Her interest in remedial clients sparked the need to understand more about anatomy and physiology. She subsequently continued her training with Suzanne Scott in Castle Cary as a Foundation teacher in 2010/2011. She believes that the awareness and fitness you develop from Pilates enables you to treat your body with the respect it deserves in everyday life. Anna takes great pride in her work and obtains pleasure from helping individuals to correct and strengthen their bodies. Anna has built up a great understanding of anatomy and physiology, which helps her tailor her classes and get the most out of everyone!

Jess Lynch

Jess is a true believer that exercise shouldn’t be taken too seriously (a little bit like life!) – as long as it makes you feel good. She was introduced to Pilates through her dance teacher in 2012 and discovered that practising was a way to enjoy the full expression of physicality as well as bring balance & stability to her body and her day to day life. Over the past 5 years she has developed her knowledge on Pilates with small equipment & regularly uses equipment in her sessions to help add resistance, aid alignment & stretch. Jess teaches our high impact early morning circuits classes as well as our new Body Sculpt Class and Pilates. She hopes that you leave her classes feeling worked but relaxed & centered.

Alison Gibbs

Alison is a trained Pilates teacher with many years experience. She is a cover teacher here at Balance for Jess, Anna and Nicky

Ellie Griffiths

Ellie is a level 2 trainer and is currently studying Sports Science at Bath University. She currently takes Dance Fit and TRX and long term would like to own and run her own gym. Ellie makes her classes fun with the latest music and a great dance vibe. Young or older you will enjoy these classes. She believes the more fun the class the more you get out of it and the fitter you will be

Kathryn Edwards

Kathryn has always loved fitness, she has been qualified as a personal trainer for a few years and has worked both at the Sports Centre in Bath.

She currently works at Fly in Bath.

Kathryn strives to help anyone towards their goals. Her favourite classes to teach are HIIT based, boxercise, interval fitness but she also finds it important to build core strength and stability.

Currently teaching Boxercise on Mondays at 6-7pm 

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday

8.15AM - 8.00PM



​8.00AM - 11:00AM


Contact Us

White Lias, Loves Hill, Timsbury, Somerset, BA2 0EU




Tel: 07776 147920 / 07780 683598


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