I just wanted to say thanks for the coaching, I feel it has improved my swimming no end and you are a great coach and a lovely person. Am just finding out that the longer the event I enter the better the entrants are but hopefully the swimming will stand me in good stead!
Best of luck with it and I'll continue to tell everyone who might be interested in your sessions.
I'm DELIGHTED with the difference all your sessions have made to my swimming particularly. So happy. THANK YOU!
I did London Fields aquathlon this morning - going to do more of these next year. 400m swim and 5k run which I did in 7.24 (got held up by a few people) and 23.05 (not bad but keen to still get this down...).
The swim went really well – I was 300th out of 1594 which I was really chuffed about
It was all completely worth it and the run to the finish was just utterly joyous – and I'm completely chuffed with having both done it, and my lovely big chunky medal!
Thanks for all your help and advice – I couldn’t have got to where I was today without your plans and guidance. As I'm not training for anything specific other than the Hever Olympic at the end of September, I don't think I need a specific training plan for the time being, however if you had some general tips to help me keep my hand in on-going, and in the run up to Hever.
I have really enjoyed my Personal Training sessions, Audrey is really tuned into what my needs are and is really helping me to achieve it. Audrey is patient, motivating and has a very friendly manner. I have lost just over 2 stone since November 2008, my body shape has definitely changes since training with Audrey. I have more confidence and feel better about myself. I have just booked another 10 sessions as want to achieve more and know Audrey will definitely help me achieve this”.
Since working with Audrey I have even been motivated to follow the programme on my own (outside of our sessions) which is something that I have rarely been able to do in the past.
Audrey has a flexible attitude and is creative in how she helps you to work out. Her extensive knowledge of physiology meant that she is able to negotiate around the things I don’t find comfortable and teaches me to work out safely. I think that Audrey has a particular strength in the way that she engages with people and she regularly evaluates my progress and re-evaluates what I want to achieve. I recommend personal training with Audrey Livingston.
Just a little note to say thank you for your support of the recent Tri Together taster training sessions. The expertise, experience and enthusiasm you all brought to the sessions have left a great impression on those who attended.
So, I’ve just completed a 1500km swim – in 50 minutes! Considering that a year ago I couldn’t even swim 25metres properly is true testament to Audrey Livingston’s teaching/ coaching ability.
Audrey’s approach to improving swimming technique is excellent. Audrey has taught me how to breathe and how to relax when swimming, as well as improving my stroke(and believe me – it needed improving!). Now when I swim I get tired due to the amount of drills that Audrey puts us through in the swimming session, not down to poor technique. I still have a long way to go to consider myself a ‘swimmer’ but, with Audrey’s guidance and coaching, I will one day!
I also attend Audrey’s BodyPump and Spin classes at my local gym. What I really like about Audrey is that she makes you believe in your abilities and she makes you want to push yourself just that little bit further – to improve yourself. After a class or session with Audrey you feel really positive. Audrey has a disciplined teaching style that makes you feel safe and confident – she knows what she is talking about and will always correct you if your technique isn’t quite right.
Audrey is an inspiration. I remember my first BodyPump class was with Audrey and I thought ‘I want to look as good as this teacher!’ I like that Audrey gets involved – she doesn’t just instruct, she ‘does’ too. Audrey gives constant guidance and loves to set you a challenge! Audrey always makes herself available after class for people who have questions.
In 3 words, Audrey is Approachable, Knowledgeable and Fun!
My favourite ‘Audrey’ saying at the moment is from her spin class, and is… ‘I’m going to take you so far out of your comfort zone that you’re going to need your passport!’
Audrey is a great lady and I’m sure she will be able to help you achieve your goals too!
"I am a 49-year-old woman and have been training with Audrey Livingston for just under a year, doing mainly circuit training and a few one-to-one sessions for running. After having made the decision to enter the Race for Life last year, having done absolutely no physical fitness work for many many years, I asked Audrey for guidance and she gave me some basic tips to start with and then we had a couple of one-to-one sessions to help with my running which I was struggling with.
Throughout the process Audrey was very patient and helpful, taking the time to go back to the basics and work up, without patronising or making me feel inadequate. The lessons learned in those initial sessions have stayed with me throughout and I can still smile at some of the exercises we did to break down the mechanics of running! At times when I was flagging I would turn to Audrey and she helped to keep me motivated and carry on with the training.
After a great deal of hard work I completed the Race for Life, which I still consider to be a milestone achievement, and I vowed to keep up the good work and joined a weekly exercise class run by Audrey. Since joining the classes and following Audrey’s diet and lifestyle advice I have lost in the region of two stone and, more importantly, 2 inches all over. Everyone has noticed the difference in me, not just in body shape but in me personally as well, which is a real confidence booster. My fitness level has improved no end and as a result I feel so much happier and healthier. I had always been cynical about the effects of exercise but now I know it to be true and have spread the word to other friends.
In the circuit training I have mastered many exercises and used a variety of pieces of equipment that I was previously incapable of and Audrey has encouraged and supported me throughout, especially with the balance balls, which I really struggled with. Having had several major stomach operations throughout my life I have always had a problem with abdominal exercises and Audrey took this into account and tailored exercises to suit me personally; now I have started to notice a marked improvement in my muscle tone and am so much stronger in this area.
Audrey is very easy to relate to, using calm assertive energy with touches of humour to push you to stretch your boundaries and achieve goals that you considered to be unreachable. Her enthusiasm for health & fitness is infectious and it really motivates you to push harder and strive for more, without making you feel intimidated.
I now feel that I can aim much higher in my fitness goals, and who knows where my newfound fitness will lead!
I am happy to recommend Audrey to anyone considering embarking on a fitness programme at whatever level, from beginner to advanced, and I am sure they would be happy with the results.
The other 12 in our age group were 1:20 hours behind. I was 7th out of all over 50 and I was the 14th woman overall.
Swim - 41:44 - 8 mins faster
Bike - 3:28 - 15 mins
Run - 2:08 - 5 mins
2 mins faster in transition. Total 6:26:28