Who is Alannah FitBod

In September of 2016 my life felt like it fell apart, like I fell apart, life had pulled on a sharp handbrake and I skidded to a stop. I was pregnant with my second baby,  a single mum for the second time, afraid and alone but ready for the next adventure, when my baby died, and I delivered her tiny body in a maternity hospital in Dublin. I was heartbroken.

I had always been into fitness, I had started my own business 8 years earlier in fitness, teaching Personal Training to clients, and Pilates, but it was at this time I hit rock bottom, and had to find a way to dig deep within myself to find my way out, as I was still mum to my son who was just 6. The death of baby Sally brought all my other traumas screeching to the surface, never before had I felt like I was broken until now. My mother had died in a tragic horse riding accident when I was eleven, both my sister and myself were there when it happened. Some years later my father died of a complicated short illness, his death left me completely lost, to find some years later my family home was taken too, loss, grief and trauma effect the body, I was flooded with trauma, and I had to find ways to help my anxiety, my pain, my distrust, my anger and my hurt.

I am a Health and Wellness Coach, Pilates Teacher & Trainee Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a love for healthy living,  sea swimming, healthy eating, the outdoors and adventure. My true belief is that movement and nature can help us heal our deepest wounds.

FitBod.ie was set up in 2007, after returning home from living in Australia for ten years. I combine fitness with my love for the outdoors, I went from Triathlons to  Adventure racing in Australia, Scotland then Ireland, I now help others find their passion through exercise and living well. I combine the health of the body with the health of the mind, combining both elements of the body in my Psychotherapy work.

From my work as a Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer, I realised there was so much more to fitness, movement, and mindfulness when it comes to grief, it allows us space to heal, grieve, find hope and grow. I wanted to offer this to my clients, everyone has suffered loss and grief in their lives, and I have found through my own experience of loss and trauma the power of movement, breath, strength, and wellness in the body.

I am qualified in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training, TRX Training, Sports Psychology, Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Stability Ball, Pilates and Pre and Post Natal Pilates. Integrative Trainee studying a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

One of my favourite races in the West of Ireland. Gaelforce West Adventure Race in 2009 – 65kms, Mountain Run, Cycle and Kayak.

Positive Mental Fitness, Positive Mental Health or mental fitness is the connection between body movement and the mind. Movement helps the mind find clarity, helps to recover after times of grief or loss and helps the body to deal with stress and anxiety. Movement improves mental focus and clarity, offers emotional strength and personal wellbeing. Fit Body Fit Mind.

Why Pilates?…..Because it works, and is great when combined with physical fitness and exercise, Pilates is strength and flexibility with control. It is important for the mobility and flexibility and wellbeing of the body and clears the mind. We live in a fast, stressful world, there needs to be a time in the day when we stop, breath, look around, and be present.

“Your Health is your Wealth!”