SAM BLAKEY - FITNESS DIRECTOR
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER WITH AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE) and UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY, PERI-NATAL FITNESS SPECIALIST, INTERNATIONALLY CERTIFIED PILATES TEACHER AND LEVEL 1 & ADVANCED THUMP KICK-BOXING INSTRUCTOR
Certified with ACE (The American Council On Exercise) and accredited by the European Health and Fitness Association, Sam is also a Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor with Studio Pilates International. Designed by Physiotherapists, SPi Matwork Instructor courses are based on classic Pilates and are safe, really effective and great for rehab too. Since completing the course she has become the go-to PT for many post-natal mums across Singapore and specialises in working with mums faced with post-natal complications like abdominal separation, Pelvic Floor and SIJ issues. She is also a certified Thump Level 1 and Advanced Kick Boxing Instructor.
Sam also holds qualifications with the United States Sports Academy, the International Sports Academy and the Singapore Sports Council as well as holding a current CPR & AED certificate. Although she played sport at a high level in school and at university, she stopped training once she became a mum and only got the bug again after the birth of her third child. She took up running in January 2001, taking part in her first 10k two months later. In the November she ran her first marathon and has since run marathons on three continents - in the cities of New York, London, Paris and most recently, Singapore. In 2010 she ran three marathons over five weeks and in December 2016 she ran the Great Eastern Half Marathon and The SC Half Marathon, three weeks apart. She plans to run the New York marathon again at the end of this year before retiring from the marathon distance, "due to old age'!
“The Singapore Marathon was undoubtedly my toughest marathon. I had suffered injury and a minor surgery in the months leading up to the race, so I found the going hard since I had not managed to follow a proper training schedule. Coupled with the heat on the day it proved to be hard work, but I finished. It was a long way off my best time, but in the circumstances that was hardly a surprise and I was pleased to have finally done the marathon in my adopted home!”
Before moving into a career in fitness she worked as a journalist and sub-editor, but decided she wanted to share her enthusiasm for fitness and show other people, particularly those with little or no history of exercise, that fitness is not an exclusive club, but something everyone can do, whatever their background.
“I'm proof it's never too late to make a change and start taking responsibility for your long-term health. In fact I think it's because I haven't always been a perfect advert for fitness that I have really good insight into how many of my more unfit clients feel when they join ooberfit. I get a real buzz out of helping the people I work with feel better about themselves. Seeing a new mum visibly changing shape, reconnecting with her abs and growing in confidence and energy; or a stressed and overweight workaholic guy lose kgs and gain a better sleep pattern and a more positive frame of mind is just about the best feeling any trainer can experience.”