"The first time I met Silvia was after competing in the south/east divisional at like 2 lift gym, she was very approachable and friendly. I was not new to the powerlifting sport (6 years or so) but like most had very minimal progress. Silvia really changed this for me with her knowledge and approach to how I moved and lifted. A fair amount of what i was doing was changed, i.e. accessory work and the high bar squat. To be truthful at first I was very skeptical but I trusted in Silvia and THE PROCESS which paid of massively in the BDFPA nationals (1st place) . I honestly couldn't praise her enough the 5 months we worked together was amazing which also included one2one sessions. Never before have I look into nutrition but cutting weigh for comps was always an issue. Silvia gave me a simple but effective plan to manage this and I was well under my weight category but not loosing any strength in the process. Help and support for her was quick and easy through WhatsApp or calling her up, which was very handy on any issues or problems I had."
Kash Brown, -82.5kg BDFPA Powerlifter - Open 82.5kg British Champion 2017
"I worked with Silvia for 5 months leading up to the BDFPA British Nationals. At that competition I came away with 5 PBs, second place and a huge trophy!
Silvia's programs were well written and easy to follow. Pushing me just enough all the way through but building in enough recovery and allow progress. Silvia was never too busy to answer my questions and gave me constant support and encouragement.
On competition day she continued to advise, support and cheer even whilst competing herself.
I'd recommend Silvia to any budding powerlifters as a highly effective, reliable and empowering coach."
Phoebe Santa Olalla, -50.5kg BDFPA Powerlifter - Open 50.5kg Second Place British Championship 2017
"I was going to the gym a few times a week without following a plan and training whatever I fancied on that particular day, going between random pieces of gym equipment doing different amounts of reps and sets. Visible and physical progress had come to a halt and I had convinced myself that I had reached my limit in terms of what I could lift.
I started training with Silvia to improve my powerlifting technique, learn about nutrition and to put a plan in place of my random gym sessions. Silvia took on board my goals, reviewed my diet and picked up on some mobility issues and weaknesses I had. Silvia then devised a training and nutrition plan tailored to strengthen the weaknesses I had and to help me achieve my goals.
Six months on and we have built my calories up to more than ever without gaining weight or depriving myself of foods I love yet I look leaner and feel much more energised. I'm stronger both physically and mentally with the training having a positive reflection on my life outside of the gym. Silvia is a very passionate personal trainer with infectious positivity, she gave me the motivation and self belief I needed to push my training to the next level, I have learnt so much from Silvia's knowledge and achieved what I once believed to be impossible."
Clare Gallon, U63kg BDFPA Powerlifter
"I started working with Silvia following the diagnosis of a herniated disk in my cervical spine. Silvia worked with me to rehab the disk whilst at the same time dropping my body fat percentage, increasing my muscle mass and adding 25% to my squat for competition. I'm now in the best shape of my life and frankly I'm sure that I would not have got there without Silvia's coaching. I'd highly recommend her and if I would change anything it would be that I had met her sooner so I could have an even bigger total than I currently do."
"I started training / coaching with Silvia at the beginning of July 2015. Just prior to this I had competed in Powerlifting in the GBPF Surrey Sussex and Kent championships. I had suffered a few setbacks, many in part due to poor mobility/ flexibility. Silvia set me a daily routine of foam rolling and dynamic stretches. I also had some 1 to 1 PT sessions which I believed helped me correct my form somewhat and allowed Silvia to see my 'movement patterns'. Since this time, I am pleased to say I have had no injuries, although I do suffer some stiffness in certain muscle groups due to training (mainly squats). This may be in part due to my age, 46 years now.
My goal was to lift in the SE championships in November. By following Silvia's program, training 3 nights per week consistently, I managed to increase my total from 445 to 495kgs. Whenever Silvia was in the gym , she was always helpful with spotting lifts, encouragement and advice. Silvia had belief in my abilities and it paid off. I am most grateful.
I am now starting another cycle of training heading toward another competition. I strongly believe in Silvia's talent as a coach, and I know that my program is tailored directly for my own unique strengths, and more importantly, weaknesses. I know that if I train hard and follow Silvia's program and advice that my lifts will go up much further still. Members of the public will find find that Silvia is pleasantly approachable, and her passion for training and lifting spill over into the gym!"
James Gordon, U105kg M1 GBPF Powerlifter
"I started training with Silvia in a bid to return to fitness and improve my core strength after having kids and lose a bit of weight. What I achieved with Silvia's help has far exceeded my expectations. My overall strength and fitness improved so much in a short space of time and I'm able to lift weights and perform exercises that I would never have attempted on my own. I have even dropped a dress size! I have learnt so much from Silvia.
Her enthusiasm is infectious, she is willing to share her expert knowledge and answer any questions. Her tips on nutrition are excellent and her dedication is clear I can’t recommend her enough!”
Caroline Hollins, Marathon Runner
"Working with Silvia on my fitness and strengthening has been great. She has been nothing but encouraging and supportive of all aspects of my well being not just my muscles.
Our sessions were always hard work but always with an element of fun, enjoyment being so important to keep me motivated. When I thought I couldn’t do something I was never allowed to give in, it was broken down to help me manage it, which always meant that without realising it, I have achieved what I deem to be impossible. No shouting, no humiliation just pure encouragement and belief. My best result from working with Silvia? Self belief!
My programmes was devised to allow me to progress to more and more developed exercises and I am amazed by how much I can lift and press and went on to compete in 2 competitions which I'm so proud of!
Apart from regular training sessions, Silvia has also helped with diet and routine so that I am maintaining my fitness when she isn’t present. It makes a big difference to the effectiveness of a trainer if they overlook your diet, lifestyle and exercise plan – making it more of just an hour of sweat. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Silvia as a coach."
Hwee Richards, U84kg GBPF Powerlifter