About Louise

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"In my spare time, you will find me in the New Forest with my border collie, Dock; enjoying time with my family, and in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes"

Louise Cottingham

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Let me properly introduce myself

My name is Louise and I currently live in the New Forest with my partner Gavin and our border collie, Dock.

As a child growing up, we didn’t have a car; bicycles were the family’s mode of transport. My mother and father grew their own vegetables, mum was always making home cooked food, hooked on Yoga (now a Yoga teacher) and cycling for pleasure too!

It was the norm of how our family rolled. I think this subconsciously put me in good stead for my later years.  At the time, typically, as children do, my brother and I would complain about what was for dinner, or why we didn’t have a car like some of our peers.

I was not interested in PE at school and I didn’t particularly gel with all my teachers. In fact, when I left school I was ready to get to work.

I think looking back and at the profession I am now in, this was a great stepping stone, even if, at the time, I thought differently. What surrounded me whilst I was growing up has been imprinted on me for later use, and for this I am truly thankful.

I went through numerous jobs, from working in shops, factories, estate agents, cleaning, care work, knowing deep down there was more to me.

One thing I knew for sure, I was a people person.

My story

My journey into the fitness, health and well being industry started well into my adult years!

After my son was born in 1996, at the age of 28, my passion for health and well being really started to excel. Wanting to be fit and healthy in order to be a super Mum was important to me immensely.

I had a personal trainer and attended numerous classes, and running soon became part of my life, entering local half marathons, 10k and 5k races, fun runs. I felt amazing uplifted and in a really good place.

At the age of 32, I felt that I could be that trainer, that fitness instructor and make a difference to other peoples’ lives, to improve their overall health and well being, so I became qualified, first as Personal trainer and group exercise instructor, then in 2013 as a Nutrition Specialist.

Even with these qualifications I still felt something was missing in terms of nutrition. Every day, clients, or friends were suffering with ailments, even I was suffering too, even though we were exercising, and eating healthy diets.

At this time a lot of information was popping up everywhere on social media about juicing, I couldn’t ignore it – I had to keep reading, I was intrigued.

Fitness & Nutrition

While running fitness classes, nutritional programs, and personal training sessions, I also run a Juice service business, selling raw cold pressed juice. This is my baby – the icing on the cake.

In 2016, I visited Jason Vales Juice Retreat in Portugal, it was my pre 50th  and my mum’s pre 70th Birthday celebration.  It was one of the best experiences of my life, the first being the birth of my son.

We lived for eight days on nothing but raw fresh organic extracted juice from fruit and vegetables.  My energy levels soared day by day. I lost weight, but for me the most phenomenal experience was how stressed I had been, and how much my system released through the detox process.  I have never cried so much in all my life!  What we hold on to, boy, scary stuff.  I felt like a new person. On arriving home, I embarked on my journey of becoming a Natural Juice Therapist.  This was something I had to share with others too.

Please read Why juicing? for all the amazing benefits.

Helping people to increase their general fitness through exercise is important, the nutrition we fuel our systems with is vitally important.  Exercise and Nutrition make a partnership.

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Living a life with passion...

I feel extremely privileged indeed to have career doing something I completely love, and I am passionate about.

My attention to detail with my clients is of upper most importance to me. It can be a very scary environment to enter into, especially if you are overweight or lack confidence.

At LC Fitness and Nutrition my friendly approach and understanding is a key feature, to easing my clients in gently and making them feel welcome.

I am currently enjoying my life as a health and well being expert, whether I am personally training a client in a one to one environment or teaching a group fitness class, preparing delicious raw juice for my customers, running a juicing workshop, or helping a client make a lifestyle change through nutritional support.

In my spare time, you will find me in the New Forest with my border collie, Dock, enjoying time with my family, and in my kitchen experimenting with new recipes.