Laura Turner-Alleyne reflects on her career and working with CHHP
Team GB sprinter Laura Turner-Alleyne has had a decorated athletics career, competing in countless competitions including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Deli. After retiring from athletics in 2014, Britain’s 5th fastest woman of all time used her wealth of knowledge and experience to coach and train clients.
Speaking to leading fitness training provider HFE, with whom she gained her Pilates qualification, Laura reflected on her lengthy career:
“Highlights for me were winning my first UK 100m title. Something that was a surprise for many except for me and my coach, Madeline Western. Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing was immense, an achievement I appreciate more as the years go by.”
She also discussed the approaches she uses when trying to get the most of her clients, particularly when it comes to her work with the Centre for Health and Human Performance:
“I pride myself on my ability to set a target and meet it. I approach each athlete/clients’ goal as I used to mine as an international athlete. I like to leave no stone unturned and cover all bases. I work with a great team at the Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) in Harley Street, where I have an amazing network of professionals in health and exercise science. My role in the team varies depending on the individual. I work with members recovering from major surgery who want to be able to exercise again; people training for a challenge such as an Ironman; amateur runners wishing to improve their performance and/or reduce injury and those wanting to improve their quality of life through exercise. I am also able to perform CPEX tests in the Physiology lab, assessing members cardiovascular fitness. I enjoy learning from the team of physios, doctors, physiologists and nutritionists assembled at CHHP, who I believe are the best in the business.
When it comes to bumps in the road, Laura appreciates how important it is to keep clients on track:
“I remind the athlete/client that the destination remains the same, we are just going to take a different route. Struggling to meet a goal means you have made it a challenge for yourself which is a sign of a good goal. It may mean a different route or extending the timeframe, but generally the athletes and clients that I work with will meet their goals. I am a naturally positive person which does not give my athletes/clients the option to worry about a bump in the road.”
Laura’s full interview with HFE can be read on their industry-leading blog.