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Karen MacDonald

Health Coach and Fitness Instructor

I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Group Fitness Instructor.

After graduating from The Institute of Integrated Nutrition in 2020 I started to realise the missing link between the health & wellness world and the fitness world this was further apparent as I began my journey into group fitness instructing where the importance of a healthy diet was squeezed into the last 10 minutes of the course with no real information on what a healthy balanced diet even is. I had a vision to build a community online of people wanting to create a healthier and happier lifestyle, a place where we could come together and connect virtually, get encouragement, share recipes, do group fitness classes together online, meet new people and support each other to reach goals.

In 2020 I also reconnected with Katie. Katie & I have known each other since 1st year in high school and we have crossed each other’s paths a handful of times since then, but this last time was different, we were both older, a little bit wiser and both of us are massively focused on creating something amazing, Katie was on a mission to own her very own studio even in the middle of a global pandemic, and me on a mission to create an online health coaching community. After not much discussion at a play park with the kids one day we decided to bring these two massive ideas together.

We launched a free group called Locked-down with Katie & Karen which was a huge success – so much so we launched our very own membership group by the end of it.. and on the 17th January 2021 at 2:42pm The Happy Wee Health Club was born!

Katie Galbraith

Fitness Instructor

Hi 🙋‍♀️ I’m Katie, known as Tigger as I’m always bouncing around full of energy!  I am a Level 4 Pilates Exercise Therapist specialising in postural analysis, but my passion will always be Group Fitness.

My fitness Journey started in 2010 when I was a waitress in a cafe. Early 20s and really didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. I fell in love with Group Fitness – moving around to music, what’s not to like and feeling healthier at the same time.

My instructor persuaded me I should train to take the classes – wow, it just changed my life. The world seemed to open its doors to me. My “Why” changed over the years – initially I just loved the feel of teaching a class – like a big performance. Then I realised the impact I was having on my participants – telling me they felt more confident, fitter and could now do things they couldn’t before.

Group fitness really is life changing. The fitness industry can sometimes feel quite competitive and I was so aware of the positive impact Mentors can make to new instructors. This led me to become a trainer for Les Mills UK and Drummond education – I love helping new instructors build confidence and have a positive environment to learn new skills. 

Over the years I have been working in different areas of the Fitness Industry.  From working in the home of Les Mills in Auckland City NZ, to working as a GP exercise referral where I worked with people with long term conditions and co-morbitities. Movement really is medicine and it’s incredible the difference it can make to our lives. 

Karen and I have known each other for years and our paths have crossed on a number of occasions – like fate kept bringing us together.  The independent skills we bring to this awesome wee partnership are amazing – but when we put them together, we are first class. Our goal is to break down the perceived barriers to become Healthier, Fitter and Happier.

Sarah Hill

Kids Club Coordinator

Fitness Instructor

Hello world! 

A little bit about me – I like travelling, drinking coffee and Les Mills Classes. 

 

 

Isla Munro

Highland Hustle Instructor

I have been Highland Dancing since the age of four! I’m in my fourth decade now and love it as much now as I did when I was growing up. I am fortunate to have been brought up in a family immersed in Scottish Traditional Music & Highland Dance. Taught by my mum Sheila Sinclair (some of you may know her as Miss Crowe or Mrs Sinclair from her PE teaching days) I attended Highland Dance classes from an early age, qualified as a teacher over twenty-five years ago and continue to teach classes in Connel! Highland Dancing has been such a massive part of my life, it’s kept me fit, provided me with opportunities to perform, compete and I’ve made great friends along the way. If I can give back even half of what I have gained I’ll consider that a job well done.

Highland Hustle was founded by former champion Gillian Urqhurt. When I first heard about it, I was really interested as I had been thinking about the best way to provide an adult based class. In 2018 I was delighted to qualify as a Highland Hustle Instructor, instructing classes that included Highland Dancing/Ceilidh moves into routines in a fun way. You’ll recognise tracks used in routines, some old, some new. There will always be three levels to follow through each routine, it doesn’t matter if you have never danced before, are or have reached an advanced level of Highland Dancing, you choose a level suitable to you.

I am so excited about bringing Highland Hustle to the Happy Wee Health Club, I can’t wait to share my love of Highland Dancing and exercise with you, see you there.

 

Iain Bruce - Low

Forrest Yoga Instructor

Iain is a Yoga bringing Forrest Yoga to Oban and the West Coast of Scotland.  For those of you who are local to the area, you will know Iain as one of the top, award winning, hairdressers in the town.

 

FORREST YOGA is designed to address modern day ailments such as low back pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, anxiety, over stimulation and a sense of disconnect. With his knowledge and experience of Forrest Yoga, Iain will teach you to breathe in a new way that starts to heal physical and emotional pain and injuries. Forrest Yoga is built on STRENGTH, INTEGRITY, BREATH and SPIRIT. Iain is qualified in CEREMONY, MEDITATION,MINDFULNESS and BODYWORK, he brings all these elements into his classes. No stone is left unturned when you show up to a class with Iain, you will leave feeling stronger and reconnected to your Mind Body and Spirit.