Find out more about the team behind TJ’s Gym
Tina has had a fitness and professional dancing career which spans over an incredible 40 years. Together with her husband Steve, she started TJ’s in 1991 where they began teaching Step Reebok classes across the Isle of Wight. The growth of the business and the experience gained along the way has resulted in Tina becoming a highly experienced instructor who is able to teach a variety of classes, including the world renowned Les Mills BodyPump and BodyBalance.
In her youth, Tina was a National Trampolining finalist, and has continued to take on challenges throughout the years, the most recent of which being three Tough Mudders and two Charity Cycling trips in Cambodia. Alongside her classes, Tina enjoys personal training, and is a real advocate for fitness and mobility, incorporating all levels of fitness and a wide variety of age groups.
Tina currently teaches BodyPump, BodyBalance, Zumba and a multitude of Dance Courses.
Steve started his career in the early 80’s in Lau Gar Kung Fu, eventually turning professional in 1987. Running many clubs in the southern area, from Torquay to Andover and the Isle of Wight, Steve eventually settled on the Island in 1990. Steve gained honours fighting for the Southampton Lau Gar Team and won many tournaments throughout the UK, gaining an IMAO Heavy Weight British Full Contact Title in 1989. Steve captained the IBF England squad that competed in the Dutch and Belgium open IBF Championships and took the team to 2nd in the 1989 European Championships in Dortmund.
Steve met his wife Tina on the Isle of Wight and subsequently set up TJ’s, predominantly teaching Step Reebok amongst other classes, in 1991. After gaining a Master Diploma in Sports Therapy and Fitness Training through Trowbridge Premier Fitness, Steve branched into Sports Therapy. Steve’s 27 years experience in therapy work, along with Personal Training, have given him the requisite skills to complement his work outside of the gym environment as a Workplace Rehabilitation Adviser to several companies on the Island. Steve’s work, combined with back to work programmes, have resulted in the reduction of long-term sick culture within these companies.
Several relocations have led TJ’s to the Sandown Road site, where Steve oversees the running of the business, alongside his Therapy work, Personal Training, and still finding the time to teach Spin Challenge and Kickboxing.
Steve has been actively involved in charity work and 2018 will mark the 15th year he has been aiding a Childrens Centre in Brasov Romania. Steve is also putting together a team to build a water tower/pump station and toilet block for two schools in Cambodia. Local charities, including the ‘Pop Up Soup Kitchen’, have also benefited from various fundraising events by Steve and the TJ’s Team.
Annabelle has been working in the family business from the age of 16, and has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of the fitness industry for her age. Annabelle is a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and has taught a variety of classes over the years including; Bootcamp, BodyCombat, Step and Spin. Annabelle currently teaches Wednesday night Spin Challenge and Sunday morning Kick-Boxercise. Alongside her job working in a school, Annabelle is the Marketing Manager for TJ’s.
Health and fitness have always been a part of Annabelle’s life. Throughout her school years, Annabelle was a keen athlete and competed for the Isle of Wight in the World Island Youth Games in both The Azores and Sicily where she gained a silver medal. In her spare time, Annabelle likes to train for challenging events, and has completed two Tough Mudders, The IOW Randonee and The Bath Half Marathon. Annabelle often links these events with charity fundraising opportunities, one of which being an in-house event, ‘Ride for Nepal – The 100 Mile Cycle’, an event which raised £3,000 for those struck by the earthquake.
2018 will mark the 18th year Suzanne has been part of the TJ’s family. With a bit of persuasion from Steve, Suzanne left her career in insurance and took a leap of faith into the fitness industry. After a nervous start, it’s fair to say Suzanne is now the Queen of Classes, and has not looked back since! Since making her mark in the fitness industry, Suzanne has gained qualifications in Exercise to Music, Gym Instruction and Personal Training. Suzanne is also a highly experienced Les Mills instructor, and currently teaches RPM, BodyPump and BodyBalance. Suzanne also created and brought the popular Functional Basics class to the timetable and actively assists Shanklin Rowing Club with their out of water training, helping one of the current rowers gain a place in the England Team.
Suzanne uses her extensive physiology and anatomy knowledge to get people moving and make a positive difference to their lives. Suzanne has a passion for cycling and walking, not to mention a love of food and wine, so knows firsthand the art of living a balanced lifestyle! Suzanne has partaken in various charity events over the years including the IOW Randonee, Tough Mudders and a number of Spin Charity Fundraisers.
Becoming more physically active herself and losing a lot of excess weight in the process, Joanna saw the benefits of exercise first hand and decided to leave her career in the legal field to pursue a second career in personal training. As a result, Joanna is passionate about encouraging others to become physically active, improve their wellbeing, and consequently enjoy a fitter and healthier lifestyle.
Having joined TJ’s in 2016, Joanna is one of our class and gym instructors, and a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer. Joanna enjoys a variety of exercise both inside and outside of the gym, and has taken part in many running and obstacle events raising substantial funds for charity along the way. Some of the events Joanna has participated in are Tough Mudder, Rough Runner, The Nuts Challenge, the iconic Bath Half Marathon, The Great South Run, Wessex Cancer Trust’s Inflatable Rainbow Run, The Elizabeth Foundation 65 Mile Round the Island Marathon and Race for Life.
Joanna also has a keen interest in nutrition and is currently working toward becoming an AfN Level 4 Certified Nutrition Adviser.
Leah has been part of the TJ’s team for over 5 years and is a qualified gym, Les Mills BodyCombat and BodyPump instructor. Leah has over 5 years experience in Pole Fitness, has performed competitively in doubles competitions, and has performed at many external venues including the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival.
Leah teaches her LAPD group and private pole classes throughout the week at TJ’s alongside leading an active family life, with her young Daughter following in her acrobatic footsteps. Leah also teaches BodyPump every Tuesday evening at TJ’s, bringing an element of fun to her classes. Despite her humour, Leah is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to BodyPump and focuses on form to ward off injury and enable participants to gain the best results.
Monique joined TJ’s as a gym instructor in May 2018. As the Daughter of a Harlequin’s player, Monique always knew she wanted to work within the sport and fitness industry.
Monique started her own sporting career as a synchronised figure skater before training at a professional performing arts school and dancing her days across London. As fitness and nutrition played a major role in her dance training, it was a natural progression for Monique to achieve a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. Monique has gained an eclectic knowledge of sport, which has brought about a depth of diversity to her classes.
When she’s not teaching, Monique loves to participate in sprint triathlons, pole dancing, sailing and MMA. Alongside her personal training qualification, Monique is also a qualified Zumba and Dance teacher, a specialist in senior fitness and has future plans to work toward a British Triathlon Federation Coaching Licence.