Meet Sarah

Sarah Gatford is a former athlete who competed at an international level before creating SgFit in 2008. In 2015 Sarah opened a specialist studio at Wrekin Professional Centre in Wellington offering exclusive Pilates and Yoga classes in a tasteful environment. Coming from a background in ballet and with over 15 years of teaching experience in all aspects of health, fitness and general well-being, Sarah has developed an eye for detail and movement precision. This is reflected in her client base, which includes a significant number of professional athletes and other instructors.

Sarah’s passion for Pilates originated when she sustained an injury whilst competing and realised the benefits of using Pilates as a rehabilitation tool, in addition to enhancing performance and lifestyle. Sarah prides herself on continual professional development and education, enabling her to deliver cutting-edge classes and 1:1 and 2:1 sessions. The business has evolved to incorporate lifestyle and fitness coaching, both in person and online. She has also developed lifestyle programmes specific to women including significant factors such as sleep hygiene, stress management, gut health and hormonal imbalances as opposed to nutrition and exercise alone. Sarah recognises that a super busy lifestyle can impact the ability to exercise and offers flexible programmes and classes online that can be followed at your convenience.

Qualifications

Education

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
  • PGCE (PCE) Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • MA in Education (Teaching & Learning)
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Pilates & Yoga

  • Polestar Advanced Pilates Instructor
  • Body Control Reformer Pilates Beginner & Intermediate
  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Pilates
  • Australian Physiotherapist Pilates Institute (appi): Pilates for Cyclists
  • CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Hatha Yoga
  • New Skills Academy: Mindfulness Diploma
  • Dr Suzanne Martin: The Foot: Pilates based treatment, Motor Control and Recruitment
  • Dr Suzanne Martin: Asymmetries in the Pilates Environment
  • Yoga Professionals Level 2 Vinyassa Yoga
  • Fitness Pilates Level 2
  • Freestyle Fitness Yoga Level 2

Rehabilitation

  • Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Post-Operative Rehab Specialist
  • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain
  • Orthopaedic Advanced Fitness Pilates Qualification
  • OCR Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Kinesiology Taping Level 1 & 2
  • Practical Fascial Release methods for Movement Professionals

Women’s Health

  • Active IQ Level 3 Award in Designing Pre & Postal Natal Exercises
  • Restoring the core: Improving pelvic floor function and healing rectus abdominus
  • Stopping Leaks: A research based stepwise approach to reducing stress incontinence
  • Pink Ribbon Post-Rehab

Fitness

  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate: Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Active IQ Level 2 Diploma: Gym Instructor
  • Les Mills Body Balance/Body Pump/RPM
  • Fit Pro: Teaching Group X to Teens 11-16 years in schools (Street Dance, Hula Hoop, Fitness Cheerleading)
  • First Aid at Work

Workshops

  • Franklin Method: Imagery for a Healthy and Youthful Spine
  • Franklin Method: The Mighty Psoas
  • Spatial Medicine: Move Beyond The Scar
  • Fitness Pilates: Female Specialist
  • Fitness Pilates: Core Fitness
  • Fitness Pilates: Evolutionary Pilates
  • Kathryn Cullen: Technique, coaching & class development: The Ball, The Core & More

Strong. Supple. Life.

Sarah Gatford Lifestyle and Fitness