The Team

Jodie Bird

General Manager

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  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

I started my career four years ago at Meon Vale Leisure Centre as a part -time receptionist. The gym always intimidated me but after a year of working here, I took the plunge and started training with other members of my team and instantly fell in love. It wasn’t long before I had qualified as a gym instructor and my job role changed from part time Receptionist to full time Personal Trainer and I had found a real passion for fitness.

Having a young family and initially struggling with confidence, I understand the commitment and time it takes to make sustainable changes in order to become fitter and make the changes you so desperately want to make. This is why our care package has been so specifically designed, to ensure anyone wanting to make those steps towards a fitter and healthier future can do so with as much support, advice and care as we can possibly give them. I may be a qualified trainer, but I am also human and have tried every fad diet and obscure exercise imaginable so I know from experience how difficult, intimidating and daunting joining a gym can be, let alone painstaking waiting for results that sometimes take months to surface. We pride ourselves on ensuring all of our members feel comfortable enough with us to come and ask for help and advice at any time and every single training session is tailored to each individual client be it high intensity training outside, flipping tyres and using battle ropes or taking a brisk walk down the greenway with the dog, we are with you every step of the way!

Aaron Winters

Assistant Manager

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  • Level 3 PT
  • GP referral
  • Group Cycling
  • Pre/Post natal

I have been in the fitness industry for over 9 years.

In this time, I have met and trained a huge variety of people with many different capabilities, training styles and goals.

In my career I have enjoyed watching those that I train gain confidence and knowledge in the gym until it becomes a daily part of their routine, making sustainable and lifelong changes to their health and fitness.

My own passion is strength training alongside MMA which has led me to take part in a few amateur fights. This gives me a vast range of knowledge to ensure each of my clients receives a unique and personalised training programme to suit their needs, goals and preferred training styles. My experience and advanced training allow me the freedom to work with clients not only with medical concerns, previous injury’s or anyone in need of gentle mobility re-habitation but also with women pre and post-natal, allowing them all to reap the benefits of exercise when they may benefit from it the most.

“If you enjoy what you’re doing then you will succeed.”

Tom Middleton

Personal Trainer

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  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Level 3 CYQ personal trainer
  • Kettlebell training
  • Core stability
  • Boot camp
  • Indoor cycling
  • TRX training

My main fitness interests are Boxing and MMA, which I try and use in my sessions whenever I can.

I am a big fan of body weight training ( calisthenics ) as well as explosive body weight exercises to build power (plyometrics).

I have been in the fitness industry for 8 years and previously trained in the Army Reserve. I have extensive knowledge of the training methods used in the armed forces as well as the various fitness tests that aspiring soldiers will be required to perform.

“The hardest part about going to the gym is getting there in the first place, which is why I think it’s important to get people to look forward to going to the gym and have fun in their sessions by making the workout as fun and as engaging as possible.

The gym, to some, is quite a daunting place and often put off as something they are not ready for. In all honesty, the best time to start is now! Therefore, I like to make the gym as inviting and approachable as possible.

Whatever your goal might be; to get bigger, smaller, faster or stronger, I can help you achieve your fitness goals.”

Lucy Weston

Fitness Instructor

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  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Ongoing Level 3 Personal Trainer Apprenticeship

I am a passionate Personal Trainer; passionate about personal training and fitness, being dedicated to helping my clients be “the best they can be” and achieve their personal fitness goals.

I am a Level 2 Gym Instructor meaning I can teach classes, take Personal Training clients and help everyone to reach their goals with bespoke training and programming.

Following 7 years of rowing competitions I have found a love for endurance training, early morning’s and circuits.

In my spare time I am also a scout leader which has led me on numerous camping expeditions, walks and outdoor activities, even in the worst weather imaginable and I have been pushing myself even harder recently in altitude training to prepare for a trip to Nepal in April 2019 where I will be hiking for 14 days with a small group of scouts in the adventure of a lifetime.

“I have a passion for fitness and for helping others to achieve life changing results.

I encourage and empathise through listening and talking with clients to create unique sessions, tailored to personal needs.

I will motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals and to exceed your expectations. I care about you and your goals, regardless of age, gender or fitness level.

"I travel your journey with you.”

Oz Morgan

Fitness Instructor

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  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Working towards completing Level 3 Personal Training

I am passionate about my own training and transferring that passion over to helping clients achieve their own goals. Over the last 3 years I have focused specifically on powerlifting training (Squat, Bench, Deadlift) and am weeks away from competing in my first competition in 2019.

As a PT for Meon Vale Leisure Centre it is my responsibility to make sure our members are performing exercises safely with the right technique and form, to make sure they are getting the best out of their workout and they are pushing themselves and reaching their full potential.

“If you’re not learning, then you’re not pushing yourself” - No matter where you are in your training you will always discover something you need to improve on. Is there an exercise which you feel you’re not doing right? Is there an area in which you’re not confident in? My job is to help reach your goals, so let’s get you started!

Steph Taylor

Personal Trainer

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  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

I started off my fitness career here at Meon Vale Leisure centre. I have been an instructor for 2-3 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. In my short time of fitness instructing, doing high intensity training is what I like the most. Both teaching it and doing it myself. I have also taken adolescence through a series of exercises to aid in their muscle development.

Knowing first-hand how daunting a gym can be, making sure that the customers have the best experience when they come into our centre from greeting at the reception desk to training them in the gym, I want to make sure that each client has a unique experience with us. I work with my team to ensure that all operations in the centre run smoothly.

“run until you hit a wall then push through it for a new you”

Megan Knight


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  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor

I have worked at Meon Vale Leisure Centre on Reception for 3 years now, during that time I’ve also been able to further my knowledge by completing my Fitness Instructor qualification. This has helped me with my own training as well as developing my understanding of our members needs.

I enjoy training as a team whenever possible so I can learn from my colleagues and try to get outside to exercise whenever I can. Away from the gym I love scuba diving or walking.

The best bit of my job is getting to know all of our lovely members and seeing how they benefit from their membership. Especially for those that haven’t used a gym before or who feel intimidated by such an environment, it’s a real privilege to see their confidence grow.

Elizabeth Giles


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Before I started my receptionist role for Meon Vale Leisure, I was a member of the gym having PYT sessions. This helped me to stay on track with my fitness goals and focus on my future objectives.

Before I started using the gym, I had the misconception that I would be judged on what I looked like and feared what other people would think and say about me. Now I know that a gym is where you are meant to look hot, sweaty and tired because you are pushing your mind and body to new limits. Focus on yourself like you are the only one there, you are changing for the better and it will be worth it!

When I train in the gym, I do various exercises depending what I feel like on the day. My main passion is boxing, it keeps my mind and body fit and focused no matter what is going on in the world. With my pink boxing gloves there is no stopping me!