Who we are and what we do:
Her Strength offers expert fitness coaching both online and in person.
Her Strength is dedicated to helping women become stronger, fitter, more mobile, more physically capable and functional and generally happier and more confident, through our empowering, effective and expertly coached home workouts.
The on-demand workout classes and workout programs focus on home-based strength training using minimal equipment in a time, space and cost effective way. We have a dedicated focus on giving you high quality coaching and lots of positive encouragement.
Strength training is essential, and our aim is to help you move with confidence, meeting you where you’re at and helping you build strength and muscle tone as well as cardio fitness and mobility.
You’ll be guided throughout by Lucinda’s coaching based on her 12+years of cross-discipline qualifications and experience in Strength & Conditioning, Pilates and Pre & Post Natal Training – the concepts of which she interweaves throughout the on-demand workouts. We help you learn and perform the exercises correctly to be both as safe and as effective as possible for you.
We continue to work with male and female clients in person – either face-to-face at our fully equipped private gym studio in Bramley, 10mins outside Guildford – or via Zoom or FaceTime.
Our trainers are Lucinda and Darren, a husband and wife team with over 35 years of personal training experience and fitness industry experience between us.
From complete beginners to seasoned gym-goers we are committed to client care and we work closely with our clients to take you to your next goal in your fitness journey. For example, whether your goal is to become fitter & stronger, to build some muscle tone; to get back on track with regular exercise and you need a fitness kick-start; or regain strength and function in your core and body after having a baby.
We specialise in improving general fitness, strength and conditioning training, mobility training, building muscle tone / hypertrophy, pilates and pre and postnatal training.
We believe that every ‘body’ is individual with its own starting point, strengths, imbalances and challenges. We also understand that everybody is in their own unique situation. Alongside taking our clients through appropriate training sessions we will provide support and guidance; motivation and accountability; practical advice and knowledge based on the latest research to help them achieve their fitness goals.
We do not believe in quick fixes. We believe in healthy, balanced, happy, active living – around the commitments and chaos of normal life.
2016 - How we Started
We established the company in 2016 with the name “Fitness Runs in the Family”.
Harnessing our 35+ years of coaching experience – previously working in big gyms and health clubs – we began a mobile personal training business coaching private clients and small groups in the local area.
Our aim: to help busy family people – mums and dads just like us, as well as post-natal mums specifically, become fitter, stronger and healthier amidst the chaos of family life.
2020 - Private gym studio constructed & the Pandemic
In 2019, with a fully-booked schedule and growing demand, we started construction of a private gym studio… Little did we know that the pandemic was just around the corner.
PT clients – eager to keep up their strength and fitness and look after their mental wellbeing – moved over to Zoom.
Summer 2020 saw the conception of our “Thrive in 5” structured workout programs – offering 5 on demand workout a week for 5 weeks.
In Winter 2020 the Fitness Runs in the Family on-demand membership was established and members from all over the world were able to access and follow all of our on-demand workouts.
More workouts and structured workout programs were added to the membership platform and it continued to grow in popularity as women were keen to build strength and fitness from home guided with expert PT coaching.
2022 - Rebrand
In Jan 2022, Fitness Runs in the Family rebranded as Her Strength.
More and more fantastic, effective workouts – and structured workout programs – continue to be added to the Her Strength workout platform, which new members can sign up to with a 7 day free trial.
We have also added more options of workout programs which can be purchased and followed along on-demand without having to sign up to the subscription.
The brand is going from strength to strength and we can’t wait to show you what else we have planned.
I have been training with Lucy since April last year. It has been a fantastic experience. I feel so much fitter and stronger now. She pushes us (gently) in every session and we work to our potential. I can’t recommend her enough.
Lucy is an amazing trainer, who understands an individual’s needs and limitations and knows how to inspire to achieve one’s best. I really enjoy training with her and achieved brilliant results. Her classes are always full of variety, despite the breathless hard work. Highly recommended.
Sree Lakshmi Payyala
Myself and some friends have been training with Lucy since May 2016. We have really noticed how our fitness levels and strength have improved significantly. The classes are fun but hard work and Lucy is very good at encouraging us to work to our full potential. The classes are tailored to suit our individual ability plus any injuries/illnesses we have had along the way! Would definitely recommend Her Strength.
I’ve been working with Darren for the last 2 and a half years and it’s been a hard but very rewarding experience. Darren manages to apply the right combination of carrot and stick to make sure I get the most out of each session. The sessions themselves vary hugely and change frequently meaning there’s never the opportunity to settle into a comfortable routine, mixing up cardio and weights. The equipment he brings also changes constantly – battle ropes, TRX, boxing gloves, skipping ropes, Bosu balls, slam balls, benches, bleep tests – you name it he’s got it but the hardest sessions are often with no equipment at all. Being 47 means I’m prone to picking up the odd injury (Airhop!) and Darren will tailor the session accordingly making sure that unless I need to I don’t have to stop training, whilst not aggravating the injury. Darren is 100pct reliable, never once missing a session in all of our time working together and he’s good at pepping you up if you’re not in the mood. He’s a great guy, he’ll put you through hell (in a good way) and keep have a smile on your face. I’d highly recommend training with him.
I have been training with Lucy for about three years with my daughter or sometimes two of my daughters. Our workout sessions are hard work but they are fun and take into account our different levels of fitness. Lucy is extremely encouraging and is always so enthusiastic that we are all keen to try our best. My strength, stamina, balance and overall fitness have improved considerably. Thank you, Lucy.
Darren has been training me for the past two and a half years. In that time I have become fitter, stronger and more mentally alert. From the outset he and I chatted through what my goals were, how we could achieve them working together and how I could address them outside our sessions, we continue to set and monitor these. Darren’s approach is truly professional but also incredibly friendly. He pushes you hard and encourages you to reach heights you are unable to achieve without the support of a trainer as dedicated as him.
My husband and I have been training with Darren and Lucy for over a year. Over the years we have joined several gyms and always ended up paying money and never attending. Darren and Lucy come to our house, train with us in our garden, and having a regular time every week forces us to keep going. They take the time to get to know you and tailor their training to what you want and what you can do. They also make exercise about as fun as it can be and we feel that they genuinely care about how we are doing both regarding our exercise plans and our lives in general. Over the last twelve months, we have become fitter, more flexible, lost weight and become much more active. Thank you, Darren & Lucy!
Lucy has been training my mum and I for the past three years along with my sister at times and she has been brilliant at motivating us when we are feeling sluggish and pushing us to our limits when we’ve been feeling strong.
Lucy trained me throughout my fourth pregnancy and it was so good to know that everything I was doing to keep fit was right for each stage of pregnancy. Since then Lucy has got me back to full fitness.
Each week is different and we learn new skills and exercises which keeps it interesting and works our muscles in new ways. I would highly recommend Lucy to everyone, she is great at adapting exercises to whatever age and ability and each week we feel so satisfied with what we have achieved
I started working with Lucy shortly after the birth of my 3rd child. The idea of getting fit whilst juggling three children under the age of 5 was such a daunting task to take on alone. Luckily for me, there is nothing Lucy doesn’t know about getting post-natal Mummies back into shape as fast as possible. She understands the whole picture: getting fit and strong both physically and mentally. She is also a fantastic role-model for how to keep all the plates spinning and not let those excuses get in the way of achieving your fitness goals.
After I had my daughter I was desperately lacking in energy and felt physically wrecked! I knew I needed to do something positive to be able to keep up with her boundless energy and also begin to feel better about myself. My friend and I engaged Lucy to help us both get fitter and stronger. Lucy helped us fit sessions around work and toddlers (even occasionally using them within sessions!), helped us make important lifestyle changes and most importantly provided us with much-needed motivation. Since falling pregnant again, she has gradually adapted our sessions to fit with our increasing bumps.
Exercise has never come naturally to me, so it has been brilliant to stick to something long-term and see real changes in my fitness.
I really can’t recommend Lucy highly enough!
I really can’t thank Lucy enough for her patience, hard work and understanding when it came to training us. Training two unfit exhausted Mum’s from scratch can’t have been an easy task, but week in, week out she encouraged and supported us, always with her unique mix of steely grit and her sense of humour! As inches fell off and our energy levels increased, the workouts were adapted to our changing fitness, always challenging us and keeping us on our toes! Be it in the rolling Surrey countryside or within the four walls of a living room (complete with toddlers climbing all over us!) Lucy tailor-made our sessions at every stage, most recently for our newly pregnant bodies and has adapted them for our growing bumps! I really can’t recommend Her Strength enough, especially for any new Mum out there wanting to take some much needed time for yourself. 100% the best investment I’ve made in a long time!
I turned to Lucy at FRITF because I felt I was not achieving my ultimate goals with my previous fitness regime….in short after my second child my tummy never returned back to how it once was and I got to the stage where I was regularly telling myself – is it possible to ever get back your 6 pack back?!! I am in my mid-30’s and competed in heptathlon back in Poland. I train 6 days per week, combining gym with my passion for running and regular Insanity classes but I got to the point when I thought “nothing will work, no matter how much effort I put into it” Postnatal fitness was something I never thought would work and I needed someone to show me the way. I want to thank Lucy for not only showing me a different approach but for being very patient with the constant interruptions by my two beautiful girls, on-going construction work on my house and the fact I work from home with my husband. Lucy worked me hard and I mean hard. I absolutely loved every session and will be back for more. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I loved all my sessions with Lucy, she worked me really hard and has now got me hooked on including weights in my weekly workouts and I’ve never felt fitter or stronger both in mind and body. It’s amazing and inspiring to see and feel such changes from relatively small adjustments. Any queries I had between sessions were always happily answered, I truly felt like Lucy cared about me and my progress.
I approached Lucy because I was in dire need of getting fit. I have two children and work three days a week and fitting in the exercise was not easy. Lucy has now helped me massively to see exercise as part of my routine and how I can fit it in whilst juggling everything! I am so pleased as Lucy really appreciates those juggles with family life and exercise. Thank you so much!!
FRITF are great. Not only do they run varied sessions that are great fun, Lucy and Darren don’t mind how many times I tell them to ‘f-off’ during particularly strenuous exercises (always the sign of a good trainer I reckon). They keep us motivated, help with nutritional plans….and have delivered great results.
I absolutely love my sessions with Lucy. I get so much out of them both physically and mentally. The variety of exercises and equipment we use during the sessions is great and I really enjoy constantly learning new things and being pushed further than I would push myself. Lucy is a great motivator and monitors my progress regularly – it’s great to see the changes in my fitness and physique. I have been into my fitness for years but, thanks to Lucy, I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been.
What can I say, I haven’t been training with Darren for very long but the results in recent weeks are really starting to show. He has can completely transformed my workouts to be more intensive yet time-saving. By combining different muscle groups. His clear and informative tuition really is second to none, and I have come across quite a few pros in the past that don’t even scratch the surface of Darren’s knowledge and enthusiasm. I’d give 10 stars if I could.
I’ve had 6 sessions with Lucy so far and couldn’t recommend her more highly! Every time we do a workout, she makes it fun and different. She is incredibly motivating and makes every minute count. I feel fitter and stronger and happier and have used muscles I never knew I had! If you’re looking for a fresh approach to fitness and exercise that produces real results, then Her Strength is for you
I had 10 training sessions with Lucy and I can honestly say it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made! After having a baby several months ago I felt extremely tired, unfit and seriously lacking in energy. Lucy’s workouts were challenging and she encouraged me to work hard. On top of that I felt like she really took on board everything I’d told her in our consultation and she tailored a programme which was really specific to me. She answered any fitness questions I had in depth and was happy to be contacted between sessions for advice – even sending me a video demonstration when I forgot a particular exercise move. I now have an excellent toolbox of exercises I can draw from to work out on my own. Would highly recommend!!
Cordelia Van Resnburg
My fiancé and I started training with Lucy 12 weeks before our wedding. Amongst all the wedding planning we weren’t making time to eat right or exercise, and just feeling a bit rubbish. In the consultation Lucy asked us what we were trying to achieve and tailored our exercises to suit. Her workouts were challenging but fun, no week was ever the same and doing it together helped create a little rivalry – especially the boxing! Lucy also left us with sessions to do on our own and helped us with right things to be eating. I felt great in my wedding dress and even better on our honeymoon! Since being back, we’ve slipped right back into our healthy eating and have signed back up with FRITF!
I engaged Darren as my personal training and nutrition consultant around 5 weeks ago and all I can say is “Wow”. What a difference he’s made. I already achieved more than expected and I’m looking forward to seeing my ultimate goal in the coming months. If you’re thinking about having a personal trainer then look no further. Darren and Lucy not only teach it, they live an breath it. Go on, get on board now and change your life forever.