Issima

Issima

Biography

Qualified as a fitness instructor after 4 years of training as a pole gymnast. Entered fitness modelling competitions, wining WBFF pro diva fitness card in May 2015. Decided to turn hobby into a full time career, sharing knowledge and passion for functional training and body sculpting. There is no limit on what the body can achieve when taught properly and safely. Seeing members dedicated to coming back to class every week even when its challenging for their body and mind is the biggest motivator, as well as the appreciation we receive as instructors. The key to longevity is skills based exercise and functional training; Gymbox is THE place to do that and its a pleasure to see members progress. Favourite classes to teach are ashtanga yoga, pilates and any glute building work-out. Currently teaching pole, S&M, Pound©, Thigh High, hardcore, battle bells and Cocoon across Gymbox Stratford, Old Street and Holborn.

Q&A

How does Gymbox as a brand reflect your personality?

Walking into Gymbox for the first time the atmosphere can only be described as an underground fitness nightclub. During peak times across all studios, boxing rings and frame areas are packed full of members dancing, punching, jumping, lifting, pumping iron etc. and the studio instructors are so supportive and encouraging that it makes people want to join in rather than feel intimidated. Gymbox work closely with its studio instructors to create and develop classes that are accessible to all its members and make working out challenging but also fun.

What music style describes you?

Love all music - have to to make playlists to suit each class type! Everything from hold school hip hop, metal, hard rock, instrumental, house, reggae. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Guiltiest pleasures are Krespy Kreme donut and anything with peanut butter…I try to reward myself with them after I've taken one of Nik Liljesand's classes as they're super hard so I can justify it.

What is your favourite thing about Gymbox?

Love everything about Gymbox and will be regularly seen joining in classes before or after teaching my slots. The quality of class delivery is exceptionally high. You see people support one another and form friendships…sometimes more! Its a buzzing place to be and the best thing is you get super strong and fit

Who is your favourite rockstar (popstar/music artist)?

Eric Clapton. He's the dog's bollocks.

Classes taught

Balates

Balates evolves the dancer's workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with all the benefits of Pilates: building core flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in t Read more

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Balates
Hardcore

Hardcore

Firm up your mid-section with this intense burst of torso toning, improving your core strength, balance and posture. Read more

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Pound

Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics an Read more

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Pound
Thigh High

Thigh High

Whatever you're wearing, toned inner thighs will help you rock your look. Keep your pins in shape with this toning lower body workout, be prepared to lift, squeeze, tone and t Read more

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