In the second of our team spotlight series, we caught up with Sally Ottewell, leading gym and spa consultant at motive8.
Sally talked to us about the future of performance coaching, a challenging triple garage home gym conversion and her love of strength training.
The best leisure consultants have a mix of skills
I’m passionate about gym and spa design. I provide expert advice, designs and layouts and work with developers, designers, project managers and private clients around the UK.
Prior to motive8 I worked in the communication industry for 12 years. Good listening skills are important for a leisure consultant. It’s the key to solving complex challenges for our clients. The surface issue isn’t always the real thing that needs addressing.
My core skills are in sales with a strong focus on customer service. My years spent training in a gym environment give me a strong understanding of what makes a successful leisure facility.
If you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work
I am lucky. At work I combine my love of health and fitness with a career in the leisure industry.
Working in an area that I am passionate about means that most days my job doesn’t feel like work.
motive8 is a great place to learn and improve. The company is independently run and offers ‘Best of Breed’ services and solutions to our clients without being tied to certain brands.
motive8 is also a company that really cares about how employees develop and progress.
Technology might replace real, in-person coaching
The health and fitness industry is changing rapidly. Virtual trainers, online exercise and wearable technologies are becoming more and more popular.
New technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are revolutionising sports in real time. I can see a future when these new technologies will bypass the need for an actual instructor. We will have sensors correcting and improving performance.
Larger, more exciting health and fitness spaces are on the way
As the world becomes more invested in health and wellbeing, clients are providing larger and more exciting health and fitness spaces for us to design.
I am proud of our re-designed gym for urbanest student accommodation at Westminster Bridge. We used the additional space allocated to upgrade the gym and re-configure a modern leisure facility with different types of work-out zones. We completed the re-design in a short timeframe as the COVID pandemic started.
My most challenging project was a triple garage home gym conversion. We designed a family friendly space and full fit-out. Clear communication and managing expectations helped achieve a successful outcome for the client and everyone involved in the project.
It’s great to see more women strength training
From the moment I lifted a heavy weight I was hooked; I personally love it and have been regularly lifting weights for almost 10 years now. As we age lifting weights can have a really positive effect on strengthening our minds and bodies. I have taken part in a regional strongman/woman competition twice. My best place was 3rd in 2014.
There are so many different exercise options available now, from just body weight training to time saving HIIT workouts. We also have no fear about training outdoors anymore. It’s just a case of finding your way to get active and stay active!