Hi, I'm Bek Smith.
I'm a fitness industry professional, a former physiotherapist, and a public speaker in the world of psychological wellbeing.
I haven't always been active or healthy. Far from it. When I was young, I hated physical education at school. I was the kid who was always picked last for teams. People who attend my fitness classes now find it hard to believe that I used to fake illness to get out of every sports day!
The truth was that I felt safer as a bookworm, so I ended up being an inactive and overweight child. The shame and lack of control I felt about my body shape then led me to develop an eating disorder as an adolescent. This began a long and winding journey through depression and anxiety which lasted well after I began eating again.
It was at age seventeen that I first joined a gym. My first experiences of group fitness classes were revolutionary for me. They gave me the realisation that exercise could be fun, that it didn't have to be competitive, that I could feel a sense of connection with other people through movement. It was also the first time in years I felt the crippling fog of depression start to lift. So began my exercise addiction.
Exercise became the only thing that made me feel alive. The problem was that if I couldn't make it to the gym for my favourite classes, I would have an emotional crash. It had become an unhealthy dependence.
It wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I began learning the psychological skills I needed to manage my depression without using exercise endorphins as a crutch. Since then I have been passionate about helping others not only to improve their physical health, but also learn the vital elements of mental and emotional fitness that are often neglected.
Smith & Wellness exists to bring balance into the fitness industry that wasn't there when I needed it the most. It's my sincere hope that I can share what I have learnt with as many people as possible, so that everyone and anyone who embarks on a fitness journey can be fully supported as a whole person - not just another body.