Meet the Coaches

Farah Fonseca

Farah founded Fonseca Fitness in 2012 and is our head coach. Farah has worked with thousands of women to help them to become the best version of themselves. In 2015, Farah studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. After that, started working with holistic coaches in America to learn more than what was covered with just a ‘basic’ personal training qualification. Farah has completed a course at the National Institute for Eating Disorders to help women and young girls address their relationship with both themselves, others and food. Farah also has many sporting achievements under her belt (quite literally).

For those who are ready to work hard, Farah is here for you. Not only for your time in the studio, but in all areas of your health journey.


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Zoë Baxter

Zoë is our second head coach and will be a familiar face to many. Zoë will be in the studio most days offering classes and 1-2-1 personal training. Zoe is a level 3 personal trainer and has 5 years experience in the fitness industry. Zoë has prepped for 2 bikini competitions and a local strongwoman competition, she understands what it means to truly focus on her body, her health and what she can achieve. As a mother Zoë understand first hand how important it is to have the right balance between motherhood and health. “There is a unique strength that comes from women supporting each other and that is why I am grateful to be a part of the Fonseca Fitness family. I am excited to work with everyone and support their goals”.

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Tom

Tom is our women's self defence coach. Tom has 10 yrs. Grappling* experience and 7 -8 years coaching experience. Tom has a Paraestra UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black Belt. If you didn’t know already, that’s the highest achievement within BJJ. In fact, you can always call him a professor. Tom has coached women, men & children for BJJ self defence Sport BJJ, Submission Grappling & Wrestling. Tom will coach beginners/hobbyists all the way through to high level grapplers and had the chance to experience coaching at some of the biggest Grappling events in the world. Tom is eager to share this amazing Martial art with all the women of Fonseca Fitness.  *Refers to the act of gripping your opponent **Whilst we had the option of a female coach, we felt it more realistic to learn self defence with a male coach.

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Lola

Lola is our pre and postnatal personal trainer. Lola has been teaching women pregnancy exercise for over 10 years. As a qualified Midwife, Lola brings a wealth of experience that supports pregnancy, exercise and movement as well as preparation for labour and the early postnatal stage. You will see Lola teaching our post natal rehabilitation classes and her Hypotone and Mamatone classes during the week. Hypotone concentrates on the pelvic floor and diaphragmatic breathing, the foundation of all movement. Perfect for rehabilitation and a functional pelvic floor. Lola has a passion to ensure women have knowledge about their body and the power to have autonomy over their bodies.

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Janka

Janka is our Calisthenics coach and personal trainer. You’ll see Janka teaching Calisthenics on a Thursday evening. Janka started her fitness journey about 4 years ago and found her way into calisthenics about 3 years ago. Janka was intrigued to lean more about calisthenics and what her body could do, how it could be strong and move without the use of equipment. Calisthenics allowed Janka to set some new goals outside of the standard gym styles of training. One of her favourite movements is her handstand. Janka is excited to be part of the team at Fonseca Fitness as the calisthenics coach and work with women and show them how you can be strong just using your own bodyweight.

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Beth

Beth is our Yoga Coach. You will see Beth in the studio on Friday evenings. Beth is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied Hatha Yoga. Beth has been teaching yoga for 14 years, and it was her best career decision ever made. Regular yoga practice not only improves your physical strength, flexibility and stability, but also helps to calm the mind and emotional state, thereby enabling better decisions and reactions. Beth gets great satisfaction seeing women take their journey into yoga and collecting al the benefits that comes with it.