Interview with Rachel Crompton, Pilates Director at Elixr Health Clubs
My path first crossed with Rachel many years ago when I was a casting director , and I used to love getting her in for specific castings. Not only was Rachel strong in beauty and body, but she had a force behind her eyes which was compelling.
When a friend recently suggested Rachel as an inpirational mum to interview for my Mumday Monday blog, I jumped at the chance to see where this fabulous woman was at now!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m 42years old. I have 2 kids, Remy 9 years old and Essie 6 years old.
I was a professional dancer for 15 years between the ages of 19 – 34years and I also danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
I have choreographed many TVC, musicals as well as the opening ceremony for the Paralympic in 2000.
I have taught pilates for over 10 years and am now the Pilates Director at Elixr Health Clubs.
Not many mums can say they danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris! Can you tell us what this was like plus a bit about your life during this period?
It was a truly amazing but incredibly exhausting time of life !! Two show every night 6 days a week. We always went out after the show, so bed was usually 5am. Wake up around 1pm. Completely different to my life now!
I have such fond memories and life long friends from the year I was there.
You are clearly passionate about Pilates. Can you tell us about some benefits of Pilates you have experienced?
I have so many, it is such a rewarding job. I have had many clients with serious disc injuries, hip replacements, shoulder reconstructions, knee injuries, torn muscles who are now pain free.
Has fitness always been important to you?
Absolutely and always will be. I can’t imagine ever having a job where I sit at a desk all day. I am fortunate that my job is all about exercise.
What does healthy eating mean for you?
Eating 3 meals a day.
Never skipping meals.
Eat whole foods like fresh fruit and vegetables and meat.
What are 5 of your kitchen pantry essentials?
– Oats (for porridge)
– Raw nuts
– Tinned tuna
What do you indulge in?
Chocolate! There is nothing else that competes in my eyes : )
What are some of the things you value most in life?
Definitely my health and happiness.
What is your favourite quote?
You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!
Do you find time to nurture yourself? What does this involve?
I need to be outdoors with nature.
Walking in a park or along the beach by myself.
This is my mediation.
What are your tips to staying happy and healthy?
– Listen to your body.
– Don’t over eat.
– Get enough sleep.
– Drink plenty of water.
– Enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.
What do you and your kids like to do on the weekend?
We spend the weekend running around doing sports. Then we all love to settle down in the afternoon to watch a movie.
Would you like to share one of your favourite healthy recipes?
Simply a fresh salmon fillet on the BBQ with a healthy rocket salad is one of my favourites.