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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
– Jon Kabat Zinn

2024 Programmes, Events & Workshops

The 40s Woman & Beyond Thrive in 3

As we get older traditional methods of exercise are not adequate for maintaining or improving our bone, muscle or overall body composition. And these are the three that are most affected by our changing hormones. Instead, regardless of whether we take HRT or not, we need to include movement that provides the impetus our sex hormones used to – affecting everything from insulin sensitivity to lean muscle mass growth linked to belly fat and type 2 diabetes. But we also need to allow our bodies to recover and respond to this movement stress.

We need to include Variety, Challenge and Rest.

The 40s W&B Monthly Movement Programme will include weekly online YouTube videos, 121 support and planning covering the 4 key basis needed at this age – Intensity, Strength, Recovery– plus monthly guest speakers on nutrition & mobility.

When: Weekly programme to be done in your own time.  For more info and to book see here

Cost: £120 per week

Read more about the Monthly Programme and how to reserve your place here >

40s Woman & Beyond: The Life Hacks Series

Smooth out the bumps and enjoy the ride. Our 40s and early 50s are a time of change but by making a few small positive adjustments you can not only feel better now but also take control and support your body for the future. After years where you may have been looking after others, surely now is the time to also look after yourself. Come and enjoy a morning or evening of discussions and take away ideas on nutrition, exercise and finding that daily joy. Relax in an intimate and cosy atmosphere with other like minded people and hear how to support your mind and body now, as well as for your future self.

The event will include (nb this can vary subject to location):

  • Presentations and discussion focussing on the three key areas of Movement, Nutrition & Lifestyle
  • A relaxing glass of something celebratory and nutritious nibbles
  • Treats to try on the night
  • Follow up information including useful links and recommendations, strength format videos, nutritious recipe ideas

The presentations and discussions led by myself (PT/Perimenopause Coach) and Genevieve Hallam (Nutrition Coach) on:

  • Why we feel differently in our 40s compared to our 20s and 30s
  • The Hacks:
      • Movement
      • Nutrition
      • Lifestyle

Book below: Duration 2 hours


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Booking – 40sWoman & Beyond: The Life Hacks Series


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Reviews from Previous Events:

A wonderful presentation that all women in their 40s (and more) should attend…”

“With so much health and fitness information out there it is hugely helpful to get excellent health information and practical advice tailored specifically to women my age. This is an essential workshop for the 40 something women. Highly recommend”

“Every morning I take my tea and a crumpet outside, sit in a garden chair and drink my tea like a mad old lady. There are many other aspects of the 40s Woman course which resonated and I have started to incorporate, but this one action has been a life changer”

Anna I just wanted to say thanks for a really enjoyable and interesting evening. It was relatable, engaging and I learnt loads. Also the discussion within and being physically in a group is in itself so supportive – part of the feelings of being squashed by all these changes is certainly that you are generally alone when you reflect on them, so doing so together casts a whole new light on it”


Speciality Programmes


Our bodies go through key changes in our 40s and taking time to update how we live, exercise, and nourish ourselves is essential to feel better now and to set us up for a happier and healthier future.

It’s about making small, manageable changes that together can make a real meaningful difference to how we feel during our 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

The 40s Woman and Beyond: Wellbeing Starter Kit helps provide much-needed clarity on how to move, nourish and support your body through this midlife time of change.

The 40s Woman and Beyond: Wellbeing Starter Kit includes:

  • FREE 30-minute introductory consultation
  • Tailored 60-minute consultation with Anna & Gen on exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle support to help you work towards your midlife wellness goals
  • 40-minute Personal Training session with Anna Black (online or in person at Anna’s studio in Hitchin, Hertfordshire)
  • Personalised ‘Wellbeing Starter Kit’ resource pack including exercise plan, nutrition plan, recipes, lifestyle guide, and useful resources
  • On-going support between sessions, via WhatsApp or your preferred messaging platform
  • 30-minute follow-up consultation with Anna & Gen


To arrange a free introductory call contact or

*limited availability, price valid until 31 Dec 2022

6 Week Special – Functional & Mobility Strength Progression Sessions (max12 ) rolling.

Strength is of peak importance to a woman in her 40s and beyond, for our hearts, belly fat and even our brains.  Join me for a 6 week Strength & Mobility progression programme focussing on key functional moves, multi plane mobility and power moves £60 including 6 x 45min sessions plus a copy of the session to repeat in your own time.

As we get older we can become stiff as fascia & connective tissue becomes dehydrated.  Mobility work is essential to keep us flexible and supported, allowing us to access our strength potential.  Learning the correct form and then progressing our strength through a series of increased loads will improve performance in every day tasks as well as in running, walking and dancing and reduce your chance of injury, in addition to increasing and maintaining your bone and lean muscle mass – a big issue as we get older.  Strength training has also been shown to improve heart, brain health and hormone balance.


“I’ve enjoyed Anna’s cardio classes for some time but strength was completely alien. As always, Anna’s in-depth knowledge and ability to achieve results made this a must-do. From pushing weights to improving balance, this is a great compliment to a cardio class. I can see clear benefits and would recommend to anyone.” Beth

“I started Anna’s introduction to strength classes feeling pretty fit but conscious that I didn’t do any strength workouts.   The classes really focused on getting good technique embedded which really makes it stand out from the ubiquitous online workout and was exactly what I was hoping for.  I have noticed a real difference in my strength and now find myself actually choosing to add a bit of strength work onto the end of my runs or HIIT sessions.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there’s going to be an intermediate class starting so that I can sign up for that too!”  Katie



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