The Active Health Group
We are personal trainers working across Cornwall offering specialist personal training to individuals and groups requiring bespoke programs to improve their health and well-being. We are committed to providing relevant and appropriate health and fitness training by designing and implementing these programs in corporate settings, with individuals who require specialist training and with those who want to improve their overall health and well-being.
We offer a wide variety of services including:
- Personal training
- Exercise referral programs
- Bikeability and Cycling instruction
- Cycling for Health referral programs
- Exercise implementation and management for back pain
- Post stroke/ ABI functional training
- Cancer survivorship exercise programs
- Nutritional advice for weight loss, health and disease prevention
- Nordic Walking Instruction
In addition to being the primary trainer, Felicia Sheingold organizes a bank of complimentary trainers and providers within The Group.
I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science/Exercise Physiology, am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and on the Register of Exercise Professionals. My qualifications include L4 Advanced Exercise Specialist with L4 Exercise and Management of Lower Back Pain, L4 Cancer Rehabilitation through Exercise Referral, L4 Exercise after Stroke accreditation from Middlesex University and L3 Exercise Referral. REP’s Registration number is ROO43777. For more information on the Register for Exercise Professionals Qualification Framework click here.
I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, first training in the USA and practicing as a Personal Trainer and Exercise to Music Instructor and then continued my education and instruction here in the UK from my arrival in 1989. I work with Headway and The ARNI Trust for specialist training with stroke survivors and individuals who have had an injury to the brain.
My recent qualification of L4 Cancer Rehabilitation allows me to gain exercise referrals from oncologists, general practitioners and specialist nurses to work with cancer survivors at all stages of treatment and beyond. Exercise is repeatedly shown to offer benefits in quality of life and functional attributes and I am very excited to be able to help people in this way.
I offer Bikeability courses and cycle coaching to schools and individuals at all levels. I am involved with Cycleability, a group working with Cornwall Sports Partnership, committed to helping those with a disability by offering a variety of bicycle options to enable them to ride. Have a look at some of the bikes designed for inclusivity here.
Programs of Cycling for Health through Exercise Referral are ongoing – if you would like information about this program, please email me.
A personal bit about me…
‘When I was young I was out and about after school and all day at the weekends until I heard my name being shouted by my mother that dinner was ready! I did loads of stuff like cycling, fishing, playing baseball and swimming or just playing in the woods with friends. I had always led an active life. At 18 I had a motorcycle accident and broke a large proportion of my body including damaging vertebrae in my back. The prognosis was that nothing could be done to repair the fractured and compressed discs and that they would continue to deteriorate over time.
Not happy with that potential outcome I decided what I needed to do was to strengthen my musculature, especially those helping me to stay upright! Once I was physically able to go to the gym that is exactly what I did. I spent so much time there that I decided to enter bodybuilding competitions! I trained hard up to 3 times per day 6 days a week and did quite well in my class/weight.
What I learned from that experience was how amazing the body is, how it is able to recover and how it compensates when required. I still have issues with my back and I have no doubt that I always will, and it is always worse when I go any length of time without exercising!
Having suffered with chronic back pain for so many years, I made it my mission to learn how to alleviate the pain without reliance upon medication. I want to share this knowledge with you. For over 25 years I have continued to educate myself and gain the practical experience that leads me here today. I pride myself on my ability to motivate my clients, by listening to their needs and understanding their goals.
In addition to those with back pain, I also routinely work with clients who have brain injury through stroke or ABI, osteoarthritis, Cancer and Parkinson’s as well as those who are overweight, unfit or training for competition. I work efficiently and help clients achieve their goals by using the most suitable tools and appropriate programs for their needs.
Making a difference is why I entered this field and I feel an incredible amount of joy and satisfaction when a person’s life is changed for the better. I would feel privileged to have the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and to help make your quality of life better because of that achievement.
I am lucky that this journey to better personal strength and health lets me do all kinds of activities for fun. I love to travel by bicycle, checking out the local scenery, the culture and even the occasional pub! If I am not exploring by bike, I walk with Nordic walking poles, in fact going on a walk without them is a really odd feeling! My latest challenge is kite surfing – A total adrenaline rush that is matched only by the beauty of the windswept gorgeous beaches that Cornwall offers.