Who is Batesfit?

Hi, I’m Hannah, founder and trainer at Bates Fit. I am a qualified level 2 fitness instructor and level 3 personal trainer specialising in women's health for the last 4 years.  I work out of a beautifully-located gym studio in Ashington, West Sussex. I have experience working with female clients from the ages of 15-80 years old. 


As a teenager I struggled with my weight and body image but I soon realised that quick-fix diets based on restricting food, were neither healthy nor successful in the long term. By researching and implementing the right nutrition and exercise programmes I found that I was able to be in the shape I wanted to be – and stay that way.


I am passionate about helping women achieve their health and fitness goals. I primarily focus on weight training/resistance training as this is the best form of exercise for long term fat loss and health benefits, and I work closely with my clients to understand what they want to achieve and tailor programmes accordingly.


I recognise that the gym environment can be daunting so Bates Fit is also geared towards improving confidence, reducing anxiety and building self-esteem at the same time as building strength and  knowledge. 

Why Weight Training? 

  • Have you ever wondered if there is a way of staying in shape without doing mindless hours of cardio?
  • Have you always wanted to lose that ‘lower belly pooch’ but no matter how many ab workouts you do it never seems to work?
  • Have you ever walked into a gym and felt so anxious as you don't know what you're doing and feel intimidated by all the guys? 
  • Want to have a toned and sculpted figure without having to kill yourself in the gym 7 days a week whilst eating whatever you want?

Resistance based training is the answer!

Here at BatesFit I specifically teach weight training to women in order to sculpt and tone their bodies. Muscle = Being toned, and the only way to build effective muscle is to weight train.


Have you ever thought the reason you are overweight is because you have a ‘slow’ metabolism? If that is the case then you are in luck as weight training increases muscle mass and therefore boosts metabolic rate.  The more muscle your body has the more calories it needs to maintain that muscle tissue, which means you are burning more calories at rest resulting in long term fat loss.


More benefits of weight training include:

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Less time-consuming. You do not have to do weight training as much as cardio to maintain your shape.
  • Decreases risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthens joints and bones, therefore decreased chance of osteoporosis and arthritis.
  • Balances hormones. For women, nothing will balance their progesterone and oestrogenic hormones better than working out. Doctors are now starting to recommend consistent strength training to help men and women repair their imbalances.
  • Improves immunity. By keeping your body healthy, your muscles become more insulin sensitive and optimise the utilisation of the food you are consuming
  • Improves mental health. Studies show that there is approximately a 20% to 30% lower risk of depression and dementia for adults participating in daily physical activity.

I believe as women it is so important to be strong, powerful and confident in our own skin! Weight training provides you with that strength and confidence in everyday life as well as helping you to stay in amazing shape.