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The Last Word: Amy Lamont – Personal Trainer and group fitness Instructor

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My name is Amy Lamont. I am a mum of two and work locally as a freelance Personal Trainer and group fitness Instructor.

How long have you lived in the area?

10 years.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

Having lived my whole life in urban inner city areas (Elephant & Castle then Brixton) I enjoy the parks that surround SE22. We are close enough to central London to enjoy it, but far enough away to feel some distance. Our road is lovely and quiet even though we’re two minutes from Lordship Lane. We have lots of friends close by and know all our neighbours.

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

My Saturday begins at Push Studios where I teach Piloxing to a packed, sweaty studio. Then I will collect my son Albert from football practice on Peckham Rye and together we will rush to Peckham Town FC to see my other son Sam playing for the under 11’s. In the afternoon we’ll walk to the kids piano lessons via the popcorn stall on North Cross Road and end the day tucked up on the sofa with a film.

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

As a teenager I played for Arsenal Ladies football team. I also worked in many departments at the Football club including the Gunners shop, Junior Gunners, the Travel club and Box office. I have met many famous footballers and managers but my son thinks the winner in the fame stakes was Thiery Henry. Ian Wright was always my favourite. He is a South London boy who started his professional career at Crystal Palace and went on to great things.

Do you belong to any groups?

I am a regular at Tania Brown’s local yoga classes. I always leave feeling calm, happy and ready for the day ahead.

What is your favourite place to eat?

My favourite place to eat is in our back garden with friends during the summer. My partner James will carefully plan the menu before ruling the BBQ for the afternoon. We try and buy local ingredients from independent shops and love ‘Beamish & McGlue’, a brilliant deli in West Norwood.

Cafe, pub or bar?

These days it’s probably a café with the kids. Egg & chips in Johnnies is a favourite with our boys or delicious soup at Pretty’s on North Cross road. I also like the Blue Brick Café on Fellbrigg Road for delicious vegetarian food.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

Nunhead Cemetery. It is like stepping into another world. Mysterious and overgrown with beautiful ancient gravestones and tombs.

When I want to relax…

I go for a run. I am training for the London Marathon in April. This will be my 12th marathon and my usual pattern is to moan and grumble in the lead up to the race, always swearing it will be my last. Then in the endorphin afterglow I forget the pain and enter another one…

If money was no object…

I wouldn’t change much but I would make sure my family were all taken care of, take more holidays, and have my own private sports masseuse. Oh and I’d buy a campervan and go on monthly spa breaks with my girlfriends!

The book I’m reading at the moment…

I’ve just finished ’We are Called to Rise’ by Laura McBride. It is one of those books you read really quickly because it is so good. I didn’t want it to end.

www.amylamontfitness.com

This feature first appeared in the March 2015 issue of SE22 magazine