Meet the team



My name is Laila I am the owner of Girls Allowed Gym. I have been teaching fitness since 2000. I teach Spin, Yoga , Meta Fit , HIIT , Kettle Bells and Boxercise . I am also a qualified level 3 personal trainer and a sports massage therapist.

I feel really fortunate that I come to work everyday to do a job I love – helping and encouraging women to look after their health and well-being, whilst being surrounded by a great team and members. I am HIIT Step and Fight Klub trained.


My name is Sara, I love working out and I love inspiring other people to do the same. I love working with all the girls at the Girls Allowed Gym. I truly believe that keeping yourself fit and healthy works not just in changing your body’s appearance but also in creating positivity and well-being in the mind.

Classes I teach at Girls Allowed:

Supple strength: This class focuses on posture, keeping the body strong and improving flexibility throughout the body, keeping the muscles long and lean.

Abs/Body Conditioning: This class improves the strength of the deep abdominal muscles and outer abdominal muscles. This improves core strength. This class will benefit you in all aspects of other exercises that you do.

HIIT: This class involve a system of timed exercise that moves your body in to different positions. Working at a faster pace, to increase calorie burn and strength.

Spin: This class is exhilarating and specifically made for a high intense workout for calorie burning and fitness endurance. Pushing your body through barriers. A fun way to work out!Soon to be adding many more to my list. I am also, level 3 diploma, PT qualified.

I am HIIT Step and Fight Klub trained.



My name is Kim. Laila’s is my friend. Our children have grown up together and as my children were becoming less dependent so I started to think about what I can do for a career as didn’t want to go back to sitting at a desk 9-5pm. I love working out and meeting people so Laila suggested that I should train to become a personal trainer, I finally booked myself on a course and now I’m a Level 3 NVQ Personal Trainer.


I got into exercise in my 30’s after having my second child, I loved the energy of classes and the social side of it. I got healthier, I lost weight, my whole well-being was so much better. I then decided to go into teaching and here I am! I’ve been teaching exercise for 10 years and I am Romford based. I teach a variety of classes from RPM to Body Conditioning.



 Jane is passionate about health and fitness and loves to lift weights. Jane is a Mum of two who stays active walking dogs and coming to the gym regularly. Jane turned her passion for fitness into a career and is now a Level 3 personal trainer and nutrition advisor. Jane is also a fully qualified Power Wave instructor and Group Ride instructor.


Hi, I’m Jo. I’m a Level 3 PT.  Have always exercised and love how it makes me feel.  It gives me energy and makes me feel happy. I love to help women build confidence and strength so they can love themselves again.

Jo R


Sarah has her level 2 & 3 personal training qualification, she also has qualifications in indoor cycling, Metafit, hiitstep, Boxercise (for adults and kids), fight klub and Aqua. Sarah has been qualified since 2017 and loves her job. 

Sarah decided to pt/teach when she got made redundant from her job in a bank after 15 years and wanted a career change. She love helping people reach their goals and sharing their journeys. Health and fitness is a big part of her life and she enjoys sharing her passion with others.


Claire is a qualified Level 2 Exercise to Music and Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. Claire is a firm believer in working out for your mental health and wellbeing. She is a much loved member of the team and brings a love of fitness and knowledge to the gym and classes. Don’t be fooled by her kind and gentle demeaner we often rename her classes “Killed by Claire”. She is also a qualified Spin Instructor, Level 1 Powerwave Instructor and HIITSTEP instructor


1 to 1 Pilates Instruction
Including post and prenatel
1 to 1 yoga Instruction


I am a Mum of two. I have always been interested in health and fitness and staying active. I completed my level 2 & 3 in 2021 for personal training. Since then I have gone on to train in group ride and R30 and just completed a level 1 powerwave course. I love to help people achieve their goals and have fun whilst doing so!


Sonia Elsey

Qualifications : RYT250  
200hr RYT Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 
  50hr RYT Yin Yoga & meditation 
Yoga is Therapy ~
I discovered the magic of Yoga 6 years years ago when I needed to find calm and inner peace.
As a new mum, I had very little ‘me’ time but  I would turn to Yoga to de-stress whenever time permitted and loved the positive effect it had on my mind and body…I felt stronger yet leaner and bendy and my mind clearer. After nearly 3 years of teaching Yoga, I AM HOOKED!!! 
I teach 2 very different styles of Yoga and absolutely love both… the Yang (Vinyasa) practice focuses on strength, muscle tone, stamina, posture, balance and will increase fat loss and maintain an active body whilst the Yin Yoga is extremely passive and relaxed and focuses on maintaining healthy muscles and joints by increasing circulation and flexibility as well as restoring balance and harmony to the entire body by using skilful sequencing of postures to nourish the body’s vital organs including the brain and central nervous system. There are no standing postures in Yin Yoga therefore this style of Yoga requires a less active body and is suitable for all levels of fitness. 
My favourite pose ~ Savasana of course!