Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If You Fancy Having Victoria Pendleton as Your Personal Trainer, You're in Luck; Gold Medallist Going Back to School to Fulfil Her Ambition

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If You Fancy Having Victoria Pendleton as Your Personal Trainer, You're in Luck; Gold Medallist Going Back to School to Fulfil Her Ambition

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

AS ONE of Britain's most successful Olympians, Victoria Pendleton knows what it takes to push yourself to the limit.

Today, the retired cycling star told how she is joining the "other side" by going back to school to follow her dream of becoming a personal trainer.

Pendleton -- who has two gold medals and one silver -- is swotting up on her notes from university, where she studied sport and exercise science, in a bid to get her advanced personal trainer qualification.

The 33-year-old, who married sports scientist Scott Gardner last year, said: "I've been doing a bit of revision from my days in uni having looked back through my notes, I've been reviewing my anatomy and physiology. Just so I sound like I know what I'm talking about.

"It's on my list of things I've always wanted to do and the opportunity sprung up and I was like: 'Yes'. That's what I'm going to do then, I'm going to start in January and crack on."

As part of the PT Reps level 3 qualification, Pendleton will "drop in" on sessions and study from home online. She said: "I'm going to work through the levels in close succession. I've got six weeks' worth of stuff to do at the moment, that's my first section."

Pendleton, who is an ambassador for Fitness First, urged Londoners to get active by taking part in their Red Monday campaign, launching on Monday, by attending their free classes. She said: "I honestly don't know how people live without it (exercise). Plus having gym smugness is the best feeling in the world."

Since retiring, she has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, helped design a bike range for Halfords and released her autobiography. She misses the "camaraderie" of the British Cycling team but says she is enjoying living in the Oxfordshire countryside, working on the house and going running with neighbours.

She said: "It's been so nice to have time to spend with Scott, it being less about me and more about him. …

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