Liz O' Donnell

Liz O’Donnell

Pilates Instructor
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Meet Liz

 

Originally from Waterford and now living in Dublin full time and loving it, Liz joined the Platinum Pilates Team in the Summer of 2017. 
 
Two years ago, Liz left Ireland and began studying physiotherapy in England. She has always been fascinated with the body and how it works. Unfortunately, life threw a hurdle her way and she fell extremely ill with meningitis. In hospital for almost a month and bed bound for a long time afterwards, Physiotherapy had to take a back step.

Months later, Liz was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In a strange way discovering this gave her a small bit of relief because the pains and other symptoms were no longer in her head.

Almost immediately after being diagnosed, Liz decided that this illness would not define her as a person. Still really weak and in a lot of pain, She turned to Pilates, yoga and an extremely healthy diet. This was a life changing decision. Slowly, she returned to being able to get through a full day without having to have three naps and being totally wiped out from pain and fatigue.

Liz is an extremely motivated and driven person. This level of motivation has been with her through competitively competing in show jumping from a young age in various shows including The Royal Dublin Horseshow. 

After taking up Pilates and yoga, the second step of returning to ‘normal’ life was going back to college to complete the Level 4 Health and Fitness course in University College Dublin as well as a Matt Pilates qualification.

Throughout the year, Liz was faced with the challenge of feeling great one day and the next possibly being stuck in bed with no energy. At such a young age, She also faced with the challenge of looking like a fit young girl from the inside but sometimes it can be a very different story. Liz started to attend classes in Platinum every week to build her strength and well being..

Exploring different types of exercise and nutrition have really broadened her mind about how important it is to help your body in every way you can.

Today, Liz is living in a dream world earning a living by doing something that she so passionate about and kicking this illness each day