Amanda grew up in Norrtälje, north of Stockholm and, where she was a member and joined Friskis&Svettis London as she moved to the UK in 2007. She became an instructor in September 2010.

“I love Friskis&Svettis because it gives me that extra energy I need! I love the hour of fun and like the combination of a really good and varied workout followed by a proper stretch. For my class I choose music which makes everyone want to jump. For me, it’s all about energy and happiness!”

Amanda studies Fashion Design Womenswear MA at Royal College of Art 2014-16. When she is not constructing patterns or sewing, she enjoys a good dinner out with friends.

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Charlotte grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to London with her family in August 2017.Charlotte found Friskis&Svettis after a career within figure skating and has been an instructor since 2002. She has been educated and an instructor in classic ‘Swedercise’ along with more high intense classes in ‘Swedercise’. In Sweden she was also teaching Spinning and boxing.

“I love the idea behind Friskis&Svettis, there is something for everyone and you can start at a very young age and continue all your life. I love being an instructor and seeing the energy in the room once the music is on. Together everyone in the room create the class and makes it fun. I’m there to inspire you to move and have fun!”

Charlotte has a background within banking and when she is not at Friskis&Svettis, she hangs out with her family containing her husband and three children. When time is given she loves to travel and eat good food.


Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Jenny has been exercising with Friskis & Svettis since she was 16 years old. After moving to London in 2008, she pursued her dream of becoming an instructor with the organisation.

“I was never one for spending time outside playing or doing sport; you were much more likely to find me in a corner somewhere reading a book. But when I went to a Friskis jympa class for the first time, I found a joy and energy from training that I had never experienced before. It was challenging, fun and, most of all, sweaty. I felt happy, positive and energies after each class. Since that long-ago-day I have tried many different types of training, sports and activities, but I have yet to find the same rush and joy from training that I get from a Friskis jympa class.”

Jenny works as a science teacher at a secondary school in London. When she is not teaching, science or Friskis, she can still be found in a corner somewhere with her nose in a book. She lives in North London with her boyfriend and English Bulldog Bundy.


Johan is Swedish and got involved in Friskis&Svettis in Paris after he stopped playing handball. He later became a Swedercise instructor with Friskis&Svettis Stockholm, Sweden and joined Friskis&Svettis London when moving to London in 2005. He’s a certified instructor of the traditional Swedercise class as well as the new class Interval Flex.

“I love the positive energy rush of a Swedercise class: great exercise, great music, great fun and very inclusive so people can come and let their hair down. I want my classes to be tough, energetic and motivating with a clin d’oeil and a big smile. I try to select music with a clear beat, be it chart toppers, world music, rock classics or dance music.”

Outside of Friskis, Johan works in the City. He has two young daughters and lives in South West London.

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Maria grew up in Uppsala in Sweden and joined Friskis&Svettis there in a young age. In 2003 she started to work for Friskis&Svettis Stockholm and became an instructor there. Throughout the years she has taught Dance, “Skivstång” (barbell) and Jympa and been responsible for the popular outdoor sessions that Friskis arrange every Summer in many cities. Maria is also trained to undertake the yearly quality assessments of the instructors.

“What I like with Friskis&Svettis is that it is for everyone. You can come as you are, no special clothes or equipment is required, and you can adjust the movements so it fits you and how you feel today. It´s fun but yet challenging and you walk away with a smile on your face.”

Maria works as a graphic designer and has her own business together with her husband. When she’s not working she likes to be in the gym, travel, explore new parts of London and bake.


Valerie grew up in Paris. Always active, doing gymnastics, swimming and ballet. She discovered Friskis later on and became an instructor in 2014. She is now back in London after living in Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.

“Friskis is for me the best workout as it combines all the things I love: moving around, exercising, dancing, music, sociability and much more. I am still amazed how happy and energetic I feel after each class. I really enjoy sharing this experience as an instructor on the gym floor.”

Valerie works as an architect for a large practice in South West London. Keeping active is her way to make the most of London’s food scene.