Carla van Traa REPS L4

Personal Trainer

Carla is a personal trainer with 20 years experience. She has achieved the highest possible recognised qualification; REP's level 4, and is a qualified cardiac rehabilitation specialist and Pilates teacher.

Qualified through The National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), who are recognised as a world leader in personal training qualifications, Carla is wlr's exercise and fitness consultant and has worked with us since 2014.

As well as writing exercise and fitness articles and advice, Carla also provides detailed answers to members fitness and exercise questions on the wlr Exercise Expert message board.

wlr Consultant Personal Trainer, Carla van Traa
wlr Consultant Personal Trainer, Carla van Traa

Carla Says:

"My own personal fitness regime in the gym includes rowing and cross training, with work on my leg strength and the all important core work.

I love being out on my mountain bike, and cross country running.  I participate in 'Mud Running' events nationwide;  a relation to cross country except it involves a lot more mud and water and when I can I combine the two disciplines into off road duathlons.

Away from the world of exercise  I love to travel, mainly wildlife based trips, go Scuba diving and I have an allotment to grow my own veggies."


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Carla's Qualifications

Carla undertakes regular CPD to ensure she is fully trained in the latest equipment and routines, and her wealth of experience and training includes:

  • National Association Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
  • Pilates Level 3 Mat based Trainer
  • Fitness Pilates Back Pain Management
  • 3rd Age of Women - Peri Menopause, during and Post Menopause 
  • Boxercise Trainer
  • TRX Suspension Trainer
  • Kettle Bell Trainer
  • Vipr Trainer
  • British Association Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV
  • Focus Personal Trainer
  • Power Plate Trainer
  • Tomahawk Indoor Cycling Trainer
  • Focus Senior Fitness Instructor
  • Kathryn Cullen Swiss Ball Trainer
  • YMCA Circuit Training
  • YMCA Resistance Training
  • YMCA Cardio-Vascular Machine Training
  • YMCA Gym Instructor
  • Life Coaching Diploma (Distinction)
  • Register of Exercise Professionals Level 4 (R0034017)
  • First Aid & Defibrillator trained


Some of Carla's work on wlr:

Change Your Self-Talk to Change Your Self

WLR's PT Carla Van Traa says it takes more than just exercise to attain that beautiful, confident, summer glow, we need to feel good about ourselves.

How to Exercise Your Abdominals Safely and Effectively

Abdominal exercises, especially crunches, can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to safety concerns. Personal Trainer Carla van Traa gives her advice.

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