Founded in 2003 by Karen Case and Jacquie Guinn, LifeDock have trained thousands of care workers, physio assistants, fitness instructors, community group leaders, physical activity project workers and community volunteers to bring safe and effective exercise to the people under their care. These can range from those with mild learning difficulties to severe mental and physical disability and from active older people to inactive young people.
Our passion is to see people of all ages and physicalities live their lives to the full. Our training enables safe and effective exercise to become a regular part of everyone’s life, maintaining and improving the general quality of life for all involved.
LifeDock courses are unique and the only training of this kind available in Northern Ireland. All courses are approved and accredited by Open College Network Northern Ireland.
Jacquie Guinn has been an instructor in the fitness industry for over 30 years and is currently a trainer and assessor for Fitness N.I. (the governing body for fitness and exercise in Northern Ireland).
Eleven years ago, Jacquie was approached by Age Concern to develop an accredited training programme for chair-based activity, which led to Jacquie and her business partner creating Lifedock. Today, they have 4 programmes which are being successfully delivered throughout Northern Ireland.
Jacquie is a qualified GP Referral instructor and has also developed and delivered programmes for the clinically obese and for survivors of breast cancer. After training in London, she gained qualifications in Ante Post-natal Fitness, and Stress Management programmes.
She has a Teacher Training Certificate for teaching and tutoring in further and adult education, and a B-Tech in Performing Arts. She has been a coach and mentor for the Fitness Northern Ireland national display team who have performed across the U.K. including events in the Royal Albert Hall and at Silverstone.
Although Jacquie’s experience covers all areas of fitness, she believes that her true vocation lies in teaching the older, frailer individual. She leads a thriving activity club with over 150 members, ranging from 50 to 88 years of age.
Karen Case has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. Her first fitness qualification was in Exercise to Music and the course tutor was none other than Jacquie Guinn, later to become her partner in Lifedock!
Karen then went on to lead exercise classes with older groups and those with physical and learning disabilities. She also trained in Les Mills Bodypump, BodyAttack, BodyBalance & Bodystep programmes and teaches Yoga, Pilates and Tai chi. She also ran her own Gym in Belfast for 5 years.
Karen and Jacquie formed Lifedock after recognising the need for an a professionally formed and accredited Chair Based Activity course and although she still regular instructs classes for the general population her true passion is to bring physical activity to those who are inactive.
Karen lives in Belfast with husband Mark, two daughters and Henry the Giant Schnauzer.