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lifesmart
Kate Cracknell talks to Carole Caplin, founder
and MD of Lifesmart, about the centre’s all-
embracing approach to health and wellbeing
what is lifesmart?
Lifesmart is a health, fitness and wellbeing centre where we
address all elements of your lifestyle to ensure meaningful,
lasting results. We aim to make people as knowledgeable and
independent as possible in looking after their own wellbeing, so
that our role eventually becomes no more than fine-tuning.
why did you want to create the centre?
I knew a long, long time ago that one day I would do this. I used
to be a dancer, but then moved into business, working in sales.
I was smoking 10–15 cigarettes a day, on the pill, eating
chocolate and McDonald’s, you name it. I ended up three and
half stone overweight, couldn’t move from my waist down, was
covered in acne, had ME… and an osteopath gave me some
home truths about the state I was in: she wasn’t going to help
me any more until I helped myself.
I fi nally recognised that I needed to do something and
I went back to all my old training haunts, but nobody
really had the expertise to help me – nobody was piecing
everything together, so I did things in a very fragmented Caplin: Personal experience led her to create Lifesmart
way, without any real understanding as to where I needed
to begin and where it was going to end. stuff is very important, but that real life experience means I
Eventually, I worked with two cranial osteopaths and slowly genuinely understand the mental barriers to lifestyle change –
taught myself to walk again, but I very much had to fi gure it out the anger, the tears, the desire to just give up sometimes, the
for myself. I learnt a huge amount from all that. The textbook need to continually reinforce your decision to make a change.
It also made me realise that health and fi tness has to work in
stages, starting with a really comprehensive check of a person’s
The Lifesmart centre teaches people to cook healthily history. Everyone’s body is different, but the most important
thing is to be as intelligent and as thorough as you can.
who are you targeting?
We attract a lot of business people – bankers, hedge fund
executives, judges, journalists and so on – as well as elite
sportsmen and women. But we also work with people who
need to address specific health issues: families with an
anorexic child, for example; people with structural issues and
injuries; people who’ve had heart surgery, who are terrified
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they might have to make food-wise.
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so how does lifesmart work?
A large part of our work is as near to preventative as possible,
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or else it’s rehabilitating people who’ve got themselves into hot
water either cardiovascularly or structurally.
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