Vicki Anstey, Barreworks, Fitness, Wellness, Ballet Barre, Exercise, SAS: Who Dares Wins
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Vicki Anstey is one of the UK’s leading fitness experts and was Founder of London’s original and award-winning barre and ballet studio, Barreworks.


Vicki’s latest joint-venture, The Barre Collective is the World’s first exhaustive online resource for barre Instructors and barre afficionados alike.


Vicki is also the first female Harlequins Foundation Ambassador and winner of the 2019 ‘Best Female Entrepreneur’ Award at the Richmond Business Awards.


Vicki reached the final of series 4 of Channel 4’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and became one of the first ever female recruits to qualify for the programme.


In August 2021, Vicki secured a new World Record for rowing across the Pacific Ocean as part of all-female trio Girls Who Dare.

Vicki has carefully created and crafted an entirely unique barre fitness programme over the past 10 years and has a dedicated following in South-West London. Along with her highly-trained team, she trains a vast array of clientele from ‘everyday’ individuals to elite-level athletes and everything in-between. She believes that every sport and every individual keen to improve their performance or movement patterns can learn a tremendous amount from the discipline of ballet and barre.


Since her participation in SAS: Who Dares Wins, Vicki has become an advocate for women’s resilience, grit and determination, inspiring others to exploit their genetic potential (physical and mental). She believes in training for general physical preparedness, and that achievement doesn’t have to be constrained by talent – we all have it in us to succeed if we are driven to do so.


“Resilience, grit, determination are all traits that can be learned, developed and applied to aspects of our daily lives – whether you’re running a business, a home, a family or taking on an extreme challenge. Think of it like a kind of ‘ordinary magic’ that anyone can learn.

Training our bodies and minds to be at our best, when we are at our worst and unlocking our true genetic potential is when we really discover who we are and what we are capable of.”

These beliefs, alongside Vicki’s unbreakable mindset lead her to secure a new World Record for rowing 4,000km across the treacherous Pacific Ocean, raising over £90,000 in funding as part of all female trio, Girls Who Dare.

Vicki’s inspiring personal story and journey to success in business and physical adventure have made her a sought after personality on the speaking circuit.

Download Vicki’s Speaker One sheet here.

Vicki spoke at her first Ted X at the Rose Theatre Kingston on 11th January 2020.

Her story of facing her fears and reclaiming her power under the title ‘cutting through the noise’ had the audience gripped. Vicki explains that even your biggests fears can be overcome by simply making a choice. Choosing to put one foot in front of the other and turning perceived barriers into doors that open to a better life. Vicki has overcome a fear of heights and water and dealt with personal obstacles to develop physical and mental resilience that seems to know no bounds. Vicki speaks with a strength and a vulnerability that both inspires and surprises.


Vicki’s Ted X talk is available online here.

In August 2021, Vicki completed her greatest challenge yet.

She and 2 other ordinary women, ‘Girls Who Dare’ rowed 4,000km from California across the Pacific Ocean to Honolulu, Hawaii.

They rowed for 3 hours on, 3 hours off from start to finish and at times were closer to satellites in space than land.

The team were united by their passion for sport and individual challenges that have shaped them into women who jump at the chance to push their boundaries, physically and mentally. 

Their purpose was to inspire young girls and women to dream big, dare to set challenges and push their way out of their comfort zone. To encourage others to reap the life long benefits to body and mind that determination, perseverance and the willingness to face your fears can bring. Vicki took on the challenge, in part, to confront her fear of deep, open water.

​The girls arrived in Hawaii 60 days, 17 hours and 6 minutes after leaving San Francisco under the Golden Gate bridge. They suffered extreme sea-sickness, sleep deprivation, physical deterioration and fatigue. They were visited  by sharks, dolphins, sea lions and had to contend with potentially life-threatening weather conditions. As complete novice rowers before they set off, they found themselves on a steep learning curve, totally unsupported and at the mercy of Mother Nature. Click here to find out more about their journey.

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