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Secondary Magazine - Issue 48: The interview

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Secondary Magazine Issue 48microphone

The Interview

Name: Jane Wrafter
About you: I’m a fitness instructor and personal trainer, and I run my own business offering pay-as-you-go classes outside gyms.
The most recent use of mathematics in your job was...
taking payment for a class and having to work out the change.
Some mathematics that amazed you is...
that pi really does go on for infinity…………
Why mathematics?
Because it underpins much of the fitness work I do – either working out appropriate weights to use for exercise, trying to improve a client’s body mass index or advising clients on calorific intake.

Your favourite/most significant mathematics-related anecdote is…
One of the strongest muscles in the human body in ratio to its size, is the tongue. 
A mathematics joke that makes you laugh is...
why was 6 afraid of 7?  Because 7 8 9.
Something else that makes you laugh is...
Ricky Gervais. 

Your favourite television programme is…
The X Factor and Dragons’ Den.
Your favourite ice-cream flavour is...
Who inspired you?
The amazing late Jane Tomlinson (cancer sufferer who raised loads of money for charity and overcame amazing physical challenges throughout her illness to do so). 

If you weren’t doing this job you would…

be earning more money doing something else! But it would be something people-oriented (and nothing too mathematical by the way...).

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