Fiona became interested in the BodyFit courses after volunteering at Accrington Women’s Centre. After hearing about the BodyFit training sessions and looking back on her 11 years of teaching Pilates she made a decision and says ‘’I wanted to give something back’’. With that she began her training in February 2015 to become a BodyFit Leader.
Set up by Active Lancashire funded through the ‘Reach’ pilot programme- SportEngland, BodyFit aims to promote physical activity and wellbeing by providing active sessions where women can build their confidence, make new friends and creates employment pathways for further development and lasting change.. The BodyFit course provided Fiona access to opportunities such as the BodyFit Leader course
After completing her BodyFit Leader course Fiona developed and delivered Tonefit. Fiona’s Tonefit class required her to take responsibility for the delivery of regular physical activity sessions to women registered at the Centre. About Tonefit she says ‘’It is designed to introduce women to the benefits of gentle exercise and build confidence’’. Identifying availability of a quiet space where ladies could exercise close by to the Women’s Centre was crucial so the venues are within walking distance of the Women’s Centre.
Upon reflection of the impact the class has had many advantages to women taking part. Fiona describes the effect it had on their physical activity levels as ‘good’ but something that really stood out to her from Tonefit was that ‘’There have been ladies that have had setbacks but despite this still persevered with classes, it was so good to see them making progress’’
Sessions currently take place in Accrington Women’s Centre, 21-23 Blackburn Road, BB5 1HF
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