A MORPETH woman has combined fitness with family by starting a new type of exercise class in the town.
After coming across the Tyson Method by accident, Elizabeth Ions soon decided it was for her and she learned the various techniques so she could lead sessions to help women stay healthy.
The mother-of-two is now the first certified trainer for this programme in Europe.
The workouts are aimed in particular at women who want to exercise but find it difficult due to time and childcare issues, however all adult ladies are welcome. Mums who sign up are encouraged to bring their children with them and if they are old enough they can be part of the session.
Ms Ions was made redundant from her position as an IT manager at Northern Rock while on maternity leave in 2008 and she then became a qualified in nutrition and personal training.
“It was hard to deal with the redundancy when it happened, but it actually did me a favour because I’m now doing something worthwhile that I really enjoy,” she said.
“I was looking for something else on the internet when I came across an advert for the Tyson Method, which caught my attention. I had a look on its website and so much of what it teaches and promotes totally struck a chord.
“As mums it’s hard to find time for ourselves, so by attending these classes with our children we can begin lead a healthier lifestyle whilst promoting healthy and positive messages to them.
“We have women who bring along their babies and some come with toddlers or children aged four and five, who have their own mat and do their own exercises or join in with some of our training. We even try to get the younger ones involved, for example when we do circuits we sometimes put them in the middle of the circle.”
The programme, also known as bootcamps4moms, also known as bootcamps4moms, is already available in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. It was devised by former award-winning fitness competitor Tami Tyson.
The sessions work on all parts of the body and the results promised include giving participants more energy, increased flexibility, a stronger core and better posture.
Ms Ions did an intensive three-month course, including practical sessions where she did the exercises herself and assignments, to qualify as a Tyson Method trainer.
She runs classes at Storey Park Community Centre, Kirkhill, St Aidan’s Church Hall, Stobhill, the Riverside Leisure Centre, Newmarket, and St Robert’s Church Hall in Oldgate as well as in Newcastle. If demand grows, she will employ trainers to do more sessions across the region.
She said: “It’s a tough workout and you will see results, but all fitness levels are catered for so no-one feels left out. We will, however, teach everyone how to manipulate their own body to maximize its potential.”
“The women who have been to the first few sessions I’ve done say it has made them more confident about their bodies and they enjoy socialising with other women.”
For more information about the classes, including dates, times and prices, call Ms Ions on 079215 29021.