Mum’s fitness sessions expand their reach

Elizabeth Ions, far left back row, at the launch of her workout sessions in Morpeth.
Elizabeth Ions, far left back row, at the launch of her workout sessions in Morpeth.

Children are now benefiting from exercise classes set up by a Morpeth woman.

Elizabeth Ions is also helping NHS workers to improve their fitness and she has introduced a new evening session in the town centre.

The mother-of-two was made redundant from her position as an IT manager at Northern Rock while on maternity leave in 2008 and she then became qualified in nutrition and personal training.

When she came across the Tyson Method by accident, it strongly appealed to her and she did an intensive course to be able to teach these exercises, which are aimed in particular at women.

A Thursday morning class where mums can bring along their baby/toddler was established two years ago and it has proved very popular. It currently takes place at the Morpeth Boys’ Brigade Hall in Manchester Street and this is also the venue for sessions on Wednesday evenings (7pm start) where mums can bring older children.

After getting in touch with a member of staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, she is running classes for staff at facilities in Northumberland and North Tyneside. In addition, sessions for first school children are taking place at Abbeyfields and St Robert’s after school.

Ms Ions said: “It was a gamble bringing something new to the region, so I’m delighted that my classes have been well received. It helps that each session is different and a free body scan is available.

“I’m pleased to be running tailored sessions for children and there is a waiting list at Abbeyfields and St Robert’s.”

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