A fitness fanatic from Lanarkshire took home an award for her efforts to help others stay healthy.
Christine Reid of Cambuslang won the Regional Community Fitness Instructor Scotland award at the National Community Fitness Awards.
Christine, who has taught fitness classes in Rutherglen and Cambuslang for the past 11 years, was delighted to lift the award, which was presented at a ceremony in Newcastle in November.
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The 48-year-old recounted Lanarkshire Live : “It was great. I was a finalist last year, when it was all online, and I was a finalist the year before in another category, so it was great to go down, to see some other people and have a night out.
“I believe fitness is for everyone and no matter where clients start, there is a place for them in my classroom.
“Over the past 11 years, I have continuously worked hard to establish and grow my client base and to make sure new class members feel welcome in our fitness family.
“I hope our fitness community has gained confidence, improved their fitness, and made lifelong friendships in the process.
“I think our weekly sessions are a lifeline for those looking to escape the stress and worries of their daily lives.
“Witnessing the physical and emotional benefits of class members fills my heart with happiness and pride, knowing that I have made a positive contribution to their lives. “
Founded in 2015, the Community Fitness Awards are designed to recognize hard work and inspiring stories of community fitness activities that positively impact the physical, mental and social health of participants.
The awards aim to recognize not only instructors who teach in communities, but also business support and inspiring participants.
Over the past year, Christine has delivered weekly online classes in response to the global pandemic.
Now that a more normal routine is possible, Christine runs classes offering a variety of popular fitness programs including Zumba, POUND Rockout Workout, Broadway Boogie, and Fat Burn Extreme.
Christine originally intended to work in her family’s electrical engineering business, but the deaths of both parents within six months of each other in 2009 and 2010 resulted in the business being shut down and the saw her start exploring a career in fitness instead. .
Shortly after starting ZUMBA classes, Christine took fitness qualification training in other fitness programs to enable her to offer a wider choice of classes in the community, and she continued to work at within the community since then.
The mom of two added, “I had gone to a Zumba class with a buddy, just as Zumba was starting here, and I was wondering ‘what was that’ – I didn’t. never thought this would be something I would accept as a career.
“But I don’t feel like I’ve been doing this for 11 years – it’s just fun and something that I really enjoy doing.
Christine, who still remains in Cambuslang, will begin classes at a new location, Rutherglen Old Parish Church, in the new year, along with her current sessions.
For more details on all his courses, visit his Facebook page here for details.
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