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17Sep 19

Natalie takes on Duke Of Edinburgh

My name is Natalie I'm 14 years old and earlier this year I took part in my Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh with my school Belmont Academy. I walked for almost 8 hours around Loch Doon which was almost 9 miles, before setting up camp for an overnight stay. This was a great learning experience as I learnt how to use a Trangia to cook dinner and how to set up my tent aswell as not overpacking. There is many benefits to taking part in Duke Of Edinburgh - it makes you fitter as you need resilience and perseverance and you…

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27Jun 19

Wake Up & Workout

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved being active. From sports day at primary school to gymnastics classes I was always involved in something.  Out with school I was either found out on my bike or running around with friends. My mum enrolled me with a local dance school at a very young age and loved it, until I reached around the age of 7 and I lost all interest when I became scared and anxious of dance exams and so I decided to quit. When I was in my early teens I had absolutely no…

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25Jun 19

Challenging Myself

Challenging Myself In my teenage years I was naturally fit/slim and took part in hockey & dance classes to keep fit. However, when I hit my 20’s, living a student lifestyle of partying and eating badly I kind of let myself go. My friend joined KA Leisure a great wee gym I must say, she raved on about Body Combat - so I gave it go. 7 years on and I have stuck in at the gym and enjoy all different types of fitness classes. I am now currently training at Dual Fitness, which involves 3 circuit classes a week…

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15Apr 19


Nicola shares her story…. I have always been conscious of my shape and size, I used to dance when I was young and remember looking at all of the lumps and bumps in that horrible Lycra! I was never “overweight” but always looked at the girls who were super skinny. Realistically I was never going to be one of those girls, as my build was not made for that. I started playing hockey when I was about 12 and it was my cousin who got me in to a local team. I played every season until I was about 25…

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10Apr 19

Girl Power at Scouts!

Here is Nia (13) story... I have been a Scout at the 73rd Bourtreehill Group for nearly 8 years now and have worked my way through the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sections. I have received the top award at each age group and here you can see me pictured with my Chief Scout Gold Award. In June I will move up to the Explorer’s Section where I will start my Module A and Young Leader Training. For a lot of the time I was the only female in my section. This is starting to change as several girls have joined…

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13Mar 19

Completion was my only #Aspiration

I first set up a Jog Scotland group in 2012 after having developed a love of running relatively late in life.  I have always loved to keep fit but never ran until I had my third child. I was paying a gym membership that I was never able to use, so that was no longer an option.  I signed up for a local 10k thinking it was way beyond my abilities. I began training by running just a few miles and then slowly built up the distance.  It was then that I began to love running! Not for the fitness…

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06Mar 19

Never regret taking the first step!

Elizabeth started exercising 5 years ago in her early 40s after realising she couldn’t change the things going on around her but could change herself! Circumstances meant there was a lot of stress and frustration in her life and so she took the brave decision to start attending Steph Smith fitness classes. Elizabeth now feels much more able to cope with stress and never feels like giving up! The ‘can do’ attitude she has developed has spurred Elizabeth on in other areas of her life too as she is now at college and studying towards a degree. Having 5 children…

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25Feb 19

Tricia can shimmy!

If you're seeking some inspiration to exercise more often, then take some pointers from this active lady… Tricia is a busy working woman who travels for work but won’t miss a fitness class if she can help it. She’s attended Burlex and Stretch & Tone, every Monday night at Irvine Community Sports Club for the past 2 years, as she loves these classes for the exercise she gets and the amazing bunch of people who also go. Here’s what Tricia has to say, “Vanessa Anderson is a fantastic instructor. Choreographs the dances and keeps up to date with new chart…

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