Let’s get physical! Winners get set for the gym

Winners of the ActiveStEds Train with Barry competition''Pictured: Mark Thomspon, Nicola Buckle Instructor Helen Bye and Heather Bream
Winners of the ActiveStEds Train with Barry competition''Pictured: Mark Thomspon, Nicola Buckle Instructor Helen Bye and Heather Bream
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A trio of Free Press reading gym-dodgers are getting set to dust off their sweatbands and leotards as they take on a fitness challenge.

Mark Thompson, Nicola Buckle and Heather Breamhave taken up the Active St Eds gauntlet after winning Abbeycroft Leisure’s competition to win a 12-month gym membership and help from a fitness instructor - worth nearly £500.

The trio will be joined in the gym by Free Press editor, Barry Peters, as he continues his challenge to lose as much weight as possible for our Beat It! Appeal.

The winners bagged their membership after convincing the Free Press and Abbeycroft Leisure that they were looking to get active.

Ms Buckle, 26, from Brandon, said she had been fit while at school, but had put on weight after the death of her father.

“I have been trying to lose weight for about seven years and I’ve tried different things that haven’t worked - I felt like I needed some help,” she said.

Ms Bream, 36, from Bury, said she had last been a gym member ten years ago, but family life had knocked her fitness regime.

“I have had three children and never managed to get my fitness back.

“The problem is that I’m rubbish at exercise and eat too much chocolate!” she said.

Mr Thompson, 50, from the Bury area, said he wanted to get back in shape after ‘letting myself go’.

“I had hip surgery around 10 years ago and I’ve put on a lot of weight since.

“I find it very daunting to go in the gym because I’m not that way inclined but this was a good way to get fit again,” he said.

Helen Bye, fitness instructor - who has been dubbed ‘the Smiling Assasin’ by Mr Peters due to her gruelling workouts - will be taking the winners through their paces.

She said: “We’ll give them each a tailored programme to get the most out of their time here and it will be tough - there will definitely be some mild discomfort at first!

“Hopefully these guys can be an inspiration to people who don’t feel like they can get out there and get fit.”