FITNESS instructor Lilian Brimelow is showing no signs of slowing down - at 75 she still leads a packed class for LA Fitness.
Lilian, from Southampton, runs the Prime Time programme for over 55s and is now studying with Lifetime, to extend her fitness instructing qualification.
Lilian said: “I used to work as a manager in a home care service but when I moved from Sutton Coldfield I didn’t know anybody and needed to find a way of making new friends.
“When I joined LA Fitness as a member I decided to teach my own fitness classes at the club. I loved the social aspect and found that making friends in the gym came so easily. With my love of aerobics instructing, I knew I wanted to provide a fun and active class to people of my age.”
Lilian is working towards an NVQ Level 2 in Fitness Instructing which enables her to study for a qualification while working part-time.
Lilian added: “I’m currently working with our gym manager on how to devise exercise programmes for over the 50’s. Now when I teach an aerobics class, I can explain to members what muscles are being used for each exercise and the benefits.”
Lilian has been teaching two classes a week and they have become extremely popular. She also runs classes for Age Concern and sheltered housing.
She said: “People are finding that working as a fitness instructor is a perfect way to keep fit and socialise – and someone of any age can do it. I have seen my fitness levels increase and it’s very important that older people exercise especially around the winter time. My next goal is to take up a nutrition course with Lifetime so I can offer professional advice on nutrition particularly relating to common conditions in seniors like osteoporosis.”
Go backPosted on 16th August 2007