FEELGOOD FACTOR!

Eve feature on the Feelgood Factory ladies only gym at Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool.'Pictured L-R: Dot Tomkins, Anne Lowe and Ann Newton.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-11-2012

Eve feature on the Feelgood Factory ladies only gym at Palatine Leisure Centre in Blackpool.'Pictured L-R: Dot Tomkins, Anne Lowe and Ann Newton. PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-11-2012

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IN just a short couple of months, Ann Newton and Dot Tomkins have shed more than 40 inches between them at the gym – without even working up a sweat!

And when their inch loss is added to that of the other members of the Feelgood Factory, based at Blackpool Council-run Palatine Leisure Centre, in South Shore, the grand total is a staggering 900!

The women-only fitness suite includes a circuit of resistance machines and toning tables, to allow gym-members to get a full body workout without stressing joints.

Exercisers can take it easier or push themselves if they want and instructors are on-hand to offer expert advice and help with technique and posture.

Ann Newton, from South Shore, has lost 21 inches overall since signing up in July.

The grandmother-of-three said: “I’m getting a bit old for the main gym.

“You can do as much as you like here, it’s more about toning.

There’s no stress on the joints.

“It’s really friendly, we have a laugh, we chat – I enjoy coming and look forward to it.

“I come four times a week if I can. It has really made a difference for me. I can get into clothes I haven’t worn for ages.”

And Dot Tomkins, also from South Shore, lost 20 inches.

She said: “It’s the only exercise I can do, because of various health problems.

“I must admit, I didn’t think it would work.

“But I’ve lost 20 inches, I have more energy. The other day I went out for a walk – I struggle to walk and it used to take me 10 minutes, but it only took five!

“It’s a really relaxed atmosphere, we have a good laugh, a good chat and a gossip.

“You feel comfortable and you can work at your own level.”

Grace Ruston, Feelgood Factory instructor, said the room was set up as a 30-minute circuit for a full body workout.

She said: “It’s great because anybody can do it.

“It’s suitable for those who have never exercised before and wouldn’t feel confident going in the main gym, it can be good for people who’ve had an injury or illness for rehabilitation, it could be good for women getting back into exercise after having a baby, or for any older people who cannot have pressure on their joints.

“The ladies can work as hard as they want to - they work at their own level. They can increase resistance and all the machines work upper and lower body together.

“The atmosphere is really friendly, relaxed and social.

“The toning tables are great for stretching and are quite relaxing.

“It might help ladies build up confidence to go and try other forms of exercise or perhaps go into the main gym.

“And because they enjoy the sessions, it means they stay motivated and keep coming.”