Meet the woman hoping to get families Roc-ing

Leigh Hamilton is opening Fit At fitness studios in Layton.  She is pictured with daughter Cole Hamilton.

Leigh Hamilton is opening Fit At fitness studios in Layton. She is pictured with daughter Cole Hamilton.

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This Layton mum is on a mission to rock your body!

Leigh Hamilton, fitness instructor and personal trainer, is opening a new studio in Layton – hoping to help local people get fit.

Leigh – who teaches a variety of exercise classes such as Zumba and aqua aerobics – runs her own company, Fit-At, and has now created her own brand of group fitness programmes.

The mum-of-one is holding an open day at Studio One, based on Collingwood Place, Layton, on Saturday, from 11am until 3pm.

People will be able to come along and take part in taster sessions for the classes on offer, go on a guided tour and chat to Leigh.

And she is very keen to incorporate children’s fitness and exercise sessions for littles ones with parents.

Leigh – who regularly organises fund-raising Zumba sessions – said: “I suppose fitness has always been there in my life, as my grandad had a gym in South Wales during the 80s and my dad used to run leisure centres.

“I went into performing arts, but after a knee injury I had to change career.

“I became a personal trainer and went into teaching fitness.

“After working in the industry for some time, and having my daughter, who is now 19 months old, I realised how big this career could be.

“We will be offering a whole range of classes at the studio, including Zumba, step aerobics, children’s classes and hopefully Pilates and dance, as well as my own brand of fitness programmes.”

RocBod, RocIt and RocBaby are the first of Leigh’s own fitness brand, and she will be conducting instructor training in the programmes.

The 32-year-old, who is married to Adam, said: “RocBod is a strength and conditioning class, which I put together after noticing during a cool-down in a Zumba class, how hard many people seemed to find it to stretch.

“I believe in looking at all five components of fitness.

“RocBod is about using fluid movements and exercises to work on strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, body composition and flexibility.

“I want to get the programme accredited and to train other instructors – I’ve noticed with a lot of courses these days you don’t get much for your money.

“On courses, it’s often two days and then you’re sort of left to it, so I want this to be different.

“I will also be running RocIt, which will be a high intensity interval training (HIIT) class and am working on RocBaby and RocTots, too.

“The idea behind them is to get families exercising together – so parents can bring their tot or baby and workout together – even using the baby as a weight.

“I hope to run children’s classes and perhaps work with Sure Start centres.

“The statistics around obesity are pretty scary, so exercise is something I am really passionate about.”

n Leigh’s next charity Zumba will take place on June 6, at the YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes, in aid of Fylde Coast Home Start, between 2 and 4pm.

n For more information, visit www.fit-at.com or email leigh@fit-at.com