This mum’s on a real mission to fight for fitness.
Lisa Bubbins, from Thornton, has kicked, punched and jumped her way to becoming a top national trainer for a global fitness brand.
The 36-year-old recently joined the trainer team at Les Mills UK – the creator of group exercises classes including Bodycombat, Bodypump And Bodyattack.
She will be responsible for training new recruits to become instructors in Bodycombat, as well as helping with instructors’ continued professional development.
The mum-of-two – who teaches Bodycombat, Bodypump, Bodyattack and spinning classes at various fitness venues across the Fylde coast, including the YMCA, Moor Park and the Norbreck Castle – won her place on the trainer team after a gruelling bootcamp with Les Mills UK bosses.
Lisa, who recently set up Evolve Fitness Studios in Fleetwood with husband John, said: “Les Mills offer an exceptional range of group exercise programmes and I am very proud to be joining the national trainer team.
“In addition to being able to develop as an individual trainer, I look forward to having the opportunity to help others to grow and develop as instructors within the Les Mills tribe.”
Les Mills head trainer, Dave Kyle, said: “Lisa showed a fantastic understanding of the essence of the programme, an enthusiasm for creating a fitter planet and is an exceptional instructor.
“It was a really tough process and less than 50 per cent of the people who attended the bootcamp made the team, so Lisa really does deserve a lot of credit.”
Lisa has been teaching fitness classes since 2007.
She started taking part in group exercise at the age of 17, and after the birth of her first child, Logan – when she was 29 – decided on a career change.
She said: “I loved classes and continued them through my pregnancy, I felt the career change would be good from a childcare point of view too, as I could teach classes in the evening.
“I love helping others achieve their goals and watching people develop and progress.
“I love sharing that fitness passion with the people who come to classes – no matter what their individual goals may be. It could be they come to improve their fitness, or because they simply enjoy the music, or just the time away from home, work or life.
“I love the fact that in classes we are all there together, in the moment, hopefully having fun and trying to be stronger, fitter and healthier.”
As a busy mum, Lisa likes to keep herself fit with training when she gets chance – not just to be in shape for herself, but to be a positive role model to her children and her class members.
“I really love the Les Mills programmes of course, and try to get most of my own training from the workouts I teach.
“If I get chance, I try to get in the gym to work on more strength-based functional training too – lots of weights, all-over body workouts and bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, tricep dips and pull-ups.”
And as a parent, Lisa is keen to encourage other mums and pregnant women to be confident in exercise, and still enjoy fitness sessions.
“For me, it’s about giving mums-to-be and new mums options to continue, as they did before, but using adaptations.
“It’s about showing them it’s still achievable to stay fit and healthy and reap the benefits – not just for during pregnancy, but for delivery and post-birth too.”