FOUR successful slimmers who shed more than 10 stone between them are to launch their own flab-fighting fitness class after becoming weight loss coaches.
The quartet, all from the Capital, lost a combined 145lbs as a result of taking part in health challenge courses.
Now Slateford fitness instructor Sarah Bromley, who had seen her own weight spiral as a result of her first pregnancy, and three of her former students are to run their own class in an attempt to inspire others to follow in their now-sprightly footsteps.
Sarah, 35, has been a fitness coach for five years but found she had gained three-and-a-half stone following the birth of her son, Noah, 18 months ago.
She said: “I’d always been quite fit, but I didn’t cope very well with the pregnancy. I had a big baby and put on a lot of weight and it was the first time I’d had a weight problem.
“It was a shock but I got through it, and it’s definitely made me a better instructor. You can only properly empathise with other people if you’ve been through it personally.”
Sarah will be joined by 28-year-old Gorgie care assistant Jana Reuter, 35-year-old Drum Brae bus driver Alan Mather, and 52-year-old proof reader and life coach Anne Marie Bostyn, of Currie.
All four will work as instructors at the weekly hour-long classes, which will focus for 30 minutes on nutrition education while participants will exercise for the other half an hour.
Exercises will include boxercise and zumba classes while topics will include hydration, the importance of protein and carbohydrates, digestive health and ways to boost metabolism.
Alan, who shed three stone, said he wanted to help others after seeing the transformation that losing weight had made to his life.
He said: “A year ago I was overweight, low on energy and generally very negative about life. My life is completely different now. I’m more confident, full of energy, love talking to people and want others to feel as good as I feel.”
Anne Marie weighed 12 stone when she first attended a wellness class, after struggling with her size for 30 years. Now a healthy 10 stone, she said: “This is the only thing that I found worked for me. Before I started I thought I knew about nutrition, but I would struggle to lose weight or lose it and then just put it back on.
“I am excited about starting as a leader. It feels like I’m giving something back to the community and that’s what motivates me.”
Jana, who lost 12 per cent of her body fat last year, said: “I’d never thought about joining a group to lose weight before but I had tried losing weight by myself and got stuck.
“I would urge anyone in the same place as I was to take the plunge and join. It’s going to be a relaxed, fun and welcoming class where everyone supports each other for success.”
The Active Body Challenge starts on January 24 at Carrick Knowe Church, starting at 6.30pm. The 12-week course costs £24, with cash prizes on offer to those who lose the most fat.