In today’s blog – to celebrate ME TIME being a finalist in the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGamechanger Awards - our Outreach and Communities Manager, Catrina Lewis, answers some questions about the hugely successful ME TIME Luton women’s fitness and activity programme.
Please vote for ME TIME to win the ‘Inspiring Initiative – Local’ Award on the Women’s Sport Trust site here: http://www.womenssporttrust.com/bagc2017/. The winner is decided by public vote so please support us!
Why do you think ME TIME has been so successful?
I think that, for many women, leisure centres with gyms, fitness classes and pools can appear intimidating and they simply don’t think it’s for people like them.
The fact is that these facilities are fantastic and there is something for everyone no matter what fitness level, but if that’s how you feel then it just won’t interest you. We listened to what women wanted and tried to develop a programme to respond to that. The most important things being fun fitness activities, friendly instructors, a non-judgemental environment and in locations near homes and schools that are familiar and also fit around daily family life.
What are your aspirations for the women of Luton?
To have the opportunity to access fitness activities as well as to have fun being active and enjoying the improved health and mental wellbeing that this brings. It’s not about competing unless, of course, you want it to be! (I removed “or setting goals”)
What’s the most popular ME TIME session?
Difficult to say as there are so many variants around what makes a sessions popular, however we have very high numbers attending the numerous classes delivered at River Bank Primary School which include Latin Fusion, core stability and body conditioning.
What’s the one thing that stands out for you about ME TIME?
The way we’ve brought women from different communities together to enjoy each other’s company – and get fitter in the process! These are two of my favourite comments that we’ve had:
“Meeting other women from across the town has been fantastic. We all have so much in common.”
“I don’t think I would have got back into exercise without the Me Time programme!”