Classes put the fun back into fitness

FITNESS GURU -- Jane with some of her students
FITNESS GURU -- Jane with some of her students

A NEW exercise class launched in Hucknall aims to put the fun and friendship back into fitness.

Jane Devine is behind the Devine Fitness initiative, which is open to all ages and abilities.

The 48-year-old, of Spring Street, Hucknall says the hour-long classes, which are based on exercise to music, are a throwback to the 1980s and 1990s and the days of TV fitness guru Mr Motivator.

“The emphasis is on fun and fitness,” said Jane. “I don’t want people to see the classes as just for the super-fit.

“I can tailor the routines to the group but I want to create an atmosphere where anyone can come along, give it a go and achieve their goals.”

Jane, who is a civil servant, previously ran classes at Hucknall Church Hall (now the John Godber Centre) on Ogle Street more than 20 years ago but took a break to raise a family.

She is married to Daran (41) and has two children — Nicola (19) and Stephen (16).

Classes are held at The Empire, off Beardall Street, on Tuesday nights. They start with a warm-up and include aerobic, strength and endurance elements.

Jane, who has qualifications in leading exercise classes to music, conducts a health questionnaire on everyone who signs up to the class.

She honed her skills at the Central Club on Watnall Road where she held trial exercise sessions with her friends. Jane also runs classes at the Central Club for members only on Wednesdays.

“One of the problems is that some people feel alienated from fitness,” said Jane. “I want to change that with my classes. I’m not young but I can do it and so can everyone else.”