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Ladies, get in shape at Shapers

New gym area for women only at Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex

A new gym area for ladies at Boston's Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex will be just what the doctor ordered for Rachel Hensman.

Rachel uses a wheelchair and has osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and it is vital she does all she can to maintain bone density and joint flexibility.

Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning illness which mainly affects women and Rachel (53) is delighted to have discovered the new Shapers gym area at the GMLC.

She said: "I have used gyms and I don't mind a mixed gym but, given the choice, I'd opt for the less-intimidating atmosphere in an area reserved for ladies only."

The gym was set up with some redundant items of kit and uses an area formerly used for storage.

Inactivity among women is a national concern, prompting the This Girl Can campaign, and has been a particular health and wellbeing issue in the Boston area.

Local research revealed that some women were put off by feeling they would be intimidated by a traditional gym where they would have to mix with people of both sexes who could be fitter and more confident.

This is supported by This Girl Can which reports that 75 per cent of women said they wanted to be more active but the main barrier was "fear of judgement".

And an Active Lives Survey by Sport England found almost 27 per cent of women were "inactive" (less than 30 minutes per week).

GMLC manager Dave Horry said: "There is a proven need in this area for people to address levels of inactivity, and then we discovered a proven need by some who felt they would be uncomfortable in a traditional gym. We have tried to give choice."

Dave said one woman had already visited for an induction session and was attending a gym for the first time in 20 years.

The equipment aims to exercise all major muscle groups and will provide a taster for anyone new to a gym, an introduction to  a conventional gym or as a permanent base for anyone looking to get fitter or tone up.

Music and images to inspire exercise are provided by a big-screen TV and all the other usual facilities at the centre are available.

Rachel attended with her friend and carer Roz Mason (50), who said: "I have always been to a gym, but you gain confidence in a ladies' only area and benefit from the support you get."

Membership details and costs are the same as the main gym at the GMLC and can be found here http://bit.ly/2qrFQEn

Make a date with GMLC instructor Liisa for an assessment and a personal fitness plan. Call her on 01205 363483 or email Leisure.centre@boston.gov.uk

The new gym has been named by Helen Hicks, who won a Facebook competition and a prize of a free month's gym membership.

Roz Mason and Rachel Hensman at GMLC ladies' gym Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Rachel (right) and  her friend and carer Roz get  to know equipment in the new gym area at Boston's Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex.

Areta Katiliute (27) at GMLC ladies' gym Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Areta Katiliute (27) enjoys a workout.

From left Karen Reader (41) Alison Haigh (54) and Gemma Palmer (34) at Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Pedalling their way to fitness, Alison Haigh (54) right, and Karen Reader (41). Gemma Palmer (34) on the seated rower.