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Fit for anything; in association with fish4 jobs Michelle Rushton meets JULIE ROWLINSON, fitness co-ordinator, The Village Hotel.

Byline: Michelle Rushton

WHEN Julie Rowlinson was at school, she hated PE. It was the one lesson she always tried to avoid and admits she would regularly skive.

But her PE teacher identified a particular talent and quickly had Julie signed up for the crosscountry team, and netball and rounders teams, and she also represented her school in the javelin.

"I did not enjoy PE and games at school and it was always my teacher who would be persuading me to do things, claiming I had a talent for sport - but I just could not see it," Julie recalled.

It was not until Julie, now 31, left high school that she started to take a vague interest in sport.

She started a job in hairdressing and two years later gave birth to her first daughter, Alycia.

Julie, from Great Sankey, in Warrington, said: "A year later I had a second child, and as I noticed my body starting to change I realised I wanted to do something about it. I also wanted to do a job which would fit around the children."

Julie decided to join a course which would enable her to qualify as a fitness instructor. Now, seven years later, she is one of the fittest women you could meet.

As fitness co-ordinator at The Village Hotel's leisure club, in Warrington, Julie takes 10 classes every week, from aqua and spinning to body pump, aerobics and stability ball.

Julie is also the first fitness instructor to introduce BODYVIVE - a new style of workout - to the region. This originated in New Zealand.

She explained: "This work-out is aimed at the less fit. It is suitable for people who may not have exercised previously, and also for people who may be returning to exercise after having a baby, or those who are pregnant or overweight. I would describe it as a low-impact but highly energising class."

Julie confesses to being a changed person since her school days. Despite taking 10 classes every week, she still insists on getting out of bed at 5.30am every day while her children - Alycia, 12, Danielle, 10, Sophia, two, and 17-month-old Zak, are still sleeping - to spend one and a half hours on the treadmill.

Julie said: "I do this six days a week. I actually do not think of my classes as a work-out for myself, because obviously I am teaching. I think it is important for me to do my own daily workout, but this can be difficult with the children, so this is the reason I decide to get up at this early hour to ensure I get my exercise in for the day."

She added: "Fitness really is my life now. It is fantastic to think I now have a job doing what I absolutely love. It is a dream come true."

I now have a job doing what I love
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2007
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