The NOMINATIONS have been rolling in over the weekend for the best gym or fitness instructor in Warrington, and it’s time to reveal our list.
After launching our new Best of 2022 competition in the Warrington Guardian at the end of April, we wanted to find out who you think is the best gym or fitness instructor.
Ashleigh Hair and Beauty was the first winner in our Best of 2022 competition in Warrington, taking home the Best for Hair title.
Then came To Pie For, which officially makes the best pie in Warrington and The Pink Room is the best for nails in town.
The latest round of voting took place last weekend as we searched for the best pub with The Seven Woods in Westbrook coming out on top.
Now we need your help to choose the winner in the Best Gym or Fitness Instructor category from our ten shortlisted nominees.
There are three ways to vote:
1. Look for the Best Of post on our Warrington Guardian Facebook or Instagram pages and comment below the post with your winner’s name = 1 vote
2. Name your favorite in the comments section of this article via our website = 2 votes
3. Buy a copy of this week’s Warrington Guardian (May 26 issue) and complete the entry form = 5 votes
(*Note: For newspaper entries please email a screenshot of the completed entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org – please note only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry per person may be submitted , but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplication, for example if your name is Smith you might want to write Smith123 or HS21!newsquest.co.uk/terms)
Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight on Monday.
We will be announcing the winner next week.
Keep an eye out for our next Best Of feature on our social media pages on Friday, when we’ll ask readers to nominate the best fish and chip shop in Warrington.
OUR TOP TEN FITNESS & GYM INSTRUCTORS FINALISTS:
Kelly James @ Studio 1
We were inundated with nominations for Kelly James as messages from her clients flooded our inbox.
One satisfied customer said: “She is brilliant and makes sure all her trainers are too.
“Your courses are so much fun and they are all very inspiring”
Said another: “Kelly has a fantastic gym, with a clear vision and structure that help and guide you through your transformation every step of the way.
“His commitment and dedication are like no other.”
Praise for Kelly also included the way she has transformed the way people not only train but also eat with her courses and classes by re-educating clients on what to eat and how to exercise.
One of the nominations read: “Kelly works hard and gives you help and advice 24 hours a day.
“The results speak for themselves and the atmosphere in the studio is brilliant.
“She would be a worthy winner.”
For more details go to studio1fitness.co.uk/author/seo/#kelly
Kelly James (Fitness Photography – Photography by Matt Marsh)
Clare Mannion, she is strong fitness
Clare was a popular vote with readers, with nominations saying: “she is an inspiration and has done wonders for women not only in Warrington but elsewhere as well.”
One happy customer said: “Nothing is beyond her reach as she is there to encourage, support and guide you.”
Another nomination read: “Offers help and advice on nutrition and physical and mental health.
“What she has built has given many women focus and time for themselves, making new friends, trying new things and stepping out of their comfort zone.
“She is constantly expanding her knowledge in all areas of women’s health with a recent focus on menopause and perimenopause.”
Clare has 30 years of fitness and wellness experience and is “always one step ahead.”
For more details go to facebook.com/sheisstrongcheshire/
Joss Tomlinson by Grade1PT
Joss also received a long list of nominations and had to be in the top ten.
One nomination read: “Joss is a fantastic motivator and knows what he’s doing.
“I have seen him train experienced gym goers to hit goals.
“I have experienced it by training as a beginner and making myself feel like an athlete who can achieve anything!
“His expertise in nutrition specifically for women is a great asset, and he always goes above and beyond to help.”
Joss is able to help clients who have previous injuries and help them on their way back to fitness with a happy client who says he created a personal training program for them after a serious knee injury and while they were waiting for surgery.
Another said: “I have always found Joss encouraging, professional and extremely knowledgeable.
“He always made the sessions fun and informative.”
For more details go to facebook.com/Grado1PT
women’s fitness academy
With clients returning from injury able to run the London Marathon, The Female Fitness Academy was a definite candidate for our shortlist.
One of the nominations read: “I couldn’t have done it without your experience, advice and support.
“The company and their trainers are amazing and have given me the knowledge to keep my body and mind fit and healthy.
“As my body has aged, they have given me the confidence to continue with your program, allowing me to be more active.”
For more details go to facebook.com/FemaleFitnessAcademy/
women’s fitness academy
Nic Chorley Rae Rae Fitness
Nic had daily challenges during the national lockdowns that turned out to be a huge motivator for her clients.
Praise for Nic focused on his expertise and his ability to tailor training to people’s needs.
She boosts personal confidence as well as fitness levels and “goes above and beyond for everyone.”
One nominee said: “Your group sessions are personalized, supportive and fun.
“We don’t even realize how hard we’re working.”
Another said: “I have had a few PTs over the years but I would vote for Nic for his absolute commitment to his work while always having a smile on his face.
“She is a great motivator, which is what I need to come back to again and again.”
For more details go to facebook.com/nic.raept
nic chorley rae
Sarah Smith dance and fitness
Sarah received nominations and recommendations from clients, children and parents alike, as she teaches classes for people of all ages and abilities at the Great Sankey LiveWire Hub and the Chapelford Elementary School Community Room.
With Zumba kids, street dance and cheer for youth and Zumba and Clubbercise for adults, there’s something for everyone’s exercise and fitness needs.
One nomination read: “I have been attending Sarah’s classes on and off for years, in between having my children, and she has always been brilliant at keeping everyone motivated.
“She lets us go at our own pace and shows us variations of the moves to challenge ourselves, so there’s a fantastic atmosphere in the class with so many different ages and backgrounds.
“How she runs so many classes, juggles her three children, and even manages to host social events for all of us is amazing.
“We are all such good friends now and we met through Sarah’s classes.”
Sarah is “inspiring and enthusiastic” who “puts 100% into every class” and “is a true star” who leaves attendees wanting more.
She “goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is having fun and is fully engaged in her classes.”
For more details go to facebook.com/SSdanceandfitness
Chris Berry in Berry Fit
Satisfied clients of Chris say that she “always makes people feel comfortable so they enjoy their sessions” and “tailors the workouts to the individual with a lot of variation in each session.”
One nomination read: “The sessions are great for both physical and mental health.
“Chris really cares about the well-being of his clients, setting goals and helping you achieve goals so you feel fabulous.”
Another said: “Chris is passionate about fitness and incredibly patient.
“She makes the training sessions I have with her so much fun and is always thinking of new ways to make it fresh.
“As a busy mom, she fully understands the pressures of trying to stay in shape while taking care of a family and holding down a full-time job.
“Our fitness sessions are about more than just staying fit, they’re also about maintaining positive mental wellness.”
For more details go to facebook.com/christine.berry.7146
Nathan Kennedy Personal Training
When the first nomination says “training with him was the best decision I’ve ever made”, Nathan must be doing something right with his clients.
They progress with adapted programs and receive advice on nutrition, as well as exercise and fitness.
One nomination read: “Nathan listens to his clients and treats us all as individuals before crafting a plan that works for each of us.
“He goes above and beyond and has built a community that helps and supports each other.”
For more details go toor facebook.com/NathanKennedyPT
Sophia Butler at Anytime Fitness in Stockton Heath
Sophia has the ability to change people’s minds about exercise and fitness and helps encourage clients to want to exercise.
One nomination read: “I have never been a huge fan of going to the gym and taking classes, however last year I changed my mind and that was solely due to Sophia.
“Going to his classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays was hard work but very rewarding and fun to do.
“I have never felt as supported as there and would highly recommend Sophia.”
Another said: “Sophia is a great confidence booster and a knowledgeable and supportive personal trainer.
“She has transformed my attitude towards working out at the gym and I can’t thank her enough.”
For more details go to facebook.com/ptsoph/
Sophia Butler and her colleagues
Vicky Loft PT
Vicky has motivational packs to keep her clients up to speed on their bootcamp sessions.
One satisfied customer said: “No matter your age or fitness level, there is always something you can do.
“She builds our confidence and is very supportive.”
Another added: “I get fit and healthy and socialize at the same time it’s great!”
Clients are all smiles during her workouts and one, who has 1:1 personal sessions with Vicky at her home, said it makes getting fit look easy and nothing like a chore.
She said: “Vicky has a really positive attitude and is very encouraging, so she made a huge difference to my mental and physical well-being.
“I needed the push and now the sky is the limit!”
For more details go to facebook.com/fitmumswithvicky