OLYMPIC multi-medal legend Kelly Holmes was in Dame good form on Friday when she was put through her paces at the launch of a brand new compact team exercise regime – a programme Woking’s Freedom Leisure Centre have signed up to.
An ambassador for Sport Relief (featured in last week’s News & Mail), Pulse Fitness Equipment and now APEX – six 30-minute, high-intensity workout programmes designed by gym gurus Kelly Edwards and Jeremy Boyd of the Physical Company – Dame Kelly MBE, DBE, who’ll be 45 this year, is an inspiration to us all.
She put on a peak performance through the gruelling Ignite session, driven on by instructors PC’s Kelly, and Freedom Leisure’s Geoff Adjei and Martin Brider.
Dame Kelly (right), who exercises five or six days a week, told the News & Mail: “Apex is a perfect workout for me personally as you are motivated for a full 30 minutes, which is easy to fit into your day. It’s in a class atmosphere, but you can follow it at your own level, so it suits everyone. I won’t need to exercise again today.”
After a couple of years’ break, the middle-distance Olympic gold medallist is back into her running and firmly believes in setting goals.
She said: “Potentially, I hope to be running this year’s London Marathon for a number of different charities.”
Dame Kelly’s biggest satisfaction comes from inspiring others.
“People get scared of taking part in classes but they just need to realise they can do it at their own level. It’s not a competition – it’s about switching on the brain and knowing why you’re doing it. I love to encourage others to work out.
“I do lots of motivational speaking around the world, getting people to change their habits and their way of thinking.”
Freedom Leisure currently runs two of the six APEX sessions.