Busy women in Midlothian are being offered the chance to exercise and get fit at a new women-only facility in Bonnyrigg.
Personal trainer Salina Shaffique has launched Venus Fitness, a two-room studio in Dalhousie Business Park.
The training space has been designed as a comfortable environment for women to exercise, have fun and socialise. It comprises a classroom to accommodate a variety of fitness classes and a personal training suite with free weights for one-to-one and group personal training sessions.
Venus Fitness aims to fill a gap in the market by providing proven weight-loss training packages for women, who would prefer to exercise within a private environment.
Salina (33), who is a Premier Level 3 advanced personal trainer, opened the studio doors recently and has been delighted with the response to her new venture.
She said: “It’s been a massive hit and it feels as though I’ve been open more than two weeks. Until now, I’ve been working as a personal trainer from my garage at home, but, I was getting so busy, I had to find another space. What I’ve found here is ideal.”
Salina believes the studio’s women-only ethos will prove a big hit.
She said: “Women go to gyms and tend to use the cardio-based or resistance equipment. They want to use free weights, but don’t know how to use them. Usually these places are full of men and women can feel intimidated.”
As a mum of two young children, she understands the difficulties of combining exercise with a busy family life.
Salina exercised during both her pregnancies and, through sensible diet and exercise, regained her figure and energy levels.
She said: “After giving birth, women are always keen to get back into shape, but they have to make sure they’re exercising in the right way. It’s a chance to re-educate them on what they can and should be doing.
“Proper nutrition is very important, but I’m not one to go on about diets because they don’t work.”