Salina’s get-fit call to women

Salina Shaffique has just opened her fitness studio, Venus Fitness at Dalhousie Business Park
Salina Shaffique has just opened her fitness studio, Venus Fitness at Dalhousie Business Park

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.”