Welwyn Garden City fitness instructor celebrates 20 years of workouts with charity class

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 September 2018

Karen Naldrett has been running her aerobics class for 20 years. Picture: supplied by Karen Naldrett

Karen Naldrett has been running her aerobics class for 20 years. Picture: supplied by Karen Naldrett

supplied by Karen Naldrett

A Welwyn Garden City aerobics instructor is celebrating 20 years of exhausting people by holding a class in aid of charity.

Karen Naldrett has been getting people fit for 20 years with a class that has been called, variously, Trim & Slim, Hi Lo, Aerobics, Body Blitz, and Body Blast, “but always the same class format, the same instructor, and the same room in the original building at Gosling,” she told the Welwyn Hatfield Times. “Trends have come and gone but we are still going strong.”

Over the years she’s gathered some fond memories, such as the time she went straight into class after walking 27 miles overnight as part of the London Marathon’s ‘Moonwalk’.

But she attributes her Duracell-bunny-like energy to the people who come to her class.

“It’s a testament to the energy and enthusiasm of the class that has enabled and motivated me to do this!” she said. It’s a proud record and she’s ready to put people through their paces once again - but this time in aid of a great cause.

On Sunday, September 23 at 10am Karen will donate £5 to Isabel Hospice for every person who attends the class that day.

There will also be a donations box in case people attending would like to contribute.

The mixed ability class has “plenty of options and adaptations to appeal to all,” said Karen.

Karen emphasised why she finds exercise so important.

“The long term benefits of regular exercise are too many to mention, with the obvious one being weight control,” she said.

“But increased bone density, strengthening of muscles, lowering of blood pressure, improving flexibility with the added bonus of being mindful.

“As you are concentrating on what you’re doing, the troubles of the day vanish and leave you a much clearer perspective.”

Even more so if you’re exercise in support of a good cause.

For further information about the charity class, see www.facebook.com/FreestyleFitnessHertfordshire

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