A Lanarkshire personal trainer who only opened his gym last year is now up for three grand prizes.
Audrey Beljaflah was nominated for Female PT of the Year; Newcomer of the year; and Community Award of the Year this year Scottish Health and Fitness Awards.
The 37-year-old from Hamilton has not only dedicated the past year to the welfare of her clients, but has also led inspirational fundraising campaigns for Blameless Charity, raising around £4,000 for the cause.
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Audrey has worked as a personal trainer for the past three years but only opened her gym, A2B Fitness, based in Blantyre Industrial Estate, in September 2021.
This was after ongoing lockdown restrictions had already disrupted his business. But thanks to Hamilton Accies, Audrey was given an outdoor space to hold her sessions and training camps, which she says saved her career.
In order to repay the Scottish Championship club, the fitness coach became involved in supporting their partner charity Blameless where she organized fundraising events and a vital Christmas appeal for local children.
Audrey’s work over the past seven months has not gone unnoticed as her 100 clients praised her incredible journey nominating her for gongs in recognition of all she has done for them and the community at wider.
Audrey told Lanarkshire Live: “It’s great to be recognized for your hard work, but it’s great to have the community behind us because we’re doing a lot for Hamilton too.
“I’ve been training personally for three years but because of the lockdown there were times when we obviously couldn’t work. But we managed to get underground parking through Hamilton Accies so we established a relationship with them who allowed us to use their outdoor space to train while waiting for the gymnasiums to be operational again.
“The business only opened in September last year. Combined with boot camp classes and personal training, we’re sitting at just over 100 clients.
“And they’re the ones who gave me the awards. I don’t usually like to receive any recognition for the hard work of my clients. They’re my winners.
“I totally enjoy it, I’m so overwhelmed. It doesn’t feel like a job because I love it so much.”
Audrey’s classes cater to a wide range of people of all ages and fitness levels, all of whom love the feel-good factor of the sessions.
She continued: “I’ve always wanted to create a safe place for people. My gym doesn’t have mirrors because I know some people don’t like to look at themselves or feel embarrassed by the way they look. look at this moment in time.
“Everyone is welcome. Even if you’re here to get fitter and stronger, a lot of people enjoy the social aspect of creating that environment with like-minded people.
“There are people between the ages of 18 and 70, so it covers everyone of all fitness levels supporting each other all the time.”
And speaking of her charitable endeavours, Audrey added: “Once Hamilton Accies allowed us into their park to train, I spoke to the stadium manager and asked what I could do for them, saving my career.
“He suggested we organize events and donate to Blameless Charity, so the first thing I did was an event called Midnight Inn where we made cocktails and sold tickets, and managed to raise £2700.
“Then we held a charity match to raise £600. And then we held a Christmas event where 100 pairs of pajamas were donated. And we’re also appealing for Easter.”
Audrey is now urging the local community to support and support her by voting for her in the awards.
You can vote for Audrey and A2B Fitness at the Scottish Health and Fitness Awards by clicking here.
Voting closes on May 28 and the awards ceremony will take place on June 30 in Glasgow.
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