Sunderland gym in line for national award

Tanya Walker and Debra de Luen from Club Zest are teaching a new fitness programme called Fitsteps designed by Strictly Come Dancing instructors.
Tanya Walker and Debra de Luen from Club Zest are teaching a new fitness programme called Fitsteps designed by Strictly Come Dancing instructors.
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A WOMEN’S gym has been shortlisted for a prestigious award thanks to its zest for all things fitness.

Club Zest Ladies Leisure in Fulwell is a finalist in the National Fitness Awards in the Ladies Only Health Club category.

The gym saw off hundreds of nominations to make it to the final six, and after a visit from the National Fitness Awards, owner Debra de Luen said she’s “keeping her fingers crossed.”

“The rep seemed quite impressed with us. He said it’s the plushest ladies’ gym he’s been to. It’s just a case of waiting now,” she said.

Club Zest has been running for 13 years and has 113 members who joined up when it opened.

“It shows how hard we work that members have stayed with us for so long,” said Debra, who has been a fitness instructor for more than 24 years. “And I always say we are a boomerang club – people leave, but when they come back to exercise, they come to us.”

“The thing I tried to get across to the rep is that we try and keep members focused on health and fitness when they aren’t here.”

Debra and her staff, will have to wait until December 6 to find out if they have won.

“I just keep thinking that we’ve won three awards in the past.

“Hopefully, we’ll be lucky enough to get this too. I hope we do.”

The gym won the Leisure Finance Award in the ladies-only gym category in 2001 and 2002, and a Smooth Radio Award for best place to get fit in 2010.