Taekwondo star Aneila launches new fitness classes

A UK taekwondo champion has launched fitness classes in her hometown.

Aneila Afsar, 23, has won countless medals around the world at championships in London, Sweden, Belgium, Serbia and Berlin.

The Nelson-born martial arts star started taekwondo at a young age and said she wanted to share her passion for fitness with women in her community who she felt were underrepresented in the sport.

She said: “Being involved in sports and physical activities gives you a better quality of life. Science has proven it.

“It is sad that so many women are deprived of these benefits. Women of South Asian culture are particularly underrepresented in sport. I want to create a safe environment for women to get in shape in a fun way, showing me as a role model.

“I am a mother and I am also an elite athlete. I believe that with the right determination and support, women in the community can collectively overcome obstacles in their lives to achieve their fitness goals.

Aneila, a graduate with first class honors in criminology from Manchester Metropolitan University, competed for the national championships winning Team GB.

Her new Fitness by Aneila fitness classes will take place at the Ultimate Strength and Fitness Gym, Brunswick Street, Nelson. The program is suitable for all fitness levels with advanced and beginner classes.

She said: “Taekwondo is a fantastic sport, which demands very high levels of fitness. I thought a taekwondo-based fitness class would be a fun, unconventional way for women to get in shape. I decided to call the classes Tae-HIIT based on this.

“The local community is important to me because that’s where my roots are, that’s where it all started for me. It would be extremely rewarding for me to successfully conduct classes here and work within my own community.

“The women-only facilities at Ultimate Strength and Fitness Gym are state of the art and perfect for the classes I run.”

He delivers visit Instagram @fitnessbyaneila or email [email protected]

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