Keep your keep fit resolutions in the community

Was your New Year’s resolution to improve your fitness? Are you unsure where to start? Are you put off going to the gym because of all those ‘lycra-lovelies’?

Julie Gill with keep fit class members
Julie Gill with keep fit class members

There is an alternative. Classes, many of them free, are run right across South Leeds in community centres. They are fun and friendly and many of them are run by Julie Gill.

Julie is passionate about community fitness classes:

“It’s how I got started. I used to go to keep fit at the YWCA in Middleton. The instructor spotted I had some movement ability and encouraged me to get trained.”

Going back to education Julie took a GCSE in Contemporary Dance, then a BTEC in Sport Science and finally gained her degree in Exercise & Health.

“There are lots of community classes that are affordable or free. Come and get involved, they are mostly women and very friendly. It’s a very supportive atmosphere and many people make friendships.”

Julie particularly recommends her Clubbercise classes. They are great fun and take place in the dark so you can stay anonymous.


As an extra incentive Julie is offering five Free Passes to all her classes for a month. To enter the competition just ‘like’ and share Julie’s Clubbercise Facebook page:

“Some people move on from the classes. My friend Debbie Fletcher lost over three stone over three years. Her self esteem grew and she has now joined a gym.”

Exercise needn’t stop when you retire and Julie runs several classes, including chair-based sessions for the over 55s.

You can find out details of classes on our What’s On Calendar or email Julie at

General fitness for the over 55’s – 11:30am-12:30pm St. Andrews Community Centre, Beeston.

General fitness over 55’s – 10-11am. St Anthony’s church hall, Beeston
Chair based mobility session – 11.30am – 1.00pm tea and chat after session. Cottingley Community Centre

Chair mobility Trinity network, Belle Isle Over 55’s – 10-10:45am. Nesfield church hall community room.
General fitness – 6-7pm. Belle Isle Family Centre
Clubbercise – Dance and get fit in the dark with disco lights and glow sticks – 7:15-8pm. Cranmore & Raylands Community Centre

Chair based mobility group and games group – 11:15am-12:30pm. Beeston Village Community Centre
Mashed up fitness session aerobic dance – 1:45-2:45pm. Beeston Village Community Centre
General fitness – 6-7pm. Beeston Parish Centre
Clubbercise – 7:15pm-8pm. Beeston Parish Centre

Circuit Training – 4:30-5:15pm. Beeston Parish Centre
Clubbercise – 5:15-6pm. Beeston Parish Centre

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