Cumbernauld-based fitness instructor John came up with the wacky idea of holding a Christmas Day Fitcamp. So, at 11am on Christmas morning, he wants as many kids, mums and dads in the Cumbernauld area as possible to ignore the usual temptations and join him in the Tesco Craigmarloch car park for a festive workout with a difference.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I read about obesity levels in children and as someone who used to be overweight I felt compelled to do something about it. After my weight loss I became a PT Instructor and formed Pinpoint Fitness with my partner Pamela. We’ve been running the Cumbernauld Fitcamp for adults since April.
“Cumbernauld is a very family orientated place and we want to reach as many folk as possible with our message. In the New Year we’re going into the local primary schools where we’ll be doing bootcamps for kids and after school exercise clubs.
“Basically, we want to see kids involved in exercise and physical activity rather than sitting in front of a television playing computer games. Hopefully, it will have a knock on effect for parents too, if their kids are coming home from school with a healthy message.
“We realise a Fitcamp on Christmas morning is something a little different from the norm, but we felt it was something that would capture the imagination on the one day of the year when everyone over indulges.”
Clyde manager Jim Duffy attended the official launch of the event on Tuesday and he was joined by Partick Thistle players Stephen O’Donnell and Steven Lawless. They are pictured on the homepage alongside Westfield Primary pupils Katie Carline (6), Olivia Bennewith (7) – who designed the event poster shown here – and Katie Grimshaw (6).
All Cumbernauld Primary Schools were involved in a competition to design a poster for the event and the winner was seven-year-old Olivia, with her artwork to be displayed around the town.
All monies raised by the event – via donations – will go to Cancer Research. John Allan’s email is [email protected] or phone 07500 806308.