The Transformative Power of Fitness

Fitness instructor, Shelagh Stedman talks about her passion for health, wellbeing and fitness. 


Achieving Life Goals through Exercise

This month, UoM Sport celebrates women’s achievements in fitness, spotlighting the transformative power of exercise. Meet Shelagh Stedman, a dedicated fitness instructor whose passion inspires others on their fitness journey. Join us in honouring Shelagh and the resilience of women in our community.

In the realm of fitness, there exists a profound connection between physical wellbeing and personal growth. It’s not just about sculpting muscles or shedding pounds; it’s about resilience, discipline, and a mindset primed for success in all aspects of life. For Shelagh, a seasoned instructor at UoM Sport with two decades of experience under her belt, this connection is the foundation of her passion.

Shelagh’s journey has been a testament to the transformative power of exercise. Week after week, she witnesses individuals pushing themselves to the limit, showing up with a firm dedication to their fitness goals. It’s a sight that never fails to inspire her. “People’s enthusiasm to turn up week after week, to be present at that moment, and to be put through some of the most gruelling workouts is inspirational in itself,” she reflects.

But it’s not just about the physical exertion; it’s about the mental strength that blossoms alongside it. Shelagh observes the evolution of her clients’ confidence as they progress on their fitness journey. “Watching as their confidence grows definitely motivates and drives me to come up with the next workout, the next step routine, to find that next tune to make them smile, which keeps them coming back for more!” she explains.

Being a fitness instructor isn’t just a job – it’s a calling. “I’ve been a fitness instructor for 20 years, and I would honestly, hand on heart still say, I would do this for free!” she declares with conviction. To her, the true essence of fulfilment lies in doing what you love, day in and day out. “The best pastime (note, I don’t say job), is one that you eat, sleep, and dream of doing,” she emphasises.

The joy of guiding others on their fitness journey is its own reward. “The cherry on top is being paid to do something you LOVE doing, and I hope I’m still teaching when I’m 100.” It’s a sentiment that speaks volumes about the impact that fitness can have on an individual’s life.

Shelagh is not only dedicated to this role but also one of our long-standing members of the UoM Sport team. Her commitment to her craft and her ability to inspire others make her an invaluable asset to our community. Through her passion and dedication, she not only helps individuals achieve their goals but also empowers them to conquer life’s challenges with vigour and resilience.

If you’d like to meet Shelagh in person then join one of her inspirational classes.

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