I first heard about the Women’s League of Health and Beauty from a friend. My job in a life assurance company in the CBD of Edinburgh involved sitting in front of a typewriter for most of the day, so, for my health’s sake, I decided to try it. For a start, it was different from gym class at school. Secondly, the music was very enjoyable (in those days we moved to Betty’s piano playing). I became a regular attender, making friends with other members, with whom I am in contact still.
Soon I was in the E Scotland team that took part in the Rally/Display in the Royal Albert Hall in London every five years. There was an extra Rally in 1974, a tribute to Prunella Stack (daughter of Mary Bagot Stack) on her 60
th birthday. I remember also trips to Berwick (N England), Glasgow, and Dublin.
Coming to live in NZ in 2001 I continued my membership of The Fitness League (new title) in Hamilton. After about three years I attended some training days and became a class leader, taking warm ups occasionally. Then I became interested in becoming a Fitness League teacher. I had just missed a training course and, to get a head start on the next one, I enrolled
in and successfully completed a course at Wintec’s School of Sport and Exercise Science, studying Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology. In 2006 my teacher training began. By August 2007 I had my Associate Teacher badge and certificate, and opened my own centre in Hamilton (North) teaching one evening class per week. This built up to three classes per week in 2012. Now, after eleven years of teaching I have one day class weekly.
I like the Bagot Stack system of exercise because it aims to keep members mobile and strong with an improvement in their general well-being into their mature years. There is a developed social side to our classes which encourages members as they try to get fit and stay fit in the company of other like-minded people.
To contact Angela Irvine call:
07 849 9055