PILATES fans dug out their colourful 70s gear to take part in a special fitness workout.

The 70s disco dancefit class was held via Zoom by Linda Marshall, who owns Knutsford-based Fit4Life Pilates and Fitness Studio.

The popular hour-long class was hosted from the studio on the Parkgate Industrial Estate.

More than 20 people took part in the class, many dressed in 70s-style outfits, and Linda’s daughter Amy, who teaches classes on Zoom, joined in from Kent, where she lives.

The class was held to raise money for the Hope Central food bank, which is based at The Welcome at Longridge.

A minimum of £10 was invited as a voluntary contribution from those who joined in the fun fundraiser.

The food bank also received a boost from the 15 people who took in a Covid Olympic Games Challenge, sending in videos of them doing pilates exercises.

It cost £5 to take part, and the winners of each of the five challenges received free pilates classes when the studio reopens.

The 70s-style class and the Covid Olympics challenge raised a total of £750, and Linda presented a cheque to Ian Robertson from Hope Central.

“A big thankyou to our Fit4Life family for their kind donations and for joining in our 70s disco workout and Covid Olympic Games,” said Linda.

“We did the workout to classic disco songs; it was well supported and the clients were really generous.

“It’s a really good fun 70s-choreographed workout, and I have been asked to repeat it because a few of the ladies couldn’t make it.

“We gave a bottle of prosecco to everyone who made the effort to get dressed up.”

The £750 total saw Linda pass the £16,000 she has raised for local charities and good causes since she launched the studio a decade ago.

The studio celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and looks to hold a fundraising event for charity every year.

The studio is set to reopen next Monday, August 3, offering a smaller number of classes than normal in order to comply with social distancing and safety guidelines.

At the same time Linda will continue to stream online classes until the end of the year.

The classes have proved popular, particularly for people who are nervous about coming back to the studio classes.