NOMINATIONS have been flooding in over the weekend for the best fitness or gym instructor in Cheshire – and it’s time to reveal our shortlist.

After launching our new Best of 2022 competition in Northwich Guardian, Knutsford Guardian, and Winsford and Middlewich Guardian at the end of April, we wanted to know who you think is the best gym or fitness instructor.

Lissie Wright Hair in Northwich was the first winner in our Best of 2022 competition as she took the Best for Hair title.

Next came JD’s Café in Winnington with owner John Solomon making the county’s best pie and Rebecca Collins at The Beauty Spot in Northwich is officially Best for Nails.

The latest round of voting took place last weekend as we searched for the best pub.

Now we need your help to choose the winner in the Best Gym or Fitness Instructor category from our eight shortlisted nominees.

There are three ways to vote:

1. Search for the Best Of post on our Northwich Guardian, Knutsford Guardian or Winsford and Middlewich Guardian Facebook pages and comment under the post with the name of your winner = 1 vote

2. Name your favourite in the comments section on this article via our website = 2 votes

3. Purchase a copy of this week’s Northwich Guardian, Knutsford Guardian or Winsford and Middlewich Guardian (May 26 edition) and fill in the entry form = 5 votes

(*NB For newspaper entries, email a screenshot of the completed entry form to – please note that only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry can be submitted per person but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplication eg if your name is Smith you may wish to write Smith123 or HS21! as your code. You will need to provide a different code for each entry submitted. For full terms and conditions go to

Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight on Monday and we will be announcing the winner next week.

Keep an eye out for our next Best Of appeal on our social media pages on Friday, when we will be asking readers to send in nominations in our next Best of 2022 category.


Karen Rogers and the Fit For Life Mums team

Karen Rogers was a popular choice with dozens of nominations from satisfied customers.

She is based in Northwich and Knutsford and a member of the Fit For Life Mums team which is a “fantastic way to keep fit while enjoying the fresh air outdoors”.

One client said: “The classes combine fitness with friendship and fun and Karen has a fantastic knowledge of nutrition and health matters to support you.”

Another said: “It is the most supportive, fun exercise group for women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

“There’s no better way to start the day than with an early bird session.”

Fit For Life Mums creates “a safe space for women to connect and support each other regardless of the journey they are on” and is “totally transformational”.

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Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers

Theresa Candy at Fabb Fitness, Northwich

The support Theresa Candy provided her clients with during lockdown was one of the reasons she made the shortlist.

She has continued with online classes for anyone who doesn’t feel ready to return to face to face classes.

One nomination said: “Everyone is made to feel welcome and valued and it’s a real boot camp family.

“She has improved me mentally and physically.”

Another said: “It’s a killer but fun boot camp that can be adjusted for all abilities and Theresa inspires me to better myself as her classes have improved my mental wellbeing.”

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Theresa Candy Fabb Fitness

Theresa Candy Fabb Fitness

David James Marshall at Leading Military Fitness

Leading Military Fitness is “life changing”, providing a welcome and friendly group for everyone.

One unfit 42-year-old said it is the only fitness class they’ve stuck to and now they climb mountains.

Another happy customer said: “Dave’s sessions are brilliant – tough but so much fun.

“Leading Military Fitness has grown so much in four years and that’s down to Dave’s hard work, knowledge and amazing classes.”

Someone else added: “These classes push to your limits.

“They encourage you to work your hardest but still have fun feeling support and motivation from Dave.

“All abilities are catered for and nobody is ever made to feel the best or the worst – we are very much part of a team.”

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David James Marshall

David James Marshall

Selen Ashton

Selen’s energy and motivation are a big hit with her clients and her classes are relaxed and inclusive of all levels of fitness.

One nomination said: “I have loved the Friday boot camps and getting some fitness into my week.

“Selen really pushes and motivates us and it’s great meeting new people.

“She makes it fun but challenging.”

Another said: “I hated exercise before I started her boot camp and now I literally count down to the next session.

“She has helped me gain in confidence and hit my own goals.

“I can’t believe how far I’ve come.”

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Selen Ashton

Selen Ashton

Sharon Power at Power Fitness, Northwich

Sharon Power “makes everyone welcome” and her nightly Zoom classes during lockdown had the whole community joining in.

One client said: “The whole ethos is fitness for all levels.

“She’s a mum and has another day job so this would be well-deserved win.”

With a wide rang of classes to choose from – Zumba, Clubbercise, Kong and Zumba Gold – there promises to be something for everyone.

One of Sharon’s customers attends the classes from Manchester twice a week as “her energy and motivation is infectious”.

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Sharon Power at Power Fitness

Sharon Power at Power Fitness

Coached by Jade

Jade Nield “is amazing and so motivated in what she does” and her hard work shines through for each and every client.

One nomination said: “Jade is an incredible coach both in the gym and online.

“She supports her team and improves their fitness.”

Another said: “I started PT sessions with Jade four weeks ago and I absolutely love it.

“Jade has got me motivated to improve my fitness and I love it so much that I have committed to another two months.

“She has been very supportive and patient as well as encouraging and inspirational.”

One satisfied customer has been working with Jade for the past 12 months, trying to lose weight and tone up after having a baby.

She said: “She is informative, patient and knowledgeable and always seems to push me just the right amount.

“But, more importantly, she has changed the way I see and think about food, which is something I have not been able to do my whole adult life.

“Jade helps me fuel my body correctly and tells me how to find the right balance.

“I can’t thank Jade enough for the confidence she is giving me.”

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Coached by Jade

Coached by Jade

Dan Worthington, Fit Farm, Mobberley

Dan holds classes at Waugh Brow Farm providing an unusual workout experience for his clients.

One recommendation said: “Dan mixes his training sessions up so even though they are tough and sometimes challenging, they are enjoyable at the same time.

“He is always inspiring me and makes me want to push harder to achieve my goals and I love it.

“He knows anything and everything about fitness and I always feel in a great mood after training with Dan.”

Dan’s “infectious enthusiasm” and he is a “fantastic motivator” going “above and beyond to help people achieve their fitness goals”.

One client broke her back last year and she said that “without Dan’s unfaltering support, guidance and training, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

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Dan Worthington

Dan Worthington

Jenny Owen at Brook Street Centre

Jenny has created a “culture of inclusivity for people of all fitness levels and aspirations” and she had to make our final eight.

She makes exercise “fun and not a chore” and is an “inspiration at every level”.

One long-standing client said: “I have spent many years being motivated by her at the leisure centre and now she has put her heart and soul into Brook Street Centre, providing a welcoming place for people of all ages to workout together and become friends.”

One nomination said she “has never enjoyed exercise so much” and another said “she keeps a smile on everyone’s face, building a community of people.”

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The Studio at Brook Street

The Studio at Brook Street