It’s fit­ness time with X Fac­tor favourite

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

FOR­MER X Fac­tor star Chico Sli­mani plans to get the town’s res­i­dents fight­ing fit for a good cause when he vis­its next week.

The singer, who had a num­ber one hit sin­gle ‘It’s Chico Time’, in 2006, and also ap­peared on TV’s Danc­ing On Ice, will lead a fit­ness mas­ter­class in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

The class will be held at the Fal­li­b­roome Academy and is based on Chico’s new fit­ness brand Block Fit, which he set up af­ter train­ing as a fit­ness in­struc­tor.

Fit­ness com­pany owner Carla Gilder, who runs Carla Gilder Fit­ness, CGF, in Bolling­ton, came up with the idea as a way of thank­ing the hospice staff for look­ing af­ter her aunt, Rose Eldridge, 76, who died of can­cer last July.

Carla, 31, from Bolling­ton Road, Bolling­ton, said: “The staff just couldn’t do enough for my aun­tie Rose even though she was only there for one night be­fore she died.

“I wanted to give some­thing back so de­cided to do dif­fer­ent things to raise the £7,500 the hospice needs each day to keep go­ing.

“The class is all about peo­ple hav­ing a good time.

“Chico is a great crowd­pleaser and we hope this will help push up the to­tal al­ready raised and bring peo­ple to the class who don’t nor­mally ex­er­cise too.”

She added: “Rose loved to keep fit be­fore she got ill and would have re­ally en­joyed the class. She also did a lot of char­ity work mak­ing jams and sell­ing them to raise money.”

The class will take place on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 and con­sists of four 15 minute sec­tions suit­able for all abil­i­ties: dance, high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing: HIIT, Com­bat and Yoga.

Carla said: “The in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing will be the most chal­leng­ing but peo­ple can go at their own pace.”

The de­ter­mined busi­ness owner has al­ready raised more than £3,000 by or­gan­is­ing the Cheshire Fam­ily Fes­ti­val at Alder­ley Park last Septem­ber, walks, and popup cafes, and hopes to raise an­other £4500 by July 7 this year. She said: “I’ll be do­ing the class too, sweat­ing and whoop­ing on the first row!”

Around 80 peo­ple are ex­pected at the class, which runs from 7pm to 8pm.

Tick­ets are £10 with a lim­ited num­ber avail­able by search­ing ‘Chico mas­ter­class Mac­cles­field’ at or email­ing carla@car­lag­

Carla added: “Men are wel­come too, even though we’ve only had women buy tick­ets so far!”

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