Hi, I'm Carla Gilder; business owner and fitness expert at Carla Gilder Fitness, CG Activewear and Fun Fitness Holidays.
I have lived and breathed fitness all of my life, from starting dancing at a young age and PE lessons at school, I took every opportunity to fit in more activity. Luckily my PE teachers pushed me to try more sports and get fitter and more skilled in netball, tennis, hockey, athletics, cricket and rounders.
My amazing parents helped me take sport to the next level and drove me all over the country for Cheshire and then England Netball where I was on the development squad for several years.
I loved tennis and played for Macclesfield Tennis Club, here I found a love for fun fitness drills and variety: this is where my signature freestyle style comes from.. I rarely teach the same class twice, I love to keep things fresh and keep everyone on their toes.
At 16 I went to college to study Sports Science and I loved trying out nutrition, sports massage, fitness instructing and sports coaching. I decided then to become self-employed as a personal trainer and sports therapist. I practised for a few years and quickly realised that I loved the fitness side with clients the most and began teaching group classes.
From here my passion for sharing my love of fitness grew and I am extremely proud of the vision we deliver within CGF, encouraging real people that they too can love exercise and feel HEALTHY, HAPPY, FIT!
Hi, I'm Kim. I am a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and the CG Activewear Shop Manager here at CGF.
I first started teaching classes for CGF in 2012 after being a regular at classes for nearly 2 years. I hadn't exercised at all before joining but soon found a love for fitness and will never look back.
I first qualified to teach Zumba, soon followed by Zumba Toning, then went on to do my Level 2 Excersize to Music and Level 3 PT so I could go on to teach more specialised classes and do one to one and group training.
I love being part of the CGF team of instructors and giving back to our clients the experience I got when attending my first class. I love being able to bring Fun Fitness into everyone's life, helping them to Keep It Real and stay ON IT.
I was once that person terrified to walk through the door, I hid on the back row and had no confidence in myself at all, but I found exercise that I actually enjoyed, I had fun and got the results I was wishing for. I loved it so much it became my job!!
You can learn to love fitness too with CGF!
Hi, I'm Shelley, an Instructor here at CGF.
I have always exercised, on and off, throughout my whole life but really got into a religious fitness regime attending Carla Gilder's community classes after having my second child 11 years ago. I found more than anything, that at the time, it really helped me destress and made me make time for myself. I was a busy working mother of 2 small boys.
The more classes I attended the more I became addicted to that feeling of achievement and personal progress after each class. The physical results were an added bonus.
In January 2013, Carla encouraged me to take the Zumba basic training course and I haven't looked back.
In June 2016, I was made redundant from my job at Astrazeneca (after 16 years service). This gave me more time to focus on my fitness education.
I love the confidence CGF has given me as an instructor, as a class participant and in my personal life too. We are constantly learning from eachother and alwasys value the opinions of other instructors and class members.
CGF is a fantastic, fun way to exercise with great community support from the members whom we call our "Fitness Family"
Hi, my name is Fran and I am a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at CGF.
I first attended one of Carla's classes almost 10 years ago. I had never enjoyed exercise and hated sports at school. But as my youngest child started nursery I began to have some free time and wanted to lift my body confidence. I met people in my first class who are still CGF members today and it was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged me to try other classes. Within no time, I was hooked on exercrise. I loved the poeple, the high I got when I had worked hard and the change to my body was a boost to my confidence.
Just over 6 years ago, Carla suggested I train to be an instructor and it has been the best decision of my life. I have a truly amazing job, full of fun and positivity. I meet people everyday who all inspire me in one way or another. Members become close friends and every time I teach or attend a class, I always leave feeling better than when I came in. The mental benefits of exercise are crucial to me. I find it hard to switch off and not let my mind run away with me. But who can think of anything else whilst a CGF Instructor is pushing you to work harder or you are dancing and singing your heart out at one of our many fab classes.
I now teach a variety of classes and qualified to be a Personal Trainer 2 years ago. I enjoy being part of a multi-talented team who all bring something different to our CGF Family with their own unique personalities. There's nowhere like CGF and you have to experience it to believe it.
Hi, I'm Vikki and I'm a fitness instructor at CGF and qualified PT.
I've always been into my fitness and from being a teenager I would tag along with my mum to the old style aerobics classes back in the 90s!
I met Carla in 2006 and loved her style of classes and quickly became a member. I was asked to join the team in 2014 but having 2 small children and a demanding full time job, it didn't seem the right time.
Since then, my passion for fitness really took over as I discovered weight training, especially power lifting. I completely fell in love with it and competed in my first competition in 2016 and then went on to compete in the European Championships in Finland in 2017 winning Gold and early this year in Ireland picking up Bronze!
Personal circumstances made me prioritise my life and I gave up my full time job and decided to gain the qualifications to do my dream job and become a fitness instructor/personal trainer.
I always knew I wanted to instruct for CGF as I love what CGF stands for and how passionate the team are. So, in August 2018 I became an instructor and I can honestly say I love every minute of it!
Hi, I'm Julie!
I am a fitness instructor at CGF, you will mostly find me on a Spin Bike putting you through your paces!
I am a mother of 4 girls and work as a Health and Fitness Facilitator for the Cardiac Rehab department at Macclesfield Hospital. My life has therefore been dedicated to promoting a balance of health and well-being. I have been able to continue this through teaching spin classes at CGF. I had been qualified as a fitness instructor before joining CGF and have been a loyal member for many years.
Day and night, fitness is my passion, and I love being able to help others grow in the same way it allowed me to. I love the CGF Fitness Family and being able to see everyone on their journey and helping them achieve their goals.
CGF to me is encouraging and promoting fitness and good health and well-being in my life and the life of the members. It's a wonderful journey, learning and practising lots of new things.
I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes!
Hi, JCH here!
I am a Zumba instructor at CGF and a Retired Chartered Physiotherapist.
I worked in the NHS for 28 years; where my role was to rehabilitate, set goals and promote healthy living for patients after injury, illness or living with long term conditions. I took early retirement and decided it was time to become healthier myself.
I started classes in January 2015 with my first class being Zumba which I loved. After a couple of weeks I was brave enough to try other classes on offer. I never looked back after that and I now exercise every day.
I have a few medical problems but it hasn't stopped me exercising and I want to encourage others with problems to exercise regularly too.
I qualified to teach Zumba in November 2018 and started teaching one class a week in March 2019. I love interacting with the members and watching them improve and having fun makes me happy.
It certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone but I was ready for a challenge!! I love everything about CGF! The instructors and members are so friendly and there is such a fun and positive vibe in every class.
It really is REAL FITNESS FOR REAL PEOPLE!!
Hi, my name is Katie, I am a Zumba Instructor at CGF!
I am extremely passionate about dance and exercise. It all began at a young age with the feeling it gave me: a chance to express myself, build confidence, and most of all the feeling of being free in a world of my own that made me feel alice and happy! I thrive off music and choreography, I have studied lots of styles of dance and worked with many fantastic instructors and had many amazing experiences throughout my dance background, including productoins, catwalks, dance shows, competitions and music videos.
I have studied in ballet, tap, body maintenance, contemporary jazz, latin and ballroom, and street dance. Now I am qualified in Zumba, Bounce Dance Fit and Badass, so I have a great amount of experience with the dance industry.
Unfortunately, I stopped dancing due to life commitments and I had lost my path to exercise and my passion. I completely lost all of my confidence, finding myself in not such a happy place; feeling overweight, sluggish, tired and had no motivation.
Then I went on to have my first son and a year later, I got introduced to CGF. I went to my first ever Zumba class feeling very unfit, and nervous that people would look and judge me, but I gave it a try and loved every second! I was hooked and it reignited that spark of happiness for me again. Since then, I have tried many styles of exercise and through two pregnancies with the support of the amazing CGF instructors.
Towards the end of my third pregnancy I felt so privileged to be asked to train to teach Zumba. My classes aim to build confidence, boost metabolism, tone the body and get your heart rate up, but most importantly to encourage happiness and a healthy mind.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
Hi, I'm Sarah, a Fitness Instructor, Run Leader and Hula Instructor at CGF.
I have been a regular at Carla's classes for over 10 years, and have always found them a fun way to keep fit and to help me achieve my personal fitness goals and help me pursue my wide range of hobbies (pole dancing, trapeze, surfing, hula and running!).
In 2014, I decided to start my Pilates qualification on the suggestion of my trapeze instructor as a way of improving my knowledge and body awareness. After mentioning this to Carla, she suggested that once qualified I could try running a class for CGF, which is something I never thought I could do. But over the years with Carla's encouragement and the support of members I have found the confidennce to do so.
It was natura for me to want to incorporate more of the hobbies I love into my development as a fitness instructor. So doing my SUP Fit, Hula and Running qualifications felt like the natural steps for me and I love getting to share these things with others.
The opportunity to teach also keeps me motivated to continually develop, train and build my knowledge and I love being able to grow and share that with members in class!
Hi, my name is Louise I am CGF's run leader.
I’ve been an a member at CGF for for five years, previous to this I had been a member of several gyms and tried various classes feeling very self conscious and uncomfortable so not returning very often.
At CGF though, things were different, there was always a warm welcome and a smile to greet you which instantly puts you at ease. Fitness really became fun, the energy in class is contagious and you always leave feeling uplifted and energised.
I qualified as a leader in Running Fitness in 2018. My running journey started when my three children were young. I found it hard to get to the gym and running seemed appealing as I could just put my trainers on and go as and when I had time.
After several failed attempts, coming home fed-up disheartened and deflated as things weren’t going as I hoped - it was really hard and I couldn’t even make it round the park! I came across the Couch 2 5k programme and I finally got going!
I’ve been running for several years now: it’s my therapy, time to clear my head and de-stress, I’ve ran numerous 5 and 10ks, several half marathons and the London and Manchester marathon.
In September 2018 I started to lead both a Running Group and 0-5k group for CGF and I’ve loved every minute! It’s amazing seeing people progress, members have progressed from 5-10k and half marathon distance, with the right support and a little self belief it’s amazing what you can achieve.