WIN: A year's gym membership at Anytime Fitness in Elgin
GYM manager Lisa Clarkson used fitness training and then kickboxing to overcome serious illness and depression.
So she knows more than most the positive benefits that cardio or weight training can bring.
Lisa, from Elgin, is manager of Anytime Fitness in Elgin and is on a mission to position the gym at the heart of the fitness offering in Moray.
With Moray Leisure Centre undergoing a major transformation in recent months and the opening of the new Moray Sports Centre, and the community gyms and pools operated by Moray Council, the people of Moray have never been better served when it comes to staying fit.
Lisa believes there is room for all the operators in the competitive fitness market to play a part in offering a path to emotional and physical wellbeing for people.
"I got into kick boxing after I had surgery and was left partially paralysed. I couldn't even lift my leg off the floor and had to use a zimmer frame at one point.
"From there I hit really bad depression. Six months I was like that and was in a very dark place."
However, Lisa (46) started training and then got into kick boxing and it slowly turned her life around. She went on to become a Scottish and ultimately world champion in her weight category, and then coached other people.
She ran her own school in Lossiemouth for a number of years, which at its peak had 189 members of all ages.
In her new role at Anytime Fitness, she says the main goalis to listen to what the members want and that has prompted a new layout and freshening up of the gym, which operates 24/7.
"More members are coming in and bringing their friends and family," she said.
The Elgin gym, one of seven Anytime Fitness franchises in Scotland, opened four years ago at the Elgin Retail Park. It is part of the global Anytime Fitness brand, which originated in America and opened its first gym in the UK in 2010. Members can use any gym across the world.
Along with a small but passionate team, Lisa aims to give the gym a boost.
"My goal is to get up to over 1000 members within two months.
"We have three personal trainers, classes, free weights and cardio equipment," she added.
"It is about listening to the members and making it a more family-orientated gym."
Lisa, who lives in Elgin, is aiming to give people incentives to come and train, and feel part of a wider community.
One gym user, Rachael Jack has been a member for two and a half years.
"It is a super friendly gym and everyone has a real buzz about them," she said.
The Northern Scot, in association with Anytime Fitness, is offering one reader a super prize of a year's free membership to the gym – worth more than £400.
The gym offers a range of individual and corporate memberships, group and individual training and a virtual training programme which enables those who are new to training in a gym to download sessions onto a TV screen in a private training area.
It is simple to enter. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details, making sure you put The Northern Scot competition in your message. You have to be 16 or over to enter.