Corby fitness instructor Caroline Jenkins, 35, of Corby, has won national recognition for her drive and enthusiasm after losing five stones in weight and launching a business which involves running 14 classes a week and teaching 300 people zumba and other dance routines.
The mother-of-two was a dress size 18 and weighed 14st three years ago when she worked as a retail manager for Primark.
Today she is a size eight, weighs just under nine stone and is running a thriving dance and fitness business in the town.
Caroline, who lives in Oakley Road, Corby, said: “Three years ago I was unhappy and over-eating because I was unhappy. My mum persuaded me to go along to a zumba class and from the minute I joined, I knew it was for me. It’s completely changed my life. I had a background in dance before I had my children and I knew this was something I could do.”
Caroline trained as a zumba instructor and started a class which attracted 70 people on the first night.
She now runs classes all over the Corby area and has devised a new dance and fitness routine which she hopes to launch nationally in the coming months.
Dance and fitness fans who go along to her Flaunt sessions can learn a complete routine in one session and her Mash-up classes are based on a hip-hop style.
Caroline expects her Mash-up classes to be endorsed by the industry regulator after spending 15 months developing the project.
She said “It’s really cool and will appeal to people who fancy being like Beyonce for a few minutes.”
This month Caroline was contacted by Health and Fitness magazine and was invited to London for a photo shoot before appearing in a feature on inspirational women.
Caroline, who has two sons, Jack, 15, and Harry, nine, is supported by her partner Ricky.
He said: “She’s amazing. She surprises me all the time.”
Caroline added: “My life has completely turned round and it’s so exciting. I’m really busy but I organise my family life the way I want and see more of my children.
“We have great fun at the classes and we’re all friends. There’s a real party atmosphere.
“My youngest member is 16 and my oldest is 72. It’s my aim to make sure everyone has fun. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m now a better version of me than I was three years ago.”