In 2017, Emma Fisher decided to make a change from teaching and retrain as a personal trainer out of her own home-based training studio.
After noticing there weren’t any fitness groups focusing on strength training for the over 50s, Emma decided to design a class format to serve this much needed type of activity for Chester residents. Finding initial funds to purchase the necessary equipment was difficult, until she discovered an opportunity with Brightlife who were keen to support projects which help reduce isolation in the community. After a successful application, and advancing her training as a Senior Fitness Specialist, Chatter Chairs was launched in 2018 in two venues. The sessions offer a pioneering form of chair-based exercises using free weights and resistance bands to boost muscle strength, flexibility and balance.
“Age related muscle loss, weakened joints and poor balance are the most common risk factors for falls – which can lead to injuries such as hip fractures or shoulder injuries meaning people are more likely to end up in hospital or needing social care,” said Emma. “My classes can help mitigate these risks and it really helps them to regain their confidence – both physically, mentally and socially.”
The classes have been a huge hit with the local community. Recently she was delighted to have been awarded a further grant to expand and open a third venue in Handbridge. Her passion and determination to deliver fun and engaging sessions has led to a loyal following at each of her sessions. This was recognised recently by Active Cheshire in 2019 where she was short-listed for a Health & Social Care Superhero Award.