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A treasure trove of fitness and fun

BOXING CLEVER: Colin Treasure (left) and Rudy Robinson with youngsters (from left) Shane Wynter, Rehtaeh Lake-Williams, Olivia and Mia Robinson

FORMER BRITISH kick-boxing champion Colin Treasure is still delivering punches as he inspires the next generation to understand the importance of exercise.

Spending half an hour with this 49-year-old human dynamo makes you realise that he is a ‘treasure’ both by name and nature when it comes to motivating children and their parents to commit to fitness.

Treasure, along with his business partner Rudy Robinson, has just set up his own unique Community Aero-Kick gym in the heart of Birmingham where the focus is all on family-orientated fitness.

EXCITED

No intimidating male grunting and macho weight lifting here – Treasure’s gym at Bissell Street, Highgate, is buzzing with excited youngsters and smiling mums and dads who can enjoy a mix of kick-boxing, karate, zumba, kids’ physical arts and even one-to-one personal training sessions.

With a 16ft boxing ring, 14 punch bags, two fitness studios, fitness equipment and a classroom, Treasure’s students have plenty to go at.

“When we took over this place it was like a war zone,” explained Treasure, a 4th Degree Black Belt instructor, who is a former British kick-boxing champion three times over and also holds a European championship title.

“But we’ve been open two and a half months now and it’s working out really well. I’ve been mentoring and teaching children in Birmingham for years at their schools, so now I decided to get them to start coming to me at my gym.

The kick-boxing champion advised that “something like kick-boxing is fantastic for raising kids’ self-esteem and self confidence and he believes times are changing.

Commenting on girls and women participating in the sport, he said: “Who would have thought even a few years ago that girls would get so into boxing? Then you have someone like Nicola Adams who becomes the first-ever Olympic Women’s boxing gold medallist at London 2012.”

Treasure’s professional record at competitions all over the world is pretty impressive: 33 fights, 29 wins, one draw and three losses.


GROUP THERAPY: Colin Treaure (second right, back row) with students and business partner Rudy Robinson, Akiel Treasure and Gavin Williams

And even though his days in the ring may be behind him, he’s happy with his bout on screen as he played a role in the Jackie Chan film Guns N Roses. He’s also appeared in several TV programmes including Gladiators, Britain’s Hardest, The Trainer, Family Fortunes and Doctors.

“I believe consistent sporting participation relies heavily on the fun factor,” said the former nightclub doorman. “Balancing positive fitness outcomes in an enjoyable environment will aid the journey to individual achievement.”

His charismatic style, both in fitness and mentoring, has caught the eye of Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, who fully endorsed Treasure after being put through her paces by him following a meeting in London.

MENTOR

Treasure was head hunted several years ago to help mentor excluded youngsters in Birmingham and his track record in helping them is unrivalled.

He has also taught fitness at several schools, particularly in the Selly Oak area of the city and each year he organises a schools “Super 6”competition, where the kids end up with trophies as big as themselves.

But he has been slightly knocked back by the lack of funds coming forward to help support his unique ideas, and both he and Robinson are disappointed they’ve had no financial aid so far from Sport England or West Midlands Police.

But it’s not in Treasure’s nature to give up on any fight and he’s optimistic his gym will get the support it deserves once the word gets out.

In the meantime, six-year-old Mia Robinson and Shane Wynter, aged seven, both agree that getting fit is great fun and so much better than being bored at home.

“We like coming because it’s fun and it makes us feel full of energy,” said Shane.

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