Saffron Walden fitness class instructor picks up Apprentice of the Year award

PUBLISHED: 20:15 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 20:15 19 August 2017

Edward Bedbrook collects his Apprentice of the Year Award from the Uttlesford Business Awards from Paul Whitehead, of sponsors Harlow College, having been unable to make the awards ceremony. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Edward Bedbrook collects his Apprentice of the Year Award from the Uttlesford Business Awards from Paul Whitehead, of sponsors Harlow College, having been unable to make the awards ceremony. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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An apprentice who turned a fight against flab into his new career scooped Apprentice of the Year at the inaugural Uttlesford Business Awards.

Host Steve Scruton with Harlow College principal Karen Spencer, collecting Apprentice of the Year on behalf of Edward Bedbrook at the Uttlesford Business Awards 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Host Steve Scruton with Harlow College principal Karen Spencer, collecting Apprentice of the Year on behalf of Edward Bedbrook at the Uttlesford Business Awards 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Edward Bedbrook, works at the Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre in Saffron Walden and was taken on as an apprentice by 1Life as a fitness class instructor.

Ed was 19 stone when he had “a really weird dream” which made him stop and think about his weight.

He started off with an ‘insanity’ diet, and then began fitness classes at the leisure centre in 2014, where he was inspired by one of the instructors, Kay Sermon. He also got into the Les Mills programme, which he “got obsessed with” – hence training as an instructor.

He got his weight as low as ten stone, but has now gone up to a healthier 11-and-a-half stone.

“The music is fun, bouncy, and the energy in the room – what you feed to them they feed back to you,” Ed said.

“I like jumping around, and what’s what I do here, so I decided to take up teaching it.

“I love that energy, the members are so full of life. It’s really satisfying.

“We all have a way to escape. This is mine, I would not do these things in the gym.

“I don’t exercise to make my body look amazing, i do it because I enjoy it, otherwise I would not do it.

“Body image can twist people’s images of themselves.”

The judges were impressed with his dedication to his new lifestyle, his clear career ambitions, and Ed’s back story.

“If I want something I chase it, I never give up,” Ed, 26, added.

He is now learning other aspects of fitness instructing, as by his own admission his joints will not take bouncing around until he is 50.

The Uttlesford Business Awards were run by Archant, publishers of the Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast.

Ed was nominated by surprise by one of his managers.

“I was grateful for the recognition, but didn’t want to be the centre of attention,” said Ed.

Harlow College sponsored the Apprentice of the Year award.

Paul Whitehead, executive director at the college, said: “We sponsored this category because it’s really important to recognise from the employers point of view and the young person’s that training and development is important.”

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