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1 Aug 2013
Record-breaking Loughborough graduate opens personal training studio
Loughborough University graduate entrepreneur, Becky White, opens her first personal training studio today. Becky launched onesixeight:fitness during her Sport Management degree, with support from the University’s Enterprise Office. Today’s studio launch marks another exciting step for Becky, who ultimately aims to branch out nationwide.
Becky has had much to celebrate during the last year. In April, Becky’s world record to organise the most people bouncing simultaneously on trampolines – which took place on campus during the Olympic Torch Relay – was made official. Her business success has also been recognised in the University’s Enterprise Awards and in the Pride of Loughborough Awards, where she won Small Business of the Year.
Becky has grown a loyal client base by offering personal training, beginner and intermediate running sessions and trampoline classes. She also has two mini-trampoline work out DVDs, offers online personal training and regularly posts fitness topics on YouTube. The company has also grown, to keep pace with demand, with personal trainers specialising in running, strength and conditioning and nutrition and an office manager joining Becky earlier this summer.
Becky is also one of eight Loughborough graduates to feature in a multimedia campaign, celebrating graduate enterprise. These Inspiring Graduates have all established thriving businesses despite the continued economic downturn.
The onesixeight: fitness private personal training studio opens in Loughborough University Students Union Building on Thursday 1 August. To mark the celebrations Becky is giving away hundreds of free fitness and weight loss training sessions, as well as free personal training sessions to anyone who registers online.
Becky says: “It was always my dream to study at Loughborough because so many great athletes train here and I wanted to be surrounded by inspiring sports people. My Sport Management degree has been really useful in helping me set up my company and I’m really thrilled to be opening my first personal training studio here on campus, where my business dreams began!”
Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise at Loughborough University says: “We are very proud of all our graduate entrepreneurs. Becky is an excellent ambassador for graduate enterprise and I am delighted that her dedication is being rewarded with business success.”
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
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