Health & fitness coach Alex scoops top prize at prestigious awards

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A Banbridge based personal training and health and fitness coach is “still in shock” after winning a coveted accolade at a star-studded awards ceremony.

Alex Magill is the newest recruit to the sporting hall of fame, scooping this year’s Best Health and Fitness Personal Trainer at the Local Women Sports Awards.

The Waringstown woman was honoured at the glittering awards ceremony in the Europa Hotel, Belfast, last month, in front of a packed room of local sporting legends.

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Alex, who has been in the fitness industry for over 17 years, said: “It was a lovely surprise to win.

CHUFFED COACH...Alex Magill receives her award at the Local Women Sports Awards, held in the Europa Hotel. Pic credit: Local Women Sport.CHUFFED COACH...Alex Magill receives her award at the Local Women Sports Awards, held in the Europa Hotel. Pic credit: Local Women Sport.
CHUFFED COACH...Alex Magill receives her award at the Local Women Sports Awards, held in the Europa Hotel. Pic credit: Local Women Sport.

“I’m honoured and very grateful to have been put forward to receive this award in recognition of my work.”

And the secret to her success?

“I’m just a normal down to earth girl,” Alex said modestly.

“I’ve been through a lot in my life, and I can relate so much to all my clients and everyone I work with.

A proud moment for Alex Magill.A proud moment for Alex Magill.
A proud moment for Alex Magill.

“I don’t do ‘quick fixes’ or transformations. I help others to change their habits and mindsets in a healthy and sustainable way, never focusing on physical appearance but how they feel about themselves inside.

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“I genuinely care about everyone I train and there is always a real sense of community and support.”

A woman of many talents, Alex isn’t only a personal trainer, but also a massage therapist and strength and conditioning coach.

Based at The BodyBox in the Scarva Road Enterprise Centre - with her friend Linda Cassidy - she offers a mix of one-one coaching and small group personal training, weekday mornings and afternoons.

On Thursdays and Saturdays, she has a massage clinic in Planet Hair Studio, offering deep tissue, relaxation and holistic massages.

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Alex also offers body conditioning classes in St. Michael’s, Magheralin, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and trains the St. Michael’s Ladies’ GAA team in strength & conditioning during their off-season.

Alex said a close bond with her clients is what drives her on.

“I love working with people and especially when they realise how awesome they are, which starts from within,” she said.

“I thrive on helping others realign their health, fitness and wellbeing goals to fit into their daily life in a positive and sustainable way.

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“I genuinely care about everyone I train and there is always a real sense of community and support.”

Looking to the future, Alex has ambitious plans to evolve and grow her business.

An exciting rebrand is on the way, and the Chronicle has been the first to get a snapshot of what is to come.

“As I’ve gotten older my view on the fitness industry has changed,” she said.

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“We don’t need to be exercising like crazy people to have overall health, there is so much more to it than that.

“I understand how important it is to look after yourself in a more holistic way for your body, mind and soul and this is what I will be focusing on in the future, bringing a more holistic approach to my business.”

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