Sexual-abuse survivor set to motivate others

Sonia Redpath with her son Jason. Picture by Paula Rosa Photography

Sonia Redpath with her son Jason. Picture by Paula Rosa Photography

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A woman who overcame sexual abuse and went on to a successful career competing in bodybuilding competitions is using the lessons she learned to help other people to get fit and lose weight.

Sonia Redpath, 44, who used to live in Belford but now lives in Gosforth, is launching her online health and fitness course, Fit Mumma.

The 12-week programme is an achievable step-by- step course offering advice on a physical, mental and emotional level, coupled with support and guidance on food, exercise and weight-loss.

Sonia, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at 43, suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression after being assaulted. But she has also been diagnosed as having post-traumatic growth – the ability to go on and do positive things after treatment.

She initially channelled her efforts into bodybuilding and met husband Robbie, a fitness expert who has worked with professional rugby players, at a European championship in Italy.

The couple have a 12-year-old son Jason, who came up with the name Fit Mumma to describe Sonia.

Sonia, who already has more than 3,000 fans on Facebook, said: “Fit Mumma combines my skills and Robbie’s skills in a course that is doable for ordinary people. I’m there to offer advice and support all the time, but you have to be committed – you have to be accountable and clock in and out and report on your progress.”

The complete programme brings together Sonia and Robbie’s 30 years’ of experience in fitness in a comprehensive course. Users receive phone calls, are set home work, individual action plans and can access webinars. She has also designed a healthy cooking element and plans to publish an accompanying book.

All profits will go towards a place at ballet school to help Jason become a professional.

For more information, visit The Fit Mumma Facebook page or email thefitmumma@googlemail.com