WHEN Michelle Goodyear started a temporary job as a fitness instructor at Curves in Eastleigh nine years ago she never dreamed that one day she would own the business she fell in love with.

But when the original owner decided to sell-up and move on Michelle didn’t need to think twice about her future plans.

“We have always been a part of the community in Eastleigh. And I am proud that we have been involved in events such as food drives and Breast Cancer Care,” she says.

“I didn’t want that to change. I didn’t want to see Curves close down, and I didn’t really want to work for anyone else.”

Curves is a ladies only gym that prides itself on the results that members achieve from their 30-minute workouts. However, for Michelle, it is more than a fitness solution.

“Of course, everyone has to complete their workout,” adds the married mum-of-two.

“But, both the staff and the members are like a family to me. We do things together socially, just last month we organised a day trip to Newbury races. Everyone loves it here.”

Michelle, 45, explains how she loves her job, and the satisfaction she feels when she is able to help members to transform their lives through exercise.

“I love to help ladies of all ages and all abilities to become fitter and healthier. I don’t have young children and I guess, in a way, Curves is my baby.

“We are a team. We work together as a team. The staff are passionate about what they do. It really is a lovely place to workout. And more importantly – it works.

“Over the past few years, my dream was to be the owner of Curves, and now that dream is coming true. It’s so exciting.”