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Olympic torch carrier opens his own fitness studio in Dudley

INSPIRATIONAL: Leroy Henry with the Olympic torch

LONDON 2012 may be a distant memory for many of us now, but one man who was chosen to carry one of the famous torches has kept up the sporting spirit of the Olympics with his lifelong dedication to fitness.

Leroy Henry’s love for fitness has not waned since 2012. In fact it’s grown to the point where he has just opened his own unique fitness studio, which has an inspiring range of programmes to galvanise the laziest of couch potatoes.

He even has his own brand of exercise known as Funkalates, which he is confident will become as much of a household name as Pilates or Zumba.

But his studio in High Street, Dudley, is not just for exercise addicts – it’s also a haven for relaxation with its own chill out area, which is encouraging involvement for the whole family.

And the one thing Henry does promise is support for those struggling to keep on the straight and narrow with good nutrition, diet and exercise.

“When people join most gyms, no one bothers if they stop coming, but here at my studio I will phone people up – not to bully them but to encourage them to get back to the good habits they started here with me.”

As a qualified fitness instructor for decades, he’s heard all the excuses, but genuinely wants to help people stay focussed on the road to fitness and better health.


Funkalates, where Henry has created five different levels of fitness, is a new concept in exercise. He’s even incorporated his own sound tracks, which he’s produced himself to accompany the programmes.

But his studio is packed with other fitness inspirations probably not found elsewhere such as wall Pilates, couple Pilates and a treadmill which encourages resistance exercise.

There’s also pole and boxing fitness, Zumba, roller blading and Henry’s own version of boot camp.

It’s a far cry from the time more than a decade ago when Henry was shot in the thigh, the innocent victim of an armed robbery in a Birmingham barber’s shop.
It was his incredible fight back to fitness that won him a coveted chance to hold the Olympic flame aloft and play his own part journey in the story of London Games of 2012.

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