NO PAIN, no gain! But Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage kept smiling as she put herself through the wringer on a constituency visit with a difference.
She donned the lycra after being asked to take part in a charity ‘body bootcamp’ event organised by a mum who has set up a new fat-fighting business.
The Tory MP was one of more than 20 people who went through a series of intensive exercises in aid of Hampshire Autistic Society.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘I went to a brilliant group at the Nimrod Centre called Awesome, which is for women who’ve started their own business. As someone who has done that I wanted to lend them my support.
‘It was there that I met Nikki Caputa and uttered the immortal words: “If there’s every anything I can do to help...”.
Nikki is qualified personal trainer and nutritionist who set up the Fab Body Bootcamps, which take place at Redlands Primary School in Fareham.
The 42-year-old said: ‘I had only met Caroline once at this event, but she said she liked the sound of my business. I had been thinking about doing something for charity, and I thought that as she was interested, I’d ask her to come along.
‘I can’t imagine her predecessor Peter Viggers doing this, but you never know!’
Ms Dinenage added: ‘I’m generally the type of person who prefers sports and games rather than aerobics or bootcamps.
‘I try and go to the gym two or three times a week though, so that got me through it and it didn’t kill me but the legs were still feeling it two days later.
‘I thought it was fabulous, I loved it.’