These Leeds mothers of invention are aiming to help us all fight the festive flab!

The turkey is all but demolished, the flambé Christmas pudding has gone down in a blaze of glory, and even that last chocolate in the tin has met a fitting end.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 26th December 2015, 12:15 pm
Jenny Garside and Sarah Lambley, have together invented a home fitness kit called the 'Tuffit'. PIC: James Hardisty
Jenny Garside and Sarah Lambley, have together invented a home fitness kit called the 'Tuffit'. PIC: James Hardisty

And now, the real job begins.
As many of us start the ‘festive flab’ fightback, two superfit supermums are on a mission to help.

Sarah Lambley, 38, from Morley, and Jenny Garside, 42, from Knaresborough, have conceived and created a brand new piece of fitness kit, the ‘Tuffit’.

It’s an ingenious all-in-one mini gym, with a name inspired by the ‘Little Miss Muffet Sat On Her Tuffet’ nursery rhyme.

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And the best thing, say the entrepreneurial pair, is that users can exercise while doing all the other jobs that a modern superwoman (or superman) does.

Both ladies understand the constant yo-yo battle with weight that many people - especially women - go through.

Their aim is to cut out the guilt and take the chore out of toning up and losing a few pounds.

And they are targeting it unashamedly at busy working mums like themselves.


Jenny is a personal trainer and former world figure champion - a type of bodybuilding contest that concentrates on a more lean, toned, athletic physique.

Marketing expert Sarah was one of her clients, who Jenny helped get back in shape after her first baby was born.

They spent two years designing the Tuffit and have invested all their cash into their dream project.

The multi-functional Ottoman-style stool has a variety of cords and fitness aids hidden away in its nooks and crannies, as well as a booklet with 150 different programs.

“It has been a labour of love for us for two years,” the ladies explained.

“So many people sign up for the gym in the New Year but give up by the end of January.

“But this is not just for Christmas or the New Year, it’s for life.

“When you come home from work, feed the kids and put them to bed, how are you supposed to fit in the gym three or four times a week?

“And people don’t want big bulky gym items clogging up their homes.

“It’s about fitting [exercise] into your living room - and into your life!”.

The Tuffit is handcrafted in a workshop in Morley and upholstered in Elland.

It has 14 fabric options, three colours and even ‘mood’ settings.

The ladies will launch their invention officially in January.