I saw a friend’s before and after photos on fb and was stunned by the changes she’d achieved in a short space of time. I originally gave myself loads of reasons as to why it wasn’t for me – I’m too busy, I can’t dedicate that much time to getting fit, it’s too intimidating, I’m too tired after work, I should put my kids first etc etc… But I was unhappy with how I looked and how much weight I had gained after having two kids; I was lethargic, demotivated and suffering stress and anxiety with work. I’m an English teacher and at times it can be a very demanding and challenging job. I work a lot of hours and when I’m not working I’m looking after my two children. With my husband’s support though, I got the courage to come in for my orientation and I haven’t looked back.
Joining TF has genuinely changed my life – I dislocated my knee years ago and had always had recurring pain from that. I’d been a member of several gyms in Leicester and done mostly group classes like spinning, cardio combat and body pump. I enjoyed exercise but never stuck to it and wasn’t going regularly or seeing any results from the training. When I compare it to what I do now at TF, I can see why. I didn’t understand how important nutrition was, I didn’t have one to one expert advice about form/how to do the movement properly/lift the right kind of weight/push myself… I had also done Slimming World but eventually lost interest in that as I didn’t want to control my weight loss solely through diet – I didn’t see that as sustainable and I knew I’d just get thinner, not fitter. With TF, the advice I’ve had from Rob on nutrition has been incredible and it’s sped up my results significantly. It’s helped me be more knowledgeable about the foods/vitamins/minerals etc I need and I’ve radically changed my diet as a result.
I’ve now got to the stage where I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. I ran my first 5k parkrun which I never thought I could do with my knee, but by strengthening the muscles around my kneecap, I have absolutely no trouble any more from it. I have more energy; I’m happier; it’s like a weight has been lifted because I’m happy with myself and how I look. People notice all the time and comment on how healthy I’m looking which just spurs me on more. It’s not about being thinner for me but about being fitter, stronger, having a better physique.
I’ve also made a huge number of friends and love the community spirit of TF – it’s like no other gym I’d ever belonged to. I love training in small groups and have benefitted from the support, encouragement and social element that’s missing when you train alone. TF’s events also keep me motivated and keep the enjoyment element in exercise. The Winter Olympics was my favourite – I achieved much more than I thought I ever could and loved the extra level of hype and energy in the gym during the two weeks of group competitions.
I always want to get to the gym and never see it as a chore like I used to. Now exercise is built into my lifestyle and it’s something I’ve managed to maintain for nearly 10 months now. It’s sustainable and a lifestyle change I want to keep up. I’m proud to be a role model to my kids who are welcome in the gym any time and have come along to the family-friendly events, seen me train and now see exercise as an integral part of life which can only be a positive thing.
For how it’s changed me physically, my body shape has changed; I’m much stronger; I’ve got more muscle definition and dropped about 2 stones – can you check what the weight loss is as I cant remember (I’m now 65.3) – waist is 80cm – dropped 3 dress sizes! I also sleep better and one major effect I didn’t foresee is that I feel like I can cope much more easily with any challenges at work or in life because I’m in a good place both mentally as well as physically.”