I joined the Tytherington Club in December 2016 after being diagnosed with heart failure. I needed to try and change my life by controlling my weight and improving my mobility after not exercising for some time. During my induction I agreed a fitness programme with one of the Wellness Advisors and have just recently started pilates with the help of Becky, who gets me booked in on a regular basis to keep a routine.
I came to the gym with a primary focus of staying fit during pregnancy and to lose the baby weight. 5 months down the line, I managed to stay in the gym until 2 days before the birth and have now lost all baby weight. I did this with regular exercise and a constant progressive training programme tailored by the Wellness Team. As well as spending time in the gym, I’ve also been having freshly cooked meals and less wine!
I am in training to be able to complete the Manchester 10K run next year and will be fund-raising for a very special person. My aim is to be able to learn to run successfully. Three times a week I have been increasing my speed and endurance. I have already noticed the benefits to my health and wellbeing. My running programme recommended by Becky is going well and is a challenge but I am determined to be able to compete next year. I hope to be in good enough shape to go out on the open roads. I would like to thank Kelly and all the gym staff for supporting and giving me encouragement and would hope my story inspires others to give running a try.
I have always kept fit but had to have open heart surgery 11 years ago, which then motivated me to take part in triathlons and cycling events. However, I hadn't trained seriously for the last few years. I recently decided to commit and get back to the level of fitness I had before the operation and so joined the club. On a whim I decided to enter the Cheshire Tough Mudder event last October, and was surprised to make it round the course. I really enjoyed it and felt the gym training had paid off. The gym team and many of the club members have been really helpful in giving me advice. I would like to thank the gym team for their encouragement and generally helping me exhaust myself! I have now moved on to more strength and conditioning exercises, and the gym team have really helped to encourage me and give me advice on programs.
Recently I have been training to increase my speed and endurance when running over longer distances. I followed an excellent training regime set by Jack and set a new personal best in my most recent 10K run!
I wanted to lose weight, keep the weight off and tone my whole body. I use the gym at least 3 times a week as well as doing pilates, aquafit and swimming. As a result I lost 3.5 stone over 18 months and have kept this weight off.