I got a really lovely e-mail from one of our members today, she asked to be kept anonymous but also said she wouldn't mind me sharing her thoughts here. So please take a few seconds to share this story with anyone you know who might benefit from a Fitness In Time membership!
"One year ago today, I first walked into Fitness In Time for the first time, and it was a day that changed my life.
I'd been looking at your website and finally convinced myself that I needed to get up the courage to walk in. To be honest, I was completely terrified. I've never been happy with my body since I've always been a bit overweight and never felt comfortable wearing tight clothes. Whenever I wear something that shows some skin, it feels like the world is staring at me.
It took me a little while to actually come upstairs. It might sound ridiculous, but I actually thought I was going to be refused membership for not being fit enough! But eventually, I did it (after a few deep breaths!). When I did walk through the door, I was quite pleasantly surprised. In front of me, there weren't any gym-bunnies decked out in lycra, there weren't rows of sweating people pounding away on treadmills, and there were not any fire-breathing dragons or anything else that I had convinced myself would be waiting for me at the top of the stairs!
What there was, was a smiling, friendly personal trainer who put me at ease, showed me round the gym and explained exactly how the gym could help me reach my goals. She explained the different membership options and helped me choose the one which suited me best. I booked my induction for the following day and actually felt proud of myself for the first time in ages! As I walked home from the visit, I was actually looking forward to my induction and couldn't wait to get started!
But that all changed the next morning - I woke up with a feeling of dread. Today, I was going to have to do some exercise, for the first time in about 25 years, and that thought terrified me! But none-the-less, I had made a commitment, so there was no turning back. And so back I went to start my new life as a 'gym-goer'.
Looking back now, I do smile thinking about how worried I was. After I arrived and put my things in a locker, my trainer talked me through everything we were going to do, and explained that the point of the induction was not to test me, but to give me a plan, show me how everything worked and make my new routine as manageable as possible. We first sat down and talked about the different parts of my body that I wanted to work on (everything) any health problems I'd had, and also what I wanted to achieve from my gym membership. I was pleasantly surprised to be told that I shouldn't be concentrating on weight-loss, but instead looking at my overall fitness and how I felt, and that any weight loss would follow naturally. She then took a few measurements such as blood pressure, height and bodyfat - which I'm really pleased that I did, as I can now look back and see my progress over the last 12 months! And then we went round the gym and she wrote me a programme, which was really easy to follow. There really was nothing to worry about!
I think it was the fact that FIT was ladies-only that attracted me in the first place, it's something that I still like about coming to the gym. Not that I have anything against men being around, but I know I wouldn't feel comfortable exercising in a 'normal' gym. At FIT, I can be myself, not worry about who else is in the gym. I now really enjoy my gym sessions, it really is the highlight of my day going in to see my friends, and it's great to exercise with other women just like me. Of course there are plenty of younger fitter members then me, but I don't have to worry because we all work at our own level and it's such a nice environment. My monthly reviews are great because they not only show me what has changed, but also give me a chance to catch up with a trainer, change my exercises so that my routine in still fun and interesting, and it stops me from slipping into bad habits.
In the last 12 months, I've seen so many changes in myself that I never thought possible. Not only am I now fitting in size 12 clothes (which I haven't done since I was about 16!) but I also sleep better, have more energy, my skin is better and I am much happier and more confident. And that is all down to you and the team at FIT.
The environment you have created makes it a wonderful place for ladies like me, so please keep up the great work! All of the instructors are fantastic and the members are always smiling and welcoming.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and I can't wait for my next workout at FIT!
Note from Pete:
Thank you so much for your kind words, but I have to add that we are only a little bit responsible for your achievements - it's YOU that puts in the effort, comes in regularly and works your socks off! You should be incredibly proud of everything that YOU have achieved, and we are delighted that we have done our bit too!
Keep up the good work, you know who you are xx Pete