Before joining MEE-FIT Mandy had not done any regular exercise for nearly 30 years.
“I was kidding myself that the daily dog walk round the block was keeping me fit. Having a bit of a midlife moment I was persuaded by a friend to sign up to go trekking in Nepal and I knew I had to get some weight off and get more active.
I managed to get my weight down with dieting, losing 5 stone over a year and even managed the trek but my knees were shot and it exhausted me. Without the focus of the trip I knew my couch potato life would return and the weight would creep back on.
I was adamant gyms were not for me having joined several over the years but giving up after a few sessions as I struggled with my motivation. Not to mention the cost, paying for the rest of the year!”
Mandy knew she wanted to try something different, but wasn’t sure quite what.
“I saw a Facebook post for MEE-FIT‘s 30 day trial and I was attracted because the people looked like me, not all young, muscular and super fit. I also liked the thought of somewhere local as a chance to meet more people in the local area as I work some distance from Whitchurch.”
Following on from her 30 day trial with us Mandy decided MEE-FIT was the place for her, and decided to continue with us with a membership.
“Where do I start about MEE-FIT. I have never found a place where everyone is so friendly and supportive, the coaches and the other members welcome everyone no matter what their starting level.
The sessions are set to your personal goals and adapted to any limitation due to ability or injury. The coaches are really knowledgeable and just seem to work out how much to push and encourage to build your confidence. It is truly a personalised service.
I feel I have achieved such a lot since joining and am now able to do things I never thought possible, I am fitter now in my fifties (both mentally and physically) than I have been since my twenties.
I joined hoping to keep my weight down but feel I have achieved so much more. I am much stronger and far more flexible and have lost weight and gained muscle but most importantly I have spent the summer in sleeveless tops and even wore a bikini on holiday (a first for me).
There is a great friendly atmosphere in the gym with lots of opportunities to join in with other things with the coaches or other members. I enjoyed the team games arranged in the summer and may even do a bit more running. Advice and support is always available on all aspect of training and nutrition from the coaches and the Facebook group is great.”