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Amber Jerome

When I was 17 years old, I had a difficult decision to make. Do I give up dance and go study law at University or try to make a career out of teaching dance? I chose not to go to university, as dancing was all I ever knew and loved. So, when I fell out of love with dance it was tough.

But one door closes and another opens, and I started working on a zero-hour contract at a gym getting involved in more and more projects and events. Before I knew it, I had completed my level 2 fitness instructor course and was teaching a regular dance fitness class. I got a full-time job and was really happy making a career in the fitness industry. I had never thought about teaching fitness as a career but here I was, and I loved it.

Since then I’ve completed my level 3 PT course, I teach regular classes and I train my lovely clients. Exercise is not only an element of my job but is a great way for me to escape from the real world. I’m a bit of an over thinker and find other than sleep, exercise is the only thing that can take my mind off things. My life literally evolves around fitness, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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Angela Darbon

I’m not a runner! I’m never running when I can walk! I’ve even walked two marathons through the night in my bra..

Then in December 2017 our best friend died in tragic circumstances. At his funeral the celebrant said as a tribute to David set yourself a challenge. So I did! In January 2018 with my dog Jenson as my training buddy and lots of encouragement and support from my husband Clive I started the Couch to 5K. On 13 May 2018, with Clive and our daughter, I completed the Gatwick Half Marathon. This was just the start of my running journey,  I have since completed another half marathon, several 10K’s and prior to lockdown 67 Parkruns. I run with Clive, I run with my friend and I run with my Parkrun family. Why do I still run? It makes me feel good, body and soul. I can run with my husband and friends. But mainly because I Can.”

 

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Naomi Kennett

Age 8 I was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, I wore a back brace 23 hours a day until I was 15 years old. I couldn’t swim anymore, play sports, and even PE was off the cards due to discomfort and having to be out of the brace to do it. I was inactive, and pretty fed up. Age 15 I had my spine rodded with titanium. 

I remained pretty inactive, afraid to do sports in case of injury, I watched my friends play football and rugby but always knew i wouldn’t ever be able to do it. Then at the age of 25 I went to a gym with my mate for the first time, I picked up a weight and I never looked back.

I had found something I could progress in. A personal journey, I can never be “great” and lift kilos and kilos above my body weight but I can make my own goals, challenge myself and achieve them and that’s all that matters. I make my own agenda and I do things on my terms. 

5 years on, and until lockdown I was training every day, if not twice a day. I was lucky enough to have my last job at Portsmouth uni where I really embraced my fitness journey and also made good friends and learnt so many skills. Now in a GP surgery I plan to continue my training when I can and really make some goals to smash in the future. 

The most important part of my fitness journey was learning I CAN do things, and I can be part of a family while still focussing on what I am able to do within my own limits. Never underestimate the power of the body. For someone with a fully rodded back I do ok….I focus on form and getting it right, keeping myself within the limits my back can take and enjoying the journey along the way!”

 

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Dani Clamp

“At secondary school P.E. was my favourite lesson, even by the age of 14 when 80% of the other girls were getting out of it every week claiming they had “period pains” I still loved it (this was also when I realised I got on a lot better with guys)! I started playing club netball at the age of 10 and continued until I went to University at 19.

Despite studying a completely non-related subject, I threw myself into everything sport related. In my second year I took on an organisational committee role in the netball club, in my third year I was Captain, then during my Masters I continued as captain and also got elected as the University sports Chairwoman.

When I finished my Masters degree I moved back in with my parents and that’s when I hit a low point. I have always been a very positive yet realistic individual, however being stuck in a house on my own applying for jobs all day (and getting rejected from most) got to me; both mentally and physically. I was boredom eating so much and couldn’t afford to join a gym being unemployed. I began noticing some fat gain and having not played netball for 6 months I was missing it; so decided to join a new club. I began playing for the team and it was the only thing I looked forward to each week. 4 weeks in, I fell on my ankle during a game and tore my anterior ankle ligament. Complete tear. This was in October 2019.

It is now April 2020 and I have only just managed a 5km run in less than 32 minutes. My mental health plummeted, which I didn’t really tell anybody about. I was feeling down every day, I was irritable constantly and snapping at my family for the tiniest things. Luckily, a good friend of mine is very knowledgeable in the world of strength and conditioning and rehab and began helping me on my road to recovery.  The more my ankle recovered and the more active I got, the happier I became. The happier I became, the more my life seemed like it was falling into place, with both work and relationships.”

 

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Leanne Sheill

“Growing up I avoided sport at all costs, skipping every sports day and regularly producing notes with reasons not to attend P.E. I started running at 24 after losing 2st at slimming world and realising that I could eat off-plan providing I ran a 5k each day. I became a little obsessed with the distance and had no desire to run any further… if regular short runs achieved what I needed them to, why would I run any further?

I attended a party a few months later and my friend’s sister was telling us about a 10k race she had in the morning. I found myself thinking ‘why can’t I do that?’ so decided to ask her more about it. She told me she was a member of our local running club and invited me to go along with her. The Tuesday after I went to my first intervals session. Naturally my anxiety was through the roof, all I could think was ‘I’m going to be the slowest and make a fool of myself’, reassuring myself with ‘hey, at least I’ll never see these people again’. 

I loved every second. From the P.E.-style warm up’s to rainy sprints and cheesy cool-down jokes. There were people of all ages and abilities who shouted ‘well done!’ as they passed you, it opened my eyes to how sport can empower people rather than what was my previous experience, it having to be focused on ability and competitiveness.  

I’ve been a member of Hedge End Running Club for 18 months now and I’ve found the sessions I love the most are those that are the most challenging. There are people of all abilities, who inspire me in different ways all the time. A year into joining I had completed the Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL), my first half marathon and signed up to run the 2020 Brighton Marathon. 

In the past two months, my relationship with sport has evolved further than I ever imagined. I had no idea the challenge I was taking on when signing up to run a marathon, how it would impact my diet, my social life and how constantly exhausted I would feel.

I found new appreciation and understanding for the human body. The science behind my training was working: eating the right carbohydrates, not drinking alcohol and scheduling slow runs to train different muscle fibers were just a few of the changes I made. All of a sudden, I felt like I was flying when I ran my Tuesday interval sessions and heading out for a 10k was just like the ‘easy’ 5k runs I’d do if I were having a bad day. 

I ran my first 20 miles in late February where I experienced absolute exhaustion for the first time. I was so fatigued that I felt as though my brain function had halted, I remember thinking ‘your legs are going to give way, you need to stop’… but somehow my legs kept moving. It was at that point that I felt confident I had the muscle memory to carry me through the 26.2; my training was working.

Today (19 April) I was meant to run the Brighton Marathon but it was cancelled last month as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. I was completely devastated by the news and in the weeks that followed, lost all motivation to run and found myself drinking and eating a lot more. However, I couldn’t shake the need to do something on behalf of all the people who had donated to my fundraiser. 

I knew with the current measures it wasn’t sensible to attempt the full distance on my own, so headed out for a 14-mile run and made up the final 12.2 on my bike. Conditions were so perfect this morning that I ran my fastest half marathon, 20k and 10 mile; I’m convinced that if the marathon did go ahead I could’ve achieved the sub-4 I was hoping for. 

This summer is due to be a busy one so I’ve decided not to run the marathon on its new date in September, I’m secretly hoping for a spot in London 2021! I feel at peace with the situation now and am grateful for what my training experience has taught me.”

 

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Beverley Agyeman

“I’ve always really enjoyed being active – from rounders and benchball, to netball and hockey, to boxing and dance – but “active” doesn’t typically look like me. Being overweight, I often felt underrepresented – especially in a scene that is also not as diverse as it could be.

Many view social media as a negative tool, but I’ve always believed it comes down to the content you choose to follow and immerse yourself in. For me, it has been uplifting to come across more and more people who embrace their relationship with exercise – and actually look like me! I’m grateful for fitness communities, such as Humans of HIIT, that motivate and inspire us all to enjoy being active, no matter what level we’re at. 

I also once came across a tweet that said, “Exercise should be a celebration of what your body CAN do, not a punishment for what it can’t.” That changed my perspective forever. So much so, that I’ve even launched my own beginners’ dance classes and workshops (@vybe365 on Instagram), encouraging you to Dance Your Way, Every Day.”

 

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Rebecca Hensman

I used to dream of being a footballer, the dream had started and I was playing… I was the fittest I had ever been… this all came to an end due to peer pressure. When I was younger you couldn’t be different and girls couldn’t do what boys did, girls were doing make up and the boys were fighting and playing sports, so I was convinced to ‘be a girl’ and wish I had decided to do things on my own terms as I never played football again.

My fitness was dropping when I got a job in the Kingfisher Leisure Centre… this was my way back but I hated cardio, I found it repetitive and I wanted to see results quicker so I worked a lot on weights – this was not improving my fitness but it was something I felt comfortable with and growing up I learnt I had to be strong… Whilst I enjoyed this I was not comfortable being in the gym, there was a lot of pressure to do things at other people’s pace and a lot of posers which I hated.. I have joined and cancelled 4 gym memberships as I just couldn’t be happy and think people were watching me or judging my technique.

The career came and I became busy and wrapped up in ‘My future’ I felt I was doing enough with regards to my fitness, I didn’t eat badly and was always on my feet – but social media became an influence on how myself and many other people look at themselves in the mirror and what is ‘The right body’ – Like everyone I tried YouTube videos, workout DVDs, but again it was repetitive and I could make excuses not to do it – then the Coronavirus of 2020 came and we were locked in our houses for 6 weeks – I could see I was putting on weight, this was noticeable in my face and my stomach, I was eating a lot due to boredom and I had to change my lifestyle  – I have always been and will always be a confident woman, but this woman, I could tell was disappearing… nothing was working for me, I live alone so didn’t have anyone to motivate me or to train with so I was at a dead end.

I had heard of zoom for conference meetings or catching up with friends but then found out my brother was doing workouts via this portal most days in the week – of course I had to try it … Myself and my mate Lauren decided to be a part of this ‘community’ my Brother had started – Not only did I find this so useful for me, I could go at my own pace, no judgement, no care, it was interactive, fun and feel like I am getting to know the people more and more every day in the group – this them encouraged me to give myself a weekly plan of what to eat and when I would workout.

I have never felt so good about my health and my fittest, I am not there yet but I know that my brother and the community he has created will get me there – During the lockdown being alone it was hard to keep busy and sane but my brother has enabled me to mentally and physically handle this so I will come out the other side looking differently at fitness – everyone has their own way of keeping fit and active and I have found mine.

 

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Michael and Gabs

“After doing several half marathons, we decided to step up to full marathon distance. London was set to be the first one for both of us and training was going well. Unfortunately, current circumstances meant it was postponed to October. With so many charities struggling for funds currently, we decided we would come up with a challenge as part of #twopointsixchallenge to make sure our charities would still get some money at this time of year.

Our challenge was to run 23 laps each of the farm we live on, in a relay, then run a final 47th lap together. This took the total distance to 26.2 miles and we completed it in 3 hours 36 minutes and 15 seconds between us. I’m raising funds for Lord’s Taverners as they do great work as the UK’s leading youth and disability cricket charity. Gabs is raising funds for Cancer Research UK as she lost her mum to Breast Cancer in 2015.”

 

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