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Digby Hayden

My relationship with sport had a rocky start to say the least; the day after I learned to run, I fell and broke my toe- somewhat foreshadowing later events. I started off with minis rugby at age 6, and also had been doing casual swimming lessons.

Unfortunately when I was younger; I was more interested in other things than sport, and quit rugby when I was 10, but kept on with the swimming, which I am very glad my parents forced me to do! As I matured both physically and mentally, my swimming grew with it; I started winning our club galas, and my times were getting fairly impressive for a 16 year old, which took me up to county level, and even some podiums. But injury struck me again. Whilst climbing over a fence to fetch a rugby ball, I tore my ACL, which took me a good year to recover from fully. I could still swim, but my times and stamina both took a nosedive in quality. And by the time I recovered, my A levels were just around the corner, so the 5 training sessions a week were no longer possible, so this is when I decided to rejoin my local rugby club.

This time, I truly fell in love with the game, especially the social aspect, which then translated into my university life. Joining the rugby club at university was incredible, I got to know so many people, exercised a lot, and got heavily involved not just by captaining a team for a year, but also further up in sport at university. Here, I was voted into the executive committee two years running, and this really grew my passion for sport, and how it’s more than just exercise, but a release of stress and also the ability to socialise.

Now, I continue to play rugby at home, alongside the odd swimming session. Unfortunately, I seem to have recently aggravated my old ACL injury but once again, the rehab is giving me something to aim for by the time we are released!

 

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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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Eduard Susma

“I was born and raised in Romania, I am an amateur boxer and as many men my age, a fighter by nature. After a series of unfortunate events on the streets, an older and wiser friend of mine who was a Taekwondo Balcanic Champion, decided to take me to a boxing gym where he first started. The gym was nothing compared to what you’re imagining, it genuinely looked like a Mexican jail gym. I was so out of shape that I couldn’t finish the warm-up for the next 2 weeks, but something in that raw gym made me keep on pushing and pushing and I didn’t stop. I feel it was the winning attitude of my colleagues and the drive and the passion of my coach.

Now, 11 years later and 20kg lighter I am absolutely grateful for each and every single lesson I received in the gym. God knows where I would have been without boxing. Boxing thought me to chase greatness, to be disciplined, organized and get things done no matter how hard it gets. We all think we have a plan for our life and we’ll do amazing until we first fail. Like in boxing, they all think they have a plan until they eat the first punch and end up on the canvas. That’s when people find excuses and quit. Well, no matter how hard it gets and no matter how hard you get hit, get up! Rise and try again and again until you win! This is why I’m always saying boxing saved my life and kept me mentally healthy, stability of mental health is also a passion of mine and believe you can fight this through fitness. Boxing, fitness sport, its a lifestyle! It’s part of who you are, whether you practice it for fitness, amateur or professional. Combined with the education I’ve received from my great parents, boxing thought me the most valuable lessons which I will be grateful for forever.”  

 

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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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Dan Trainer

“I have always been a regular gym-goer, middle-distance runner and part-time crossfitter, so when the world went into lockdown, I’ll admit, I was a little anxious about getting my daily exercise in! (A very little worry in the circumstances, I know). I had used HIIT as a workout method before- following The Body Coach on YouTube and completing Insanity as a teenager, but never used it as my sole method of working out. 

When lockdown kicked in, I decided that I was going to leave this time in a better place than going in, in more ways than one but we will focus on the physical for now. So I signed up to a 30-day nutritional plan and decided to run a daily-workout programme for myself and my friends (it’s always good to have accountability). I have a good Sports Performance background but this allowed my creative juices to really flow. I used AMRAP’s, EMOM’s, RFT’s and challenge days to really push myself and those around me. I combined specific muscle group days to full body days to keep the body guessing and the mind interested. I loved it! And the results really showed! 

What I learned from this is to keep the training interesting. If you are excited by the training and doing something different everyday, not only will you be able to train at a higher intensity but you are much more likely to be consistent! And consistency is King in most things in life.”

 

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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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