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Jordan Lockyer

My appreciation for fitness probably started later than most. l was a chubby kid growing up so I didn’t really get into sport until starting senior school. That’s where I found out rugby was my calling as size was an actual advantage! I loved playing the sport and joined our local town team as well as playing for my school through my years there. I enjoyed the team camaraderie, especially on tours across Europe.

As I got older, Uni life and weekend work took over and I actually became really skinny through doing a few fitness programs like ‘Insanity’ (and probably not eating much as a broke student). Even though I was keeping my fitness in check, it felt more like a chore and I wasn’t enjoying it. I’ve maintained gym memberships over the years, however I never really had the right approach in terms of setting long term goals or following specific programs. It also didn’t help working in an office where I was served fried chicken multiple times a week! Fitness wasn’t a priority and I lacked drive which had a knock on effect on my mental health too.

Fast forward to more recently and across the past year things have really changed for me, especially since working for a group of fitness clubs. I made my fitness a priority and it became a core personal focus of mine. Being surrounded by fitness professionals and having access to their expertise & training has given me a greater understanding of what is required to improve myself. I became happy with myself and I am looking / feeling in the best shape of my life.

Now here we are in these crazy lockdown times… I wanted to keep up my fitness and resigned myself to following random online workouts. Fortunately Alex stepped in with his awesome initiative. Although I’ve missed going to the gym, I’m loving the routine and community Alex has built with his zoom workouts. I think through my experiences I’ve come to realise that fitness is a constant, it’s not a destination. As long as I can enjoy what I’m doing and keep focused on improving then I will be motivated to carry on!

 

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Hannah Robinson

“As a child I only really did sport to stop putting on weight, I was a tennis and swimming coach but more because kids are meant to get involved in these hobbies, not because I enjoyed it. Fitness wasn’t really my thing despite growing up in a family that walked marathons, ran half’s,  captained cricket teams and trained to become a PT.

Skip to uni and I was more interested in clubbing and cheesy chips then keeping fit and I put on an extra layer of chub. Post uni/working life I got a PT, joined a gym and due to some things that changed my life I turned to running a lot more. With an events job changing my routine daily, it is hard to keep it up when deliveries of food and wine are plentiful. Pre lockdown I was due to go to the Philippines, I was very much on the London Barry’s/1Rebel hype, running on treadmills in the pitch black until I was nearly sick.

Then came lockdown, a cancelled holiday & mums stockpiling of Easter eggs, all the effort I had put into classes was gone. I started running but got bored of my routes and when my pal mentioned these classes I thought why not. I’m isolating at my family home and asked my mum if she was up for joining. 17 workouts later and we are both tuning in where we can. We both feel fitter then ever, I just hope I can keep it up when I start working and commuting again, it keeps me motivated and it’s great to see others.”

 

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Sophie Moore

Exercise, I always hated it. I wasn’t a fan of gyms or running and then I started to lose weight & now exercise is my go to. I’m training to run 5k as I used to jog before but didn’t have a clue what I was doing and I have really upped my game on exercise. It makes me feeel so good during and after the session & it’s really starting to help shape and tone my body.

I have 2 kids and I put on 4 stone after having them and I was so down so once I hit 13 stone I started exercising and I’ve never looked back. I wanted to be fit and physical for the kids sake and be able to join in the fun with them & take part in sports days.

I’m so close to my 4 stone loss and I’m running more than ever. I never in a million years thought I would love running or enjoy it. I was never that person but these last few weeks it’s actually something I look forward too. Being in lockdown I was scared of putting the weight back on but now I’ve found a new love for running it’s made me turn a corner and lose more weight (which I wanted to do anyway). I’m hoping I come out of lockdown a lot healthier and fitter and even abit more shaped and toned.”

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Emily Taper

“I’ve always been a sporty and active person, at school I used to do everything from dancing and swimming to netball and hockey, but I’ve always struggled with keeping my motivation levels up. At uni I played netball, but throughout I could feel my fitness levels dwindling – moving from WD to GK so there was less running about.

Then after uni I went to the gym here and there, but wasn’t really too focused on my fitness for a few years. Last year I picked up running again and did a 10k. But then since moving to London I’ve been up and down with my fitness efforts, joining the gym and then cancelling my membership a few months later, and running very intermittently. But then lockdown came and I was beginning to feel quite lazy.

As soon as I saw my friend ask if anybody fancied joining him for a workout on our lunch breaks I thought yay this could be my chance to get motivated again. Since then I’ve been joining regularly and have definitely noticed my passion for fitness come back, and this has inspired me to get back into running and reach my PB distance. Thanks to everyone in the community for helping me bring the motivation and passion back, and for putting a smile on mine and everyone else’s faces during these very weird times.”

 

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Anna Richardson

“I’ve always been someone who’s more interested in running around and being outdoors than working or watching TV. I barely scraped through school because I was more interested in playing rugby than doing my homework, but at uni I found a better balance. I used to do a HIIT class every lunchtime to break up my day when I was working full time. I could genuinely tell the difference on the days I had to skip a session because of meetings or timetable clashes. I’d feel more lethargic, less motivated and more agitated sat at my desk for the afternoon.

I left Portsmouth last year to go travelling and found it hard to make up a new workout routine by myself. I ended up doing sunset yoga sessions on top of the cliffs in Indonesia (I was terrible), squats in 90% humidity on bamboo platforms in Thailand (sweaty), hill sprints up and down mountains in Korea (horrendous), days of cycling in Taiwan (not so bad) and cross country skiing in Canada (I face planted a lot).

Due to Covid I came back from my trip and found myself staying in Dorset until I can wait for this to blow over. I’m not working and I’m terrible at sitting still for more than half an hour. Netflix marathons are my worst nightmare and sitting through a whole film is sometimes a struggle. Despite this, I was still struggling to find the motivation to keep moving. Luckily I’ve borrowed a road bike and joined in on a few zoom sessions to give me some structure and break up my day. If I can’t self-motivate then I know that I can rely on a 20/30 minute zoom session to get me moving. I always feel infinitely better after I’ve done some exercise and it’s so feel-good to be able to join in on the odd session with other people when I fancy seeing some new faces!”

 

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Lauren Jeffries

“Before I joined Humans of HIIT I dreaded the thought of exercising, always feeling so unmotivated and uncomfortable within myself. Social media played a big part in this as well for me with so many people in their fitness communities whether that’s gym partners, running groups or boot camps, I just really wanted to be a part of something but I just didn’t even know where to start! I isolated myself completely, felt embarrassed as I’ve never been into fitness at all and I always thought I would be judged if I went to a gym. I would always say ‘yes I’ll start the gym next Monday’ like we all say! But when Monday came I would avoid the conversation at all costs. My job in retail keeps me active, being on my feet all day but I was still unhappy in myself, putting on a bit of weight here and there and feeling I was missing out on something.

Forwarding on to about 6/7 weeks ago I would of never of thought we’d be living in these circumstances let alone me exercising in this time as well?! My life has completely changed and for the better, thanks to Humans of HIIT. My friend Rebecca and I were trying to motivate eachother during these difficult times but I couldn’t help myself, eating out of boredom constantly.

By week 3 of being at home I realised I was putting on even more weight and feeling so down about myself. Rebecca called me one day and said her brother, Alex was starting to do zoom workouts and she thought it would be good for us to join. I was hesitant at first my head was filled with dread, thinking I would be judged and laughed at but I agreed and we did the first one, even though I didn’t have my video on I felt completely different towards working out/fitness afterwards, everybody was so nice and normal! I felt amazing afterwards and wanted to do more.

As time has gone on I’ve become so much more confident within myself and fitness, I love it! There is no pressure on how much you can do, what you can do and what you look like. For those 20/25 minutes when we work out together I feel unstoppable and so confident. We achieve together and it’s a great feeling to see everybody just as sweaty as me! I now feel like I finally belong in a community, along with amazing people who I am slowly getting to know each time we go online and I couldn’t thank Alex anymore for having me in his community. I have changed my attitude on fitness, wanting to learn more each time we finish our sessions and I will be coming out of this crisis a completely different person.”

 

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Manda Morley

“I was never into sport or exercise in my early teens. When I started college I noticed that I couldn’t remain a slim shape and was gaining a bit too much weight. I started to develop insecurities, and would stress about my body daily; this essentially started an unhealthy relationship with exercise and food.

I got into running, 2-3 miles a day on a treadmill was enough. I was seeing results and liked it. I began limiting my calorie intake to an unhealthy amount; I was losing weight rapidly but felt great. When I started Uni in 2012, I was at my lowest weight ever of 8.5stone; I continued running and limiting my calories to as little as 1k a day.

It wasn’t until the second year that I realised the damage I was doing to myself, and if I continued I would be in a very bad way; so, I joined St Paul’s Gym (now my employer of 4 years). Here I began getting into weight lifting, albeit I was a complete novice and didn’t tend to have a training plan for years. The past two years I’ve educated myself on all things weights, and strength and conditioning – here I have managed to develop a healthy relationship with exercise (AND FOOD!), and am almost happy with my physique.

The one thing I have learnt over the years is that depriving your body of food in order to lose weight does nothing but damage your mental health; without the food, I wouldn’t be able to train as effectively as I do now! I’m halfway through completing my Level 2 & 3 PT diploma and enjoy channelling my energy by helping others who need guidance and personal tips in reaching their goals.”

 

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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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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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