“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!”
Thank you from the Humans of HIIT community for sharing your story!