Taking back control of my fitness

Although I had never been an absolute specimen of physicality, I used to see myself as fairly fit. I could get up and down the football pitch at weekends and always managed to pass my Army Reserve unit fitness tests.

However, finishing university and starting work steadily eroded away my fitness. Working shifts as an A+E doctor made eating right and finding time to exercise a real challenge, and over a few years the damage began to show.

When I failed my first Army Fitness test in 6 years I knew something needed to change. The next day a friend recommended I attend a taster session at Unity GYM.

Keith put me through my paces at my first session, encouraging me to work harder than I had in years. The sense of satisfaction from pushing myself beyond my comfort zone and the knowledge that I was taking back control of my fitness was a brilliant feeling.

The rest of the foundation program was just as good, physically demanding but also putting a lot of emphasis on getting the technique and movements right from the start, which was really important for me as I was a complete novice when it came to lifting weights. All happening in an environment full of support and encouragement from the training team and other gym members.

Previously I felt my A+E shift work clashing with sessions would be a barrier to joining a GYM. But both Leon and Keith have gone out of their way time and again to help me fit training in around my work commitments

Already after 4 weeks I can see the tide starting to turn, I feel stronger, have lost weight and have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m always looking forward to the next session and can’t wait to see what I can achieve moving forwards.

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