“I am a full time working mother with five children, and was busy concentrating on work and family so my weight ballooned and general fitness deteriorated. I was so lazy parking as close to work as possible and even getting the lift to go up one flight of stairs. Through work I was introduced to actilife, an online interactive programme with remote coaching which helps people become more active and better manage their weight. And then in April of this year I was introduced to the facilities available at Life Leisure Grand Central, at which point my life changed even more! Grand Central have lunchtime ‘fast classes’ which is basically interval training in short ½ hour sessions. Well, these classes fitted in great with my day and I started going 3 times a week. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!
Since April I can now do things I did not think possible, joining my children in cycling and rowing activities. Usually they would miss out as they need an accompanying adult, but this year’s family holiday was completely different. The content of the fast classes is different every day, from cardio, to Boxfit, to strengthening and much much more, it never becomes repetitive. The gym staff are wonderful. Danny and Harry’s support have been invaluable, they made the difference, supporting me and having the confidence in me to do it. I have come on in leaps and bounds, I walk straighter, take the stairs and have a lot more confidence as I am feeling absolutely great.
Grand Central is an amazing place, the staff are wonderful and very supportive from the reception to all in the gym. Everyone who uses the gym are also great, giving each other a word of support and congratulating achievements. It is one of the best places to be. It is remarkable how getting fitter makes you feel, both mentally and physically and I would recommend Grand Central to everyone, especially the lunchtime fast classes. Oh and to top it off I recently won the Gym Challenge, which got me two month free membership, definitely buzzing now!”
Eraina Smith, member at lifeLEISURE Grand Central. December ‘16
“Hi, my name is Sandra. I attend the Fit4Life 6 week course. The coaches here all push me to my limits, but overall that’s what I need, 45 minutes of tough exercise!
After each session I feel brilliant so I come back for more. Health & Fitness Coach Kathryn is really supportive, and pushes me so I can really see results. My overall fitness has improved and my clothes fit better, I feel so much better for it!”
Sandra Johnson, member at lifeLEISURE Hazel Grove. November ‘16
“Hi, my name is Debbie, I have just completed the 6 week course Fit4Life at Life Leisure Avondale and can honestly say I have had the best time exercising ever! Damon, David and Nicole are an inspiration and just the tonic one needs to get out of bed in the morning. We have laughed for the whole 6 weeks, and I’ve have lost around 8lbs, toned up and my energy levels are astounding. I’ve also have made some super friends along the way. Will DEFINITELY be doing it again next time. Thank you so much guys... “
Debbie McEwan, member at lifeLEISURE Avondale. November ‘16
Debbie (far right) Fit4Life course attendees and Health & Fitness Coach Damon (centre)
“Hi, my name is Nicola. I joined Life Leisure in January after some time away from exercising due to an injury. I had tried to get back into it towards the end of last year, but couldn’t stay motivated. January came around, New Year, new me and all that, so I decided to take a look at the gym in Romiley.
During my first Inspire session I was told about the Fit4Life course. I was impressed with the course and the 1-2-1 training sessions and decided to give it a go. I met Chris at my first session where he took my stats and asked me what my goals were. He immediately made me feel at ease and relaxed and I was looking forward to training with him.
I’m now halfway through my second Fit4Life course, so obviously the first one was a success!
Chris came up with different routines each week, all with my goals in mind. He kept each session interesting and fun and pushed me to my limits without scaring me off. The six weeks were soon over and I was really excited to get my stats taken again so I could see what physical progress I had made. I was overwhelmed! The results were amazing. Obviously this wasn’t just down to the exercise (sorry Chris!), diet played a big part too. The thing was, knowing I was going for these sessions really spurned me on with the diet side of things. If the sessions weren’t as good, varied and interesting as they were, I may not have been as motivated with my diet.
Towards the end of the six weeks I started training with Lisa once a week as well, the times she worked fitted in better with when I could come for the second session. Lisa has been just as amazing as Chris. She really pushes me, keeps me motivated and keeps things interesting.
What I really like is the way Chris and Lisa work together. They look at the kind of training the other one has been doing with me and tailor their sessions to suit each other. They have chats about my training when I’m not there. You really get the impression that they are committed to ensuring I get the best out of my time with both of them, which is exactly what you need from trainers.
As you can tell, I have loved my Fit4Life sessions. The value for money is outstanding. I can’t recommend this course enough. If you are thinking about doing it, stop thinking, just do it, it is fab!!”
Nicola Jones, member at lifeLEISURE Romiley. July ‘16
“A big thanks to staff at Life Leisure Romiley for giving me a guided kick start to my fitness. 6 months ago I signed up for Fit4Life course which was so challenging initially but a fantastic way to learn about fitness and how to continue and maintain a healthy positive fitness level. Now I am addicted!! I never imagined ever running a half marathon but did, with help and careful guidance from Lisa Hamilton. It's the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.
I also signed up for ‘My Fitness Pledge’, my pledge being to get ready for two more half marathons, the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride in July and the Glow in the Park 5K.”
Sue Warren, member at lifeLEISURE Romiley. July ‘16
“My name is Claire Buckley and I began my fitness journey in January 2016 when a friend introduced me to the gym. I moved to Romiley in April 2015 and was previously a slimming world group member but hadn’t used a gym before. Once I moved I let my healthy eating slip and by Christmas I was 2 dress sizes bigger, lethargic and stuck in a rut.
After the 2 free visits I was hooked, Chris Walker tailored a programme to meet my initial goals – become fitter and toned. I go to many classes at Romiley – BLT, BodyPump, Kettlebells, Abs Blast, HIIT and use the gym for cardio and weight training. The classes are fun and the instructor ensures correct technique is used. There is always a friendly, helpful member of staff on hand in the gym whenever you need them.
I noticed results in 3 months and tweaked my programme to ensure I remained on track. I have regular checks on the Inspire programme where they measure my body fat, weight, BMI, and measurements of my arms, legs and waist. They also ensure I remain hydrated. These checks really keep you on track and motivated – as do all the staff!
I also follow a healthy eating plan. I am determined and focused and I know I can achieve my goals with the support of the fantastic team at Romiley”.
Claire Buckley, member @ lifeLEISURE Romiley. June ’16
“In July 2014 just after I reached 51 I was told I had to have a hysterectomy. My son, Simon Booth is a Personal Trainer and politely told me to ‘get my backside in the gym’. He had concerns that I was already overweight by 3 stone and if I didn’t lose some before my scheduled surgery in the coming October I would really struggle.
I reluctantly let him measure me, weigh me and take a photograph (so glad I let him now as this photo inspires me and I would advise anyone to do this!) As he doesn’t live near enough for me to go to his gym, I joined Life Leisure Romiley. Simon wrote me a programme to follow, gave me nutritional advice and the results started to show.
I had my surgery at the end of October 2014 and had lost 1 stone 3lb. I was restricted to only walking and swimming for the first few weeks post op. I turned up for a swim one day and it was Katie’s Aqua Aerobics class so I thought I would give it a go. This was a great way to gradually build up my fitness levels and I gradually increased the classes to three times a week. I also followed a new programme in the gym that my son had set for me.
By March 2015 my fitness levels were so good that I completed ‘Tough Mudder’ aged 51. When the pool closed for repairs in November 2015 I decided to try some of the classes in the studio, Body Conditioning with Ryan, Body Pump with Lauren, Aerotone with Collette and Aerobics with Katie. This is when I really started to see more weight loss and toning.
Since January 2016 I’ve had Carpel Tunnel surgery to both wrists. All the instructors have been supportive and given me lots of alternatives to be able to continue the classes whilst recovering. I have now lost almost three stone but more importantly 30 inches of fat, dropped three dress sizes and feel great!
Many reviews I read on forums about having a hysterectomy say women gain weight after this surgery, especially around the waistline. I proved this wrong. I have lost nine inches from my waist.
I have achieved this by having the initial encouragement from a personal trainer, good nutritional advice, fun classes and great supportive instructors.
A very much happier Shirley Booth”
Shirley Booth, Member at lifeLEISURE Romiley. June '16
'Health and physical stature was all good and going pretty well to being aged 35. I played a lot of football and had kept myself in reasonable shape. I always carried a few pounds more than required but felt quite comfortable with it. As the bones started to creak and the recovery process became longer than it had in my 20s I decided to hang up my size 11s. I consider myself an average working guy and life has been pretty good. I hadn’t realised that my lack of exercise and love of a chip butty and a few lagers had started to take its toll on my waistline. This alongside having arthritis in both knees was a good excuse to put the 'STOP' sign up on ‘Exercise Avenue’. Kidding one’s self that it’s an age thing and the next size up in clothing is the way forwards is not really the approach I should have adopted. Alas, for nearly 2 decades, it is exactly what I have done.
Whilst being wrapped up in my normal life I suspect I have ignored what had been happening to my own wellbeing. A run of the mill visit to the local medical centre at the turn of this year has been a light bulb moment. After a few tests and checks, I failed my MOT quite miserably and was told in no uncertain terms that if I didn’t wake up and change my lifestyle, I may not see another candle added to my birthday cake. So what many would consider the obvious has to become a part of a new regime. Be aware of my diet, my alcohol intake and do some exercise. Hahahaha, exercise, that’s for younger people.
I was offered a referral to the PARiS scheme and decided to have a look at my local Life Leisure gym in Cheadle. I made an appointment and was inducted by a young gentleman named Anthony who was an absolute star. We discussed what I wanted from the scheme and what my short and long term goals were. We discussed my capabilities and he gave me a programme to start with and to see how things went.
I am now visiting 3 to 4 times a week and am doing a little routine that I am comfortable with and appears to be working. I have seen the first pounds disappear and my blood pressure greatly reduce. I am aware it is a long term project but I’m prepared for the long haul and now feel confident of seeing another birthday. I cannot commend the staff at Cheadle enough, all are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. The facilities are excellent and the other members are respectful and are obviously there for their own goals. I would like to think that my goals are now visible rather than not being there at all. Short term and long term is basically to stay alive a lot longer than was previously on the agenda. I would recommend giving it a go to anybody'.
Carl Roe, Member at lifeLEISURE Cheadle. June '16
‘I joined lifeLEISURE 3 years ago. Since joining I have lost both weight and inches. I really enjoy the classes, largely due to the fantastic lifeLEISURE team, who are friendly and motivating. I have made friends and find the facilities available excellent and classes varied. I can honestly say that after a life time of not exercising that I now wonder why I stopped!
My son Charlie also joined and attends the junior gym classes with Amber and Louis and loves coming. He partake in the monthly gym challenges and always gives 100% effort. I am a really proud mum!’
Claire Hibbs, Member at lifeLEISURE Houldsworth Village. May ‘16
“The Weights4Women Course is a really great way for you to get introduced to the gym!
After religiously going to Spinning and BodyPump classes 4 times a week, I decided I needed to challenge myself, and what better way than training in the gym with a group of like-minded women.
I was a little apprehensive of going into the gym as it always looked daunting, so this was the perfect excuse to get training in the gym and also get more familiar and comfortable with the layout and equipment.
To my surprise, there were only 2 of us doing the course (with a max class size of 4)! I was shocked as I really found it to be value for money. When you break it down, you are getting a personal trainer, twice a week, for a great price!
Our trainer Aaron was amazing! He always pushed us to increase our weights and motivated us when we thought it was impossible. The week by week training plan was well thought out and covered a variety of exercises for each part of the body. Aaron showed us each exercise before we did it and made sure we maintained the correct form.
I looked forward to our training sessions each week and couldn't believe how quickly the 6 weeks flew by! During our last session, we both noticed a big difference from where we had started in week 1. We had increased our weights and also had a better understanding of the gym and the equipment.
The Weights4Women course has laid the foundation for me having the confidence to exercise in the gym and I enjoyed it that much that I have now enrolled in the Inspire program.”
Claire Soper, Member at lifeLEISURE Houldsworth Village. April ‘16
"In April 2015 after gaining weight through depression I weighted 17 and a half stone. I knew I had to change something in my life to help better myself mentally and physically, lose weight, improve my strength and shape up. I was introduced to group exercise classes. After trying it at my local gym I found them fun and beneficial.
In May 2015 I joined lifeLEISURE and continued to do the classes I had enjoyed and so many more classes with the wide range lifeLEISURE offer. At the beginning of September my friend told me about a BodyPump and BodyCombat new release launch at lifeLEISURE and recommended that I try it. After doing the class releases I loved the classes so much I decided to book on every week and have never looked back.
Since then I have continued to do these classes and through exercise and nutritional advice I have been able to better motivate myself, lose 5st and gain overall strength both mentally and physically.
I am now at a stage where I feel happy again and have continued to try other classes that lifeLEISURE offer that continue to drive my passion and help me achieve my goals”.
Scott Divilly, Member at lifeLEISURE Hazel Grove. April ‘16
'I started using the lifeLEISURE gym in Marple in 2009. The practice nurse at my GP surgery introduced me to the idea as I have diabetes. She recommended the PARiS scheme so I visited the gym and found I was not alone and there were many other elderly folk just like me participating in the scheme. I started on a suitable exercise programme for beginners. The PARiS staff were really helpful with advice and tips and over time I was able to increase my muscle tone and even get stronger.
The best thing about taking part was that it created a feeling of well-being for me. I found friends would comment, saying I looked younger than my age! Now in 2016 I still keep up my fitness routine. I would like to thank the PARiS team and lifeLEISURE staff for helping me on my journey.'
Mike Cannon, Member at lifeLEISURE Marple. February ’16