Lisa's Story

Why Our Members Love Training With Us

We love to hear your success stories about how you have achieved your goals with the help of our gym, classes, pool and personal trainers. 

"My journey began back in 2011. I had always used the gym for general fitness but didn’t really have a specific direction. I had gained some weight and was feeling unhappy with myself and knew that I needed to do something about it, so I began running on a regular basis.

Initially, I really struggled and had to stop several times within the first mile. However, I stuck to my routine and found that the better I got, the more confidence I had and the better I felt.

After a while I felt that I had gotten as good as I could do on my own and joined Ripley Running Club as I knew that a structured approach to my training would be the best way to improve. I also liked the idea of being able to be part of a team and enter events and races. I also thought it would be an advantage to surround myself with “like minded” people and draw on their knowledge.

In 2014 I joined the Alfreton centre and started doing some strength and conditioning work to support my running and whilst using the gym I spent time speaking to people about the things they train for which then led me to start looking at new goals to work towards.

All the training I currently do is geared towards endurance-based exercise and it has given me the ability to complete the Snowdon and London Marathons as well as numerous Half Marathons. I currently follow a Wattbike training programme which is hard work, but well worth it as I intend to enter some Sportive rides next year as my new focus.

I personally find that exercise helps me to stay fit and healthy and gives me mental focus. I also enjoy the social aspect of coming to the gym and I feel that it is a fantastic way to spend your time and I always strive to improve."


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