Fitness

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Nov 7, 2018

Meet our member success winners

Often the greatest motivation comes from people who’ve done it themselves. Here, we share the personal insights and advice from this year’s Anytime Fitness Member Success winners.

Together, Alison, Jayden and Meagan are here to tell you how they’ve transformed their lives with fitness – and how you can too!

Alison was motivated to join the gym after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to give herself the best possible chance of not only surviving it, but living well afterwards.

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My personal journey has really driven home that my health and fitness is the most valuable asset I have. It has to be the utmost top priority – healthy mind, healthy body. Invest in yourself now and you’ll reap the benefits for a long time! 

How quickly I became comfortable at the gym. When I first joined, I was filled with anxiety and fears. It didn’t take long for that to disappear and now the gym is actually my sanctuary. 

The physical impacts are weight loss, improved muscle tone and strength, more energy and better sleep. Mentally, the person I am now compared to the person I was two years ago is like chalk and cheese. I am more resilient, have less anxiety and panic, and a lot more confidence. Fitness helps me to be the best possible version of myself. 

I love the way I feel now! I have more energy, better mental clarity and less anxiety. I also know that exercise can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by up to 50% and prevent osteoporosis, which I’m at high risk for. They’re all great motivators! 

Get out of your head and just do it. Don’t wait around for your friend to join, or for any other version of ‘the right time’. The right time is right now. Half the battle is the mind game, and once you’ve tackled that you’ll be on your way to a much healthier and happier life. 

Despite having an artificial heart and being on the donor list after a life-threatening illness last year, Jayden is back in the gym almost every day. He even ran the City2Surf this year!

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It’s put a spotlight on my fitness like never before. I’ve always had periods where I’ve focused more on fitness over the years for various reason, mostly to do with weight and wellbeing. But this last 12 months has been about staying alive. It’s a pretty solid motivation, let me tell you.

Every single day, I feel just a little bit better. A little but stronger. Sharing that journey with my son has been the greatest experience. Also knowing that everything I do today could help me get through tomorrow, keeps me on track on days when my motivation might be harder to come by for whatever reason.

Set yourself some small, achievable goals, and just take one day at a time. Some days you might feel like you’re going backwards, but I promise you – you’re not. At the beginning of the year, I would force myself to do five arm raises with a 1kg weight. I could also just manage five squats. A couple of days later, it would be six, then seven. Nothing huge, just gradual increases. The first few steps I took in ICU were the hardest I’ve ever taken. I had a physio on either side, and a nurse behind me with a wheelchair and a defibrillator. It took me a couple of minutes, but I walked 14 steps. I felt like I’d walked a thousand. Eventually, I could walk to the door and back. Then to the nurse’s station… Last week, I walked 50,000 steps in a single day. One. Day. At. A. Time.

Have a crack. It’s pretty simple. If you’re nervous, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to seek help from staff or fellow gym goers. Anytime Fitness is a family, and everyone is there for the same reason. Our stories might be different, and our motivations won’t be the same, but we all want to better ourselves. You’re not the only one who was nervous about starting something new, and we all had to start somewhere. Young or old. Skinny or overweight. Just have a crack. Even baby steps have to start with the first one…

People often ask Meagan how she copes with the stress of her two children both being diagnosed with serious illnesses, on top of being a single mum and running a business. Her answer is exercise.

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Starting to lose weight and gain fitness and mental strength is what motivated me to join the gym. I wanted to reach that next level in my journey and I needed the gym to achieve it. 

I train Monday to Friday, have Saturday off and then train Sunday. I start the day with a HIIT, strength circuit or a weights session and two days a week follow that with a PT session focused on heavy weight training.

Fitness has had a huge impact on my mindset! In fact, it has completely changed the way I think and act on all situations big or small.

My advice is don’t wait until you have a friend to join with you. You will be more than comfortable on your own after your first session. Start with group classes until you get the feeling of things.

The most important thing is don’t feel defeated if you struggle. Each session you will find improvement and before you know it, you will see how everything you do in the gym will have a positive effect on your life outside of the gym as well.

Keep your eyes on our social pages for videos showcasing Alison, Jayden and Meagan’s transformational journeys – coming soon!