Linda Pinnock, 37 years old, midwife from Wanneroo
I joined Anytime Fitness, Wanneroo, 18 months ago after a difficult and sudden separation from my husband of almost 20 years. I fought so hard for our relationship but the loss of myself, my family and friendships which followed, affected me mentally as well as physically. I was stressed, lonely and I was depressed. And as a result, I lost a lot of weight in a short period of time.
Previous to this, in 2014, I had my 3rd brain surgery for the removal of a recurrent brain tumour. This has given me permanent left-sided weakness, a disability that I’ve had to learn to accommodate, especially given that I am left-handed.
I remember walking into my local Anytime Fitness, full of self-doubt and stress; no friends and no confidence. I walked in and out of my club three times before I finally joined. My initial goal was to tone and build my strength after weight loss, but beginning training, I realised the positive impact it was having on my mental health, strengthening my self-worth. There would be days where I would cry in the gym because of events in my personal life. But I would get up, get on with my lifting and would always feel better.
My thanks go to the support and coaching of the manager and PT, Cheridan! From day dot she taught me how to use the equipment and encouraged me to reach my fitness goals by showing me basic weight lifting techniques and exercises, encouraging me to take part in classes. Through her organisation of fitness events, in and out of the gym, I’ve been able to be sociable and build a new circle of friends, a healthy new body and a more positive mindset.
I went from being unable to hold a pen after brain surgery to lifting and weight training thanks to the support of Anytime Fitness Wanneroo. People look at me now as a gym junkie but in my gym I’ve found my church, my solitude, my sanity and my strength. When I’ve been at my lowest mentally because of the difficulty in my past, the owners, trainers and members, have been right by my side to push me through and encourage me to keep going. That is why I am always in my gym. I recommend my club to anyone looking for a positive change.
When you think you can’t, you can. Physical exercise comes from the mind. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. When you don’t want to go, just get there, and once you are there, start.