Strength training is an essential form of exercise… running on the treadmill or on the road just doesn’t build the muscles that you lose as you get older.
It’s important to build muscle (tone) by using resistance - bands / body weight / dumbbells / kettlebells etc #workouts...
Collecting her #oneyear t-shirt Angela remarks in the past year!
“I joined AbFab in Febuary 2020. I'd been a member of another gym for years but never seemed to lose any weight and found the classes a bit boring to be honest.
AbFab is not like other gyms, every class is different, the coaches are fantastic and everyone supports everyone else.
It's now been a year and I've lost two stone, two dress sizes and made some amazing friends.
If you're thinking about joining just take the plunge, you won't regret it I promise.”
I had gym memberships before but was paying to not go.
Last New Year I saw Jaine's advert about the gym at Gunpowder.
I went for the induction (which was really good) but cried on the way home.
I knew the measurements were going to be bad I was under no illusion but they were horrendous and I knew it was going to be an uphill challenge.
I was fat, unfit and as a result I believe missing out. Like many women I have a busy job and a family and I came last. Not because I was a martyr but life was just 100 miles an hour.
I wouldn't eat all day then be eat lazily in the evening - the weight piled on.
After the induction I committed to three mornings a week, the food tracking, 10,000 steps a day and the drinking of 2L of water a day.
I was there at class at 6am it was cold and dark in February but there was something amazing about being with a supportive coach and a groups of women all motivating each other and also exercising as the sun rose over the fields.
I had nutritional support advice from Belinda who still checks in with me to check I am trying new things.
The coaches are encouraging and supportive. The community of ABFAB is like nothing I have experienced before.
It's not uber competitive or elitist its just ordinary women achieving extraordinary things by working together and supporting each other as we work towards our own goals.
When we went in to lock down I learnt that I needed to be nagged to work as hard in the online sessions as I did when we were down at the gym. It became obvious that I needed that extrinsic motivation more than I thought and it was there in every class.
I love the social media group and hearing about the 'wins' of the women in the group it's incredibly motivating.
I have just reached my 7 stone goal...in almost 1 year! I feel fitter, healthier and am less lethargic. I am making time to ensure that I have time to do these things. My new goals are to be 'strong' x
This has been life changing.x