When Rachel came to me back in 2013 I met a very motivated and determined 43 year old woman. At first I thought it would just take a couple of sessions to show her some different exercises and ways of exercising. However, it turned into a challenge for both of us as I pushed Rachel harder each week to get the most out of her, she kept me on my toes by moving the goalposts and pushing herself to achieve more and more, setting herself new challenges along the way. Over the last 3 years, Rachel’s transformation has been dramatic. Her body shape has completely changed, her fitness levels are, in my experience, the highest I’ve seen for her age, and her dedication to training is inspirational. Rachel is a great role model for anyone wanting to start their fitness journey no matter what age you are. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. Here’s her story……
Pure Fitness…..Back in June 2013 I was aged 43, fair, flabby and very unfit. Three years working nights had taken its toll on my health and wellbeing. I was determined to make lifestyle changes and so decided to get myself a personal trainer and got myself a day job!
My short term goal was to be able to run up the stairs at the hospital from top to bottom without getting out of puff. I also wanted to learn how to do the kettle bells. My long term goal is to be fit enough to run the New York Marathon. So in 2013 having decided enough was enough, I signed up for 12 sessions with Barry Jacobsz.
I often wonder what Barry thought on his first training session with me! I loved my first session of training with Barry and I realised I had a long way to go. Religiously booking X2 PT sessions a week made me come to the gym, which was better than before. Barry gave me a diet plan which I semi adopted. I lost a few pounds, stuck with the programme and slowly my confidence and self belief grew. I remember around the 6 month mark, Barry beginning to push my boundaries and set me harder challenges. He took into consideration my own personal goal of running up the stairs at work. He had me running up and down the stairs with weight in Heritage Mills as well as outside at the park.
I knew that as a woman in my forties I would struggle to lose much weight, so my focus was on improving my fitness levels. I got my mojo back and started to run, finding the confidence to run several 10 milers when I was on holiday in Crete in 2014. My confidence, determination and self belief continued to grow, the happier I was with my fitness.
In 2015; My New Year’s Day resolution was to train for a triathlon. I booked and paid to enter the Brownlee Tri in Leeds for September that year. Barry adjusted my training and I started doing more Watt bike training. I started running more out on the roads and canal. I went swimming twice a week. I did months of training, including the Lindley 10k and runs from home to the leisure centre where my maximum swim was 100 lengths followed by a run home. Unfortunately, my Tri was aborted in the end because my hubby booked a holiday for us to go away on the day of the Tri..I did consider doing it and then rushing to the airport!.. But, as I only found out a couple of weeks before the training wasn’t wasted and I kept going! Setting myself a goal in 2015 gave me focus and a target to aim for even if I didn’t achieve it that year.
In January 2016, the gym was introducing My Zone so I bought myself one and could see how much effort I was putting into my training. In June 2016 Meg (Pure Fitness staff) and I challenged each other to get the highest MEP points for July…. Guess who won… Me! (Who is at least 20 years older). L.O.L
Three years on, my fitness levels are the best and getting better all the time. I find that exercise is relaxing,helps me deal with the stress of a very busy job and the feel good endorphins give me confidence, inner strength & a balanced perspective. I enjoy upping the anti and I have noticed how competitive I am! Keeping fit is not all about weight loss for me, it’s about feeling good and looking after my health both physically and mentally.