What’s your Success Story?

Real Fitness.. Real Success Stories

Thank you to Vicky, Louise, Amanda, Jackie, Caz and Kerry for being very brave and sharing their own fitness journey and the success they’ve had along the way.. Nothing has been edited or add just Real feedback in their own words..

Thank you as always to Karen and Louise for helping Real Fitness create a Really Positive atmosphere to help people get in shape, improve fitness and make it fun!

Vicky Thanks to real fitness I’ve reached the fitness standards to join the RAF. Real fitness has helped me achieve my dream and my ultimate goal of a fantastic new career. I’ve had a blast..losing over a stone in the process. I’ve changed as a person and see fitness in a completely different way. I would never have got fit enough if it wasn’t for Real Fitness. I love this group! Thanks so much Dean and Karen!

Louise G (now a coach with Real Fitness) When I started with Real Fitness I weighed 7st 5lb, I now weigh 8st 8 lb??? I have always battled with my weight, including anorexia and over exercising to keep the pounds off. Real Fitness has shown me a new way of lifestyle by eating real food and exercising to achieve a body that I am happy with. I now have regular healthy meals and enjoy quoteeating almost what I want to. Yes I do have pizza, chips and cake but cook them all from scratch using healthy nutritious ingredients. The classes and running groups have given me confidence, determination & inspiration to find a happier, healthier me! Everyone is so supportive including coaches and the people who attend the sessions. I have met some fantastic people and made some amazing friends on my journey. Thank You Real Fitness!! Xxx

Amanda This is my journey with real fitness, I joined real fitness 3 1/2 years ago and I was so sacred, I’m not very confident ( true) so it was a big step for me to take. I’d packed in smoking and weighed 11 stone 6 and a very uncomfortable size mand114, I knew I had to do something, I went, I hurt( like hell) but went back for more, I’m so glad I did. the support of the coaches and the Freinds I have made as made every ache a pain worth while, I always said I would never run (I can’t run I can’t walk upstairs with being out of breath) and only 2 years ago I did my first race, 6 1.2 k, now I’m aiming for a marathon, I love what I do, I’ve made it part of my life,I no I bore people with my run keeper or Bootcamp post,but if I could help just 1 person like real fitness as helped me, its all worth while, its not just about the excersise they have mand2taught me how to cook,don’t laugh, the things I have been taught is amazing,I’m trying new food all the time,don’t get me wrong if I’m working hard I’m having my treats( mmmm chocolate, cider mmmm) but now I no if I put the effort in I will get the rewards,real fitness and my Bootcamp,running Freinds are more than just Freinds I feel like there my family( the family I do like lol) here is a before picture and after, thank you Dean N Debbie Kirkhamand Karen Glynn and everyone of my Freinds for changing my life,I’m now 9 stone 5 and a comfortable size 10, I’m happy

Alison Thank you Dean, Kaz & Louise – I only ran when I was at school (aged 12) could do the 800 metres. Great times. After that could not run at all. Had 2 serious operations and put some weight on. joining the group boosted my confidence, lost some weight and I did my first official race Doncaster 5K in 38 mins 11 sec. Much appreciated for your help. What a great group. Like Amanda Woodley will keep on going. Alison x

Caroline I had seen you all on anchorage playing field and for months I wanted to walk over but never had the courage. Stella caz1used to say go over caz and I would reply they all look super fit and I bet there all in clicks, I wouldn’t fit in ( how very wrong I was) . I walked over the field on a chilly January Friday morning, it was Karen’s Fun Friday, I felt sick and nearly turned back, I’m so glad I didn’t, I loved it, everyone was fantastic and Karen was great.
I went from kaz Fun Friday to Dean’s hyper Wednesday. loved them. But then there was the running? I struggle with my legs a little so I hated the running, I couldn’t run.
You were all doing the races and I would come and take photos. Kaz said to me, “you will be doing this next time caz” I said I’m happy taking the pics .
teamphotoJanuary this year was the turning point for me when Dean set the 30 days of real food challenge ,learning how to read food labels and getting in the kitchen making real food the weight started to come off. And the running started I’ve gone from can’t run to running in my first race the askern 10 k on the 20th of May, the feeling of what I had achieved when I went over the finishing line was fantastic . I could not have achieved all this with out the amazing group of people that give you a little push when needed .
I’ve been part of real fitness now for three and a half years and never looked back, so here’s to the next three . Cheers Real Fitness

Jackie I’ve always enjoyed the odd exercise class, but never really did anything on a regular basis, then you get busy with work and before you know it, you have piled on the weight and no longer have the confidence to join in and do jak1anything because you are so unfit. Well I had to brake that cycle and decided to give real fitness a go. I can still remember how much that first session hurt, OMG I was in agony. But I survived and went back again. Over 2 years on and I’m still going. So what is so different about real fitness that makes me want to keep coming back, it’s simple…..

jak2The people, the camaraderie is fantastic, the support and encouragement from the coaches never ceases to amaze me. The bootcamp sessions are bril, with a mix of
everything. I have gone from don’t run, can’t run, won’t run to ok let’s give it a go, nice and slow (my slogan) to half marathon and shared every emotion along the way. I have lost probably about 2 stone and feel so much fitter and made some amazing friends too, So thank you
Dean and Karen xx

Kerry I attended my first bootcamp session in 2011 it was introduced to me by a friend I met her in the car park at scawthorpe, not knowing what to expect. I had decided that I needed to do something. In 2008 I began to have anxiety attacks, in 2009 I lost my job (got made redundant) whilst pregnant. I was not working for 2 years and still having these attacks bad enough to call out the ambulance which I was totally embarrassed about. Anyway I was not very confident I was going out of my mind staring at the same 4 walls with nothing but baby talk so when my friend told me she had started bootcamp I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about. The warm up killed me, but it was different to any gym or class I had been to in the past. I continued to meet my friend untill one day she didn’t turn up, I was petrified of being there by my self I’d only been a few times before but I stayed anyway and am so glad I did. I have never looked back from that day I said to my self you can so this. I didn’t want to stop coming I was enjoying myself too much. After about a month I started to go to more classes and started noticing a difference in my shape and so did my friends and family. So much so that several of them joined and some are still coming to the classes. Run camp was a definate no no I could not run to save my life. After about a year I thought why not give it a try. And that was the start of running for me. I was planning some firsts this year but that’s another story… The anxiety is almost a thing of the past I feel very confident. I’ve met some fantastic and
insperational people, it’s real fitness bootcamp forever 4 me. X

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