SUCCESS STORY

Meet Joe

If you are reading this thinking of joining but fearful of not fitting in, please join us at a sweaty night in a park somewhere and find out how awesome we all are, trust me you will be fine and happy you did.

"Monday night came and I turned up not having done a burpee in 12 years or more. I am not going to lie it hurt, but I was surprised at how much I done. I was hooked!"

I had always been very fit up until 12 years ago when my life changed, I lost the job l had done for almost 20 years. A job I loved for its camaraderie, banter and the fact I was encouraged to be fit. Shortly after this my first marriage broke up and I took it hard not being with my 4 boys every day.

The last thing on my mind was exercising, in fact, truth be told I didn’t know what was on my mind as I slipped into depression, I was always in denial.

I met Jean and life moved on, we are happily married and just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. A couple of years ago the depression got bad and I was in a dark place. I sought professional help and with this and Jean’s support I got through the bad times. I vowed to do something to improve my mental health and how I felt about myself so started running, this was a lonely thing and I would go out sporadically, and able to stick to a plan.

Then one day back in June at work an email went out telling us about this fitness company Burn It that were offering us an 8 week transformation programme. The emails kept coming out and I clicked on the link to the website had a wee nosey and thought, I fancy that.  

One day the guys were in the restaurant at work and I wandered over and spoke to a guy (who I now know was Paul 😁) and asked “when does it start?” 17th of June he replied, “cool,” I said, and walked away.

So I signed up, Paul came back to work and did my health check stats and there was no going back now I had paid my money. I booked in for the Monday night class and then had a look at the inspirational stories on the website, I was inspired motivated and touched by every ones honestly and frankness. I then seen Super Burn It and thought now that’s your goal. But I thought Joe, “you’re nearly 53 not 23 what are you doing?”

Monday night came and I turned up not having done a burpee in 12 years or more. I am not going to lie it hurt, but I was surprised at how much I done. I was hooked! At Burn It you are not judged or sneered at, only encouraged and applauded, no egos looking down on you or staring at themselves in the mirror.

After the 8 week programme, I had my stats done again, 13 pounds of fat off, body fat down nearly 6% and almost 10 pounds of muscle on, I was well chuffed!  It’s not about looking at the scales, that’s not how this works. I feel my fitness improving week on week and now notice a difference in my body so thank you to Paul, Julie-Ann and Marcella and everyone else at classes who have spoken to me and encouraged me, and respect to everyone for not judging anyone, oh, and my first Super Burn It = smashed! 

If you are reading this thinking of joining but fearful of not fitting in, please join us at a sweaty night in a park somewhere and find out how awesome we all are, trust me you will be fine and happy you did.

Remember I am speaking from experience.

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