I was totally fed up with my level of fitness following a period of convalescence after breaking both of my heel bones and I needed expert advice and assistance. I called Mary having done some research on the web and she was round the next day for a consultation.
It is not easy letting a stranger into your home but I am very please that I took the first step.
Despite some concerns about what I would and would not be able to do, given the ever increasing problems with my feet, I had my first session the following week and have continued to see Mary twice a week since September 2010. My general levels of fitness and core stability (I now know all the technical terms) have improved dramatically. My main focus was mobility and strength and I wanted that feeling of general well being. I can say with confidence that I have achieved all these and am now focusing on more weight loss and healthy eating. The before and during training photographs that myself and Mary work with speak for themselves.
What I was impressed with about Mary is her professionalism, knowledge and very personable nature, it’s not all hard work and we share some laughter along the way, especially with my co-ordination skills or lack of them should I say. I have never been keen on gyms and classes and certainly prefer the more personalised approach and style that you get from a personal trainer. As well as planning a personal tailor made training programme Mary also helps you with eating healthily and maintaining what level of fitness has been achieved whilst progressing at a pace that is comfortable but still challenging. Mary spent time outside of our sessions collating and providing me with information on eating out healthily as I am prone to eating whilst working and socialising.
As a result of my broken heel bones I now suffer from Achilles Tendonitis and Mary tailored the training programme around this to ensure minimal strain whilst still building upon the strength. It’s been hard at times as I have a stressful job but in my opinion what has helped me is having Mary there to inspire and motivate me. It is so easy to neglect your own health needs if you have a busy life. Furthermore, I had two operations between 2009 -2010 and this was the big wake up call to start caring for my health and fitness. I needed to find time for myself and to improve my health; Mary helped me to achieve this.
It’s amazing because I never used to be able to even do sit ups, regardless of my desire for that flat, toned stomach but now they are so much easier, the key is knowing how to do them and many more exercises correctly. Mary is great at explaining how to breathe and how to position yourself to prevent muscle strain or injury. The difference to my body is marked. I can now walk around concentrating on what I should be doing i.e. shopping rather than being pre-occupied by the pain in my back, hips and feet. I still have a way to go but with perseverance and the help from Mary, I am sure my health and fitness levels will continue to improve further.
If you feel like you need that push because you just can’t seem to prioritise your health and fitness needs, I would recommend Mary to inspire and motivate you. It won’t be long before you realise and see the improvements. Go on give it a go!