Last October I decided that I really needed to do something about my weight and my fitness. I had been on holiday scuba diving and had been unable to take off my own fins and needed help. I was also unable to get down on the floor without holding onto something.
Feeling extremely unhappy with the way I was, I spoke to a colleague at work who was attending Commando Fitness as she was looking great. I then emailed Chris and told him the truth about me, weight, unfit, age etc. To see if he thought I could manage to do these courses. Chris explained that it was for everyone and you do what you can with help and encouragement.
I had tried so many diets before but like a lot of people never stuck to them and it wasn’t just about weight loss for me I wanted to get fit but I had not done any serious exercise for more years than I care to remember so I knew this would be a challenge
I plucked up the courage to go to the web site and sign up for the November course but only 8 sessions………What had I done!!!
I turned up the first night feeling very nervous and a little bit apprehensive as everyone looked so fit. So there I was at 54 years old and weighing in at 17st 7 lb (OMG).
Chris took the time to explain all the exercises at the start and I thought “I will never be able to do this” and I was going to make an idiot of myself.
We started and when it came to the sprints I was walking a lot of them, I was crawling to each exercise, I was leaning on the wall to stand up and I felt I was holding everyone up but everyone was great and supportive.
The 2nd session I didn’t know how I was going to cope but I went anyway, and again I struggled and I did fewer sprints than other people (still walking them) but people started encouraging me which spurred me on and Chris kept saying to just do what I could. I
I had a few injuries initially, Chris gave me alternative exercises so I could still train and l struggled on as I hate to quit and I was determined to carry on. I continued to sign up each month, people had started to make positive comments about how I was looking and my wonderful supportive husband was loving how happy I was with my changing shape.
The people that I have met at CFUK are great and I would not have been able to do this without their support but there is one other person who has been helping me all the way and that is Chris Haines. He is a great motivator, he makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly, he adapts them if you are injured and has this way about him that makes you push yourself more and more. I remember one session mumbling about how hard it was and his comment was “what doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you”, how true is that.