Hi! My name is Anne and I am “none of your business” years of age. I have been training at Bustamove for 6 years.

Most of my adult life was spent working in an office…aka sedentary. I did not have the time or inclination for exercise, unless you include rolling my eyes when my doctor suggested it or heard others talk about it.

Notwithstanding I was aware that the clock was ticking and I also realised that:

i. I had a family history which included heart disease and associated issues.
ii. My bone density test which, whilst not bad, indicated that I was heading in the wrong direction.
iii. Even a relatively healthy diet will not protect against unwanted weight gain when you are inactive.

So my two choices were:

I. Remain on my Khyber and hide behind fate/genes for whatever happens.
II. Make a pre-emptive strike and take responsibility for my health (Life!!)

And then enters Jenni.

At my assessment she asked me, as she probably asks all new clients, what I was looking for at Bustamove. My answer was that I wanted to ward off the “old lady” problems for as long as possible. And that is what we focused on. And it worked. I hated it at first. It was hard work and sweaty. I felt sick and grumpy. I struggled to see the point.

After a few weeks, I felt a difference. It kind of crept up on me. I noticed that I was completing exercises that I had previously been either unable to do or had struggled with. That was the encouragement I needed. In addition, whilst not my primary reason, I noticed that my weight was dropping. Only slowly but steadily. Most important of all – I felt good!!

Definitely the trick is to develop a routine and not waiver from it. Don’t give yourself a day off for any reason. My routine was for 3, ½ hour sessions a week. I was not confident at first. Whilst the attendance was regular, I only completed the ½ hour Personal Training sessions. I did not think I could complete a whole hour nor keep up with others in a group situation. A negative attitude which now embarrasses me.

Enter Jenni again. (She’s everywhere!!)

She introduced me to the Saturday morning outdoor group sessions, which were 1 hour. I loved that they were outdoors and whilst hard to get going they were a great way to start the day. They were exercise but they were challenging and fun! Since then I have undertaken a number of Group challenges. I have enjoyed that they push me harder to keep up with the rest of the group and I have also enjoyed the encouragement and banter of the group and trainers. And I love that I have been able to complete them. I enjoy the sense of achievement. I have also joined many group sessions, including the Saturday morning running group.

Last year I completed in the City2Sea, a 15 km “Fun Run”. This is not to gloat but, I would not have considered that in the past, even the recent past, and I thank Jenni and the trainers and last year’s Urban Soldier participants that I found the confidence to complete the run.

And yes, I still roll my eyes. Now it is when other people complain about their aches and pains or growing old or whatever (who listens!!) I don’t have ongoing aches and pains and I feel great.

Yes Jenni, I am warding off the “old lady” problems, in fact I only know that I am pre-“old lady” when others point it out. In fact, new rule at Bustamove…..50 Burpees to anyone who asks me my age.

Anyway cannot rest on my laurels.

Love and thanks to Jenni and the guys.