How Amanda fell in love with group fitness and lost 20kg at Fernwood How Amanda fell in love with group fitness and lost 20kg at Fernwood

Amanda knew she needed to up her game – so she swapped the treadmill for group fitness classes and lost 20kg.

“For most of my life I haven’t been happy with my appearance. I’d thought about joining a gym many times, but I’d wrongly assumed I didn’t enjoy working out… so I just continued my bad habits.

Then after having my son, I weighed in at 84kg. I felt so depressed; I hated my body and myself. I decided I’d had enough, so I rang Fernwood Salisbury and spoke to Bec. I was nervous as hell about going to Fernwood, but the minute I opened the doors, Bec and Ali were so welcoming. They both took a genuine interest in me. I left feeling good with a shiny new Fernwood Membership.

Getting started

For the first three weeks I would come in and use the treadmill. While walking on the treadmill and thinking I would never get anywhere, I could hear the fun the girls in the Group Fitness room were having. I knew I needed to up my game, so even though I felt very nervous, I joined a Body Attack class. I was hooked! I went on to try Body Pump, Body Step and RPM – now you can find me in the front row, loving every class!

The group fitness instructors pushed me to some of my furthest limits. I have to say a massive thank you to Margaret who instructs most of my classes. She believed in me and really pushed me when I wanted to give up. With her encouragement I was able to reach some of my goals.

The payoff

Now I finally feel proud of myself. I like the way I look, I feel happy, I eat healthy, and when I’m not feeling good, everybody at the gym is there for me. I’ve made some great friends for life… and so have my kids! A massive special thank you to the childcare staff Cherie, Cathy, Ammie and Eve. You take the best care of my babies in Supervised Play and they absolutely adore you.

A huge thank you to all the staff. I love coming in every day. Every time I walk through the doors, the girls greet me by my name. I am happy to be re-signing for another year… let’s see where this can take me!

So, lucky last I am happy to share with you all that I have now lost a whopping 20kg. I feel great and I have a whole new outlook on health and fitness!”