It’s time for our client transformation stories.
As you may know, we publish our “transformations” each December to show the hard work and dedication that has been shown by our outstanding members. This highlights the significant “visual” inroads that our clients have made.
This year, we have decided to do things a little differently to try and escape the superficial world of social media, the “before and after” and the “lose weight fast merry-go-round” that seems to clutter the pages of fitness magazines and social media accounts. These photos don’t always tell the whole story on how people’s lives have changed for the better. That’s why we have decided to run a “My Story” package. We feel this is a refreshing way to capture what we really do.
These stories will reveal not so much a visual transformation, but a lifestyle transformation which has taken place since members have joined us. We have many clients who have gained so much from altering their lifestyles in a positive way. And their story is just as impressive to tell, as those who have made a visual transformation. We thank the following families for telling their stories and making Crabtree Fitness what it is today…a family centred community that emphasises a healthy lifestyle! Please sit back and enjoy their stories, in their own words….
ROSE & ALANOur Story
Back in 2010, as my 50th birthday was fast approaching, I set myself a goal to complete a fun run but I lacked confidence in my ability to pull it off. So I enlisted the support of a neighbour (thanks Jill 😃) and we trained up for the 6km Mothers Day Classic at Lake Wendouree, then backed it up with the 10km Run Melbourne. Despite completing these events I didn’t feel as fit as I could be, so the following year, when a friend (thanks Ange 😃) told me about a personal trainer starting group sessions in Buninyong I was keen to give it a try… and support a local business – living 25kms from Ballarat, as we do, means having to travel for most activities.
After the first six months of me coming home buzzing after a workout, my husband Alan unexpectedly said: “I think I’ll give it a go” … this from a man who regarded sufficient exercise for him as chopping wood in winter and putting out fires with the CFA in summer 😉. At first I felt a bit miffed that Alan was encroaching on my ‘me time’ but of course I’m glad that he is prioritising fitness and nutrition too – he lost approx 10 kilos within the first six months and has kept that weight off. Now Crabtree Fitness is something we (mostly!) enjoy as a family since our daughter Ciara started coming along to help relieve VCE study pressure.
Since joining Crabtree Fitness in 2011 I’ve added a couple of short runs to my weekly schedule so I was able to train up with my bootcamp buddies (thanks Fiona & Gaye 😍) to complete our first half marathon at Run Melbourne last year. Our Saturday morning ritual is now a 5km run in picturesque Buninyong followed by coffee and brunch … Aahh … Bliss!
At the end of 2016, exactly five years after my first session, we’re still going two nights per week and we regard Crabtree Fitness sessions as part of our weekly schedule that we would not think of missing. Both the physical and mental stimulation has got us through various bouts of illness and injury (hernia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow) that are happily in the past.
I first joined Crabtree Fitness when my youngest child was 4 months old, he is now 4! I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have ever done.
In the early days going to boot camp was a bit of ‘timeout’ from the sleep deprived haze I was in. Now, I have to say I love it!! I go three times a week and I have never felt fitter, healthier or stronger.
Jackie and Paul provide such a practical approach to healthy living fitness. I have learned to understand and interpret food labels, make better food choices AND we get amazing receipies!!!
It sounds crazy, but I am now in a place where I love to work out and excercise, I enjoy the variety of the workouts and I love how I feel afterwards. I have also encouraged my husband to come along and our kids even talk about boot camp. I am grateful that I can be a positive role model to my favourite little people – my kids!! Jackie and Paul are amazing.
After snapping my achillies in August 2015, I had 11 months of no running. My health before the injury was ok, I attended bootcamp most weeks but my diet was pretty average. By the time I was able to be active again, I’d stacked on a few more kg’s and I had a couple of health concerns creeping in. My snoring was out of control, I was taking preventatives for my asthma twice a day and nexium once or twice a day for heartburn. Pretty much ready for the knackery!
Come July 2016, physio gave me the ok to start a few small runs. My first effort I made 1km, took me 6 tries to get to a 6km shuffle in. Started attending bootcamp far more frequently and changed my diet. Jackie started setting me a few goals which we have smashed, knocking 8 minutes of my 6km time so far and running (or shuffling) the 12km Run Ballarat! Pretty happy considering I’d never gone past 5km in my life.
Health wise, 15kg dropped off, snoring now occasionally, no asthma and no heartburn at all!
The biggest impact has been on my personal life, I feel so much better all the time, I’m out and about with my little ones (7 & 9) more and my older girls (18 & 20) are both now starting to get stuck into more exercise, hopefully 2 more Crabtree nutters joining soon. Michelle is especially happy (not just because of the snoring) because I am keen to be eating much better, I do pretty much all of our menu planning and shopping which makes our chaotic lives far more mellow.
Alot about how I feel now is thanks to the support I get from Jackie and Paul and I cant wait to see what happens in 2017!
I’ve been a bootcamper for about 18 months now and it’s the longest I’ve ever stuck with any kind of fitness regime. I keep coming back because of the friendships, the coffee, the variety in workouts and of course the results! I’ve lost weight & gained energy. I’m less tired. I feel strong and healthy. I enjoy spending time being active with my kids.
My husband thinks I’m addicted to bootcamp, he’s probably right, but not for the reasons he thinks.
He says it’s all about endorphins and that I’m addicted to the rush, but he’s not there to hear the chatter, the whinging, the laughing, more whinging or to see our kids running & playing with their friends.
These aren’t just the women I go to bootcamp with, these are my friends. They encourage me, inspire me, motivate me and keep me coming back.
I’m looking forward to spending 2017 sweating and swearing with them.
I’ve never struggled too much to maintain a healthy weight and I have always considered myself a fairly healthier eater. However, as forty rolled on by and the age of my nursing patients was getting closer to mine, I was forced to confess that I was unfit and doing nothing to maintain, let alone improve my own heath.
I used to listen to work colleagues and friends talk about running and the fun runs they had entered and I’d tease them, calling them mad and even claiming that running was bad for their health, when if I was honest with myself, I was in fact in awe and even jealous of the amazing things they were achieving and the fun they all seemed to be having. I would watch my husband go off riding and be left with my kids asking `Dad rides, Mum what do you do?’
Enter Crabtree Fitness. It’s thanks Jackie and Paul’s amazing encouragement and ability to get you to push yourself and believe in yourself, I now have run four half marathons and well as various other fun runs and while I am thrilled with my own personal achievements, the best bit of all is that I’ve been able to share this with my family.
As a family we have participated in numerous running festivals together, taking weekend trips and even travelling to Sydney for a family holiday so we could all enjoy the experience of running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I don’t think anything has given me has much joy, as being able to share my love of running with my family. All standing together as a family having completed our various running events, ‘bling’ in hand for my mandatory family photo, still bring tears of joy, pride and gratitude to my eyes.
Thanks to Crabtree fitness, physical activity is no longer a topic for teasing, or something I avoid, it has become a regular and enjoyable part of family life and not just running. Jackie and Paul haven’t only given me the gift of health, it has been a gift for my whole family, for which I will be forever grateful.
I joined Crabtree Fitness Professionals back in 2012 when my friend Kirsten asked me to sign up with her. I wasn’t sure at first as I have always looked after my own fitness and felt I was going ok after having our first baby. But I straight away learnt so much. I wasn’t as fit as I thought. I could run out a game of netball in centre, but Crabtree Fitness Professionals has taken, not just my fitness, but health and wellbeing to a whole new level.
My husband Matt was intrigued by my new found fitness, so I signed him up too. He has been attending boot camp sessions since 2013 and he’s kicking goals with his fitness and is now running half marathons, which I believe he wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for Crabtree Fitness. We made some minor adjustments to our diet. Jackie challenged us to make new choices and Matt noticed a big change in his weight.
Now Matt and I can do a challenging workout at home with our girls with limited space. Not only do we benefit from High Intensity Interval Training sessions (that Jackie and Paul are so generous to supply us with), we also educate our kids on the importance of exercise and I hope we can continue to model this positive behaviour to them in the coming years.
This year I started having a small group Personal Training Session with Jackie. It has been gold. I train with my two friends, Kirsten and Barb and I have seen great results. I feel strong, challenged and inspired.
Some weeks it’s tough with three young kids but we wouldn’t miss it. It fits in perfectly having the early mornings and gets us motivated for the day. It’s so affordable and such a positive and important investment in your health. I love Jackie and Paul’s leadership, they provide a training environment that is relaxed yet challenging with the upmost professionalism. They create interesting and fun sessions, we have such a variety in our workouts it’s amazing and keeps us all motivated. We are so lucky.
I also now consider Jackie not just as my trainer but also has my friend. She has been a huge support for Matt and I over these past few years. I believe I am now the strongest I have ever been and am still running around the netball court.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and Paul and the positive impact they have had on our lives. Our fitness and health wouldn’t be where it is today without them.