Our Story…Siobhan & Bryan



Bryan – I started with Crabtree Fitness about 18 months ago and it was one of the best things that I have ever done.  My wife Siobhan has been going for a lot longer than that and I saw the positive changes that she had made and how fit and healthy she was, so that motivated me to have a go as well. 

I used to be a bit of a couch potato, but now I have lost some weight, with some more to go, and have a lot more energy and motivation to do all of the things that I want to do. 

Exercising with the group at Crabtree Fitness is a lot of fun and it is always enjoyable with a few laughs as well, usually at the start as I am too stuffed by the end!!!  Jackie and Paul are always available for advice and tips and make things so much easier.  I have learnt more about nutrition and healthy eating than I ever knew and this has enabled me to make meaningful changes and develop healthy habits. 

My only regret is that I didn’t do something sooner, but better late than never!!!

Siobhan – I never used to be a morning person at all, but getting up to fitness is now part of my life.  I have a very hectic lifestyle and I wouldn’t be able to fit exercise in if I didn’t get up early to do it. It’s an amazing way to start the day and I feel great because I have actually done something for myself.

I had just turned 40 and my girlfriend Nic and I decided to give bootcamp a shot as it was getting harder to shift those kilograms that quickly add up especially after having 3 kids. When I first started over 5 years ago there was only about 18 people or so in the mornings and with hardly any guys. It has been great watching the business grow and expand and some mornings there is more guys than girls. It was the best decision that I ever made as I have managed to achieve some goals which I would have laughed at years ago, such as running a half marathon, let alone two, and competing in a triathlon.

The other great thing about bootcamp and Crabtree Fitness is that I have made some great long-time friends through bootcamp. One of my closest friends I meet one morning and over many mornings boxing, running together, chatting while working out (shh, don’t tell Jac) and whining through burpee challenges we have become lifelong friends. I wouldn’t say that I am the healthiest or fittest person around, but I like a balanced lifestyle. I can justify the glass of wine and odd piece of chocolate or two when I have worked out in the morning.

I love that Bryan has finally realised that he needs to exercise more and has joined the Crabtree Fitness team. I hate to admit it but I think he is more addicted to me as our lives now revolve around bootcamp in the morning and at night. The kids have even got the bug and attend bootcamp.

Finally I would like to thank Jackie and Paul for putting up with my complaining in the morning and making me believe in myself and my ability.

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