Sandra Won Member Of the Week

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Stronger, Fitter and less pain!

Sandra has been with DMF a few short months and last week deservedly won member of the week.

She hit 3 Personal Bests, on a Squat, Deadlift and on Bench Press.

Moving loads better even as a busy business owner (part time) and Police Officer full time!

Here’s some words she said this week 🙂

What other gyms have you been to before and how did you find them?

“I have been to:

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(we’ve removed the names as we’d like them to remain anonymous of course!)

All either found online or as I knew other people who were there.

They weren’t necessarily unfriendly but I generally did the gym where you just train alone without any encouragement etc.  The classes were too big and impersonal.  No opportunity to ever discuss on a one-one with anyone.

The initial inductions always felt a bit ‘cringe’ like I just wanted to get it over with so I could get on and use the gym but I never really asked any of the staff members again after then.  I thought I knew what I was doing but it was the same old routine over and over.  Treadmill, rowing machine, sit ups etc.  It got boring so I never continued regularly.”

What results do you feel you’ve achieved in fitness, health and body composition so far?

“Since joining DMF – I wish I could see myself again 3 months ago, trying to squat or even get on or up from the floor.  The difference between now and then is massive.  I am fitter, happier, mentally stronger and not only are my legs stronger, I see a definite improvement in my upper body strength and my arms seem to be a better shape.  I don’t think I have actually lost any weight yet but actually I am not that concerned as I know I am fitter and healthier.  Oh and I have also just last week passed the Police fitness test again, something I haven’t been able to do in the past year :)”

What is different about what you do now?

“I like that the routines (blocks) are changed up every so often and this keeps it interesting, it is clearly well thought through and prepared by the team.  The hour literally flies past, I’m not clock watching or wishing it was over so I could get home.  I actually enjoy DOING the exercise and feel that I am doing the exercises properly.  So much so that on a recent holiday, I used a gym and did the warm up and some weights and felt confident doing so.  I also like that there is a Facebook group and lots of nutritional information.  This is something I have started to take on board recently – there was a lot to take in at the start as I was just concentrating on my injury and felt nervous about doing exercise but now I am beginning to see and understand how what you eat and drink can affect how well you train.”

What do you enjoy the most?

I like that the size of the groups is fairly small so there firstly is space to do the exercise and that you can’t hide at the back like you can in big groups.  I really like the MyZone so I can actually see how hard I am working.  There are some exercises I find difficult and frustrating but I understand why I can’t do them yet and this is all explained.  I really like the other members too!

How do you find the community of people?

Everyone is supportive and friendly.  I like that it is not all skinny 20 somethings, there is a real mix of age, sex and backgrounds.  I like that people help each other by taking the weights on and off, little things like that.  I really don’t mind being told what to do!

How do you find the standard of coaching at DMF?

The coaching is fantastic, all the exercises are explained and demonstrated.  I like that it is a small group of coaches and I feel like they know who I am so I don’t have to explain myself to new people every time.  They are fun too and don’t take themselves too seriously!!

“What keeps me coming back is  it is 5 minutes drive from home.  I like that I can book in on the app and am getting organised, making sure I make 3 sessions a week.  Having friendly non judgemental people there helps and I feel like I can be myself too.”

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