Anna P, Petts Wood.
It’s safe to say that my passion for fitness developed later in life than for some.
I’ve always loved watching sport but I was a musician at school and spent many more hours singing than training out on the fields! I played a bit of cricket and rowed for a year at university but it wasn’t until I had my first son, aged 30, that I decided I really must get fit.
I joined a local Bootcamp class run by Matt Lyons, a former Marine, and got hooked. Two years into training with the Bootcamp gang, I was inspired to apply to join the British Army, continuing a family tradition. I passed selection with flying colours and was a member of the Army Reserves for a year.
Sadly, the commitments required by my regiment – the Honourable Artillery Company – were too many to juggle with my work and family life so I couldn’t continue for as long as I had hoped. But I learnt a huge amount, not least about discipline, progression, and true fitness.
This has, in turn, inspired me to want to help others in achieving their health and fitness goals. From the army, I signed up with Train Fitness and qualified with a Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma.
I am now, aged 37, fitter than I have ever been and I have a list of clients who I am helping to be the same.
I’ve trained with Matt for a little while now and I really like his sessions. They are varied, he works us hard, and they are fun. Matt is a good coach and is always professional and approachable. He gives alternative exercises for any injuries you have and takes time to remember them. I definitely recommend him.