MY CLIENTS

I want to share some of  my clients' stories as they are a constant source of inspiration to me. 

It's never too late to change your life!

Millie

Meet Milly, one of my clients who started training with me less than a year ago. I wanted to share the wonderful words she wrote about her own fitness journey, as I know they could inspire many. Thank you Milly - it is a great joy to train you and to watch your amazing progress!

"It's worth knowing I HATE exercise, I was never the kid at school who made the hockey team or a regular gym goer as an adult. I would dip in and out of exercise DVDs with the goal to be skinny for summer but with no support or real results, I would end up opting for an unsustainable quick fix diet to squeeze into a bikini for 2 weeks of the year.

Post pandemic and nearing 40 with an energetic 4 year old son I needed a change.  I was exhausted from having zero work life balance, I was unhealthy and felt I was in a slow decline to 40.  Not sure if calling Mari was part of a mid life crisis, but as soon as I spoke to her I felt excited about training. 

She came highly recommended on Facebook by so many locals, I then looked through her instagram to see how scary her training would be!  Her profile is so relatable and made me instantly feel at ease. 

Our first training session was a disaster and luckily now a running joke.  A combination of nerves, not eating and being unfit resulted in me almost fainting. Mari was amazing, comforted me, made me laugh and drove me home. 

A start like that would be enough to put me off exercise for life, but I am so happy I went back. I have now been training with Mari for 8+ months. 

The physical results are undeniable, I am so much stronger and fitter.  I have a whole new body shape which feels sustainable and strong.  What I didn't expect was the change in my mental health- apart from being hilarious, Mari is an exceptional motivator and encourages you in all aspects of your life. 

She has given me the confidence to create the work life balance I need, the confidence to walk away from things that have held me back and approach new opportunities.  She values every single client and encourages you to see the value in yourself. 

We train twice a week and I genuinely look forward to it. No-one is more shocked by this than me!  I am incredibly proud of the progress I have made with Mari, she got me from fainting at my first session to doing pull ups last week!"

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Deb

Deb is my longest standing and most loyal client, and her transformation has been life changing for her, and also for me. 

"We first met in a place where so many friendships are forged - our children's school playground. Deb is a beautiful, spirited New Yorker but after giving birth to four (yes- four!) children - two of them twins - she was not happy about the way she looked, or how she felt. I was just starting my journey towards becoming a personal trainer, and I needed a training buddy.

I was also keen to share the way exercising and eating healthily was saving my own mental and physical health. I could see clearly how what I was learning could benefit her too. With regular workouts and healthier eating habits, her energy levels improved and also her outlook on life."

Caroline

Meet Caroline, who found strength in her deep grief and Christian faith. She was the lovely lady who ran the toddler group that my eldest daughter and I enjoyed going to. That was many years before I knew I would one day be a personal trainer, and Caroline my client.


Caroline has spent a lifetime putting other people's needs first, but says her faith has kept her going.
She has been an inspiration to me because of the way she has dealt with the challenges life has thrown at her. Caroline cared for and then lost two people she was very close to - her husband and not long after that, her mother. She dulled the grief and pain she felt by overeating, and did not feel good about herself. The change came when, shortly after her mother's funeral, she made a conscious decision to get her life back.

She started by making better nutritional choices and inspired and encouraged by Deb, she joined my fitness group in the park. At first she was worried that she would not fit in and that she would be the most unfit there, but she did it anyway, and soon discovered she had a competitive streak which pushed her to keep going.
'Mari made me think I could do it, and she was right!' says the now very happy and strong grandmother. Thank you, Caroline! 

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Mari's approach is non judgmental and very accepting of everybody regardless of how fit and trim they are. She takes people where they are and then coaches forward from there. For people unsure about going to train, especially in a small group where they can't hide, it's really important fro them to know they will be welcomes and accepted

Caroline W.