My journey with the Fitness Locker and Lee started in January this year. I’d been off work for a few months with stress and anxiety and some other health issues, I hadn’t exercised for a few months and wasn’t feeling myself.
I had toyed with the idea of having 1 to 1 PT sessions for a while but for one reason or another had never got round to it. I then decided enough was enough and arranged a meeting with Lee. I had met him a few months earlier and realised that he would be the perfect fit for me.
In our first meeting my body composition was checked, we discussed my diet and what type of exercises I enjoyed, and what my goals were. I wanted to increase my strength and fitness and improve my general health.
I was made to feel welcome and at ease the minute I stepped through the door and I haven’t looked back since. I have had 2 PT sessions a week and attended bootcamps. Lee has tailored my training to my goals and constantly pushes me to achieve them.
I have fallen in love with training for the first time in my life; my physical and mental health have improved immensely. I can’t thank Lee enough and would recommend him and the Fitness Locker to anyone wanting to improve their physical and mental health and fitness. I’m now having group PT sessions and look forward to where this journey takes me.
January 1st 2019 weight 86kg - June 28th 2019 weight 74kg. Loss of 12kg or 26.4lbs
As a 50 year old man with 3 kids, two dogs, working long hours, drinking excessive alcohol and eating at a pace and scale to match, the gym or exercising were so far back in my mind. “Where the hell did I have time for the gym!” “Exercise is for those with too much time on their hands!” commonly came to mind.
Besides, I had so many pre-conceived ideas of what a “gym” was. Treadmills, people doing repeated movements on machines I didn’t understand, it just all seemed so monotonous and meaningless! Am I going to be wasting my precious time? I am too old for this! I don’t expect too much – these were all the thoughts and questions in my mind.
Little did I realise that I was about to begin life-changing and probably life-saving habits under Lee’s coaching and guidance.
I initially invested in ten PT sessions, once a week for ten weeks. The first thing to note is the training environment is not intimidating at all. There are not 25 people who have just entered Mr Universe and making you look or feel small. This is deliberate and part of Lee’s coaching ethos about making the training environment personal and meaningful for you. This translates in Lee’s approach which is impartial, gentle, encouraging, and tailored to your own individual capability. The sessions are not just about physical training – the psychological element is hugely influential. The music, quotations on the walls, just talking with Lee, advising on nutrition, physical assessments on body mass. All of these factors make you feel motivated and allow you to take self-responsibility for your PT session.
This just doesn’t feel like a “gym”, it’s a lot more than that. Every week is different and not monotonous, the exercise routines are varied and tailored to your own capability (and boy will your capability improve!).
Lee will coach you to ensure that at each session you push a little bit harder, do one more movement, a little bit more of this and a little of that – you will NEVER do this with the same effectiveness under your own esteem. This is one of the biggest benefits of PT under Lee.
"If you don’t enjoy it the chances are you’ll give up on it. Results come from hard work thats for sure but that doesn’t mean you can’t train with a smile on your face"
Personal Trainer and Owner
Last year was such a hard and stressful year but very rewarding due to myself winning many titles in the under 16s category in karate. Last October I turned 16 where I then went into the senior ladies category. I knew these women were more advanced and would take something special to beat.
At the start of the year, I realised I needed to improve on my strength and fitness and my karate coach advised a personal trainer. From the time I left karate training in Porthcawl to the time I got home to Merthyr, I found Lee on the Internet and already arranged a session with him.
From the first session I’ve been hooked. I was then introduced to Joe and the Fitness Locker. In a matter of 4 months, from doing a training session twice a week with Joe my strength and fitness have transformed massively. In May this year I had a bronze in the British championships. Then last weekend I came away from the Welsh championships with 2 golds - senior ladies kata and senior team kata.
For anyone looking for a friendly gym to get fitter or even to train for a specific sport like myself come along to the Fitness Locker.
Well so far my journey to getting fit is going really well. I have lost 13.5lbs and 9 inches. I feel pretty good in two months. I have along way to go but getting there. The trainers have been amazing and helped me all the way. I am enjoying every session; it’s good for physical and mental health. I am 55 next week if i can train anyone can. Thank you all the trainers and club members especially Clare Walters for inspiring me.