Jo Hampshire

I’d like to share with you my weight loss and fitness journey with Body Complete.

New Year, 2015, and there was a photo taken of me, which, to be honest, horrified me. It’s now my ‘before’ photo. However, it still took a while to get my head round the fact I needed to do something, and it wasn’t until April that I dared to go an try the 21 day challenge with Body Complete. I was over the moon with the results, and became a BC semi-private member.

I’ve always been prone to gaining weight, and Chris helped me keep a lid on it. My weight did fluctuate, but I never felt that Chris was anything but supportive and helpful.

Then, due to some personal issues, I had to leave for a while. And predictably, piled on the pounds until I was more or less back to square one. I knew I had to do something, but still wasn’t in a position to return to BC, so it lead me to go to a Slimming World meeting. Now, obviously this is just an eating plan, but it was achievable in the situation I was dealing with. And I did manage to lose the weight, and more. In fact, I’ve lost around 4 stone! But I still felt that something was missing, and things had changed at home, so I was able to start exercising again.

So, of course, I contacted Chris, and went back to Body Complete! And these are the reasons I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else:

1) The classes are a laugh! Don’t get me wrong, there are times when you wonder if you’ll ever walk normally again, but you never leave without a huge grin on your face; even if that face is a little bit redder than usual!

2)  Chris is one of the most supportive and understanding people I know. He listens and gets it when you’re having a wobble. He knows when to push you and how to get the best out of you. And he does it all with Tigger-like enthusiasm.

3) I’ve always been intimidated by gyms and classes, and boot camps scare me to death. But Body Complete is so inclusive, all those insecurities seem insignificant. I’ve never felt anything but supported and respected by, not only Chris, Jon and George, but every single person who goes through that green door! Other BC members have become friends; as I write this we’re week two into the COVID-19 crisis, but the BC social media is full of positivity, support and laughs.

I couldn’t recommend Body Complete enough. I’m not a typical gym goer; But I do want to be fitter and stronger, and Chris gets that. I know Chris will support me with regular 1-1 accountability sessions with him. And, more than anything, it’s not just about physical fitness – it’s about how Body Complete helps me manage a good work/life balance and reduces my stress levels.

Body Complete feels like family to me and I know they treat everyone with the same care, respect and dreadful jokes! If you’re nervous (I was! It was almost desperation that first lead me to that green door), don’t be. Go and meet Chris, Zoe, Jon and George and see what they can do for you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

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