I decided I wanted to lose some of my belly fat so started coming to the gym last January. In just 4 months I lost 10kgs and an amazing 7cms from my waist! I really have got into coming to the gym regularly, and I enjoy it. Working out regularly is highly addictive, and has given me more energy, which helps me to balance my work and my family life. I've already achieved my first goal, now I'm working towards my second! -
In less than a year I managed to lose 4 stone, run my first 10k, and do a 13k spartan obstacle course. I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without the fantastic support and advice I received from the staff at Chartham Park!
5 years ago I was 8 stone heavier. I woke up one day and decided it just wasn't right. I started personal training with Simon. I put my mind to it and with lots of help from some really great people, I started running and taking part in various races starting with 5km. In October I completed my first marathon! It was hard work and commitment but I loved it. The photo shows me crossing the finish line and smiling from ear to ear!
In March 2012, I weighed 18.5 stone and it took me 38 minutes to run 5k. In September 2014, I weighed 13 stone and completed Iron Man Wales (2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) in 14 hours 40 minutes! How did I do it? I completely changed my lifestyle – Starting with quitting smoking and improving my diet. I learned to swim properly using the pool at Chartham Park. When the weather has been bad, I have been in the gym on the cross trainer and the exercise bike! I have run the Portsmouth Marathon and Manchester Marathon in the last 12 months (breaking 4 hours at Manchester which was my goal)! I now train 6 to 7 times a week and love it. Finishing the Ironman was the most sensational feeling ever!
After giving up smoking a few years back, the gym has helped me get a lot fitter and stronger. My main aim in coming to the gym was to get fit for golf. It's helped me drop my handicap, I have more energy and I've had a great year on the course. I won the men's club championships and the summer singles knockout, reached the UK final of an amateur tour at Turnberry and the regional finals of national matchplay, all for just a few hours a week in the gym. I highly recommended putting in those extra hours!
Since joining Chartham Park, visits to the gym and classes have become part of my regular routine. As well as having personal training, the Case Study with the Wellness Team really helped me understand how to achieve my goals. When I joined a couple of years ago, running for 1 minute on the treadmill was a real challenge. With the help of Abbie, last year I completed The New Forest Marathon – an amazing achievement for me!
After having 3 boys and not being able to make the gym, I was a bit of a couch potato when I joined 3 years ago. This year, however, I have completed a military obstacle course, finished the Brighton Half Marathon in 1hr 49mins, and the Brighton Marathon in a personal best time of 4hrs 13mins!
Fitness and being healthy is awesome! It's a way of keeping fit, a stress-buster, and you also meet lovely people to share your goals with. Here at Chartham Park, the staff are very friendly and are great ambassadors to the industry, helping you to focus on your goals. I love the friendly banter and always come back for more punishment!
Chartham Park has been invaluable to my training both pre and during my rugby season. This has been an important year for me as I've been training for the Scotland Under 17s National Team. The staff knowledge and training techniques have enhanced my performance to a point where it was recently announced that I had been selected for the team from 500 students. I'm off to Spain for summer training camps and look forward to continued success with the squad, working closely with the team at Chartham when I'm back in the UK.
Sport has always been a big part of my life. Chartham Park is a great gym for getting fit. The difference for me is the Wellness Team, with trainers like Sally. Their coaching definitely takes your fitness to another level!
What a great bunch of trainers you've got at Chartham Park. I was never really a gym person but my wife made me join with her and now with the help of Charlotte I feel great. I've lost weight as well - I just can't believe it! It's not easy though. I just can't stay away and I'm always planning my next visit. The cafe makes a lovely coffee as well, it always goes down a treat after a good workout. Thanks again!
For me coming to Chartham Park gym makes me feel good about myself!! The trainers in the gym have helped to improve my body confidence. Thank you!
I started pole vault when I was 11, becoming French Champion aged 16 in 2001, jumping 3.65m. I then got a bit stuck! It took me another 6 years to jump 3.70. The following year I achieved 3.91 but could never quite reach 4 metres. In June 2011 I had my first baby. I did lots of yoga, meditation and swimming at the club while pregnant, and afterwards I quickly got back into the gym and started running with Abbie on Thursday mornings. In 2012 I became French National Champion (Senior). That gave me such a boost that I decided to organise a trip to France with my English pole vault team. The trip included 3 competitions. I cleared all my bars on the first try – even the 4 metre bar! That was the most amazing feeling - it took me so long to achieve it! Thanks to Chartham Park I have achieved a 16 year old dream!
Chartham Park is an amazing club. The team are so friendly & approachable. I regularly use the spin classes and work out in the gym, as well as fitting in the odd round of golf when I’m able. The team are great at protectively keeping on top of my health and well-being with advice, support & motivation. With the help of the instructors my fitness levels and cardiovascular endurance have reached new levels, enabling me to achieve 10km running time goals as well as achieving a level of strength to endure motorbike tours of Europe. I'm due to retire very soon and look forward to spending even more time at Chartham Park, and working with the team to achieve more success in my health & fitness ambitions.
I've been a member at Chartham Park for about 4 years. In that time like a lot of people I've been very lazy and really just treated the membership as something to have. But after a visit to my doctor he told me in no uncertain terms that I had to do something about my blood pressure. So 9 months ago I started to work out at the gym properly. And to their credit the staff at Chartham have helped me to reach my goals. Abbie gave me a workout routine and I was ready to get myself fit and healthy. I was then put in the capable hands of Charlotte and she guided me along the way to the point that I have now lost over 2 stone, I have the blood pressure of a 30 year old, and my doctor actually gave me a high 5! I've now decided that my training must continue on a regular basis and possibly improve even more. I thank all the staff at Chartham Park for their dedication and help; they are now my friends.
I joined back in 2013 with the intention of losing weight and getting generally fit. With the expert guidance of the Wellness Team I started with a cardiovascular program, which quickly started to show the benefits. I then progressed to weight training which I really enjoy. Chartham Park and training has become part of my regular routine and it is now fun to train rather than a chore. I'm now a lot more conscious of my diet and general well-being as well as being a lot more energetic, which helps with a young family.