IT has been double delight for Active Tameside member Revathi as she has gained both fitness and confidence since joining.
Revathi first started attending Active Medlock in 2008, having previously been a regular at Active Ashton.
She had been swimming by herself twice a week for some time, but struggled with her confidence and didn’t have the courage to go and train in the gym.
Then one day, before going swimming, Revathi plucked up the courage to venture on to the gym floor, where she found fitness instructor Alicia.
Revathi explained to Alicia that she would like to lose weight, tone her arms, gain more confidence, meet new people and learn how to use the gym equipment.
Revathi said: “Alicia encouraged me by offering to help me use the resistance equipment on the gym floor.
“She then provided me with one-to-one training each week and eventually talked me into trying a class with her.
“She met me in her own time after work one night and participated in my first ever class with me, which involved kettlebells.
“I absolutely loved it; the music, the workout and meeting new people. I was finally out of my comfort zone of swimming alone.
“I upgraded my membership from ‘Swim Only’ to ‘All-Inclusive’ so I could attend lots of classes and I even joined Alicia’s ‘Weight Loss Boot Camp’.
“After the six-week boot camp, I became fitter, stronger and more toned and I met lovely friends.”
Since using the gym, Revathi said: “My confidence and fitness have really improved. I have toned up, lost weight and I can now lift much heavier weights.
“I love meeting new people and I have met so many new friends.”
She added: “I work out five days a week. My goals are to become stronger, fitter and leaner.
“I want to continue to lead a happy, healthy life as well as enjoying the social side of being at the gym.”