Members and Milestones
Member of the Month: Jono
Jono is an friendly and cheery member of our club, and it has been great to see his fitness improve since he started with us. Jono and his girlfriend Celia first came along to Lakeside sessions, and now join in with the Grind group, which conveniently meets metres from their home as well as his second office, 38 Espresso. It's great to see them both encouraging each other, despite the odd heckle, yet motivational banter.
"As someone working in a creative industry, I spend many hours a day (and night) hunched over a computer, and often experience back and muscle pain. Prior to joining Lion Heart Fitness Club, although I would try to exercise regularly, sometimes it was difficult to find the motivation and set realistic personal fitness goals".
"Weekly sessions with Trish have not only provided a great way to meet new people, but also the motivation and encouragement to push myself a bit harder each time, while still achieving realistic fitness outcomes. I feel less worn out and more motivated during the week, and importantly, my back pain has subsided and I feel my core strength has significantly improved since commencing Trish's classes four months ago. This has allowed me to get even more out of my fitness; in my spare time I enjoy running, kayaking and scuba diving.
Member of the Month: Tara
Congratulations to Tara, our member of the month for February!
Tara (pictured centre) is a positive and devoted member of our Southside group, and it's been a pleasure to see her blossom with confidence in her fitness and abilities. She's always striving to work as hard as she can, and mentally adds new goals to her list every week when she falls just short.
"I am 28 years old, and am proud to share with you that I have finally found the right amount of energy I need to get me through each day. A large part of this is thanks to Trish and Lion Heart Fitness Club".
"Prior to joining, exercise was not something I actively sought. Since attending the the outdoor weekend sessions I have gained a sense of 'pride'. I am able to take time out to do something for me and in turn, I am rewarded with positive thinking and motivation; something that I was yet to master".
"During the week, I set aside a minimum of 40 minutes for lunch at work and dedicate this time for walking (a necessity for me as I spend the majority of my day at a desk). Of an evening I enjoy clearing my head and collecting my thoughts with either a jog around my local pond or a bike ride around Tuggeranong lake. My greatest achievement in the last few weeks was reaching 18,220 steps on my pedometer in one day!"
"I am so grateful for the friendships I have made with the club- everyone has been so supportive and not once have I received a comment about my early-morning bed hair or mismatched socks!"
Member of the Month: Katie
I have been training with Lion Heart since August 2013. Late last year, I took a break from my Lion Heart fitness program, not because of injury or the lure of a good book, but because I decide to head overseas to Nepal. I had a fantastic time - it is a beautiful country, the history and culture were remarkable, the food super tasty and the scenery breathtaking.
One of the best things I did was a 17 day trek around the Annapurna Circuit. I am not going to kid you, it was hard – we walked 190km and crossed the highest pass in the world at 5,416m. We battled cold, altitude and so many steps. However the feeling of achievement when we reached the pass was dramatic. There is an immense satisfaction, hard to describe, of achieving a hard goal, no matter what hard is for you.
Walking at such high altitudes was also strange. The sensation slowly creeps up on you; at first you just think that the rise must have been harder than you thought. But shortly, any hard exertion has you struggling to get your breath and suddenly you find that you have to stop completely to get it back, even if you are only slightly out of breath. As you go higher, you find you have to walk slower and slower to avoid getting out of breath. You also need to drink more water – about 6 to 8 litres a day. So this brought an additional challenge - getting out of your warm sleeping bag to head outside where it was -12 degrees to pee. You really had to work yourself up to that!
The challenge was a big one for me. When I decided to sign up for the long trek I wasn’t fit enough. I know we have a tremendous capacity naturally to walk long distances, but I didn’t want to hate each step – I wanted to enjoy it. So with the help of Lion Heart Fitness, I set out to be Nepal-ready.
It was a different challenge to anything I'd ever done before. And because we don't have the same conditions in Australia, I couldn't replicate the conditions for my training - particularly the distance and altitude. So it was hard to know how I was progressing and when I was ready.
I combined a program designed to increase my cardio, to help counteract the effects of the altitude, but also my strength. I was definitely going to need stronger legs and upper body strength! I also just started walking, whenever I could. I wanted to increase the amount of time I spent on my feet to get used to long periods of walking. One of my sneaky tricks was to park a 20 minute walk away from work.
I was also a bit time-poor from working full-time and doing uni, so I really appreciated the program Trish did for me, which was based around the Tabata method. My cardio capacity increased dramatically, and every week I felt improvements but my workout were short. I was maximising the time that I had.
Thanks to the work I put in beforehand with Lion Heart, it meant that even though my trek was hard, it was never impossible.
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