I joined Fit Camp in 2011 because I am an outdoorsy type and loved the fact that I could combine my need for some fitness that was more strenuous than walking the dogs, with the fact that many of the camps were outdoors. Regular fitness has always been important for my physical and mental well-being.
When I joined Fit Camp, I was a member of a gym and had a personal trainer once a week with whom I did Pilates, but I was missing a more social activity that really pushed me out of my comfort zone.
My main reason for joining was to help me stay toned, ideally lose fat and keep my mental well-being levels up – I am always happier and less stressy when I do regular exercise.
However there were secondary benefits of being a member – I felt part of a community that was there for me. I could get 1:1 advice on fitness and nutrition whilst at the same time having the group support and encouragement …and a good natter before class started!
I really valued the 1:1 session that Heidi and I had where we discussed nutritional changes that I could make to help my moods, as well as my challenges with my work travel that stopped me from getting to FastTrack Fit Camp as regularly as I would like. I love the fact that you run workshops specifically aimed at helping moods and depression and there are always lots of practical hints and tips to try.
I found that with regular attendance, I had much more even moods, my depression kept at bay and I didn’t find myself dwelling on my body shape and fitness. There were times that my attendance lapsed when my work commitments got out of balance and I could see and feel the impact on my physical and mental health. In fact, I would say that Fit Camp has seen me through some tricky times including a painful divorce.
I hadn’t expected Fit Camp to have such a positive effect (which kicked in pretty quickly after starting). This was my first experience of regular exercise outside of the gym environment, and despite being an introvert, I loved the group structure that brings friendship and support. I also really enjoy the varied nature of the routines. Each Fit Camp cycle gives me a chance to have a new challenge!
If you asked me what did I think of when I think of Fit Camp? I’d say fabulous!
I really appreciated that FastTrack Fit Camp is a place for all abilities and everyone is encouraged and welcomed. No shouting involved, just positive encouragement for your ability and level. I like that the range of venues and times makes it so much easier to fit regular exercise into a busy lifestyle.
I would recommend Fit Camp to anyone who suffers or suspects they may suffer from depression or low moods – you’ll be surprised at the huge positive difference it makes.