Kapi-Mana News : February 28th 2012
72 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 SPORTACULAR FITNESS Get results Hard at work: Carol getting the most out of her gym with personal trainer Nic Cowan. Arena Fitness Centre Disability no barrier to exercise In 1980, Carol was hit by a truck at a pedestrian crossing, and dragged 27 metres down the road. The resulting injuries caused physical disability to such a level that Carol now uses a mobility scooter to get around. The resulting lack of exercise, combined with a sweet tooth, meant that over the years Carol packed on the weight. She was a self-confessed couch potato. Clinically obese at 111kg and with low self- esteem, Carol made the decision to do something about it and joined a gym. The first gym she signed up with was helpful. However, the staff struggled to accommodate her disability and restricted many of the exercise options. Having achieved very minimal results and feeling disheartened, she left that gym. In order to pursue her weight-loss, Carol made the decision to try another gym and joined the Arena Fitness Centre. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and has lost 35kg to date. Now 75.9kg and beaming with confidence, she is a shadow of her former self. Carol attributes her continued success to a couple of key ingredients, the first being her personal trainer Nic Cowan. ''Without Nic's support and encouragement I would not be where I am today. ''Nic not only focused on the weight loss I required but also put a lot of time and effort into assisting me with my balance, strength and confidence so I can now stand and walk unaided, something I hadn't thought possible in the years since my accident.'' The second ingredient to Carol's success has been participating in all of the Fitness Centre's Body Transformation Challenges, three so far and counting. ''The Body Transformation Challenges have helped to keep me on track and focused to lose the weight. ''Having others around me that were striving to succeed was great and knowing that for many other people it would be a much easier task was a huge motivation for me.'' Carol has averaged 5kg weight loss with each challenge she has undertaken, and is only one challenge away from achieving her ultimate goal of 70kg. ''If Carol can do it, anyone can,'' says Nic. ''Don't let life's barriers become excuses, tackle them head-on and you too will come out on top.'' The next Arena Fitness Centre Body Transformation Challenge kicks off on April 1. If you too would like to achieve results, then it's time to stop making excuses and take up the challenge. For more information, check out our website arenafitness.co.nz, or contact Arena Fitness Centre on 237 1521.
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