A place where lives are changed, and endless potential is realised
There are so many things I love about the gym. I have found a real sense of community here, I love the atmosphere that is encouraged by both the staff and the gym users. I love that this is a place that I am constantly learning and being encouraged to push that little bit further, not only in terms of my workouts, but other areas of my life also!
Life before starting at Inspiring Women was exhausting – both physically and mentally. I was always sick, tired, and had such low self esteem. I lacked the basic level of confidence that I always felt like I should have. I was always fearful of trying new things and putting myself out there. I was so fearful about even joining a gym, despite knowing it is what I needed most. However, the welcoming and non-judgmental environment helped me to feel at ease right away, meaning I could focus on my goals and become the version of me I am today.
Day to day life is very different from before. Apart from the obvious aspects such as now being fit and healthy, I find myself thriving in trying new things, and I am now more organised! I made a conscious effort right from the beginning to plan my days better in order to fit in my workouts, because I didn’t want to fall into the “too busy” trap. This consistency has transformed other areas of my life.
I believe it is the people that make Inspiring Women what it is. I look forward to going in every day. I love how the staff are always willing to answer questions and share knowledge and ideas and encourage us – and they genuinely care! It is this level of investment and sowing into my life that keeps me grounded in this wonderful community. It’s not just about coming and lifting a few weights or running on the treadmill.
For me, Inspiring Women is a place where lives are changed, and endless potential is realised.
– Emma Mitchell (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)
No judgement, just enthusiasm, encouragement and acceptance
I love the gym because it is full of wonderful women, both staff and clients. There is no judgement, just enthusiasm, encouragement and acceptance.
My life before starting at the gym was mainly sedentary. The idea of doing anything active, other than walking to the car and the mailbox filled me with dread. I was not happy with myself and felt a bit depressed about my lack of motivation and ability to change things for the better.
I was a bit concerned that the gym may be a competitive place where I might feel intimidated by a fit and glamorous clientele. Also I was fearful of not being able to “keep up”. I have discovered that the only competition in the gym is me competing against myself!
I was feeling pressure from my Doctor because I am diabetic and my blood sugar levels were continually too high. In fact my general health wasn’t very good at all.
Everything has changed since February 2017! I am now active and enjoying it and feeling so much better in myself. I feel much more in control of my life and able to take on so much more than when I was 50 years old! Day to day life is very different. Most of my work is organised around gym attendance. I try to come at least 5 times a week. I have been able to accomplish much more, and I don’t feel tired – no need for an afternoon siesta these days! I have lost nearly 10 kilos and my blood sugar readings are steadily trending down. I do not take as much insulin as I used to and I feel really healthy. Even my doctor is delighted at my progress!
It is great fun coming to Inspiring Women. Everyone is positive and encouraging and genuinely interested in helping you with your fitness, wellness and diet. They are very keen (almost as much as you are!) for you to reach your goals. I am particularly grateful for personal training sessions twice a week as well as my regular gym visits. I have some favourite exercises, my most favourite being boxing, much to the surprise of family, friends and myself.
Get off the fence and come and join us. The hardest bit will be to walk through the doors for the first time. You won’t regret it! Inspiring Women is a great gym for women of all ages and they really care about you.
– Sue (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)
2 Hours a day to tune in and focus on me
The ladies at Inspiring Women have welcomed me and my kids into their community like their family. Everyone is so friendly and this gym feels like home for me.
The best things for me are the classes, childminding, and the social community.
The half an hour express classes are great! Megan and Paige squeeze about 2 hours worth of exercise into 30 minutes. These classes are fundamental to the healthy lifestyle I have created, I now feel much more fit, flexible healthier, have no joint or back pain which means I can keep up with my kids.
The childminding is the best. When your children are under 2 they are quite attached so having them just a few meters away gives me peace of mind. I feel really safe leaving my kids with Sandy and Rebekah.
Inspiring Women is the packaged deal. I have made so many new friends, it really does feel like family here. I can even shower, dry and straighten my hair, and iron my clothes!
Having the gym gives me space, and 2 hours a day to tune out and focus on me.
– Arwa (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)
As soon as I get started into a workout I feel energised
I’ve been a member for almost 5 years now. I love the family feel of Inspiring Women. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, there’s no grunters or posers, but we still work hard!
When I first joined I hadn’t been doing anything for a few years and had a fairly sedentary job, so I was focussed on building up my fitness and gaining more energy. It’s become an important part of my life and the best way to de-stress. Work can be draining mentally, and I might feel like I’m too tired to go to the gym, but as soon as I walk in the door and get started into a workout I feel energised and the pay-off afterwards is always worth it.
I’ve loved the classes and have participated in a few bootcamps over the years – always a great way to get an extra boost coming into summer.
I’m currently 6 months pregnant and working with Rebekah and Paige is keeping me fit and healthy and building up strength for the challenges ahead! I really look forward to my PT sessions – they are a nice little bit of me time and I always have my best sleeps and feel most energised after a session.
– Lauren Palmer (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)
If I can do it, you can too!
Twelve years ago I was quite overweight. It was a struggle to find nice clothes to fit me. And I was ignoring the fact that I was overweight. Then I had “a light bulb moment” and realised I didn’t want to be like this anymore.
So I made an appointment at the gym and met with an instructor and together we set obtainable goals for healthy eating and weight loss. I have lost a total of 30kgs, and through regular exercise at the gym and the support of the lovely ladies at Inspiring Women, I have kept that weight off.
Attending fitness classes and personal training sessions at Inspiring Women has helped me understand the long-term health benefits of building muscle and core strength in my body. Weight is just a number. It doesn’t reflect how fit or strong you are.
I owe a lot to the fantastic staff at Inspiring Women. They are always there to support and cheer you on to reach your fitness goals.
For me, the key to my success has been one-on-one fitness sessions with a trainer. The sessions are geared to my fitness level, I do different exercises and weights which I would never attempt to do on my own, and there is such a sense of accomplishment and progress at the end.
It’s true that Inspiring Women is more than just a gym. From the lovely staff to the members you see each day, it feels like family. I have made new friends, and renewed old friendships.
My body isn’t perfect, but it’s a stronger, healthier, and happier body.
If I can do it, you can too!
– Kathryn (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)
Sessions with a personal trainer really inspired me
I am now 50 years old, but up until I had my daughter at the age of 35 I was always petite – I could eat anything, do no exercise, and I when I got pregnant I weighed my heaviest at 46kg.
I was healthy and reasonably fit without having to do anything to achieve that. But after I turned 40 my metabolism changed and I suddenly realised that choosing to have iced chocolates, fries and aioli, Kit-Kats, macadamia nuts (ideally covered with chocolate), and other delicious things as “everyday foods,” was finally affecting my body. More importantly, it was also affecting how I felt about my body. I no longer liked how I looked, especially that area above my knees and below my breastbone. It was time to change some habits and change my mindset. I wasn’t focused on losing weight – I wanted to get fit and toned, and be more healthy. And I wanted to like my body again.
However, you know how it is – another New Year comes along and you think to yourself, “This time! I am actually going to get fit this year!” But then life gets in the way and this goal slides down the priority list. I found it too boring to exercise at home or to go for a run, so I decided that it would be motivating if I joined a gym. When I “won” a silent auction at a school fair for a three-month membership at Inspiring Women (then Configure) I knew this was the spark I needed to make a change. Having some sessions with a personal trainer really inspired me and the classes were also fun so I felt quite motivated. But then my membership ended and I did nothing for the rest of that year!
One of the things that kept nagging at my mind was the poster that is on the door to the changing room at the gym: “If you don’t want to do something, you will find an excuse; if you want to do it, you will find a way.” When the next New Year rolled around I decided that this really would be the year that I would “find a way”! I was so aware that I kept making excuses when really I needed to find a way to do something positive for myself. I joined up properly, had some sessions with a trainer, started going to classes regularly, and most recently have attended two Boot Camps. I don’t always manage to get to the gym three times a week, and I often have to challenge myself about “finding a way, not an excuse,” but I feel so much better about having made the decision to do this for myself.
When the New Year comes around this time, no doubt after I have indulged at Christmas, at least I know that I have started on my journey to a healthier body and – most of all – a happier view of myself.
– Gillian (Inspiring Woman & Gym Member)