As 2017 comes to an end (just 10 days of training at Affinity left before Christmas!!), it’s truly humbling to reflect on some of the things thats been said about us this past year. All we can say is thank you!
“The last few months have been absolutely inspirational”
“Affinity is without a doubt one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
“I am fitter, healthier, more motivated and genuinely happier.”
“For me this (Affinity) was the start of something that will change my life.”
“Thank you Affinity Wellbeing for making it happen – you are a real life changer”
“Affinity is like no other! It’s not just a gym, it’s a lifestyle, an education and a seriously awesome place to train”.
“Affinity and Bodybeast are a killer combination.”
“I feel mentally stronger, physically stronger and happier…what more could you want!”
“The Affinity family have been the most insane support network and have helped developed my confidence no end. Kat and The Roff have been so kind and lovely. I Can’t thank them enough and all the gang welcoming me in was just epic.”
“I couldn’t recommend Affinity Wellbeing and it’s big crazy family any more! Ive made friends, got healthy, gone out of my comfort zone and I’m loving life!
On Friday 18th July 2014, I nervously turned up to my first ever Kettlebell class with Affinity. I’d read all the stuff on the website about ‘making your goals and dreams a reality’ and ‘we are a results based club’. Could it really be true?
I was handed a 8kg kettlebell and told ‘take breaks when you need to’. Honestly, I was out of breath in the 5 min warm up, I struggled with technique on pretty much all of the exercises, the pace was fast but I gave it the best I could.
Paul said to me after that the class ‘You did good, you’ll be back, yeah? Stick at it, things will get easier’
During the first 4 weeks, I attempted my first Run of the Wild with Affinity, I wasn’t sure about doing it but after going on a run with some longer standing members (Thanks to Wayne & Sarah), they convinced me that I would probably have the fitness to do it. I was at the back for the entire run but the team and ‘no one left behind’ spirit was evident and boosted my confidence.
Over the first 8 weeks, I undertook 2 – 3 classes a week. They were incredibly tough, I ached, I was sore for days, but I was determined to stick at it. In just 2 months my fitness had definitely improved. As I’d started running again and my times had got quicker over the short 2 – 3 miles, I’d started doing.
I saw more and more improvements in my body shape and fitness as the weeks went by. I upped the weight to 10kg and then by Christmas I was swinging a 12kg and using a 16kg for some exercises.
Affinity were definitely living up their promises.
I made some fitness related New Year’s resolutions which were to complete Rat Race Dirty Weekend (World’s Largest Obstacle Course 20 miles, 200 obstacles), complete a half marathon, get my weight below 14st and to complete the monkey bars and get up the rope in The Den.
These were goals that I believed I could achieve given the infectious positivity that flows through Affinity.
The training started in January for Dirty Weekend in May, I upped my classes to 4 a week, and tried to get out running once a week (4 – 8 miles steady pace). Over the weeks, my fitness dramatically improved and during classes was pushing limits. All the training paid off when I finished Dirty Weekend with Team Affinity, this was completed in the same ‘no one left behind’ spirit and for me was such an achievement.
It really spurred me on to set my next challenges.
I took part in Body Beast, that started at the end of March, this brought focus to areas of my life that I had previously neglected i.e. drinking more water, changing food habits. By the end of Body Beast, I have achieved the weight goal and the rope climb.
On Sunday 5th July, I undertook the Run of the Wild , this was the same route as my first ever, but this time it was a very different experience. The route seemed shorter, the challenges easier, the hills not as steep and I was near the front for the majority of the run.
What a difference 12 months can make.
Paul and Kat are two very special people who have honestly changed my life for the better, not only in a physical sense but also have influenced so many other areas. I cannot Thank You them enough for what they have done for me.
In summary, it’s not just words on their website or a sales pitch, it’s the absolute truth and from my journey so far you can not dispute, Affinity are ‘a results based club.’” Alex Bolwell (Below)
BodyBeast has been absolutely transformational. Its kind of funny when you see these ads on TV saying ‘change your body in just 10 weeks’ and I’ve always thought its all just camera tricks, but body beast has shown that with dedication and the right mindset you can achieve whatever you want and doing it in a way that is changing you inside and out is the important bit. I feel healthy and full of nutrients. I also love the fact that it hasn’t been easy. The fact that it has hard work has been a great reminder that I have been working hard. I have felt my stamina and strength gradually improve both in body and mind. For me Body Beast is just the beginning. The real challenge will be whether my starting pics and stats for the next BodyBeast are better than my finishing ones now! This last 14 weeks have given me a big boost of self confidence, a level of energy I have never experienced before and a whole new rhythm of wellbeing… and hopefully years on my life.
Cheers guys, Kev Wort (Below)