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I guess my story will sound familiar to many. I just didn’t feel good about myself and how I looked and felt. I wanted to adapt a healthier lifestyle whilst doing proper exercise that would make a difference in my life. It was not just about losing weight, I wanted to tone my body as well. I am not a “large gymnasium” person and my perception is that it is about image and parading in the trendiest gym clothes avoiding the “red tomato: impersonation” of someone exercising seriously.


It was a coincidence that I noticed a ForeverStrong ad on Facebook. As it was in Brackenfell it was inconvenient to me. A few months later a similar ad drew my attention: this time it was for a new branch in Bellville/Durbanville which is much more convenient to me. The ad stated that there was a 28-day challenge. This seemed not too threatening and I decided to make an appointment with one of the instructors, Sheldon, to plan the 28 days. When our meeting was done I signed up for a 12-month period! I was very skeptical at first and didn’t expect too much. I was mightily impressed from the outset. The atmosphere, variety of exercises, encouragement from the coaches and my new gym buddies was amazing and still is. I started out with the 08:30 class but moved to the 05:30 class as it fitted my schedule better.

It is sometimes very hard getting up for the early class especially when it is cold and dark. What motivates me is that I feel on top of the world after the class and it starts my day on the right foot. Even my husband notices a distinct improvement in my demeanor when I return from ForeverStrong. It is definitively good for body and soul. 😊

In January 2018 I started my first challenge the 12-week inhouse challenge. This made a huge difference for me. I obtained my weight target and also improved my fitness. What made the challenge seem obtainable was the unwavering support of the coaches – Sheldon, Martin and Dehan – as well as my gym buddy Kim Myburgh.

At first, I doubted whether I would last 28 days, but it is now almost 2 years since I joined.

Thank you to all for the friendly faces, light-hearted moments, nice music and the awesome workouts. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Hua!


I had been seeing a friends posts on Facebook about her check in’s at ForeverStrong for quite a while. It was her enthusiastic comments about her workouts and the photos of her impressive results that really caught my attention, so when she shared a post about the 6 Week Challenge I sent her a message asking her how she felt about the gym and she couldn’t recommend it enough. She made it sound really great and strongly encouraged me to join, so I decided to give it a try. (Thanks Nix!!) That was in November last year, close to the holidays,


and I reasoned that if I could lose the 9kg’s, all the better for swimsuit season!

It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


I’d been struggling with my weight for quite a while – I’d start exercising, not see satisfactory results, and give up – I’m sure we’ve all been there. It was frustrating and made me disappointed in myself, which was dispiriting on top of my already negative view of my body. It eroded my self-esteem and kept me in a rut.

The results from exercising 6 days a week and eating the strict, but very healthy, diet were quickly obvious, not only on the scale, but in the fit of my clothes as well - both very motivating factors.


I completed my 6 Week Challenge in early December and immediately signed up for a full year membership, and I plan to keep doing so for a long time.

The workouts are fun, always varied, and I even have a few favourite exercises now - burpees are one of them, something I would never have thought possible. I have some un-favourite ones too – I think tuck-jumps will forever be a nemesis, but I’m still getting better at doing them!


Something that I find really special about the gym is the family ethos. It brings us all a lot closer and makes us feel like a team - like we’re striving for something together, not just each of us on our own. Everyone always has a “hello” or a smile for everyone else, which is a lovely, positive way to start the day on top of getting your endorphin fix in. I’ve also made some wonderful friends that I’m very grateful for and that I’m really happy to see every morning.


Also, the coaches are absolutely AWESOME! They’re always encouraging us to strive for more and push harder, constantly praising when each new goal is reached. Martin, Dehan and Sheldon, thank you for the support and enthusiasm, and for always having a heavier sandbag ready to throw into the mix - it just wouldn’t be the same without you guys.

I must say that the results I’ve had have been amazing - I love looking at the changes in muscle definition as time progresses, and seeing my clothes falling off because I keep slimming out of them. I do some running on the side and I’ve been able to increase my speed and my distances, and have improved incredibly on my times as well. In short, I am completely thrilled with my journey so far and excited to see where it takes me going forward.


ForeverStrong has changed my life, my body, my energy levels, my self-confidence and my pride in myself for the better, and I am so grateful to finally have found an exercise regime that I look forward to every day, one that is fun, keeps me motivated, but more than anything else, WORKS!


Kevin, the gym you have set up is incredible, and you and the rest of the team can be so proud of yourselves for helping so many people change their lives for the better!

Thanks for the opportunity to share my story this month and thanks to the whole FitFam for making my experience so far at ForeverStrong such an incredibly awesome one! HUA!


Sept last year I was scrolling through Facebook and saw the ForeverStrong advert, I am still not sure why I filled in the form, but so glad I did… it must have been full moon at the time or something like that?!?


I have been with FS now for close to 6 months, have been joining the sessions mostly 6 days per week. I have lost around 18kg’s thus far and definitely not done yet, I am determined to smash all my goals whilst getting stronger daily.



The biggest challenge for me is/was always time, especially since I am a single mom of 3 with a full time job. I have however realised that I decide how I spend my time, if I am not going to do this for myself, sure as hell no one else will. I now focus to get up and show up consistently without excuses.


FS has been the catalyst for amazing change in my life, not just physical... but the mental and emotional benefits almost outweighs the physical. There are always a positive atmosphere in studio, good ethos, great vibe and so much more. Everything combined makes it absolutely conducive to achieving great results.


The coaches are amazing, extremely patient, understanding and encouraging and more importantly everyone has a great sense of humor, the classes are always fun and varied. Afterwards you feel just great! Thank you to the entire FS team, I hope you do realise the positive (life changing) effects you are having on so many people, well done to you all!

I can honestly say that I am completely hooked at this point, and do not see this changing any time soon! 😊