Progress Member of the Month for May is the enthusiastic and youthful David Cox! David is one of the growing number of Senior Members at Progress. He joined at the start of 2018 and has been a consistent and diligent trainer since, always taking time to speak on his way in to the gym. Ably assisted by Kelly Green, of Dynamic Health and Fitness, David has increased confidence, performance and gained some visible results!
Here’s Kelly with her own words:-
‘’This is so well deserved and true example of how age is just a number. David has been training with me for just over a year now. He has issues with his knees and it’s been our aim to work around these issues to allow him to continue to train and keep moving. He consistently joins me in the Spin45 classes and has two PT sessions per week. The key to David’s success is consistency. He always gives 100 percent and it shows in his progress. He has grown from strength to strength and continually surprises me. He is a pleasure to work with and may the laughs continue. Congratulations David.’’
Indeed, David is testament that with application you can see progress, at any age!
Thanks to Reflex for supplying the bulk of the prize bundle too!
April sees the award of a dual Member of the Month for the first time in my memory!
The two winners lift together, push each other and are always glad to see the other do well. Consistent support of this kind is gold dust! If you can find someone who drives you on to be your best, who congratulates you when you reach new heights and who is consistently reliable- keep hold of them!
Liam Tinsley joined Progress in January 2011, the month after we opened, and has been a rock ever since. Consistent, focused and willing to take on the more complex and challenging movements, Liam has added some serious muscle tissue and strength in his time at Progress. Always a friendly face, it’s a pleasure to have Liam on board.
Sam Jolley trains alongside Liam. Sam’s Progress path has been a varied one- but I’m sure he’ll tell you that he’s now fully ‘on board’. The almost weekly reports on Deadlift PBs, from the two training partners, always brings me a smile. I love our Members seeing results and are so enthused by exercise. Sam keeps Liam on track, Liam keeps Sam on track and they both bring something different to the party. Between the pair of them they’ve done fantastically well, especially the last 12 months. Congratulations Sam and Liam on winning a joint Progress Member of the Month award!
We'll be happy to hand over your Optimum Nutrition bundle the next time you're here!
…and here’s a lady who clearly chooses her choices wisely! Lin Hann is the March Progress 'Member of the Month' and the very definition of why Progress opened. The results Lin has achieved since working with Liam Annetts Lin has blown my mind. Lin’s application has been immense- clearly training with Liam has brought the very best out of her. I’m beyond impressed with how significantly her movement, coordination and skill have improved.
Here’s Liam with some very proud words:-
“It's been a pleasure to work with Lin for the past year. Seeing her make so many remarkable improvements on multiple levels gives me great satisfaction as a coach.
Lin approached me with suspected hip bursitis and lower back issues, struggling to complete day to day activities such as getting up the stairs whilst being in persistent pain. To now watch Lin stroll into the gym and crack on with her own workouts and one to one sessions, in minimal pain, is so great to see.
She has also made huge changes to her physique, improvements in diet and a subsequent weight loss of 6.1 kg!
Keep up the great work Lin”
Superb Lin! I trust you'll enjoy your Reflex/Progress prize bundle
It’s been quite a journey so far and it shows no signs of slowing down! This month’s Progress Member of the Month is Sophie Barnes. Sophie joined Progress back in 2017 and has been ploughing forward ever since. Sophie’s application of consistency, effort and determination has been a pleasure to watch and, I know, inspired others to up their game too. Never underestimate the power of being around successful and driven people or the positive impact you can impart on others.
Sophie is as deliberate and dedicated with her nutrition as she is with her training. Her commitment to a varied and tasty nutritional approach- whilst focusing on protein intake- coupled with a structured and diligent attitude to training has reaped some profound results. So far she has lost 3.5 stone, whilst boosting Deadlift from 50kg to 100kg! Fat off, muscle/strength/skill/confidence ON!
Here’s Sophie’s Personal Trainer, Aaron Fitzgerald, with his words:-
"Sophie Barnes - Where to start!? Member of the month is well and truly deserved! How far Sophie has come since we began working together back in July 2017 is nothing short of incredible. Not only have the physical changes been phenomenal, her mindset and confidence has flourished as well. Hitting regular 6am sessions during the initial few months was immediate testament to her dedication and desire to improve. As we saw consistent improvements and changes, Sophie's confidence and passion for the gym grew further and further. We had gone from her being unable to find consistency and enjoyment within her training to it now being a habitual and highly enjoyable thing. It has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable watching Sophie continually strive to improve and better herself. The exciting thing is that I know we are just getting started! Keep up the amazing work."
Strong stuff Sophie! I hope you enjoy your prize bundle and keep making progress- thanks for choosing us!
Member of the Month for January is Tabatha Marshall! Congrats Tab! She’s no-nonsense and determined- but the irony here is that Tab doesn’t actually train that often. Juggling full-time work (with a recent promotion!), family life and more- the occasions that she is able to get to the gym are truly well spent and productive. Personally, I’m a real fan of quality over quantity and Tab proves this mantra true. Here’s her PT, Amanda, with some words:-
“I've been working with Tabatha for a little over a year and a half and from day one it's been a pleasure. She's been keen to learn and apply all the tools I've given her to be successful with her goals. Tabatha's goals were to get back into pre-baby clothes and taking back her confidence, and shed smashed it. Tabatha looks amazing and I'm excited to see what she achieves this year”
Well done Tabatha!
Time flashes by. Days melt into weeks. Weeks congregate forming months. Months conspire to create years and years- well the years roll on by. It seems to me that the passing of the years matters less than what we do with those passing years. So much time can be wasted, frittered away never to return, if only we could recycle time!
Effective and efficient use of time is a central and primary tenet of being successful. Finding a balance of time for work and play is a struggle for many. Fitting in the ‘need to do’, and leaving enough time for the ‘want to do’ can be a challenge.
Few consistently strike the balance, but I know someone that does. They benefit from continued learning, extensive travelling, productive working, enjoying sport and social time, acting, volunteering and, of course, workout time. What allows the right balance to be struck? Here’s a few areas that spring to mind…
First and foremost- a positive attitude. Attitude steers general direction. The wrong direction can mean lost time- there it goes again! – dissipated energy, defeated will and lost belief. When we find the right direction…oh my! The right direction- it brings us closer to everything we want.
The fact that we can each choose our own attitude should be a massive advantage, make sure you make use of it!
Energy- determines the speed at which we accomplish things. Energy comes from belief, successful application and a positive attitude. Overcoming obstacles bolsters belief, thus replenishing energy. Positive attitude and energy are the start of something special.
Modesty and willingness to learn from others- smooths and straightens the road ahead. Someone else might spend the majority of their waking time learning about just the thing you want to achieve- employ them and their knowledge and you save yourself time and a multitude of unnecessary mistakes. Add a positive attitude and energy to a willingness to learn and you have a
An interest in others shows a positive attitude through involvement in community and cohesion and allows for learning to take place by association. Alongside this, there’s an undeniable energy generated when striving to benefit others.
When I think of all these attributes I think of Trevor Walton. His positive attitude, energy, modesty and selflessness are evident for all to see. Layer on consistency, indefatigability, good humour and passion to live life to the fullest and you’ve got a strong, warm and resilient human.
Trevor trains with vigour, drive and intensity. Trevor always shows an interest in others, making time for the
Team and for fellow Members. If you think all this has been easy- check out the scar on his knee!
It gives me great pleasure and sense of pride in acknowledging the Progress Member of the Year for 2018 is Trevor Walton.
Congratulations Trevor and to his PT, Brad Down, for his support along the way
Another month rolls around and this time our winner is a husband and wife Team!
Congrats to Matt and Pip Saunders on winning the October Member(s) of the Month here at Progress. From day one Matt showed an interest and energy in training, returning to gym-ing after quite a spell away. Pip didn't start off as quick, but an initial apprehension have been replaced with superb application, awesome energy and some blazing results. Both Pip and Matt are healthier, leaner and stronger than ever.
Matt asks many questions and applies most of what he's told. Pip takes regular PT sessions with Brad, giving her all every time. They both show what is possible with a busy lifestyle, marriage, children and working on and in a business.
Here's Brad with his own words-
"Pip and Matt –
Consistent, energetic and enthusiastic. Pip sticks to her programme from myself like glue, giving it her all every session. Matt applies his knowledge to create his own training and is always open to new information. They have a true balance in life between family, work, training and enjoyment. I hope you enjoy your box of winnings, it is well deserved. Congratulations to you both."
Too right Brad! Just goes to show that a busy life can still be a balanced one, with health as the foundation.
"Some say, some do".
It's written in bold letters on the Progress wall. Claire Price 'DOES'!
Focused, determined and productive. Claire is strong enough to ask for help and mature enough to accept it. The improvement in Claire's results, physique and abilities in the last two years have been a pleasure to witness.
No matter the time- 6am, 6pm, 8pm, Claire gets it done.
PT Liam Annetts has spent plenty of time with Claire, so here's his words:-
"Claire has been a client of mine for just over a year now. During this time she has demonstrated determination, consistency and 100% commitment to her goals. Claire has made progressive changes to her body composition whilst boasting feat’s of strength such as multiple pull ups, and over 100+ kilo deadlift! Claire is always present at the 6am Incinerate classes and doesn’t stop until the job is done! Impressive stuff. Keep up the good work, Claire."
Hey Claire- nice work!
Thanks to Reflex for this stunning bundle of goodies for Claire. Check out the Gym Shop for your next Reflex supplement purchase!
Lisa Smith gets sh1t done! You may not have spoken to Lisa, she does like her headphones (unless we’ve got bona fide bangers playing!), but you’ve probably seen her smashing through intense and focused Kettlebell, weights and cardio workouts. There’s zero faff, guff or baloney with Lisa- she picks the direction and she gets going! Working with PT Brad Down has clearly been a successful collaboration and here’s his words on Lisa’s progress and attitude.
“Intensity, hard work and the right attitude are always guaranteed to be a part of Lisa’s sessions. I know very few people whose day to day schedule is as hectic as hers, but still she follows her program, takes control of her food, and regardless of what life throws at her she makes it work and comes out on top.
The core element of my business is that being inspired to take action and control of your own life can lead to you being inspirational to others. This is Lisa. So congratulations, this is more than well earned. Here’s to many more kilo’s lifted and inches lost.”
Too right Brad- well done both and thanks to Optimum Nutrition for their lovely bundle of goodies for Lisa’s prize.
ARP- you only ‘done did it’- July 2018 Member of the Month is yours! Congratulations and well done! Alan Ponsford began at Progress in October, 2012, way back at the original site. From the off Alan has been consistent, diligent and thorough with his training, clearly enjoying his lifting and social time at the gym, he’s become a fixture on the gym floor. Building a good base of technique has lead to some solid strength gains, however it’s been the last 6 months where I’ve seen Alan truly excel and rapidly develop….
Over the last few months Alan has been working alongside Aaron Fitzgerald. Here’s Aaron with his own feedback...
“I first began working with Alan just shy of 6 months ago. At this time he had already been an integral part of the Progress Gym family for a while. Always consistent, focused and hardworking both in and out of the gym, with him putting in serious hours at work and on home projects alike! We began by discussing his experience within training and nutrition, then set our eyes on some new approaches and targets. Alan’s primary focus was fat loss and with that improving lean definition. We implemented the appropriate nutritional structure and a fresh approach with his training and it’s fair to say that he has well and truly achieved that! Dropping inches in all the right places whilst showing some much-desired muscle definition! Alan’s consistency and quality with both his nutrition and training alike has been the key to his success! A very well deserved Member of the month. Excellent work Alan, I look forward to seeing what we can achieve next!”
Chipper, polite, focused, open to qualified advice and seeing Progress? Sounds like one of our own :-) Alan, once more - WELL DONE!
I LOVE the fact that Progress is an international gym- we have Members from all over the world choose us as their place of workout :-) That
When I lived abroad I moved to another English speaking country, that was tough enough! To move and integrate into a country with a different language, culture, nuances and lacking familiarity takes 'next level' resolve and determination.
Pedro and Sara joined in November 2016 and have become regulars and firm favourites at Progress, known and liked by all the Team and many of our Members!
Pedro has taken on and committed to Olympic Lifting and its accessory moves, successfully enough to be able to compete! His dedication to the programme, hitting sessions and protein bread is second to none! Encouraged and mentored by Dom Woods, I know how proud Dom is of Pedro and his ability to simply 'get on with it'.
Sara, WoW! Her training intensity and focus is awesome. Early on she learned much from PT Amanda Leonard and has since gone on to apply her all to each and every class and workout. Sara- your training focus is superb! Sara also competed well in the 2017 Progress Summer Strongwoman competition, lifting some serious weight.
I am proud to have had Pedro and Sara here as Members and wish them well on their next adventure in Holland. You are the joint winners of the Progress Member of the Month award, June 2018, and we will not forget you.
Thanks to Optimum Nutrition for their cracking prize bundle :-)
More than a gym!
Eu adoro o fato de que o Progress é um ginásio internacional - temos membros de todo o mundo que nos escolhem como local de treino :-)
Quando morei no exterior, mudei-me para outro país de língua inglesa, o que foi difícil o suficiente! Mover-se e integrar-se em um país com uma linguagem, cultura, nuances e familiaridade diferentes exige determinação e determinação do "próximo nível".
Pedro e Sara entraram em novembro de 2016 e se tornaram regulares e favoráveis no Progress.
Pedro assumiu e se comprometeu com a Olympic Lifting e seus movimentos acessórios, com sucesso suficiente para poder competir! Sua dedicação ao programa, bater sessões e pão de proteína é incomparável! Encorajado e orientado por Dom Woods, eu sei como Dom Dom é orgulhoso de Pedro e sua capacidade de simplesmente "seguir em frente".
Sara, WoW! Sua intensidade de treinamento e foco é incrível. Logo no início, aprendeu muito com a PT Amanda Leonard e desde então passou a aplicá-la a todas as classes e exercícios. Sara- seu treinamento é o foco é soberbo! Sara também competiu bem na competição Progress Summer Strongwoman de 2017.
Estou orgulhoso por ter Pedro e Sara aqui como membros e desejar-lhes felicidades na sua próxima aventura na Holanda. Vocês são os vencedores conjuntos do prêmio Progress Member of the Month, junho de 2018
Graças à Optimum Nutrition pelo seu pacote de prémios de cracking :-)
Mais do que uma academia!
I know, I know- I’ve taken my sweet time, right Stew?! What’s the rush fella? Good things come to those who lift. Stewart Thompson is one of the original crew, on board from way back in 2010 and consistent beyond belief. Juggling full-time career, growing family, home renovation, gym and more beside is no mean feat. Stew makes time for diligent, structured and effective workouts, clearly giving him the build and energy to handle all else on his plate.
Receptive to advice, thoughtful in programming and skilled in execution of each movement, Stewart carries a really good amount of muscle and has done well to fill out his big frame- lend me some Delts Stew? 😉
So, congratulations to you Stewart- you are the May 2018 Progress Member of the Month and proof that it’s possible to spinlots of important plates and still keep a handle on training/exercise.
Thanks Reflex for such an awesome contribution to Stewart's prize bundle!
Progress Member of the Month for April? Well that's Matt Wills!
Yes Matt! From day one you've been 'on the ball'. Polite, consistent, open to advice, focused and diligent. You're a Progress kind of guy :-)
Impeccable manners, boundless energy and a real zest for your important gym time. All the boxes are ticked Matt and you're prize bundle and certificate awaits.
Here's Matt's PT- Aaron Fitzgerald with some more words on Matt...
“I have vivid memories of the first few times I met Matt, whilst I was working as a Red Top. Whenever he entered the gym he left everything else at the door. His positivity, focus and excitement to begin his training was immediate and highly admirable. Before I started running the lunchtime 3ZERO classes regularly, I held a few trial classes to which Matt agreed to be a part of. He went on to be a regular attendee of 3ZERO for many many months, always giving his all to the sessions. At the end of November last year, Matt approached me to begin working one to one with personal training. During this time we have spent time tweaking and improving techniques, working on overall mobility, applying suitable structure to his training programme/sessions and put in place some nutritional planning. The progression that Matt has made during these last 6 months is truly staggering. Taking inches off of all the right places in his measurements, whilst improving strength, posture, health and general quality of life.
Matt, you could not deserve this more! Keep up the excellent work!”
Thanks Aaron and thanks Matt- thanks for choosing us and always giving 100%.
Thanks also to Optimum Nutrition for their ongoing support.
Gemma Hull is one of the original gang- she has been on board with Progress from day1. Something else about Gemma, she’s only gone and earned herself the Progress Member of the Month for March award! As mentioned, Gemma has been a Member for more than 7 years. I’m sure she’ll be the first to admit that attendance was, at times, sporadic. However! The last 12-18 months have really seen Gemma hit her stride with a consistent and focused application. Her embracing of Progress Performance classes Spin (with Kelly Green), ForceFit (with Dan Best) and Coreflex (with Jo and Imogen Fenner) and individual training sessions have seen Gemma really shape up! Her fitness, flexibility and stamina have all improved and it’s been a pleasure to see her getting out of exercise what she’s putting in!
Here’s Gemma’s Personal Trainer, Dan Best/Calibre Personal Training with a few words:-
“Gemma’s been faithfully attending Forcefit and Ladies Only classes for well over a year now and always brings enthusiasm and energy every time she participates. More recently Gemma has been having 1-to-1 sessions. She is hard working, receptive, committed, punctual and keen to learn so that she can understand what we are doing- not just do it.
Gemma has already achieved a lot, in a short amount of time and has developed her knowledge and upper body strength at the same time.
Congratulations Gemma- I always look forward to our sessions!”
Gemma- well done and congratulations on winning this award- you’ve earned it! Your prize bundle and certificate awaits you- supplied by Reflex Nutrition!
Now then! I’ve checked back through Progress history and this has only happened once before. This month we have a husband and wife winner of the Progress Member(s) of the Month award!
Full time work for one, self-employment for the other, living outside of Yeovil, 3 children and they still manage to show-up and stand out! Kerry and Luke bring full energy and commitment to Progress. Their commitment to training, PT sessions, classes and more is a pleasure to see, as are the results they generate.
It just goes to show- if you want something bad enough you make it happen.
Congratulations- both of you!
Luke's PT- Liam Annetts-
"Luke is one of my original clients and it has been a pleasure to work with him over the past 3 years. He’s always extremely devoted, juggling a busy work and family life whilst still religiously attending up to 5 times a week! You can tell how much he enjoys his training, Luke is very receptive and always willing to push himself as far as he can each session!"
Kerry's PT- Amanda Leonard-
"I started working with kerry as a home client nearly 2 years ago.Completely new to exercise and adamant she didn't want to Join a gym, yet now she tells me she misses it when she isn't able to go, smashing classes and every session she does!
Kerry has made massive improvements from day one with posture, balance, co-ordonation and body composition and I admire her determination. It's truly a pleasure to work with and see someone come on so far with their journey and enjoy the process.
I look forward to our session on Monday!"
Well done to you both- your certificate and prizes are waiting for you in reception.
Thanks Optimum Nutrition for supporting Progress
Matt Derrick is the January Progress Member of the Month. Committed, relentless, focused and mature enough to ask for advice and a spot. You’ll find Matt, most days since November 2011, banging out some impressive numbers in the Progress free weights area!
Recently beset by a troublesome shoulder injury, Matt has taken a diligent and sensible approach to the rehab. Most importantly- he didn’t stop training! He’s back now benching 3 plates and doesn’t let 4am starts for work hold him back.
Matt is a constant positive force here and has brought many others along on his journey- a true fellow of Progress! Matt- congrats on your award and keep marching on young man!
Thanks Reflex, your support, like your products, is always first class!
The December Progress Member of the Month is Paul Jones. Jonesy- wow! Formidable consistency, relentless application, maximum effort and stunning results. Not only all this, but he’s bloody well-mannered too- which is always appreciated! Here’s Paul's PT, Liam, with some of his own words and check out those measurements!:-
“Paul and I have been working together for almost two years now. Upon joining Progress he had little gym experience, however, together we’ve turned things right around!
During this time we’ve worked closely to improve Paul’s nutritional and training knowledge, enabling him to apply this to his day-to-day life, and time on the gym floor. For Paul’s training we use a consistent combination of resistance training and conditioning over 5 PT sessions a week. No cardio here🙅🏻♂️
The results and measurements speak for themselves. I’m very proud to have been a part of Paul’s ongoing weight loss journey and I’m looking forward to seeing what more we can achieve in the coming months!
Nice work, Paul.”
Proud gym owner indeed!
Thanks also to Optimum Nutrition for their continued support of this award!
I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Ash Ayre. Not only is Ash the November Member of the Month, but he’s also an inspiration to me. Ash joined the gym back in September 2015, but it’s been since May this year that he’s really taken-off with his consistency of attendance.
Working out doesn’t ‘click’ straight away with everyone. Some people ‘get it’ straight away, for others it takes time. Ash has had training partners come and go, but he’s stuck at it. Here’s the other thing, his level of technique is absolutely first class. I can’t remember ever seeing a sloppy rep, a flaw in technique or something that needed correcting. Ash’s workout form is absolute poetry in motion and, from Personal Trainer/Gym Owner/Bodybuilder perspectives, a pleasure to watch!
Let me tell you something else- and this goes a long way- his manners and gym etiquette. Never underestimate how much myself and the Team appreciate the returning of benches, barbells, plates, dumbbells and all other equipment to the right place. To see a lift completed and the dumbbells returned gracefully to the floor/rack, without any abuse, is also a pleasure/relief! It also means a lot when you guys take a moment to ask how WE are doing.
Ash, congrats on your award and prize bundle. I’m very happy that you choose Progress as your gym and hope this is the case for a long time to come!
Thanks to Reflex for providing the main part of this month's prize bundle. They are the leading UK's supplement company.
More than a gym!
Doesn't time fly! Here we are again and it's Progress Member of the Month time.
Andy joined Progress on the 20th of April this year and has, from day 1, taken on board advice and instruction. He's repaid us and himself with consistent attendance, a focused attitude and THESE results.
There is a weight difference of 12 stone between these pictures. I am thoroughly impressed with Andy's attitude and application and am happy to say that he is the September Progress Member of the Month.
Andy receives Personal Training from Dan Best, of Calibre Personal Training, and I know just how proud Dan is of what Andy has achieved. Well done BOTH!
Thanks to Reflex for sending a smashing bundle of goodies for Andy.
Chaff! If it's not your own (clearly productive!) hard work, it's you supporting and encouraging others or your infectious energy and, er 'noise' aka laughter that's reverberating through Progress.
You have come on leaps and bounds since day 1 and I'm incredibly impressed with your continued application. Taking on the challenge of learning and adapting to weight training is no small feat and you've truly 'gone at it' :-)
Here's your PT, Dan Best, with some of his own words about your achievements:-
"Hollie has been working with myself through the Thursday Ladies Only class for the past year and one to one sessions more recently, her progress thus far has been unmatched. She applies herself fully to whatever task that I set her and completes it with determination and purpose. Logging her workouts and keeping track of her daily macros match perfectly with her flawless work ethic! Well done Hollie keep up the strong work, congratulations!"
Hollie- your rather prize bundle and certificate awaits.
Keep doing what you're doing!
Thank you to Optimum Nutrition for supporting this awesome award.
More than a gym!
A HUGE Progress 'CONGRATULATIONS' goes out to Sharna Keay on winning the July Progress 'Member of the Month' award!
After a somewhat indifferent start to her time here, Sharna has been the definition of consistency, graft and effort. Her determination when lifting is only matched by her application and dedication.
After taking the smart step of enlisting some qualified help Sharna has stuck at her programme and pushed and pushed! The transformation in body shape and strength has been a pleasure to witness.
Here's Amanda Leonard, of Rapport PT, with some words on Sharna:-
"Last year when Sharna and I started working together I knew this girl had grit and determination to get anywhere she wanted and do anything she wanted. Even with set backs and obstacles they have not stopped Sharna from achieveing her goals and setting new ones whilst also taking part in the strongwomen competition and placing 2nd 😊😊😊.
She has so far lost a massive total of 27kg body fat and I'm so proud of her. Keep going Sharna 💪"
Thank you Amanda and WELL DONE Sharna!
Thanks also to Reflex for this awesome prize bundle :-D
It's that time again and it's a massive >>>CONGRATULATIONS<<< to Emma Gordon on earning the June Progress 'Member of the Month' award.
The progress that Emma has seen in the last 6 months has been incredible. She has wholeheartedly embraced both Progress Gym and Progress Performance. Using the full array of equipment, Emma has built strength, significantly improved her cardiovascular fitness and brought about some serious positive changes in her body composition.
Early morning sessions, whilst juggling a career, family and more- Emma you've impressed us!
Here's Emma's Personal Trainer, Liam Annetts, with some of his own words about her success:-
"Myself and Emma have been working closely since January 2017 after being given an LAPT voucher by her daughter - Jas. Safe to say she hasn't looked back since! Taking her first steps into the world of resistance training Emma has gone from strength to strength, always wanting to push herself to do more, learn new exercises and test new techniques. She's one of my only clients who's favourite exercise is the prowler push! Emma has made many achievements over the past 6-7 months, including a bodyweight deadlift, progressing onto unassisted bodyweight push ups, 4.5 inches lost from her waist and huge improvements to nutrition. Well done Emma, keep challenging your limits. LAPT."
Well done the both of you and thanks to Optimum Nutrition for their support of our award.
The May Progress Member of the Month is Alex Tavener. To say that over the last few months Alex’s application has impressed me, would be a stunning understatement. Focused, consistent, determined and absolutely resolute in his attitude to getting what he wants. The amount of fat Alex has lost is testament to his hard work and consistency. That he has also got stronger and more capable at the same time is due to his diligent and intense application to weight training.
When it’s gym time, it’s business time. Alex shows focus and concentration and isn’t afraid to ask for help. PT Liam Annetts has been guiding Alex for the last 4 months and things have certainly turned up a notch. Well done BOTH!
It’s incredible what can be achieved when someone puts their mind to it, when they WANT to.
>>>Thanks to Reflex Nutrition- for their support of our recognition award! The UK's number 1 supplement company!
***The April Progress Member of the Month is Susan Kane. Susan came on board back in March last year, at the recommendation of her daughter- thank you Alicia! Susan has been consistent, diligent and applied herself relentlessly, tackling new exercises and making some impressive improvements in strength and body composition.
Here’s Susan’s PT, Brad Down, with his insight:-
“Susan originally came to Progress, wanting to help with her historical weaknesses and niggles. Week by week she is here, ready and raring to go for her session. Susan works hard, tried everything and most importantly doesn’t complain- whilst giving her all!
Susan is now fitter, stronger and healthier- as can be seen in her measurements, which we take regularly.
I nominated Susan for the Member of the Month award, not only because of what she does in the gym but what she does outside of it. She is proactive in many other areas to benefit her own health and also to positively influence the people around her. She often tells me that her colleagues ask her where she gets so much energy from!
Keep up the good work Susan!”
Bravo Susan! It's a pleasure having you here. Your prize and certificate await your collection.
P.S. You can find out more about Brads work here-
Thanks to Optimum Nutrition for their wonderful support of our award!***
Progress Member of the Month for March 2017 is Vicki Ousey! Vicki has been a Progress member for just over a year. In that time, she’s given birth to her 4th child. Prior to the pregnancy Vic was a regular attendee to Progress, often being put through her paces by Personal Trainer Liam Annetts. Over to Liam:-
“Vicki started training with me in February 2016, her attitude towards training is impeccable. always willing to push herself and attempt anything. We trained until 6 weeks before birth and were back to it just after 10 weeks. She has since continued to train most days whilst juggling work, 3 young kids and a new born!”
• Pre baby weight 90.8kg
• Baby date - December 2016
• First session back 15/02/17 - 99.0kg
• Latest measurements 23/03/17 94.3 kg
• Lost 3 inches from hips
• 3.5 from glutes
• 2.5 from each thigh
• 2.75 off of navel
Awesome commitment from Vicki and from Reflex Nutrition- for their support of our monthly award
A massive CONGRATULATIONS to Progress member Trevor Walton on winning our the February 2017 Member of the Month award.
Trevor has been through the mill over the last few months due to a very serious knee injury. However, through his own determination, focus and application he is now very much ‘out the other side’ and on a strong road to full recovery. Watching Trevor go from hospital bed to back on the Arc Trainer, Bench Pressing and generally moving in an assured fashion again has been inspiring. Family, friends, colleagues, surgeons, etc can all play a role in your journey, but they are merely bit part players compared to your starring role in your own life. Take control and do what needs to be done so that you get what you want.
A full recount of Trevor's injury and subsequent path to recovery can be found in this months Members Email. If you didn't receive it please let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Well done Trevor and thanks to Optimum Nutrition for another quality prize bundle :-D
Congrats to the Progress Gym Member of the Month for January 2017- Jasper Wetherall! Jasper has been training at Progress since the days of the original site. Consistent, focused and in bloody good shape, Jasper has seriously impressed me with the results he’s generated over the last year. He’s always open to suggestions, mature enough to listen to advice and take encouragement. Jasper I hope you continue to enjoy your train and your awesome Reflex Nutrition prize bundle. WELL DONE!
Dan, Dan, Dan, where do I begin? October 2012 is as good a place as any. Brought along to the gym, by a friend who was already a member, it quickly became clear to me that you’d found somewhere you felt at peace.
From early on it was apparent that Dan enjoyed, no relished, his training time. Clearly, this was a part of the day that made-sense, that ‘clicked’ with Dan. As his training progressed I could see a clear increase in general confidence and alongside this a willingness to try new training movements and methods. It’s not unusual to see the mind change in concerto with the physique. Of course, it’s the mind that must initially choose to change and improve, but once the body begins to respond in agreement its development can be the catalyst for continuing. Dan’s lifts, but more so, the improvement in those lifts go a long way to show the kind of character and consistency that he displays. Close Grip Bench Press weight has doubled since his early days to 120kg, Squat 150kg and Deadlift 200kg. These strength increases have all happened whilst Dan has got leaner. Low carb? Cardio? Heavy Barbell work? Dan attacks and dispatches all with conviction and determination.
‘Spinning plates’ is a skill I value highly. Full-time day-time work, part-time evening work, part-time weekend work, an Open University Degree, training and time with family and friends means that Dan is always on the go and fully versed in efficient time management!
Fast forward to November 25th 2015 and Dan joined the Team at Progress. There’s a workplace saying “if you want a job done, give it to a busy person!”. Those that get a lot done are the best people to get things done- they’ve had lots of practice, right?! I trusted that Dan would be able to manage with the additional tasks and responsibilities of working at Progress and I’ve been proved right every single shift. Whilst managing all the other facets of his life Dan has already completed Level 2 Exercise Instruction, Strength and Conditioning Level 1, TRX Suspension qualifications and is in year 3 of his degree! He’s also now taken on the running of the Thursday night ‘Ladies Only’ class here too!
Dan is always willing to learn from the other Team members and shows a real passion for helping others. I’ve witnessed that those who are profoundly influenced by exercise often go on to be staunch advocates of its benefits. It’s quite something to see someone begin as a member of the gym and then embrace exercise and its effects to such an extent that they feel driven to pursue further knowledge and qualifications in the area so that they can help themselves, but more so, help others to benefit.
Dan, even though you now work here, you are the Progress Gym Member of the Month for November 2016! Keep doing what you’re doing!
Thank you to Optimum Nutrition for supplying this months prize package!
Progress Gym Member of the Month for October 2016 is Dr Rani Sophia. Rani has been a diligent trainer since day 1 and even when fasting her attendance has been consistent. However, the last 6 months or so have seen an intensifying of her efforts and work output. Working alongside Personal Trainer Harry Down, Rani has followed a structured programme with dedication and commitment and the results truly speak for themselves. Greater focus and direction have led to significantly improved movement skills and body composition. All this whilst overcoming significant nerve damage that occurred from a serious fall in 2015.
Here’s Harry with some words about Rani’s achievements…
“Through all her training successes Rani's motivation and determination to push forward and develop herself never waivers.
This deserved recognition is just one of the many triumphs Rani has achieved training at Progress Gym.
Despite travelling away, injury and lack of equipment she has ALWAYS fulfilled her weekly sessions; investing in her fitness wherever possible.
She has dramatically changed her body shape, with specific mention to the 4 inches lost from her naval. Rani is currently 2kg heavier than when she started yet her body composition has changed for the better.
For those of you who train around those peak hours in the gym, you will have undoubtedly seen her face.
Congratulations on this achievement Rani! There is a lot more to come!”
Thanks to Reflex for supplying a wonderful prize bundle for Rani
Member of the month for September 2016 is Alicia Kane. Alicia was encouraged to join in late January of this year. I sometimes get a feeling, akin to a premonition when people join. I got it when I met Alicia. This feeling is basically ‘sh1t is about to go down’, ie we’re about to see something quite outstanding. At first, more comfortable on the cardio machines and little uncertain of the benefit of resistance training, Alicia has since become a regular fixture in our Free weights gym, Gym 2. A willingness to listen, learn, apply and the skilled handling by Personal Trainer Liam Annetts has meant that Alicia has quite literally gone from strength to strength. She’s now took part and excelled in her first Strong Woman competition and is shaping her physique and mind- ‘Shaped with Steel. Forged in Flesh’ as we like to say here at Progress. Here’s Liam with a few words about Alicia and her work ethic:-
“Alicia is extremely hardworking and a pleasure to train. Since joining L.A. Personal Training in early February, 2016, she has gone from strength to strength - literally! A highlight being taking joint 2nd place in the Progress Strong Woman Competition in August this year. She continues to exceed my expectations week on week in PT sessions, always showing enormous versatility towards new training methods and exercises. I'm very proud of Alicia's achievements to date - not only have I seen positive changes to her physique but also to her mindset and confidence, seeing her really come into her own. Keep up the hard work Alicia!”
Thanks Liam. Alicia gets in, gets on and gets it done. Never afraid to ask for help or push through those ‘make a difference’ reps, I believe we still have much to see from Alicia. Well done to you, keep doing what you’re doing!
Thank you to Optimum Nutrition for this month’s AWESOME prize bundle. Progress is proud to be associated with ON- happy 30th Birthday! Did you try their Birthday Cake flavour whey protein? Awesome flavour!
Member of the month for August 2016 is Dan Foot. Dan, I will be honest, I didn't think you'd stick at it past a week. Don't get me wrong, I wanted you to, I want everyone to, I just didn't think you would. The technique wasn't there and it just all seemed more of a 'laugh' than focused training.
Out of your group that came down to the old place I didn't initially think you'd be the last man standing. Fair play to you. Your commitment and consistency over the last 5 years have been impressive and so are the results. Impressive technique, logical approach to training, a focus on feel and effect over weight, a willingness to research on your own and ask questions here have all added up to create the impressive physique you have today.
Muscular and lean and able to knock-out 'Muscle Ups' at will. You're not averse to gritting your teeth and putting a shift in on the weights floor. Keep it up!
Dan- congratulations, you are the August 2016 Progress Gym Member of the Month. Your prize bundle awaits.
Thank you to Reflex Nutrition for this months AWESOME prize bundle. Progress is proud to be associated with the UK's leading Sports nutrition company
Member of the month for July 2016 is Ellie Barter. Wow! What a change. Ellie joined Progress in August 2015. After a steady start the last few months have seen her physically change on an almost weekly basis. Ellie has thoroughly embraced resistance training and now follows a structured and progressive programme with grit and determination. The change in body shape has been quite something to behold, yet it pales in comparision with the profound change in mentality. Ellie is focused, business-like and determined on the gym floor and the results speak for themselves! 5kg down and 9 inches lost mean that Ellie is now sporting a much leaner, tighter, athletic and stronger body than when she first joined Progress. WELL DONE ELLIE!
And thank you to Optimum Nutrition for supplying a wonderful prize bundle for Ellie.
Congratulations to the Member of the Month for June- Jay Allen. Not one to cause a scene, Jay works diligently through his sessions and uses a fine mix of free weights and machine. Jay isn’t afraid to step aboard the Cardio machines and is modest and mature enough to ask for advice when he needs it. In the last few months Jay embarked on a mission to reduce his body fat and I’d say ‘Mission Accomplished!’. Jay looks the best he has ever done and appears even more muscular now than he did before. Jay uses a combination of CLA, Green Tea and Creatine to help boost his gym efforts and nutritional dedication. He’s also a fan of carb cycling and hitting cardio after finishing his weights. Keep it up Jay!
Thank you to Reflex Nutrition for their consistent support of our awards :-)
Carey Sharman has been a Progress member for as long as I can remember and I often use Carey as an example to those who complain to me about genes this and body shape that. Carey has managed to build some of the best arms at Progress despite having extremely long limbs. Carey stretches the tape at 6feet 5...and a half! Yet, this hasn’t deterred him from building muscle and having the kind of proportions that a good many of his contemparies would be proud of.
Along the way Carey has battled back from a tear in his right meniscus to being able to squat 150kg for 10 reps, that’s a long way down from almost 6 and a half feet! A football induced Glute injury followed, but with Robin’s (the gym physio) help this is also a thing of the past.
Carey tells me he finds some movements harder work than others, yet this clearly doesn’t stop him giving his all on every body part.
Don’t ever worry about what you can’t do. Focus on what you can and do it to the best of your ability. Well done Carey- you are the Progress Gym member of the month for May 2016.
It's Member of the Month time and I've been looking forward to this one for a couple months now smile emoticon
Nikki probably isn't the kind of member most non-Progress members assume attends here. I like that. We have members from every possible section of society and I like that too. Not everyone is male, 18-30 and in to bodybuilding- though many are. I like that too.
Abbie and Nikki have worked extremely well together and I think it only fitting Abbie penned a few words about how well Nikki has done since joining Progress...
“Nikki has been determined since she joined Progress Gym in September 2015. Nikki has been a dedicated member and client to both the ladies only classes, during her own sessions and within her Personal Training sessions she has worked hard to gain the body shape that she wants by turning up to each session with a positive attitude and ready to train hard.
I am extremely proud of how much Nikki’s body shape has changed and how strong her cardio and recovery time has progressed within weight sessions, circuits and cardio she has already achieved amazing results.
Well done Nikki here’s to the next year!”
And now to Nikki…
“I joined progress gym in September of last year especially for the ladies only class, though I had concerns that it wouldn't really be for me. I was at quite a low point and needed something to channel my energy. However, I am now hooked and have really felt the benefits, not only have I lost weight and dropped dress sizes and my whole body has changed shape. I now have a waist which I haven't had since having my children 19 years ago.
I certainly feel so much better about myself and thoroughly look forward to the Ladies Only class on a Monday. Abbie is a wonderful trainer who never makes anyone feel they can't do it, her encouragement and professional advice have helped me achieve the goals I have set myself.
Progress Gym is a friendly place with all staff being professional, helpful and friendly. I have been a member of other gyms and never been made to feel as I do here. Very well done Progress- keep up the good work!”
Nikki- CONGRATULATIONS!! You are the Progress Gym Member of the Month for April 2016. Your prizes (thank you Reflex Nutrition) await!
Also- well done Abbie!
Andy Bolton- multiple Powerlifting world record holder- visited Progress Gym in early 2016 and lead a seminar on technique, programming and much more. All of those that attended benefitted from Andy’s vast knowledge and passion. However, I was impressed by one attendee in particular. Their eyes were glued on Andy from start to finish, they kept quiet, leaned in to hear every nugget of information and have clearly taken on board what was said, judging by their performances in the gym since the day
This is quite a sizeable turnaround from the cock-sure, hyperactive kid who walked into Progress a few years earlier. Which is apt as this month’s Progress Gym Member of the Month is, himself, indeed sizeable.
I’ve watched this boy change into a young man who exhibits a fantastic consistency with his training- he is an absolute fixture at Progress. He’s incredibly positive and spends much of him time encouraging those around him to be the best they can be. He has no problem taking time to help others by passing on what he has learnt. He trains with ferocious intensity, without damaging the equipment and always puts back what kit he has used, albeit a little chalkier than it was before ;-)
Some of the lifts achieved by this month’s winner include:-
225kg Back squat.
155kg Bench Press.
147.5kg Front squat.
120kg Log Press.
110kg Axle Press.
370kg Yoke carried for 15m.
60kg Single Dumbbell Press for 3 reps
Not only is he moving some serious numbers, but he’s also losing an appreciable amount of body fat at the same time and to top it off in a few weeks’ time he will be competing at BodyPower 2016 in Birmingham against some of the UK’s top amateur Strong Men. What a turnaround!
Congratulations Tom Howard, you are the March 2016 Progress Gym Member of the Month and this is exactly what Progress Gym is all about.
Thank you to the co-sponsors for the PGMOTM Optimum Nutrition.
It gives me great pleasure to announce joint winners for the Progress Gym Member of the Month award for February 2016.
Brian and Yvonne Cowling have been members of Progress since day 1. Their consistency is formidable, their application incredible and the results- undeniable.
Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, whatever else is going on in their lives they always make time for themselves to come and exercise. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, pre 7am you'll find Brian and Yvonne ploughing through a healthy mix of free weights, machines and cardiovascular exercise. They move swiftly from piece to piece and make the most of their time here at the gym. Monday's session is slightly shorter as Yvonne has to get to her post at Yeovil Hospital, but that doesn't stop them giving their best for the time that they are here.
Consistency, application and a willingness to learn mean that this couple are a fantastic demonstration of the lifelong benefits of lifting weights and cardiovascular exercise. Brian is 74(and has been lifting weights for nearly 60 years!) and Yvonne is 72 and I couldn't be more proud. You are never too old to take care of your body.
Progress Gym is proud to have members of all ages and races.
WELL DONE Brian and Yvonne!
Thanks to Reflex Nutrition for their relentless support of Progress Gym
Congratulations to the winner of the January Progress Gym Member of the Month- Matthew Knight.
Matt has been a stalwart of the morning crew for a number of years now. He's relentlessly consistent, attacks his training with gusto and never afraid to ask for help or a spot. Matt also won the January Gym competition- Raw Power II- by quite some distance!
Matt- it's been a pleasure watching your progress in strength and development. Keep it up!
Thanks also to Optimum Nutrition for supporting this award
Owning a gym for the last 5 years I've encountered people from all over the world. There's a common theme to my visitors. They want to make a difference, either psychologically or physiologically to themselves. By being here they've taken the ultimate step- the step of turning 'thinking' to 'doing'. With this common theme comes reps and sets, steps and strides, grunts and grimaces. In fact, the nature of the beast dictates that there is a hell of a lot of repetition- it's a never ending cycle of pick-it-up-put-it-down and that's just fine, because successful repetition is at the heart of what works with exercise.
Among this cycle of cycles within cycles of cycles one person has stood out for the entire time. One person has always had the time to ask me how I am. One person has always had an infectious laugh, an unquenchable energy and a consistency that puts 99.9% of the population in the shade. They are relentless with prompt and full payment and have played a strong role in supporting family members to embrace exercise and a healthier lifestyle.
Don't misunderstand me- many of you stick out in my mind for going the extra 'rep', for a strong set of good manners and respect for my kit. It's just that this person sits on top of the pile as an example to me of what is possible. This person excites me with the thought that I can and will be able to train for another 40 years yet, because they have.
Julian Asperilla- you of the bodyweight pull ups/Deadlift at 73 years of age- are the winner of the Progress Gym Lifetime member award. SEVENTY-THREE!
Not even time itself can stop you. You make me proud to have you as a member here and I aspire to follow in your footsteps and train for many years to come. You are an inspiration to many.
Thank you to Optimum Nutrition and Reflex Nutrition for their relentless support of our awards.
The October Member of the Month has been a Progress regular for years. He is a stalwart of the old gym and is always in superb shape - Delts! He tackles his training with consistency, drive and commitment. He is always in condition and never shy’s away from the more demanding moves- Squats, chins and heavy presses are always part of his plan. Equipment is always put away and membership is always on time (or early!). Well done Daniel Bobowski - you are the Progress Gym member of the month for October 2015! Thank you to Optimum Nutrition for consistently supporting this award.
Cara Williams will be a familiar face/name to many of you. Cara has been a member for over 3 years now and competed last year in the Bikini class in the UKBFF, transforming her body with nutrition and training, into a shape that only a small fraction of women ever achieve. Cara and her partner Luke Rogers (also a Progress member) recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Evelyn, on the 26th of September. Cara was still training up to 3 weeks prior to giving birth and looked GREAT for it. She adapted her work outs to take her pregnancy into consideration and continued training right up until the last few weeks. It’s examples like this that prove to me what capacity we really have. It gives me a great deal of pride to see someone persist with and benefit from exercise when many others would fall by the wayside at the slightest hint of difficulty. Cara- well done and I hope you’re enjoying every moment!
Congrats to Connor Bridgland on winning the August Members of the Month award. Connor had a lull in his training early last year, I thought at one point we’d lost him. An ankle injury had derailed what was, in all honesty, pretty shaky, inconsistent and unstructured training. Here’s where the corner was turned. As the injury healed Connor returned to the gym- vigour was renewed, determination apparent and focus clear. Since then I’ve seen Connor literally grow and literally go from strength to strength. He displays the winning characteristics of consistency, recording workouts, training all body parts and getting done what needs to be done. Cardio doesn’t faze Connor and he’s no stranger to gritting his teeth and grinding out those ‘make a difference’ reps. He’s even inspired father to join and train regularly. Connor- well done, you’re a worthy winner and looking good!
The July ‘Member of the Month’ is a double award. Over the last 12 months Dan Osborne and Gareth Bevan have transformed into larger and leaner versions of themselves. Consistent, focused, intense training are trademarks of their sessions. What I find refreshing is that their training is fairly brief in duration. ‘More’ is rarely better. Dan and Gareth get in, do the job and get out, with very little time wasted. They are also receptive to suggestions and pointers on how to improve. Keep it up chaps! (and thanks for the referrals).
Progress Gym is approaching 5 years old and I'm chuffed to bits that it's retained so many of the original members. WE(members and Progress) work as a partnership to keep Progress moving forward. Your prompt payment of fees, outstanding manners, worthwhile suggestions and application make our side of things much easier to carry out.
5 years is a fair chunk of time and to stick at anything for that long shows dedication and commitment. Ben Horne was a member of the gym before I got to Yeovil and has been a solid and consistent trainee since day one of Progress Gym.
Ben's progression has seen him go from novice lifter to someone with a physique that would be easy for many to envy. Rather then envy I know that Ben's metamorphosis stimulates inspiration in his fellow members. Ben's training is focused, intense and structured. If cardio needs doing, it gets DONE. If food needs adjusting, it gets adjusted. Ben has a 'can-do' attitude that means he doesn't fear difficulty, instead he relishes challenges and attacks them. He's a pretty good Deadlifter also!
What do you allow to hold you back? What excuses do you use? Ben refuses to allow his epilepsy to define his attitude. Instead his attitude defines his actions, which defines the results you can see in the accompanying pic.
Ben- keep doing what you do mate! Your award is at the gym.
Thanks to Optimum Nutrition for their ongoing support with our award
Chris is the May 2015 Member of the Month. Chris's transformation over the last two years has been profound and a pleasure to watch. Chris is consistent, intense and always asking the right questions. Well done Chris! I'll hand you over to Progress Gym PT Craig who's had a fair few sessions with Chris over the last year:
"My first encounter with Chris was in July of 2014. He had the spark and the will to learn more and took it upon his self to seek more information. He's always asking questions and wanting to improve that little bit more whether that's within the gym or understanding his nutrition.
Chris's measurements from the start of July 2014 to May 2015 speak volumes and show's how hard he has worked.
Chris's chest has decreased 5 inches 44in to 39in yet looking more shizzled.
Chris's navel measurement has decreased 7 inches from 40in to 33in.
Chris's upper thigh measurement has decreased 4 inches from 29in to 25in.
Seeing a client progress with such enjoyment makes me proud. Well done Chris keep working hard."
Well done Chris, Craig and thanks to Reflex Nutrition for their continuing support of this award.
The Progress Gym 'Member of the Month' award has become a highlight of the calendar for me. I'm fully aware that most Progress members have no aspiration to stand on a bodybuilding stage or enter an elite level sporting event. Training, for 95% of people, is about feeling better and staying healthy and I wanted to create something where I could acknowledge these Progress people. I tend to give the award to those that apply themselves, consistently. Those that show determination. To those that seek out help and employ what they have learned. And to those that have overcome adversity that most of us can't begin to imagine.
This months Progress Gym 'Member of the Month' award goes to a friend of mine. Am I biased? I might be, but just bare with me and see if you see my reasoning. This friend of mine I've had the pleasure of living with twice- we've shared a couple of rented houses over the last few years and spent plenty of time eating together, watching TV and drinking coffee whilst shooting the breeze. When I needed a van, he was there. When he wanted a program writing I was there. When I needed storage he helped me out. When I needed a fire door fixing he put his carpentry skills to good use and got it done.
On March 18th of last year, I got a call from a mutual friend, he said there had been an accident. 'Accident' doesn't seem to begin to do what happened full justice. It's not possible to go into full detail about the incident as there are still issues to be resolved. However my friend, whilst in stationary traffic, was hit head on by a Lorry. He sustained multiple injuries, including a serious head injury. The chances of him actually surviving were very, very slim and his life hung by a thread. Myself and 3 other friends drove to Bristol that night to visit him, but his condition was so vulnerable that we weren't even allowed to see him.
As scans and assessments were carried out the list of injuries grew and the situation become more and more fragile.
His resilience, determination and courage over the following days and weeks pulled him through to a marginally more stable condition. It was still several months until we were allowed to go and visit and when I went to see my friend at Frenchay hospital I didn't really know what to expect. When we walked in, just seeing him alive in his wheelchair, after what he'd been through, was an amazing feeling. I knew he still had a lot of work to do to be able to return to any sort of normality- the reassuring thing was that I could see he was prepared to do it.
My friend has undergone months of physical therapy, speech therapy and much more to be where he is today. He came back to gym in the middle of March this year and I cannot do justice, with mere words, how I felt the first day he managed to walk back into Progress. Seeing him walk, on his own and unaided, back into the gym gave me such a whirlwind of emotions- relief, pride, admiration, but I knew he'd just want to be treated the same- so that's how it's been from day1. He enlisted the help of Brad Down, one of the Progress Personal Trainers and together they have kept him moving forward at an impressive rate.
We all have our own start point from which we begin our training. Some are more fortunate than others. Some have situations and events conspire against them and start from a long way back. Be thankful for what you have and don't let a cold or tiredness hold you back.
One of the things I've noticed is that he never complains about the weather, if it's raining or if it's cold. He's just happy to still be walking amongst us. Ross, your courage and determination are staggering. I know with the will power you possess and the effort you give that you'll continue your road back and continue to see improvements the rest of us will never fully appreciate.
Ross- you inspire me more than you'll ever know and I'm proud to award you the title of April 2015 Progress Gym Member of the Month.
Thanks to Optimum Nutrition for again supporting the Member of the Month award here.
The member of the month for March is Nicky Liddle. Nicky has been at Progress since December last year and immediately took to the gym. She has been a consistent attendee at our Ladies Only Classes, ran by Brad and Abbie, and always brings energy and a smile. Nicky has changed her body shape considerably in just 4 months of membership and 3 hours a week of training. I’ll hand you over to her PT, Abbie, for further info:-
“Nicky has worked hard in progressing herself since December 2014, continuously pushing through her program, PT sessions and Ladies Classes.
After seeing changes in her body shape and the way her old clothes now fit perfectly I’m very proud of the effort she has put in and now it’s paying off.
Well done Nicky, keep up the hard work and the rewards will keep coming!”
Great work Nicky!
The member of the month for February is Kelly Northover. It gives me a real buzz to see any of my members excelling and seeing the changes they want- but to see a female change so rapidly and so dramatically(in what many still think is a male-only gym) is a superb feeling! Congrats Kelly- you’re doing great! Another HD client too
I'll hand you over to Kelly's Personal Trainer, Harry Down...'When Kelly first entered Progress she found the environment an intimidating place. She joined me at HD Fitness and soon started to grow in confidence as well as physical ability. Having suffered with back issues and postural problems prior to starting, she soon started to develop her strength making these a thing of the past. Most recently Kelly has reduced her body fat percentage; lost inches from around her waist, hips and arms; and is continually improving her fitness level. However the change in Kelly that is an inspiration to me and the one I am most proud of is the change in her mindset. She is genuinely disappointed if she is unable to make her gym session; she pushes herself further every time, and has the desire to improve and get better. These changes are her greatest achievement and will push her to reach whatever goal she may set.
Great work Kelly!’"
The February Member of the Month is Gareth Penn. Gareth’s application and consistency over the last 12 months has been awesome to witness. The acceleration of transformation over the last 3 months has been particularly impressive. Gareth takes programs from Progress PT Harry Down and gives them his absolute all. Rarely have I seen someone give 100% so willingly, so regularly for so long. Congratulations GP!
The December Progress Gym Member of the Month is Steph Cook. Steph’s about turn in outlook and mental approach have astounded as much as the results these changes have created! I’ll hand you over to Steph’s Personal Trainer Harry Down:-
“Congratulations Steph on achieving Decembers Member of the Month. This comes at the end of a very prosperous year for yourself and your fitness goals. This achievement goes some way to highlighting the amazing transformation you have completed in 2014. The changes you have made will positively effect your health and fitness in the years to come. You have nailed down both training and nutrition, completing every task I have set you no matter the difficulty. Congratulations again and may your amazing progress continue.”
Cheers Harry, well done to you both!
***Congrats to the November Progress Gym Member of the Month Luke Rose. Luke's continued application, focus and consistency over the last 12 months has shown me that he deserves this months award. I'll hand over here to Luke's Personal Trainer Harry Down:-
"Along with the desire to change, Luke showed in his training a desire to learn and try new things. He took up all that was taught and applied it with self-driven motivation. His progression and the development of his physique are testaments to the hard work he puts in all year round...even having a very manual job to contend with. He shows us all what can be achieved with a will and drive. Good work Luke!"
Cheers Harry, well done to you both. Luke- your prize bundle of Reflex Nutrition goodies awaits.
Thanks to Reflex Nutrition for their continued support!***
The October Progress Gym Member of the Month is Trevor Walton. Trevor has impressed me from Day 1. He's ability to crack on, consistently with a high level of effort is impressive. Trevor is never afraid to ask questions or give new exercises a 'go'. I asked Trevor to write a testimonial a few weeks back...take it away Trevor:-
"Six months ago I made what has turned out to be one of my better decisions over the last few years - I joined Progress Gym. Being a mere 57 years young I'd convinced myself that I could only ever "go through the motions" with my training and that nothing would really change. How wrong I was; with help and support from everyone at the gym, including clients, random photographers as well as all of the staff ( with particular thanks to Harry!) I'm feeling better than I have since I can't remember, I'm feeling fitter, stronger, more confident. There's always a warm welcome, staff are all very knowledge and clearly committed to their work - a big thank you to Rob and the team. Long may it continue. Progress - not just a gym, it's a lifestyle - oh and I've lost 4" from my waist. Thank you!"
57! This might help to shatter a few stereotypes that are held about Progress.
Here's Trevor's PT Harry Down:-
"Trevor joined me early in 2014 with the desire to change the way he looked and felt. His low fitness levels and high body fat percentage had driven him to make a change in the way he was living his life, and seek out help in the form of myself. His progress in under a year has been dramatic and visually he looks completely different. Trevor's defining characteristic however is his drive and open-mindedness. He is willing to try new things, new training styles and continue to do this even when pressured by workload. Also a frequent attendee in the Work:Out classes he is there come rain or shine.
Mental attitude, fitness levels and health have all change for the better. Keep up the good work and continue not only to push yourself but also enjoy the experience.
Achievements so far include-
6.5kg lost, 4inches lost from naval, 3 inches lost from waist".
CONGRATULATIONS Trevor and also to Harry!
September member of the month is Lee Suter, over to Lee-
‘My name is Lee Suter and i have been going Progress gym since it was established.
My goals when i joined the gym was to build myself a better body and improve on my overall health and fitness, which generally i was already quite happy with. It was around the summer of 2011 that i first noticed i was getting a jaw ache when i was doing CV at the start of my gym session and over the coming weeks this quickly progressed to a heavy weight feeling in my chest and a slight throb in my left arm, so, after some research on the internet i come to the conclusion that i was suffering from Angina.
I took myself off to the Dr who listened to what i said and immediately sent me for an ECG, the results from this confirmed i was right. The thing was, I had always been relatively fit and i never ticked the boxes of a typical person who I thought would suffer from Angina (fat, overweight, poor diet and lack of exercise) how wrong i was. Over the next couple of weeks or so i was admitted to hospital where i had blood tests and an echocardiogram to confirm just how poor my heart was performing and that i had four blocked arteries, of which three were almost completely blocked. This resulted in me having 3 stents fitted, the 4th artery wasn't too bad and they said and it was also very difficult to stent where it was, angioplasty alone was all that happened to this one. It was approximately 14 months later and on the 27th of December i had a Heart attack, the artery had collapsed due to the artery wall being weakened from the angioplasty treatment where the stent hadn't been fitted, this absolutely devastated me as i thought things had been going well with my recovery.
After a short spell in hospital and a 6 week cardio rehab program that followed i slowly got myself back to the gym. The hospital advised that this was to be a slow program and to take things steady as regards to lifting weight. Its been 21 months now just short of 2 years since i had the heart attack and i'm back to where i was before i had these issues with my heart. My recovery has been very steady and Cardio Vascular exercise is a big part of my training now along with compound movements workouts, these work the heart more than just isolation movements but are still part of my program too. One of the most important changes i made was to my diet, this is critical to leading a healthy life along with exercise.
I would also like to say that having a heart condition hasn't stopped me from moving forward with my fitness goals and through constant, positive updates, incentives and support provided by Progress Gym ( rob and the team) that has made this all the more easier for me to maintain and i would like to say a big thank you for that.
Wow, Health is truly the first wealth.
Congrats to the winner of Augusts Member of the Month- Rob Wakeman! This is in acknowledgement of his superb dedication, belief and drive to improve himself. Rob is always looking to learn about new methods and apply what he feels are their best elements, whilst holding fast with his belief that 'the basics' should always provide the foundation of any program. Lots of Squats, lots of Deadlifts and lots of effort! Congratulations Rob- you're the August Progress Gym Member of the Month.
Running a business can be tough. It can become all-consuming and time for everything can seem to contract and disappear. The (joint) winners of the July Progress Gym Member(s) of the Month are Mark and Martin Hooper. Between them they run a successful licensed premise and have both shown impressive commitment and results over the last few months. Both brothers have Personal Training with Craig and both have significantly improved their body compositions and fitness. Mark and Martin are fittingly business-like in their training- they get in, do the job and get out. Efficient and effective is the name of the game when time is at a premium. Well done guys and well done Craig!
Doing what I do I get to hear the full range of reasons why people can't make the time to exercise their body. Now reasons are real and are unavoidable. The car breaks down, you got locked out, someone's in hospital.
However, excuses just waste YOUR time. 95% of the 'reasons' I hear for someone not exercising end up being 'excuses'.
Let me share someone's story with you that might make you reassess next time you think of turning an excuse into a reason and skipping your session.
On the 19th of December 2012, Mike was riding his motorbike, on the way to visit his mother. Mike was hit by a lorry and suffered multiple injuries, including 3 open fractures in his left leg. The medical team decided that it was in Mike's best interests to amputate and the leg was removed above the knee.
Mike had been in a coma and woke up on Christmas Eve, in Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol. He was in hospital until the following March.When I went to visit Mike his strength of character surprised me, he wasn't down, he was just bored with being stuck in bed. Receiving a prosthetic leg at Easter in 2013, Mike received extensive physio and walking training and was back walking with sticks by June 2013. By September 2013 Mike was back at Progress Gym for one to two sessions per week and by Christmas was up to three sessions per week. Thanks to the unrelenting friendship and assistance of Andrew Brückel Mike had decided that this wasn't going to stop him from doing something he enjoyed.
By April 2014 Mike had already returned to work, training and was able to walk unaided. Unfortunately the physical stress of work meant that Mike was suffering with pain to his lower lumber area. After several chiropractic adjustments Mike discovered there was an underlying issue in his shoulder which was causing a weakness to his arm. Mike took a few weeks off the gym to right this issue and has returned to the gym.
Mike now gets down to Progress three to four times a week. He's lost a stone since the turn of the year, his waist size is down from a 40 to a 36 and he's out-lifting what he was doing prior to the accident...and THIS is why Mike is Progress Gym's Member of the Month for June 2014. Resilience and determination. Mike, you inspire me.
Member of the Month for May is Glynis Kingston. It’s a shame that there is often be a misguided stereotyping of independent gyms. This is a gym for anyone who’s wanting to Progress, whatever that means to them. It’s not just for ‘bodybuilders’, it’s not just for males and certainly not just for twentysomethings. Glynis is one of the growing number of female members at Progress and over the last 6 months has made some superb improvements to her strength, fitness and body composition. Well done Glynis!
Member of the Month for April is Adrian Nowak. Congratulations go to Adrian for his relentless effort, consistency and application. His focus and determination has bought about some significant changes in the last few months. Well done Adrian!
Member of the Month for March is Lucas Moore. Congratulations Lucas- the improvements you have shown in the last few months have been outstanding! Lucas has been a member at Progress for over two years now, but it’s in the last 3 or 4 months that Lucas’ results have really kicked in. I know I repeat the same things over and over at this point, but it’s because they work. Lucas has been consistent and focussed, trains with intensity and structure and is never closed off to asking questions or advice. Keep it up!
February’s Member of the Month is Tim Fleetwood. Since joining Progress Tim has very quickly become a part of the furniture. His training sessions are regular, focused, structured and therefore productive. Tim is never slow to ask questions, is always receptive to ideas and is a regular client of Craig’s. His food intake has completely changed and his posture has certainly improved for the better. Congrats Tim!
January’s Member of the Month is Paul Charles. Paul joined Progress in April 2013 and has shown a level of application that is rarely seen for someone who is actually still a teenager. The transformation that Paul has brought about in the last 10 months was clearly highlighted in his recent ‘before and after’ picture. Paul is never afraid to ask for an opinion or idea and clearly focuses on technique over weight. Keep doing what you’re doing Paul!
December’s Member of the Month has impressed me for quite some time. The changes I’ve seen in her have been nothing short of staggering and certainly not limited to the mere physical. Debbie Hall’s energy levels, outlook and general attitude have soared. I cannot say enough about the changes I have seen in Debbie. Her regular attendance to Craig’s Ladies Only classes has no doubt helped. Couple this with a willingness to want to improve and change and you’ve got a recipe which has served Debbie well. Debbie, keep doing what you’re doing! :-)