Losing weight and getting fit cannot be a part time idea, it isn’t just going on a quick diet or hitting the gym for an hour. According to three local ladies taking on the ultimate Get Fit Challenge the only way to dedicate yourself is to completely change your attitude and your lifestyle.
Michelle Reilly from Boornacoola, Mary Faughnan from Mohill and Stephanie McTiernan from Drumshanbo have each earned themselves six months free personal training, nutritional advice and fitness classes to transform their lives, lose weight and get fit. The three ladies are already 3 weeks into their new lifestyle and between them have lose over 3 stone.
The three challengers were at the opening of D&S Fitness Studio at Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday. Personal trainers and motivationalists Dave Hanley and Siofra O’Connor opened the new spinning, kettle bell training and personal fitness studio. Opening the fitness studio Cathoirleach of Leitrim County Council Enda Stenson outlined the benefits of exercise which includes combating depression, alleviating stress, improving self esteem, increasing energy levels, socialising and keeping down weight.
Personal trainers Siofra and Dave said they were chose Michelle, Mary and Siobhan from the large group of entrants becasue she showed “dedication” and each had a “positive outlook.”
Despite having two personal trainers edging them on, the challenge is no mean feat with the ladies attending at least one class a day and some days putting in two exercise sessions. They have been trying everything to shed the pounds from running to cycling, spin classes, weights, and fitness classes.
Siofra and Dave said the key to staying interested in exercise is to “mix it up” the pair hold classes around the county and each class is always different - “that is what keeps people coming back” they said.
But the ladies have more to deal with than just exercise they have also overhauled their eating habits. The nutritionist Gwen Fitzpatrick has the ladies on vitamins and has given them advice on meals, portions and snakcs , Gwen is also on hand for any questions or queries by the ladies and she conducts the regular weigh ins.
Mary Faughnan told the Leitrim Observer that she had just started to exercise when she applied for the challenge, she hopes to get down to a size 14 for the big reveal in January and says the exercise is already giving her much more energy.
Michelle Reilly said her goal is to be able to buy her clothes locally instead of having to travel for bigger sizes.
Stephanie McTiernan said she had tried exercising before, but had always given up. Now in this neat group of three and with the motivation of Dave and Siofra she hopes to make it down to size 12 by January.
The ladies not only have motivation in the studio and classes but are also relying on the support of their family and friends. Each of them have already felt the results of hard training and are motivated to work hard for the next five months.The ladies will be providing a diary of their efforts which readers can follow fortnightly in the Leitrim Observer. It is hoped the ladies efforts, their tips and experience can help everyone to jump off the couch and get moving.
For information on the ladies efforts or fitness classes by Dave and Siofra visit: www.facebook.com/get.fit.7