If two years ago you had told me that not only would I be able to lift 55Kg above my head, but I would also love it, I would have said you were crazy. Did I say crazy? I meant absolutely insane. At that point not only was I the weakest, most unfit person you could possibly imagine, but I also HATED sports. You see, I'm more of a 'stay at home and read' kind of girl. That was until I met Cullum Ward. It was a mixture of boredom, curiosity and spontaneity that lead me to send the text message. In all honesty I thought nothing would come of it but I was wrong. Minutes later my phone was ringing. I panicked and considered rejecting the call but within seconds I found myself nervously answering questions which in my whole 18 years I had never been asked before. Questions like "what are your goals?" and "what do you hope to achieve?"
I thought perhaps Callum's interest was just some sort of marketing ploy to get me to sign up to this gym but two years later I am still being made to feel like what I want matters. The level of service was beyond any that I had ever experienced. Have you ever walked into a gym where the owners not only know your name, but your strengths and weaknesses? I'm sure that you have by now gathered that this is no ordinary gym. Despite the fact that Wards Gym is a cross fit affiliate in my opinion it is by no means and 'cross fit box'. For those of you who know of cross fit, I'm sure you have heard it all before. "cross fit changed my life" "it's something different every day" "I never know what to expect" "it can be scaled for people of any level" "it will push you to your limits". Granted I have found all of the above statements to be true, however I would like to draw your attention towards all the other things this place has to offer. No matter what your goal is I am certain there will be something here to help you.
8 week transformation challenge: Never gone to a gym before? Can't do a push up? It's ok, I remember what it's like. When Wards Gym first introduced the 8 week challenge I was sceptical. I was frustrated that the class I normally attended was being replaced but I thought I would give it a go. I was pleasantly surprise when I found out that the '8 week transformation challenge' included the following:
Individualised meal plans and recipes set out by a dietician
Pre and post testing of fitness level, body weight/measurements/photos
By the completion of the challenge I had found that it was not only a body transformation, but it also helped me change my mindset. As I watched people learn, change and drastically improve I felt motivated. If you were to ask me about the negatives about this program the only feedback I really have is that I feel there should be a little more focus on nutrition for the people who are too lazy to ask outside of the session times.
Brazilian Jui Jitsu: I don't know much about this one because I have never done it, but in all honesty who don't want to get sweaty with a sexy man?
Gymnastics: When they say gymnastics they don't mean that you get to learn how to do a backflip. Pretty disappointing I know, but you do get to learn how to handstand. If you're good enough, you might even learn how to do a muscle up.
Weight lifting: I dare say this is my favourite part of the gym, not only does Wards Gym offer private tuition, but they also have a range of classes. I don't recommend this class for beginners as I have found it to be relatively fast paced as well as the athletes being left to their own devises. Given the nature of the class and the small to medium size I feel that I would be ideal for someone who already knows the basics (for example a cross-fitter)