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Carol's Story

Winner - July 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Chest –12cm.

Waist –10cm.

Hips -10cm.

I first discovered Evolve Bootcamps about a year ago while taking Jive lessons in the hall next door. After seeing how much fun everyone seemed to be having, I realised it could be for me.

 

The dance lessons came to an end when my husband injured his shoulder, I then saw Mark’s advert on Facebook this summer and thought I’d give it a try. I had been planning to slim into a dress I had bought for a family wedding in August.

 

A shopping trip with my daughter had seen her turn to me in the changing room and utter the words, “it’s nice Mum but you really will need to lose some weight” (honesty that only a daughter will share with you!), so that was my motivation for turning up that first Friday. 

 

I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute – the sessions are varied and you work at your own pace. Mark is on hand to offer advice and both he and Jenny are so supportive, they are always happy to go over things with you. Indeed, despite regularly forgetting some of the exercises I have never heard them moan once!

 

The fact that it’s outside adds to it – even if it’s raining, blowing a gale or freezing! It helps you to feel like you’re connecting with nature in a way, even if initially all you can think about is the warmth of indoors.

 

The other Bootcampers are great too – friendly, supportive and good fun. I try to attend at least 3 sessions a week and enjoy the flexibility of the timings. Sometimes I make the dawn chorus at 6am before work and sometimes the evening sessions. It really works out good value and I’ve enjoyed taking on the 8 week challenge. 

 

I was truly amazed that after only a couple of weeks I lost centimetres from my waist, chest and hips, so now I’m onto the next challenge – I turn 60 in December so want to get fitter and healthier for that milestone as well as hopefully losing another few centimetres. 

One really good thing is that I no longer go anywhere near the bathroom scales, but rely on how I feel. I know I still have a way to go but the journey with Evolve has been great fun and I can’t wait to continue.

Claire's Transformation

2nd place - July 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Chest –7cm.

Waist –8cm.

Hips -5cm.

Joanna's Transformation

3rd place - July 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Chest –6cm.

Waist –8cm.

Hips -5cm.

Weight -4.7kgs.

Gill's Transformation

4th place - July 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Chest –5cm.

Waist –9cm.

Hips -7cm.

Steve's Story

I had been unhappy about my weight and fitness levels for several years....did the usual thing, every so often I’d get motivated for a while to eat a little bit more healthily and go to the gym. Typically this would last about 3 months and I’d lose the urge for one reason or another and be back to square one again (and worse!). Anyway, I got talking to a friend of mine who wanted to get fitter for a trek up Kilimanjaro who said she was going to be doing this, so I got her to send me the link to the site. I filled in the form for the week’s free trial, Mark contacted me and I arranged to start, on a Monday evening in early January.

I was somewhat concerned about how unfit I was, had the usual doubts – “Will I be able to keep up?”, “Will I look silly?”, “What if everyone else is way fitter than me?”, “Will I actually be able to do any of the exercises?!!”. Anyway, I turned up on that Monday evening, it was rather chilly to say the least! Mark made me feel very welcome, as did the rest of the group who have been brilliant ever since! Mark reassured me that I could work at my own pace and to take a breather if I needed to, which was very re-assuring, especially as I discovered during the warm-up that I couldn’t actually complete a full press-up! Even so, I managed to get through it all, and actually found myself enjoying myself!

 

The group are so friendly and encouraging and Mark was always about to help my form etc. Needless to say, next day I was full of aches and pains and had the Wednesday session to look forward to – but having made the commitment for the free week made sure I was there – by the time the warm-up was done all those aches and pains had disappeared! I did another session that week and then decided to sign myself up for 6 months and see how it went.

That 6 months have flown by and I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever been fitter. I have lost a fair bit of gut (still a bit more to go!!) and what I have found is that I can now fit again into my favourite shirts without buttons flying off in all directions! The journey has been fun so far, we have a great time at the Bootcamps and the Boxercise classes (great after a bad day at the office!) and everyone, without exception, is hugely supportive which is why I’m about to sign up for another 12 months!!

Louise's Transformation

Joint 4th place - April 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Chest –6cm.

Waist –10cm.

Hips -3cm.

Body Fat -4.3%.

Helen's Story

Having 2 young children changed my body and gave me less time to be active in the same way as I had been previously. Although I had got back into netball and lost a bit of my baby weight, as my second son was approaching 1, I saw an Evolve Facebook post that piqued my interest.

 

I sent out a message to my fellow mums in my street to find out if anyone else already attended… and received two glowing reports about the bootcamps. I really wanted to get fitter, lose a bit more baby weight and try to tone up a bit. My stomach muscles had split quite badly during my second pregnancy and I’d been advised by physios against anything more than light exercise for 6 months. Once I was discharged from physiotherapy and really enjoyed overindulging on maternity leave, I had no more excuses, so I contacted Mark and got booked on to a trial session prior to the start of the 8 week challenge.

I am not a morning person, so was a bit concerned that the early mornings would get the better of me and bed would just be too comfy! However, the 6am sessions were the only ones I knew I would be able to attend regularly while my husband was at home to be in charge of the kids.

There is a great atmosphere at bootcamps, even at 6am! It’s great to exercise outside. Mark creates a varied workout each session, takes time to improve people’s technique and gently suggests when the exercises could be made more challenging to achieve better results. Everyone works at their own level/pace, so it’s not overly competitive. No drill sergeant shouting, no triangle bodies checking themselves out in the mirror or skimpy workout gear like at some gyms. There’s certainly no judgement and the group is supportive both during sessions and on the busy WhatsApp group!

During the 8 weeks, my body fat percentage dropped by 5.3% and I lost almost 6kg, but my most valued achievements are that I feel so much fitter and stronger. My stamina on the netball court has really improved and my clothes fit much better. I’m still working on my mum tum… definitely harder to shift the second time round, it’s a work in progress! I’ve also signed up for a 50k walk in a few months and although I don’t have as much free time to do long distance walking training as I did pre-kids, I’m confident my bootcamp fitness will help with the much needed endurance for the event.

Joint 4th place - April 2019 Challenge
8 Week Challenge achievements

Weight –5.9kg.

Body Fat -5.3%.

Claire's Transformation

8 Week Challenge achievements

Waist –5.5cm. 

Chest –6cm.

Dropping into a healthy Body Fat % range.

Heather's Story

Approaching my 50th Birthday I really wanted to get fit and start exercising regularly but  didn’t know how and where to get started. After my house was leafleted I spoke to Mark who put me at ease about my lack of fitness and coordination!

I’ve enjoyed coming from day one, everyone was friendly and encouraging. Mark really explained all the techniques and exercises and for the first time in many years I’ve done something to improve my health and fitness. 

I’ve really appreciated losing some weight and centimetres but most of all I’ve enjoyed the feeling of positivity and as my family put it - I’m happier in myself. 

8 Week Challenge achievements

Waist –5cm. 

Chest –8cm.

Hips -4cm.

Deb's Story

Bootcamp!!! OMG, a friend suggested an 8 Week Bootcamp Challenge and I immediately had visions of being told off if I missed a session and being hounded to "push myself further" and generally hating every minute......I was so wrong!!

 

The timing just worked for me, 8 Weeks until the dreaded 50.  I figured that I should take the challenge to prove to myself that I could get fitter and maybe lose a few CM to look good for my Birthday. Mentally I was ready but I doubted my physical ability. I try and do the Great South Run every year but my training is non existent, and my knees and back dislike road running.

 

I went for my initial meeting with Mark and immediately felt at ease. Quiet spoken and non judgemental, he was not the Bootcamp personality I was expecting. After my first session I was hooked. An amazing group of people who all have different reasons for being there, and all levels of ability. Mark allows you to work to your own ability and supports you throughout. 

 

The sessions are certainly varied and that makes it lots of fun. The group sometimes laugh their way through if its particularly strenuous, we all struggle together! I loved the inclusion to the Whats app group where we can discuss and laugh about our aches and strains after each session and Mark encourages comment about the sessions too. I realised I have a passion for the Boxercise but almost felt like it was cheating as I was enjoying it so much.

 

Time flew and that was the end of my 8 week challenge!! I turned fat into muscle and lost CM's. I looked and felt so much better. I flipped a tyre that was almost bigger than me, Skipped for the first time in 40 years, discovered I love to box and had lots of fun doing it. I found that I MADE time in my schedule to go to sessions and at no point felt under pressure to attend, I wanted to be there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to exercise and have fun doing it. The results speak for themselves. Thank you so much. 

Nick's Story

For over the past 10-15 years, I go through periods of wanting to be fitter and healthier but found it boring and lonely going to the gym and I unsure if I was exercising correctly and never saw any real improvements. Then 2 years ago, I had a serious tear in my meniscus (knee cartilage) which required an operation, this stopped me exercising totally and the weight piled on and I was concerned about restarting and further injure my knee.

I had become the heaviest I have ever been, it seemed that with each passing year I collected another 1 or 2 kg and I started to wheeze after walking up a couple of flight stairs. I worried about causing further damage to my knee, so had concerns about selecting the right activity for me but knowing that I had to make changes to my lifestyle and put in the physical effort. 

 

I knew that I needed to feel that I was in a safe pair of hands when I started exercising again and want to be trained by someone with a lot of experience and expertise. I realised that one of the reasons I didn’t always enjoy going to the gym was the feeling of isolation, even when in a room with 50 odd people training away on their own. I realised for me that I needed to do a group fitness program for the variety it offered, the camaraderie of working out with other people together, plus the support and motivation.

I saw some of Mark’s posts and videos across social media and knew that the right time was now, and Evolve’s 8 week challenge was the perfect platform for me to jump start my healthier life.  I have a busy work/life balance and travel a lot for work, but because of the spread of sessions across the week and various timings, even I found sessions that worked for me.

 

Every session is different routine, so that keeps it interesting, challenging and no one is shouting at you or trying to break you. Mark also provides brilliant easy-to-follow recipes on his website and great nutritional advice too. Motivation comes from trying to become a fitter you and working out alongside very welcoming and friendly people.... even in the rain! 

 

In just 8 short weeks, I have dropped over 4.5kg in weight, 7cm (2.5in) from my chest, 14cm (5in) from my waist and have just signed up to do my 1st 5k obstacle race. I know that this is just the start for a better, fitter life and I’m glad that I made the jump.

2nd place - April 2018 Challenge

8 Week Challenge results

Chest –7cm. 

Waist –14cm. 

Hips –2.5cm.

Weight -4.5kg

Alison's Story

I have lived with chronic fatigue for 17 years, diagnosed at the age of 19 and spent many years pushing myself to get on with it, constantly feeling exhausted and not really getting any support from the doctor. I had kinda resigned myself to the fact that I was going to be limited in what I could do for the rest of my life and was scared to try anything new in case I made myself worse. I have a horse and would still ride him, but as I knew my limits, I was in my comfort zone and didn’t think I could do anything else. Chronic fatigue is a very unknown illness, the medical profession don’t know much about it and there is no test to say that is definitely what it is, you get given the diagnosis if they rule out everything else. Some people never recover, some people fluctuate through good and bad periods and then there is me, as long as I listen to what my body is telling me, I can lead a relatively normal life (it can be frustrating at times!).

My partner got in to walking, it started just him and his mate going out for walks, it then developed to them walking up Snowdon and then progressed the climbing more mountains, walking across the Isle Of White and then walking ultra challenges. He had made more friends along the way and wanted to share his experiences with me, but I always said no to the bigger stuff, not because I didn’t want to go, but because I physically couldn’t. At this time I’d also started experiencing a lot of aches and pains and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, this condition is linked to chronic fatigue and again not much is known about it.

I eventually got fed up with not being able to join in or if I did, I’d feel awful after. I was also fed up that my main passion, my horse and riding, made me hurt and that I was effecting the way my horse was moving when I rode him, I wanted better for him, he’s a very honest horse and I didn’t want to be this big heavy lump that he had to carry around on his back. I wanted to be fitter and stronger, so I could hold myself in a better position when riding and make it easier for him to move underneath me.

I’d already research a lot about chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia and had slowly made changes to my diet, mainly just trying to cut out as much processed foods as possible and eating a bit more of a balanced diet. They say exercise helps Fibromyalgia, but can hinder chronic fatigue. At this point exercise was the one thing I was avoiding.

One of our mutual walking friends then announce she was going to walk Snowdon for her birthday and my partner really wanted me to go. She’d suggested it in Oct 2018 and we were going to do it in May 2019, plenty of time to get me fit! I was out walking with my partner most weekends and wasn’t really improving much and still wasn’t getting anywhere with horse riding either. I then walked up Pen Y Fan with my other half in at the end of March 2019, he took me up the harder route and god knows how many times I stopped, but I made it to the top. It was when I got home that I contacted Mark. I needed and wanted to get fitter and stronger and I had heard of Bootcamp through my partners friend, as he was Mark’s brother. It was something different and something I thought I’d enjoy. I also knew I’d never get up Snowdon without a little extra help.

I was worried when I joined about overdoing it and exhausting myself. I can exercise, but take longer to recover, so I needed to work out the rest periods and listen to my body. 

I was also worried about joining a group that had people already established in it. Exercise classes I had gone to previously always had clicky groups.

The first few sessions were hard, I’d get about 10/15 min in and think I can’t do this, but somehow I’d push through and before I knew it the session was done. It was also nice to look up and see others finding it tough. Everyone is so friendly and even the more established members support the new members. I look forward to the sessions. 

My body shape has started to change, I am building more muscle. I feel stronger. I do still have my exhausted days, but they are less and I just have to listen to what my body is telling me. I can jump my legs in and out when doing a Burpee now, instead of stepping my legs in and out. I feel fitter and stronger when riding my horse, he doesn’t have to carry a heavy lump around as much now and we are getting better results. I also made it up Snowdon and had a happy cry when I made it to the top. I also feel if you put your mind to something and have people around you giving you support and encouragement, you will succeed.

 

3rd place - April 2019 Challenge

8 Week Challenge results

Chest –7cm. 

Waist –9cm. 

Hips –6cm.

Body Fat -4.2%

Kelly's Story

I had not been happy with my weight or fitness for a long time and always tried to go to the gym but didn’t stick it out, then one day I was scrolling through Facebook and noticed someone was looking for a fitness class and Evolve was one of the recommendations, I went on the website and found they were doing an 8 week challenge so then and there I signed up.

My main fear in joining was that my fitness level was poor and I was not sure I could do it. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself or fail again at another fitness mission.

The process of joining evolve has been brilliant, on my very first class I was warmly greeted and made to feel very welcome. Every class I have attended has been different and fun. All members are so very supportive and give very helpful advice on how to help. The website members area has been brilliant and helps me plan my workouts and nutrition have been invaluable. Mark is always on hand for some encouragement and advice when i'm not doing things quite right. My whole lifestyle has changed as a result of Evolve, my journey is only just beginning, and I am so excited to see more results in the coming year. I would recommend Evolve to anyone who wants to get fit with a great bunch of people

Since joining Bootcamp I have found my fitness has greatly improved, previously the warm up was a challenge now I can get through that and challenge myself on each class. My heart rate has dropped to healthier levels. During the eight weeks I have dropped a dress size and feel so much better in myself. I have had so many comments about my new appearance which just keeps spurring me on to make more and more improvements.

Winner - April 2019 Challenge

8 Week Challenge results

Chest –5cm. 

Waist –20.5cm. 

Hips –9cm.

Sophie's Story

I just bought a bikini!!….

I was never a sporty person but in my twenties I became a regular gym goer which was fine, until I sustained a knee injury and early onset arthritis.  I had to stop all impact exercises, but I found gym equipment and classes too restrictive so I stopped through frustration. I had my first son in 2013 and the stress/exhaustion of balancing a full time job, poorly baby and home life meant I never did lose the last stone of baby weight.  I had my second son in May 2018 and my body was unrecognisable.

By December 2018 I had lost all the weight that I could through diet and walking, it was time to find a form of exercise that would suit my physical restrictions and hopefully be fun….welcome Mark into my life!

Never in a million years did I think Bootcamp would be for me, I was worried I’d get shouted at for not being able to do certain exercises or I’d get in other peoples way.  However I couldn’t have been more wrong – Mark manages to tailor the workouts to suit all different individual needs and the other Bootcampers are super supportive.

I think the thing I love most is how easily you can fit the classes into your day, there are plenty of sessions through the week at different times of the day.  It doesn’t feel like one more thing I have to try and fit into a busy day, it just works. 

The above photos are taken exactly one year apart and I was somewhere in between when I started Bootcamp, after just 5 months of training I’m back to how I was before I had a baby.

 

Chest –7cm. 

Waist –15cm. 

Hips –16cm.


…....with a few more months and with Mark’s help I’m confident the headline will read “I just wore a bikini”

Julia's Story

“Back in November last year (2018), I was approaching 50, and decided to finally do something to improve my fitness, and lose weight. An Evolve post for a six week Christmas challenge popped up on my Facebook page and I thought I could probably manage to commit for that amount of time and see what happened. I signed up and Mark called me straightaway – before I changed my mind 😊

I have never really exercised before, apart from the odd few days at gyms before I quit going, and I was really worried that I would be the most unfit person there, and wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else. I also didn’t really know where I would find the time to go with work and everything else, but my family have been super supportive to the point where my daughter comes along to Bootcamp with me too.

Well I needn’t have worried as much as I did. Everyone at bootcamp was really supportive and encouraging. Mark is really patient, explaining all the exercises as we went along, and finding alternatives to suit my very bad fitness levels. There are so many different times of bootcamps that I have managed to fit in 3 or 4 a week – who knew I could find that much spare time! I actually now enjoy it and look forward to going – never thought I would say that about exercise 😊

So I have been going now for almost 5 months and I still have a long way to go, so I am in it for the long haul, but since I have joined, I have lost over a stone, I have lost 33cm in total (11cm off chest, 11cm off waist and 11cm off hips), and more importantly I feel fitter, stronger, and like I have achieved something.

Last week I completed my first Obstacle Course Race – only 5K, but not bad for someone who would never have even run for a bus before! I have attached before and “in progress” photos – I don’t want to call them after because I am definitely not done yet" 😊

Louise T's Story

“I had only been living in Fairlands for a few months when I found an Evolve flyer had been put through my letter box. I had been going to classes at a local gym but they were getting a bit repetitive and I hadn’t been enjoying them that much. I have always enjoyed being active but found this harder once I switched to a desk job 6 years ago..

I have always struggled with my confidence and suffer with anxiety so going to a new class on my own was really daunting for me. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about and after a year and a half I think I can safely say I’m totally hooked. Mark is a great support and I’ve made long life friends whilst getting fit and having fun. There’s a real community feel about the group which is great.

 

Since joining, I’ve taken part in three obstacle courses and plan to do another two this year, something I never thought I’d be able to achieve. I’ve lost weight and I’m fitter and healthier than I’ve ever been. I couldn’t have done it without you Mark, so thank you."

Louise B's Story

“I have always enjoyed being active but felt like I wanted to find something new to try. I had some wobbly bits I wanted to improve and everything else I had tried hadn't made any difference. A friend of mine had been to Evolve Bootcamps and recommended I try them as she was really enjoying them. I am very pleased she did.

I started by going to a trial session, I was worried about finding the time to fit enough sessions in. I have 2 young children and a job and I struggled to attend an old exercise class I had been trying to go to once a week, so I wasn't sure I would be able to commit to it. I loved the trial session and as there are so many options for joining I decided I would try it for a month to see if I found the time and motivation to go. I did.

The sessions are amazing and so varied. I attend both Boxercise and Bootcamp classes, and since I have joined I have managed to fit in nearly 3 sessions every week. I love it and hate the idea of missing it. With so many sessions in one week it is almost impossible to not find the time, I never thought all these months later I would still jump out of bed at 5.40am to start exercising at 6, even in sub zero temperatures. The sessions are really tough, but it is a great group of supportive and fun people who attend, we are all different shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels but everyone fits in. Mark does a brilliant and fun job of motivating us all whilst helping us reach our goals.

Since I started the wobbly bits have started to wobble less and I am more toned than I have ever been! Even my husband has commented frequently that this is the only exercise regime that has made a difference to my body shape. I was already in a healthy weight range when I started so I didn't know what to expect but I am really happy with the results. I have hugely improved my fitness levels ( I can now actually do a full push up, maybe even 10 in a row), my clothes fit better and I have lost 10cm around my waist and 4cm around my chest."

Divya's Story

“I was looking to increase my fitness levels and tone up. At the time before joining, I was doing mainly dance cardio style exercise and although I felt fit from these classes, I wanted to give myself more of a fitness goal, which I feel was lacking from my regime before joining Evolve.

My greatest fear was that I would not be able to achieve results and that my desired fitness and toning related goals would never be reached.

Starting with the workouts at each session, the best thing about them is that they are not repetitive and they workout the entire body in some way. They are challenging and they are created in a non-restrictive manner such that each session can be tailored to every individual’s need. For example, if I need to push myself in weights, the session allows me to do this without the need for personally created sessions. It’s an incredibly supportive group and at the end of the day, we all are there to enjoy ourselves as well as achieve our own personal goals.

 

The best thing about the sessions are that they are non-competitive in that the only competition is the personal one we have with ourselves. Nothing is forced and everyone helps each other, which makes every session fun.

I never thought I would be able to run in any race, but I have since completed a 5km Muscle Acre obstacle course race, a 15km Rough Runner obstacle course race and a 12 km Muscle Acre obstacle course race. Each of these were completed in a set target time, which still amazes me as I am not a runner by any means.

 

My strength has drastically improved from being able to only lift 3kg weights to now working with 15kg and 20kg. My diet has naturally changed as I feel like eating healthier and naturally choose healthy options because I fully believe training makes your body crave healthier foods.

 

My body has toned up more, and I generally feel stronger and feel more confident from these sessions. Plus, personally I am literally able to see results in my body shape when I attend these sessions regularly. This in itself is a big confidence boost."

Keely's Story

“I had recently had a baby and very keen to get back into shape and get training again. I received one of the flyers through my door and sent Mark an email. He was very welcoming and helped adapt the early sessions when I was 9 weeks postpartum and since then my confidence with my body and what I can achieve have grown.

Evolve has worked so well for me as it’s less than 5 minutes from where I live. With a young baby and working dad, it meant I could train at 6am before my husband had to leave for work. Since returning to work myself, I have continued to train in the mornings and it works incredibly well.

Having played international sport for many years, I have trained in some competitive environments but what I have really enjoyed about the Evolve bootcamps is that whilst everyone is focused and working at their own level to push themselves, the sessions have a friendly and ‘relaxed’ feel. I find that very refreshing. 

I have now lost all my baby weight and have made it back on the lacrosse pitch. I have also improved my mental health, as having not trained since the later stages of pregnancy until 9 weeks postpartum it has help me feel more like myself and get back my identity.

 

Thank you Mark!"

Kirsty's Story Part 2

Karen's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -3.5cm

Waist -9.5cm

Hips -4.5cm

“I have been a member of many different gyms but always felt so intimidated and never felt I was achieving my goals.

Due to doing various 10k’s, half marathons and in 2012 I did the Brighton Marathon to say I have achieved this goal in my life, so I have a certain fitness level but was looking for something different as I was getting fed up with doing the same thing every week and I needed to do more strength based work. In the meantime I have now taken up road cycling but I still run once a week with friends as a bit of a social run.

I remember that a leaflet was put through the letterbox from Evolve Bootcamps, I didn’t think anything of it straightaway, but then looked at it again and decided to send an email as I noticed it was local and it was doing the strength work I needed. To my surprise I got a reply back that evening so decided to go along for a trial session.

On my first session I was very apprehensive due to being very shy, but as soon as I got there I was made to feel very welcome by Mark and everyone was so friendly. After only 2 sessions I was totally hooked and thoroughly enjoyed it so I signed up for the 8 week challenge. Mark advised me not to worry about what the scales say just take measurements and photos which I did and I have lost a total of 3.5cm from my chest, 9.5cm on my waist and 4.5cm on the hips. I have also made new friends. By doing the bootcamps it has helped with my road cycling as I now have more strength in my legs which has improved my hill speed and overall times.”

Debbie's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -2cm

Waist -8.5cm

Hips -5.5cm

After many years of saying I must do more exercise, a friend signed me up for Evolve Bootcamp in Fairlands. Historically I have kept myself fairly fit and after a 30 year public service career have now been retired for 9 years and am well on the way to reaching my 60th Birthday. I was feeling very lethargic and a substantial amount of ” chubb” had started to appear.
 

I was worried that I would be too old to do a Bootcamp but was assured by Mark that Bootcamps are for all. And indeed they are!! The first session was extremely hard but everyone was so encouraging, helpful and friendly that I didn’t even mind having an extremely stiff body the following morning. I signed up for the 8 Week Challenge and after attending 3 sessions a week, by the end of week 2 I had already lost 3.5cms off my waist. I was sleeping better and felt more energised. This spurred me into healthier food choices but actually I didn’t feel the urge to snack anymore. In a nutshell “I have got my MOJO back!!”.

 

The sessions are always challenging and varied and never boring. There is a very good social atmosphere and training in a group has inspired me to put extra effort in, which I never felt I did in a gym setting. I always look forward to the next session. I am amazed at what I have managed to achieve in a relatively short space of time and as well as losing inches I have also lost 12lbs in 8 weeks. So basically, if you want to get your MOJO back through exercise in a friendly atmosphere with lovely people get yourself down to EVOLVE and remember “ you are never too old to do Bootcamp “

Angela's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -11cm

Waist -6cm

Hips -2.5cm

I had already managed to lose weight following a diet plan. I knew I needed to exercise but could never find anything I enjoyed long enough to stick at. I would go to the gym because I needed to not because I wanted to. I saw an ad on Facebook for the 8 week body challenge, I had 10 weeks until I was going on holiday, so I thought I would give it a go.

I had a few reservations before starting, my fitness levels were not the best and I would always give up too easily if I thought things were to hard. I imagined everyone would be fitter and better than me and that I would not be able to keep up. The first session was hard work but so much fun, Mark takes the time to talk through each exercise and offers variations and alternatives depending on each individuals fitness level or ability.

The Bootcamp group are all really friendly and supportive, there is no judgement about who can or cannot do what. Everyone works at their own pace and Mark gives the extra push when needed.

Since starting the challenge I can honestly say I am enjoying exercise!! I am a lot stronger than I ever believed I could be, (I can even flip the big tyre now too!!) I have lost 19.5cm across my 3 measurements which I am amazed at and I've even dropped an extra 6 lbs in just 8 weeks. The difference in my before and after pictures is definitely noticeable.

Polly's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -5cm

Waist -17cm

Hips -11cm

I had already begun my fitness and healthy living lifestyle two months prior to joining Evolve. I was going to the gym 4 times a week; pounding the same treadmill, listening to the same music and staring at the same 4 walls. Eventually, my love affair with adrenalin and endorphins wasn’t enough to keep to the same mundane routine every week. I was unhappy with how tired I was every day. I wanted the girl in the mirror to be someone I was proud of. More than that, I craved a community to share my experience with. In comes Evolve! My commitment and motivation has never been more consistent since I found my fitness family.

A couple of years ago, I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament and had a reconstructive graft on my knee. Since then, I’ve had pain and more limited use in my right leg. I was extremely apprehensive about my capabilities and concerned that I wouldn’t be able to join in with half the activities planned. Mark has been there to support me from the beginning. He has been very understanding of my injury and has tailored specific exercises to my capabilities.

Mark is just great. Every time I tell someone that I participate in a Bootcamp, they all grimace and imagine an hour of being screamed at and forced to do ‘just one more press up’. The beauty of Evolve is that there is a lot of self-motivation. Mark is there to gently encourage, prompt and correct your form. His approach is so supportive that you want to do well for yourself. Working out alongside a team of men and women from all different walks of life, shapes and sizes, there is no reason to be intimidated by the concept of Bootcamp. I always leave with a smile.

Everyday life is so much easier. Little things like getting in and out of the car, climbing the stairs and rushing to appointments are no longer a strain. I have lost 17cm from my waist, successfully completed a fitness test for my dream job and signed up for my first 6km race. My confidence has improved and I feel like a completely new woman.

Lauren's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -6cm

Waist -8cm

Hips -10cm

After years of yo-yo dieting and joining and leaving more gyms that I care to count, my weight kept creeping up and my fitness levels got substantially worse. I needed to do something but didn’t know what. With the mail one evening was Mark’s flyer about the 8 week transformation challenge, I had always liked the idea of trying a Bootcamp but was terrified of being the slowest / unfittest one there. I took a look at Mark’s website and really liked his positive approach and reading through the testimonials thought that I could give it a go.

I was really nervous at first, my fitness levels were terrible and I was embarrassed about my weight. I shouldn’t have worried, everyone was so welcoming and friendly. The first session was hard but afterwards I really felt like I had achieved something so signed up for the 8 week challenge.

8 weeks in and I am hooked! Bootcamp is just brilliant, I love it and try to get to as many sessions as I can (about 4 a week). The sessions are varied, hard work, sociable and great fun. Mark is really encouraging and supportive, suggesting alternative exercises if there was something I felt I couldn’t do to begin with, correcting technique and encouraging me to work a bit harder as my fitness levels improved. Completing a weekly food diary and getting Mark’s advice on where to improve my food choices was really helpful. The social side of Bootcamp is great too, everyone has different fitness levels
and different goals, but everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other, it’s very motivating.

I am amazed and delighted at how different I look and feel in just 8 weeks, where do I start - I feel so much fitter and stronger, definitely more confident, more flexible, sleeping better, with better nutrition I am no longer craving sugary treats and I am losing weight, 6kg so far. I still have a way to go to reach my goals, but I am thoroughly enjoying the Bootcamp journey to a fitter and healthier me. I would definitely recommend Evolve bootcamps to anyone wanting give it a go.

NATALIE'S STORY

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -5cm

Waist -6cm

Hips -5cm

I have been on a fitness / weight loss journey for over 1.5 years as I was getting married in August 2017. I struggled to lose the weight for the wedding, but managed to get down to my ideal weight using all different diets under the sun including Juice Plus, No carbs, Body coach, grapefruit diet, the list goes on…. I was literally trying everything and getting fed up with little results and the weight coming back on quickly. Anyway, I got down to the weight I wanted, but as I did it in such a hap hazard way, within 4 months after the wedding I piled it all back on and more. I was sick of dieting and struggled to keep motivated doing HIIT at home when the “big day” was over.

I had no reservations at all (in joining up), in fact I was annoyed that I hadn’t found out about these Bootcamp sessions before the wedding as I am certain I would have reached my goals with less stress and not put it all back on again. I absolutely love the sessions, they are all different and even if you go with no energy you are full of it by the end. They are challenging but fun, it’s a great group of people. There are so many different times for sessions, it’s hard to find an excuse not to go.

I have lost a fair amount of cm, I feel much stronger and leaner and have much more energy. I have only lost a pound on the scales though, which would have bothered me in my pre-wedding days, but now I realise the weight makes absolutely no difference, what matters is inches. I couldn’t get into one of my dresses at the beginning of this 8 weeks, now it fits perfectly, I couldn’t believe it with no drop on the scales.


With the results I have had in 8 weeks I’m really motivated to go on and make this more of a lifestyle for me. I have a very active social life which means that I do have more alcohol than I should and eat out a lot, which obviously slows down results a bit. However knowing that I can get to where I want to be, without compromising too much on what I enjoy and just keeping the momentum going with Bootcamps makes me a happy “camper”.

Jennie's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -12cm

Waist -11cm

Hips -5cm

I have been weight training in the gym for over two years, and whilst seeing some strength gains I feared my training was ineffective. I was seeing no results or changes in my body shape and I was slowly losing motivation. Despite going to the gym 3 times a week I was still unhappy with how I looked and with my fitness levels. While I was able to lift some weight, running even a short distance would leave me unable to catch my breath and needing a long time to recover.

I have always had a fear of group exercise sessions. Thinking I would be the least fit person there and people would be watching what I was doing and judging my efforts. I could not have been more wrong!

Mark and the other Bootcampers have made me feel so welcome and everyone encourages you to do the best you can. Everyone is at different stages of their fitness journey and the group is so well tailored to everyone. They are also such a sociable bunch, its not always all about the fitness!

I have lost inches from various parts of my body and the photos speak volumes. Yes I have also lost weight however not focusing on this throughout the challenge has been so refreshing. I also now feel fit enough to do an obstacle run, something I would have scoffed at only months ago. I feel more confident than I ever have.

Shireen's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -3cm

Waist -5cm

Hips -6cm

I have always struggled with my fitness. The thought of going to the gym really didn’t appeal to me but being fit and healthy did. I tried so many exercise classes, running, yoga, dance, you name it I tried it but nothing stuck until the day Evolve put a leaflet through my door. I remember it being Easter Monday and I had enjoyed a few days of chocolate and junk food and wasn’t feeling really great. I saw the leaflet and thought what have I got to lose. I emailed Mark that very moment to make sure I didn’t back out and booked my first session.

Anyone who knows me will know that going to an exercise class/Bootcamp on my own is completely out of my comfort zone, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I felt anxious walking to my first session but as soon as I got there I felt at ease. I have never known an instructor to be so welcoming and encouraging. The Bootcamp team are amazing too. Everyone is so friendly, caring and encourage you every step of the way – no judgement!

I can honestly say I love going to bootcamp and it didn’t take me long to feel like this. Why wouldn’t you love working out with great people and seeing amazing results?! To start with my fitness level was relatively low but within a short space of time I could see that I was making great progress, both physically, mentally and within my fitness levels.

I have always been driven by the number on the scales, which was starting to become an obsession. During my 8-week challenge, Mark didn’t care about my weight and told me to focus on measurements and photos which was the best thing. I lost a total of 3cm on my chest, 5cm on my waist and 6cm on my hips and the difference I can see in my photos are so motivating. If I can achieve that in just 8 weeks, what could I achieve in 8 months. Finally, I can say I enjoy exercising and an extra bonus of having made some great new friends in my local area.

 

If you are thinking about joining, do it! Don’t wait and sign up for your free trial week, you wont look back….see you at Bootcamp! 😊

Jenny's Story

Progress photo's and measurements achieved on Evolve's 8 Week Summer Body Challenge.

Chest -8cm

Waist -7cm

Hips -8cm

I was feeling rubbish about my weight and how I looked and felt in myself and knew that I needed to do something about it. I had previously tried a well known diet club, but I grew tired of it and knew that I needed to move as well as watch what I was eating. I happened to come across a video of a friend and fellow Bootcamper performing tyre flips and I thought it looked like fun and something a bit different to the ‘norm' so investigated the website and contacted Mark.


My first session I was super nervous as my fitness levels were on the floor and I was worried that others would be so much better and fitter than me, however Mark showed me each of the exercises we were doing and encouraged me to take breaks if it was getting a bit too much so I didn’t push myself too hard too fast.

 

No one batted an eyelid at my lack of fitness, as everyone was striving for the same thing and that only encouraged me more. I can honestly say that yes, I felt like I might give up at one point, but the Bootcamp bug bit me hard that night (even in the rain!) And as soon as I finished I wanted more as I really felt like I had achieved something!


I have never been one for exercising through my life but since joining Bootcamp I’ve been making sure I’ve completed 3 sessions a week, whether they’ve all been completed at the park or at home in my garden. I am genuinely amazed at myself that I have actually wanted to do That! The workouts are fun, challenging and extremely rewarding, especially if you’re pushing yourself to get to the end of something and then have others around you spurring you on. I love having so many people that I look forward to buddying up with at the sessions and can give each other the extra push when we need it, or hide the weight we really picked from Mark when he’s not looking (joke! we wouldn’t dare! ;) )


Since I joined 8 weeks ago, the difference in my ability, stamina, strength and body shape has changed hugely. I'm still a ‘work in progress’ but I’ve found something I enjoy so much I know that I will keep going and will always feel a sense of achievement after a session as I carry on this journey. It’s also made a real difference to my state of mind having a few hours a week to go out and do something that’s just for me! I’ve even signed up for my first Obstacle Course Race in July!


If anyone was thinking of trying something new that might be a bit out of their comfort zone, I would highly highly recommend doing this. If I can do it, you definitely can!
 

Emily's Story

In December (2017) I moved to England from New Zealand and originally was seeking something social to meet new people. I have always struggled with my weight so it seemed fitting to look for something which would help me both lose weight and make friends. I can now happily say I have achieved both of those goals.

I have tried so many diets and fitness regimes that haven’t worked for me in the past so I was hesitant that boot camp would be any different. With the support of Mark and the rest of the group I have stayed motivated and I’m already hitting some of my long term health goals.

My biggest worry with starting boot camp was that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rest of the group. I now know that there are people of all fitness levels within the group and with the many variations that Mark gives, everyone can work at their own pace without feeling singled out. 

From day one I felt welcomed into the Evolve boot camp family. Believe it or not I look forward to boot camp and the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a hard class. I attend at least 3 sessions a week and have really enjoyed the supportive aspect of the group. Everyone is always pushing you to do your best and they keep your spirits up when you’re just having ‘one of those days.’

Since starting boot camp in January my clothes are fitting more comfortably, I am stronger than I’ve ever been and the accomplishments I have already made are giving me motivation to keep reaching my goals. I have lost 7kg’s since joining Evolve Boot camps and with the help of Mark, I hope I will lose many more in future!

Kirsty's Story

Around mid-2016, I took a real look at myself… I was about to become a mum to a 3yr old little girl. Was I happy with myself? If I wasn’t happy with myself, how was I going to make a happy family?

 

I’d joined a well-known gym a couple of years previously, which I’d potter down to 2 or 3 times a week, partake in a dance, fitness or spin class, have a little paddle in the pool and then head home for dinner. I loved it… well, did I? What I really loved was the concept of belonging to a gym, the cleanliness, fancy machines and luxurious soap in the showers that made me feel like I’d just left a spa! After years of no exercise I definitely felt a bit better, but I wasn’t seeing results. I was frustrated, but didn’t know where to turn… cue Evolve!

 

To cut a long story short, I initially went to Mark’s Evolve bootcamp to support my partner in her first attempt at group exercise. Rain, mud and a whole load of face-planting burpees, I was a million miles away from that sweet smelling shower gel… what was I doing?! Anyway, I did it. I left that first session slightly dazed, muddy, exhausted and sore, but I’d had a blast and I couldn’t wait to sign up for the next one. After that my fitness levels increased pretty quickly through my sessions with Evolve, however the weight-loss and strengthening have been arduous and slow. It’s coming, though, and I just think of myself as a work in progress.

 

With newfound confidence in my fitness levels, I signed up and completed the NUTS winter challenge in March 2017 (7km OCR over military-style obstacles), but that wasn’t enough… I was hooked. Apparently rolling around in mud can become addictive! Since then I’ve completed Muscle Acre twice, Run Forest Run and the Spartan Sprint all with the encouragement of Mark and everyone at Evolve. Next year I’ve already got my first couple of OCRs in the calendar and have a couple of biggies in the pipeline. Mark has one heck of a challenge getting me strong/fit enough for those.

 

Over the months, Mark taught me about doing the right combination of exercises, implementing the right technique and filling myself with the right fuel. It’s become, and still, a complete lifestyle change. Yes, I fall off the wagon more regularly than I’d like to, I eat chocolate, order takeaways and slob on the sofa on a Saturday night, but now I have the confidence to get back on it. The positive comments from people noticing the changes are an incentive to keep going, but it was never about inches or weight-loss for me, it was all about being happier in myself.

 

I cannot rate his bootcamps highly enough and encourage anyone thinking about joining to give it a go. They are geared or can be adapted to anyone’s level of fitness, well planned, tough, great value for money and are a right-good giggle.

Karen's Story

My family has a history of heart problems and diabetes so I decided I needed to reduce my risk by getting fit and losing weight. Also, my sister had a stroke when she was 40 – her weight was a contributing factor in this and I did not want to put myself at an increased risk of the same.

 

Taking the first step is difficult but the benefits are more than worth it. I worked with both Mark and Alan in a fitness centre. At first I was embarrassed and worried about going to the gym as there are lots of ‘skinny’ people who I thought would be judgemental of me. However, what I have realised is that you have to care more about yourself than what other people think of you!

 

Working with trainers pushed you to things that you didn’t think you could do. For me it also helped me commit to going to the gym regularly – I was much more likely to go if I had made an appointment to meet someone!

 

Working with Mark and Alan was fun – we all have a similar sense of humour and I work better if I have a bit of banter as I’m working out. They are also both very supportive and make you believe in yourself, pushing you to do things that you didn’t think possible. I came to realise that most of the time I could not do something was because my mind was telling me I can’t, even though my body was capable!

 

I lost 35kg in 10 months (I started at UK size 20; I am currently a size 10) and I managed to complete my first 5km run within a few months of working with Mark! I feel fitter and will now do things that I would not have contemplated doing before – I went on a kayaking holiday in the Arctic at the end of my first year with Mark and Alan. I have much more confidence as well.

 

For me the process is ongoing: I have never viewed what I am doing as a diet and exercise program – it is a lifestyle change. I still go to the gym 5 times a week (3 days with a trainer) and I still eat healthily. Sometimes I fall off the wagon but I don’t beat myself up about it.

Beth's Story

I have battled with my weight and yo-yo dieted for most of my adult life. Being overweight affects everything. I lost my own sense of identity and hated the person looking back at me in the mirror. Zero energy levels made me sluggish and unmotivated, which led to me feeling down and back into the vicious cycle of over-eating followed by fad dieting.

 

I had major reservations when it came to taking the steps towards contacting Mark. The thought of going to a gym filled me with dread. I was full of preconceptions of the gym, thinking it was only for super fit slim people. I was wrong. I was also very aware of just how unfit I was and worried about being unable to do anything at all. Even taking the steps to buying a ‘gym kit’ was a massive move for me.

 

My first consultation was painless. An introduction with Mark and a tour around the gym. I was also given nutritional advice and talked about general physical history. After the initial meeting, I left feeling very positive and rather proud of myself for taking the leap. Workin with Mark has been a key to my continuation. He constantly changes routines, keeping it fun yet challenging.

 

Mark is mindful that I suffer with spine problems and tailors all of my workouts around that. He also offers a lot of support in the gym, always motivating and makes you believe that “I can” instead of “I can’t”. He is always available to answer questions on nutrition etc too, which was needed in the first week or so. Since I started my journey (8 weeks ago) I have lost 21 lbs. I’m feeling healthier, my confidence is growing, I eat better, I drink less alcohol, I have dropped a dress size, I sleep better, I have more energy, I’m less grumpy, I haven’t had the need for painkillers for my back problem and I ENJOY the gym… HAPPY DAYS!

 

I still haven’t reached my overall goal but will continue to work hard until I get there. I have proved to myself what I’m capable of and I know I CAN do it.

Emma's Story

The reason I joined Bootcamps primarily was to get fit and lose weight as I felt like I was being really lazy during the week. I was also interested in the social side of it, meeting new people that were not in the same line of work as me.

 

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others in the group as my fitness wasn’t great to start off with. Having the different options for exercises is great as it gave me confidence while I was building up to the harder exercises.

 

It is really great! All of the trainers are so supportive and helpful. I know I can ask any of them for advice on diet or exercise and they will be more than happy to spend as much time as is needed explaining things. Even though it is a bootcamp with lots of others in the group, it feels more like personal training with the individual support that is offered.

 

When I first started the bootcamps I did not take measurements or weigh myself. I definitely felt a difference in my clothes and my overall fitness improved massively. Then during the transformation challenge I lost about 4kg, 8cm around my waist and 4cm on chest and 4cm on hips. I was delighted! I have also changed my eating habits as a result of the food diary and it has given me much more energy.

Lynne's Story

I felt fat and bloated. My clothes were starting to feel tight. After a poor attempt to join the gym the previous year, with no help or guidance, I decided if I was to exercise, I would need the help of a trainer. Someone who could tell me what I should be doing, when and how.

 

The main fear for me was that I had never really exercised properly in my life. I was completely embarrassed of my own fitness level. I could have used money as an excuse, but how could I when I was spending on average 50dhs (£10) per day on takeaway food??? No excuse…

 

On my first PT session with Mark it was clear how unfit I was, however he made me feel that it was okay, and quite normal for a first time session not to go perfectly. He made me feel at ease and gave me an exercise plan to suit me.

 

Mark is not only helpful when he’s with you, but also takes time to answer any questions on the group chat or by email. He encourages you, particularly at boot camp. He never lets you slack off. If he knows you can make an excuse a bit more difficult, then he will encourage you to do so. In the same breath, if you need a rest or a break, he doesn’t make you feel bad about that either.

 

I had never considered boot camp before. I was embarrassed enough having to watch myself struggle in the gym alone, let alone in front of everyone else. However, after the first visit I was hooked. Everyone is at different levels and everyone has different strengths, so there’s no need to worry. Every session is different and fun. I believe you work harder when there are others around.

 

Since working out I have dropped one dress size. I never weighed myself to begin with as I just wanted to feel good. I have definitely lost inches and am more toned. I notice it particularly on my arms, shoulders and waist. I am exercising 3-4 times a week. After the first few sessions I was feeling pain in muscles I never knew existed, but that eases off. Now after a session it just feels good.

 

I feel like my whole lifestyle has changed. I make different choices now, for example, when I used to have a cheat day I would eat badly all day. Now my cheat will be one meal in that day, and it makes it more enjoyable. Even when I call Nando’s now, I swap the chips and coleslaw for a salad.

Alexandria's Story

I have always exercised and have attended the bootcamps for a few months now but I still wasn’t happy with my weight and the way I looked and needed the extra motivation and help with the healthy eating plan to achieve my goals.

 

My main worry about the challenge was sticking to the diet, I had tried an eating plan previously that was recommended to me by a personal trainer however I only lasted 3 days as there are always so many things going on with birthday meals, brunches and nights out. I was worried that I would cave and go back to the way I was eating before the challenge and I wouldn’t get the results I wanted.

 

I have always enjoyed the bootcamp sessions; the workouts are always fun and varied. You never know what you are going to be doing when turning up for a workout so you never get bored. All the trainers have been very supportive and always asking about my progress and offering tips and advice when it comes to following the diet.

 

From taking part in the challenge I have lost 4 kilos, 9cm from my hips, 5cm from my waist and 5cm from my chest. My clothes are now fitting a lot better if not a little loose and I feel much happier with the way I look. I also feel a lot healthier which is motivating me not to go back to my old eating habits and will continue to follow eating a healthier diet and attending bootcamps.

Ashlene's Story

I decided to join the Bootcamps around 4 months after I had my second baby. I saw it advertised in a Mums Facebook group and thought I would give it a try as I was looking to tone up and also to find some form of stress relief and ‘me time’.

 

It was a little daunting going to my first one as I wasn’t really someone who had done much exercise in the past and was worried about how unfit I would be compared to everyone else but everyone was so friendly and I really enjoyed it. I decided to undertake the Transformation Challenge with Mark. I attended Bootcamp 4 nights a week along with keeping a food diary of everything I ate and then Mark talked me through where he felt I needed to make changes to meet my goals. It was a really positive experience and seeing the change in my body as a result of the training and diet plan really spurred me on.

 

The whole experience has been excellent. The trainers are very approachable as well as supportive. The Bootcamps are really good fun and so are the social events that are run monthly! Everyone gets on really well and encourages each other which I love. I definitely found my ‘me time’ with these guys and I couldn’t imagine not doing it now. I’m now currently working with one of their personal trainers, specifically for weight training and it is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. I feel the most confident I’ve ever felt. I would recommend these guys to anyone who wants to get fit in a fun, non intimidating environment.

Dana's Story

I had put on so much weight since I moved to Dubai and I felt fed up with myself. I needed to change my life around, so I decided to join the body transformation challenge. I knew I needed to ‘commit’ myself otherwise I wouldn’t continue, so the challenge was perfect for me.

 

I was a little frightened that the bootcampers were much fitter than me considering that I hadn’t exercised in a while so I worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up. However the sessions are suitable for beginners like me and options are given throughout the classes for those who are beginners and extra intensity options for the advanced participants.

 

I found bootcamp to be more social than going to the gym. I started knowing the faces of participants and we all encourage one another, it’s a fun atmosphere as you get familiar with all the faces. The trainers are very helpful and are willing to answer any questions regarding nutrition which is an added benefit.

 

During the challenge I dropped:

3.5kg | 6.5cm from the waist | 5cm from the hips | 8cm from the chest

 

In addition to the above, I must include that I have muscle spasm in my right shoulder from 7 years ago and I constantly needed to go for physiotherapy treatment. Since I started bootcamp the pain has reduced to almost nothing and I haven’t felt the need to visit the physio since.

C.W's Story

I was in no way ‘overweight’ but I felt changes in my lifestyle had me looking and feeling out of shape. I no longer looked like my 21 year old self and wanted to improve my fitness and body confidence.

 

I had always found exercising boring and I was worried I would give up straight away. I knew that if I wanted to see changes then exercise would have to become part of my lifestyle.

 

I really enjoyed Mark’s bootcamps, the best thing for an exercise hater like me was that it was right there in my school hall. I didn’t have to drag myself to a gym or to an exercise class. This helped me to get into routine and keep exercise as a regular feature. Another great thing about bootcamp is that you are doing it with your colleagues, this keeps you motivated and is also a great laugh.

 

 

I found it hard to see results at first so I was surprised when I took my measurements and I had lost a few inches off different parts of my body. I have now lost over half a stone and I feel much more confident in a bikini.

 

However the best thing about bootcamp was not just losing weight, I feel fitter than I ever have and I now enjoy exercising regularly. Working out is now part of my weekly routine and I have joined a gym and taken up running to keep me busy on the days I do not have bootcamps. I ran my first 10k race and I am currently training for a half marathon.  I have made positive changes to my diet and cannot thank Mark enough for putting me on the right path.

Payal's Story

This is the place for all the lazy ones out there (like me) who want bring about a change in how you feel and look but don’t know where to start.

 

Personally, Mark has been a game changer for me when I had totally given up on losing my post-baby weight gain. The transformation challenge truly pushed my boundaries (in a positive way) making me achieve things I never thought I could.

 

The fantastic dietary advice bring about an overall change in your lifestyle and he constantly motivates you to achieve more, I managed to drop 8kgs (17.6lbs) since I started eating and exercising with Mark.

 

This is the place guys! If I can then YOU can do it too.

 

Mark you’ll be missed in Dubai.

Lois' Story

I always like to try and keep fit and have been a member of various gyms and attended lots of different classes but I end up getting bored and stop going after a couple of months. I am a bridesmaid for a friend in the summer and wanted to change the ‘squeeze’ into the dress to a ‘comfortable fit’. I started attending Mark’s bootcamps to try something different.

 

I was nervous about joining as I’d heard that bootcamps were very challenging and I didn’t have a high level of fitness. I had also heard that instructors in bootcamps would shout in your face to make you work harder and that tactic doesn’t motivate me at all.

 

I was pleasantly surprised. The first bootcamp I went to was challenging for me, as I was out of shape, but it was really enjoyable. I found the activities varied and the hour flew by. I liked the fact that I could feel my muscles aching the next day too. I still find now that each bootcamp is different and I don’t feel bored by them. Going regularly, you see the same people and strike up friendships on a mutual interest of getting fit. It’s good to talk about food habits and exercise with the instructors as well as the fellow bootcampers. The trainers genuinely want you to succeed in your targets and are always on hand for exercise and diet advice.

 

 

I have seen a big change in my body. I lost 5cm on the waist, 3cm on the hips and 4cm on the chest during the challenge. I am definitely stronger and leaner than when I started. I can do more, and to a better standard in the sessions. I look forward to the bootcamps each week and want to continue to build on my current level of fitness.

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