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Mandy | Is this gonna be like every other gym I’ve been to?

  • by David O' Connor
  • April 3, 2018

Similar to a lot of our Parents here at Doc Fitness, it was Mandy’s time to do something for ‘her’, and that’s when she found out about Doc Fitness…

What Kind of Position were you in before you started?

I am not a fan of looking at myself in mirrors, never been happy with the way I look & always felt like people were secretly judging my appearance.

I think you can have a picture in your head of how you think you look & then you see a photo of yourself &, in my case, just want to immediately delete it.

Before DOC, I was unfit, unmotivated & maybe felt like I’d lost myself a bit. Having 2 busy, young boys of nearly 3 & nearly 5 had made me feel like I’d lost a bit of “Mandy” because I was always being “Mammy”. And I know everyone has busy lives &/or kids etc. but, for me, it’s “my time”.

I’m part of a group of people or I’m on my own, working on a certain set of exercises & I’m doing it for me. As I write this I’m actually hiding at the top of the stairs from my 2 angels ? because I know they’d be looking for a drink/food/hug.

What was Holding you back from Joining (if anything)?

There was nothing holding me back.

I was raging I hadn’t known sooner that Doc Fitness was just up the road from me! I suppose, initially it goes back to the confidence thing & how I feel that people perceive me. But, there’s all shapes & sizes in DOC & it’s brilliant when you see someone’s progression.

What made you decide to try Doc Fitness?

The first time I saw Doc Fitness advertised was when I was Googling “gyms in Kilcolgan” & there it was.

My initial thought was “this is probably gonna cost an arm & a leg” but I filled in the form anyway & got a call back from one of the coaches at the time I wanted. He sounded enthusiastic but you’re still thinking “is this gonna be like every other gym I’ve been to?”

My first morning arrived & I rocked up to the gym. In I went & saw these 2 fine looking young fellas so that was a very good start. They introduced me to Claire, who was also starting, & we’re best buds ever since. I got starting photos taken & then we got started.

I honestly can’t remember much about that first session because I was so nervous/excited/scared maybe. The next day, I got a text from my coach to see how I was & my body was fecked!!

That was a year ago & I am so, so glad that I’ve come this far & still doing it. I’ve made great friends in DOC & the Christmas party was one of the best nights I’d had in so long. I was banjaxed the next day but it was great fun! There’s no ego’s in DOC & if you come in with one, it’ll be knocked out of you fairly lively!!

What are your Results like to date?

Currently; Weight wise, I’m not really losing, but maintaining. I’m loving my arm muscles & hubby is quite jealous that I could probably take him in a fight ?

The nutrition side is a bit of an ongoing thing for me. Truth is I love my food & I’m a divil for a good gorge. To be honest, I know the nutrition side is so important but I just love going to DOC so I probably need to work more on control when it comes to food.

(Claire (left) & Mandy (right) – our first ‘joint Ninja’s of the Month’ on June 17)

What 3 Biggest Areas of your Life has this Impacted?

Having the energy to play with the kids is number 1.

Me & Paul (hubby) have always said that we need to stay fit & healthy for the boys & we’re both more into our fitness these last few years than ever.

I’ve also realised that it has impacted the competitive side of me. I like to challenge myself to do certain things that previously I wouldn’t have been able to do. Races or even things at home like lifting a bag of coal or moving a heavy box etc.

(Mandy posting in her Private Members group after her first Women’s Adventure Race in 2017)

Another impact would be my confidence in the sense of speaking about what I do in DOC & how I’m getting on. I love telling people about Doc FItness…..I actually think I should be on commission ??

My work colleagues are probably sick of me banging on about it but I love telling anyone who will listen. And, my friends at work, are proud of me and how far I’ve come.

What’s your favourite thing about Doc Fitness?

The progress I’ve made. I never thought I’d be able to do a 40kg kettlebell RDL or lift anything relatively heavy-ish.

Last week, I said that I wanted to conquer the “gold” 48kg kettlebell & I did!! From day 1, I would have started with the 8kg & slowly but surely, I’ve progressed along the various weights.

Push-ups have been another favourite, starting from the bar to cross legs & now full push-ups from the floor. I get a buzz when I push myself to do one more or lift heavier. I could go on!! The Hex bar is another favourite & it’s been a great introduction into the weekly training.

Lastly, what would you say to someone who’s sitting on the Fence about Joining?

Don’t hesitate, just do it because it is a total life changer.

Obviously, you have to stick it out, make your 3 sessions or more, push yourself to do more & you will see results. I can honestly say I’ve never been stronger & while I’m still working on my body confidence, all I can do is just that…..keep working on it & keep doing this for me.


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David's passion lies in coaching you through the easiest path to losing weight, toning up & getting back the confidence that's been hiding for a while. Head Coach & Head of Nutrition at Doc Fitness, if you don't find him there, he's probably training, sipping coffee writing Nutrition articles or playing Hurling for Ballinderreen.