What inspired you to join Western Sydney University Gym?
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and I needed a gym and personal trainer that was knowledgeable and skilled in rehabilitation. It was important to me to have a personal trainer that was able to work with my medical team and Dion had a very good reputation.
Also, there had been a positive change in management that was reported to wanting to return the gym back to welcoming the Hawkesbury community.
One other important factor for me and for other members of the community is the positive attitude to diversity at Western Sydney University Gym. For me personally it is the inclusive attitude towards LGBTI members of the community. This is a Safe Place.
What have you participated in at Western Sydney University Gym?
I have kept to my prescribed rehabilitation plan laid out by my medical team. Additional to this I have personal training, and the Roll n Release Class run by Jodie.
What have you achieved so far and how has it changed your life?
Wow! Great question. Obviously I have completed my first goal post surgery by running the Sydney Half Marathon on 17th March 2015 (that is five months post-surgery). Next are True Grit, Tough Bloke, and the City2Surf.
I have achieved much more than this though. When fighting cancer and the consequences of treatment you have to maintain a level of fitness both physically and mentally. With the support of my husband, my medical team, and the Team at Hawkesbury Gym I have been able to achieve this level of fitness. Even in those more challenging days when it gets a bit tough, the warm welcome and willingness to help by the staff here has been awesome. Thanks everyone.
What advice would you give to others looking to start their health and fitness journey?
If you have not exercised for a long time, or have a chronic condition it’s important to get a check-up with your GP to identify any limitations that may need to be considered in achieving your goals. Generally physical exercise can help physical conditions and promote a sense of overall wellbeing.
Then there is the goal setting. Make your goal(s) realistic, which means making it achievable. If your goal is weight loss, or you want to run 5 km, or whatever start small and build up. It won’t be long before you will see improvements. If you don’t know what your goal(s) is then be open about this. The team is going to encourage, support and respect you and not put you down or make you feel stupid.
When you are ready consider making a goal that will help others, such as walking, running, or cycling for charity, such as the Relay for Life, City2Surf and other events.
Most importantly have fun.