Overcame injuries, avoided hip surgery.
Lost 6kg of fat, gained 3kg muscle, dropped 6cm from waist.
I moved to Leeds from Sheffield in 2017 after being offered a new job and I didn’t know a single person, but I was so excited about starting a new chapter of my life. Being a fitness fanatic, the first thing I did was look for a proper gym where I could restart my fitness journey in Leeds. It wasn’t easy though - none of the gyms I looked at met my standards. I had been very happy with my old gym and personal trainer in Sheffield and wondered if I would ever find something as good.
One of my colleagues recommended Primal Gym, so I decided to take their free week trial. I liked the atmosphere and decided to sign up for one-to-one personal training. My initial Coach Ollie was very knowledgeable and patient and I was enjoying my sessions with him, before I was hit by a big trauma...
I was diagnosed with a very rare condition in my left hip and was told I had to stop any kind of training, as well as driving and many other activities. I was told that if my condition deteriorated, I would have to have a hip joint replacement. To say that I was traumatised is an understatement. Being an active person my whole life - it hit me hard.
I'm also a Medical Doctor, so I've always strived to help people and end their suffering both mentally and physically, but I had never been on the receiving end of news like this. I had always followed a healthy diet and lifestyle and felt very grateful for my health and wellbeing.
However, I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and told myself that this was going to be one of those life lessons for me. I made a conscious decision that I wasn't going to give up and would find a solution to turn things around.
I sat down with Ollie for a very honest conversation and he kindly introduced me to Primal's owner, Darren, because of his speciality in rehabilitation and injuries. That was a life changer. I clearly remember our first conversation. I was in pain, my hip had been very sore all day and I was struggling to go to work. I told Darren that I didn’t want surgery - I wanted to get stronger and get through it. He said “don’t worry we will work this out together and you will be fine”.
This was was everything to me. Again as a doctor, I had always tried my best to reassure my patients and put their minds at ease so it was great to be on the receiving end of this kind of reassurance and I felt like I was in safe hands.
After a thorough assessment, Darren designed a workout plan for me, which mainly centered around rehab work to strengthen my glutes & take the pressure off my hip. Initially I was quite sceptical and I didn’t really enjoy the workouts as they were quite boring. But the more I did them, the more I saw the benefits.
Fast forward three months and had got rid of the pain in my hip and could feel the strength in my whole body, especially my left hip. In fact, in my next assessment, we realised that my left hip was actually getting even stronger than the right one, which was a miracle!
Since I couldn't do any of my regular cardio due to my hip condition, Darren recommended that I started boxing with him. I wasn’t a big fan of boxing at the time, but agreed to give it a go and my oh my! It was another life changer!
"I got rid of the pain in my hip and could feel the strength in my whole body, especially my left hip. In fact, in my next assessment, we realised that my left hip was actually getting even stronger than the right one, which was a miracle!"
I love learning, and the great thing about boxing is that there’s always a new technique to learn. It's a brain workout, as well as a physical workout, as you need to be super fast and make smart moves in a second.
In every session I feel like I'm in my element - in the "flow" state. As a result, I've found myself feeling more energetic and focused at work, plus it's strengthened my core and I've started to get defined lines on my belly, which is amazing!
I’m down 6kg in fat and have built 3kg of muscle. I've dropped 6cm from my waistline - I'm the slimmest I've ever been. I’ve got more defined arms and a more toned body in general. I’m constantly receiving compliments from my friends and colleagues and I am so grateful for that.
Primal has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve always been a positive person, but now I feel mentally and physically stronger, happier, more energetic and motivated. I am a better daughter, sister, friend and colleague and I'm able to give more & love more.
It's been a hell of a journey but Darren's patience, knowledge and wisdom are priceless and I am extremely grateful to have an amazing Coach like him!
Through this journey, I've got to know my body more and have more respect for it now. I know what works for me and what doesn't. If I ever experience pain, I don’t panic - instead I try to listen to my body, receive its message and act on it.
After two years I've even started taking part in the classes at Primal, which doesn't sound like a big deal, but previously would have been impossible with my hip injury. I used to watch everyone doing the classes while I was working through my rehab exercises, visualising that one day I’d be able to join in - and it happened!
"Primal has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve always been a positive person, but now I feel mentally and physically stronger, happier, more energetic and motivated. I am a better daughter, sister, friend and colleague and I'm able to give more & love more."
I would also like to thank Primal's Physio, Sheila, for all her knowledge, patience and support, and the lovely Claire, Ollie, Craig and all other Primal staff, who make it such an amazing place to be!
I see Primal as a beautiful community rather than just a gym - one I feel thrilled to be part of. All the members are striving towards learning and growing and becoming the best version of themselves. Wednesday evenings are now one of my favourite times of the week - I can’t get enough! Primal has a very special place in my heart and always will.
I am a strong believer that “nothing is impossible”. We are not defined by our injuries, nor the limitations dictated to us by others. There is no limit, no end. May all of us see the light and reconnect with our beautiful divine souls - it is through this that we can rediscover ourselves and create magic in every single moment of our lives.
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