Client Profile - Elfriede
"If, many years ago, someone had told me that exercising, running and sweating were activities that I would come to enjoy and look forward to, I would have answered, ‘not in a million years’. I was and still am one of the slackest, laziest folk in Sydney.
I only started exercising when I turned fifty and realised that I had turned into that cliché; fifty, fat and physically unfit. I had health problems, but, more importantly, fat lady clothes were dull and expensive. So, I lost weight, 28 kilos in six months and started exercising. I had the best luck to land in an aqua aerobics class conducted by a smiling assassin I now know is Manal. The reasons I keep training, one on one and in group sessions with Manal is because it gives me so much.
Firstly, meeting a truly inspiring group of folk I’d never otherwise have met. These ladies, all facing the normal vicissitudes of life with grace and strength which is epitomised on chilly Monday morning group session at 5.45am. We all, more or less cheerfully, train our butts off. We may not arrive cheerful, but we leave cheerful.
I now have a lovely new vocabulary. I know words like fartlek, negative splits and even positive splits and so on.
All training sessions, and I’ve been coming for over ten years now, are conducted with respect for all participants’ fitness levels and fitness goals. This supportive non-judgmental ethos is fostered by the lovely Manal. Manal has also managed to never once having repeated a training session. They are endlessly varied and so, never dull.
I love eating. Lots. And so, training means I never have to diet and still keep my body looking and feeling good. When I go to work after a training session I am unbearably smug, having started the day with an endorphin hit and having done something good for my mental and physical well-being.
Thank you Manal. None of it would have happened for me without your kindness, friendship and endless patience with the old chook that I am."
Thank you Elfie!! We will miss you as you travel the world for the next 4 months but look forward to all your always entertaining stories xx