Life Changing Journeys with Aneurin Leisure: Alison’s Story

One of our Personal Trainers, Chris Lewis, has been working with Alison, a visually impaired customer, to help her improve her fitness after she inquired about personal training sessions at Abertillery Sports Centre.  Chris is qualified to work with disabled and vulnerable adults and has enjoyed supporting her to achieve her goals and improve her confidence.

Alison says of her experience; “Since training with Chris he’s made me feel very welcome, he’s very approachable and friendly.  I only wanted to do some training as I was getting a new, younger guide dog and wanted to build my fitness up, but decided to keep training with Chris as it’s fun and I really enjoy it.”

“I grew up not liking physical activity at all.  My childhood experiences were negative and really put me off being  involved in any sport as I thought I would be judged and people would laugh at me.  As I got older I realised that I needed to be physically active to be a good role model to my sons.  I started C25K and even though it was tough I kept going and the sense of achievement at the end of each session was amazing.

The thought of entering a gym at this time completely sent me into a spin.  All those people looking at me, that feeling of being an outsider not having clue what I was doing.  What if I fall off the treadmill?  What if everyone laughs!  I desperately wanted to go to the gym, but felt I was to unfit, too fat and I felt like I just couldn’t do it!  So I asked a few friends, one had already been to the gym and the 3 of us went together.  I loved every minute of it.  Nobody looked at me or took any notice of what I was doing.  One kind lady helped me figure out how to use one of the machines.

Since then I visit the gym at least once a week and I love it.  My 12 year old also comes to the gym with me.  It is so nice to have a shared interest  and get the chance to be physically active together.  I now have a personal trainer who has shown me the benefits of using a range cardio and weight exercises.  Mike is so supportive an non judgmental, he just wants me to be the best I can be.

I would encourage everyone to use facilities on offer at Aneurin Leisure.  I am even willing to go with people who want to go but don’t have the confidence to take that first step.”


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