If you have been following me over on instagram you will know that I have been going to Two Birds gym in Glasgow.
When I first went to the gym I had no intentions of joining.
I was at such a low point when it came to my appearance and self esteem. Over the past year I had let the weight pile on as I struggled my way through moving cities and my career being thrown up in the air.
I went into the gym having no idea what to expect. I went up in my leggings and a massive hoody, trying to hide myself under it.
When I arrived I was greeted by a super smily face ready to show me around and do a workout with me. I was the only one booked in so it was a one on one session. I was so not ready for it. Hiding under layers I was so sweaty and trying so hard not to be sick!!
It may have been the most difficult workout I have done but I made it through and enjoyed it so much that I joined up as I got home!!
Two Birds is focused solely on group training. The sessions are intense 30 or 45 minutes of 3 minute rounds. It is hard work but it is fun because you are working with others who only want to see you succeed! Everyone is there for different reasons, but during the sessions we are all working together and supporting each other.
I joined at the perfect time as a week later the gyms 6 week challenge began! My goal for the 6 weeks was to lose weight and improve my overall health.
I didn’t set myself a specific number because I didn’t want to be too consumed by reaching it and how I would feel if I didn’t lose it all. I just wanted to start working on myself and feeling better in my own skin.
Over the 6 weeks I attended between 4 and 6 peak sessions a week, at least 1 yoga sessions and 1 or 2 focus sessions a week. I worked hard on changing my diet but didn’t restrict any food groups. I still had treats, just once a week rather than almost daily like I had been doing. I focused on what I was eating and reducing the portion sizes rather than eliminating whole food groups. The whole point of doing this was to make a lifestyle change and having a restricted diet is not sustainable.
I wanted joining this gym to be the start of a new me. A version of myself that was happier and healthier. I had started to settle to life in Glasgow and had a stable job while I worked on starting my own business so it was time to focus on myself and make myself better.
Over the 6 weeks challenge I found a new found determination in myself that I thought I had lost forever. I pushed my body to see what it really could do. I was so unhealthy and extremely unfit, but with the right people around me I could change that. Danny (the owner of two birds) and the friends I made at the sessions were there to cheer me on every step of the way.
I made the gym a priority and made my schedule around going to the gym rather than the other wy around. I had to put energy in to creating a routine of going to the gym so that it became second nature and I couldn’t put it off.
Within the first week or so I started to see my energy levels increase. Although my body was tired from all the exercise, my brain was more awake and focused. I didn’t wake up feeling tired and had the energy to get through the day without feeling desperate for a nap. I found this new motivation within myself to get stuff done.
As the weeks went on, the weight started to fall off and people were noticing. I was walking taller and wasn’t trying to hide my body away as much. My mood was lifting, I was sleeping better and my skin was clearing up.
We all know the benefits of exercising, but the benefits of exercising in a group are next level. Not only have I made new friends, but I feel like I am part of a real community. I feel supported and know that there will always be people around me to keep me going and constantly pushing myself.
For me, joining this gym was the best decision I have ever made. I feel like a whole new person and there was no way I was going to get the same experience from joining one of the big budget gyms and feeling like it was a chore going. Those big gyms are just focused on making money. There is no sense of community and there really isn’t anyone there that is going to really help you and keep you motivated to keep going week after week.
Small group training gyms really are the way forward, in my opinion. Yes, they are more expensive, but it is a way of you investing in yourself. It is saying to yourself that you are worthy, that your body is the only one you will ever get and it is worth looking after.
At the end of the 6 weeks I have lost 16lbs but what I gained was so much better. I have gained self confidence, motivation, more energy and most importantly, new friendships. I am happier and healthier than I think I have ever been and I am excited to see what is to come.
There is no current gym challenges, but my next goal is my holiday at the end of August. I want to lose a bit more weight by then so all the photos I have planned don’t have my spiralling into a hole of self hatred!
I am excited to keep training and just see where this journey takes me next!
You can keep up with my progress over on instagram and if you have any questions or just want to chat about training then hit me up in the DMs!
Also, if you are in Glasgow you can get a free taster session at Two Birds here!