Gemma joined British Military Fitness (BMF) just four months ago, and hasn’t looked back. We caught up with her to find out how she’s getting on…
When did you join BMF, and what was your motivation?
I joined back in September. I had seen BMF pop up on Facebook a few times and was looking for a way to lose some weight and meet some new people in the area. Then when I got back from holiday I saw that the next session would be followed by a few drinks in the pub which was just the incentive I needed!
Did you have preconceptions before your first class?
I didn’t know much, but thought it sounded hard core and I assumed I would get shouted at a lot by scary military men! I was right about the military part, but they weren’t at all scary and didn’t shout. BMF call it ‘encouraging loudly’ – and this gave me the motivation to work hard in the class, and feel great afterwards.
Do you remember your first BMF class?
Of course! I loved it! It was a beautiful, sunny evening in the park and I remember it was tough, but just the right level of tough. It was enough to feel like I’d done some good, but not so much as to put me off returning. I signed up and have been coming back ever since!
How do you feel now that you’ve been with BMF a while?
Before BMF my fitness level wasn’t very high – I have always dipped in and out of going to the gym and the occasional jog, but I’ve never stuck with it for more than a couple of weeks. I feel incredibly lucky to have found a way of exercising that I love. BMF inspires me to continue improving my fitness levels and at the same time I have met such a genuinely brilliant group of people, both instructors and other members – it’s win win!
As a competitive horse rider I’ve also seen a huge improvement in my riding and I can’t wait to see how good I feel in another 3 months (and get myself a red bib! (intermediate level))
How would you describe BMF in 3 words?
Tough, inspiring, rewarding
Or in 4 words, “Lose weight, gain mates!”
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