Blog - Member Spotlight: Alanna Van Der Veen
I joined She FITNESS in May 2011 after getting engaged. At the time, I was a member of a gym, but I was finding it hard to find the motivation to attend consistently. I was looking for something with a bit more accountability, and something that would push me physically. I’ve always been pretty healthy with my diet but felt that I hadn’t found a form of exercise that I enjoyed and that fitted in with my lifestyle. I was tired of feeling lazy and sick of constantly making excuses not to exercise.
I can honestly say that first 400 metre warm up run was the furthest I’d ever run before in my life! I also happened to have my first session when the monthly fitness test was being held. While I found the test incredibly difficult, when the next month came around and I improved on my time considerably, I felt a huge sense of achievement.
To begin with, I trained twice a week. As my wedding got closer, I increased my training sessions, and saw a further improvement in my fitness as a result. I love training in the mornings, because then I get my evenings to myself without the guilt associated with skipping an exercise session!
What I love about SHE is that the workouts are different each time, so you don’t get bored. The trainers are really encouraging and approachable. I have also been really motivated by seeing my fitness improve – I can do push ups on my toes now! I’ve also really enjoyed meeting the other women who train and working out with women who have fitness goals that they’re striving to achieve. I like that SHE is a supportive environment in which to train, regardless of your fitness level.
In September of last year I ran the 9k Sydney bridge run. There is no way I would have had the confidence to train for a run like that if I hadn’t seen my fitness improve through my training at SHE. This year, I am aiming to complete the Hunter Valley Half Marathon. I also want to complete the Fitness Test in under 11 minutes. SHE has taught me that the sky is the limit, provided you’re willing to put in the hard work and train consistently.
I’m really proud of the hard work I’ve put in and the results that I’ve achieved over the last nine months – I couldn’t have done it without the support of SHE, and am looking forward to continuing my fitness journey with SHE in 2012!