Friends keeping fit while having fun
Denielle Pikia and a group of her friends have turned a weekly trip to the gym into a fun girls’ night out.
Each week Pikia heads to Ki Whanau IronMaori Hawera Gym for a heart-pumping evening of pedal power and fitness fun, safe in the knowledge she will have her besties by her side.
‘‘We have started our own little fitness page for the four of us and set challenges every day and encourage each other.
‘‘That coupled with the gym’s own page means we are never short of inspiration.’’
But like so many mums, fitness took a back seat to raising her children for a long time.
‘‘I have to keep up with their sports and that’s about three or four times a week. So there’s not much time for me.’’
Opting to focus on their needs rather than worry about her health, fitness became a thing of the past.
That all changed when a friend told her about a family-based nonjudgmental gym on Collins St in Hawera.
‘‘I didn’t really know what to expect,’’ she said. ’’It was a bit scary the first time because I didn’t know a lot of people and had no idea if the classes were going to be hard.’’
Now with seven classes of either spin or step under belt, Pikia has time to reflect on what drew her in to begin with.
‘‘The first time I walked in I was met by an amazing group of lovely ladies. They encourage you to push yourself while not judging you and that’s why I love coming here.’’
Pikia said it was time for all people to take ownership of their health and enjoy themselves.
‘‘This is our time.’’
Denielle Pikia has fun at the gym.