Friends keep­ing fit while hav­ing fun

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - LAIRD HARPER

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.’’

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De­nielle Pikia has fun at the gym.

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