‘It’s al­most like a nat­u­ral high’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Neil Ut­teridge (3 ) is a roofer from Peter­bor­ough. He joined in Jan­uary last year, hav­ing taken a break for a few years.

He said: “ I have al­ways been to the gym, but had a few years away. Now I am back it has helped with my en­ergy and fit­ness lev­els no end.

“It also helps at work, as my job is quite phys­i­cal.

“From a so­cial as­pect, I have met like­minded peo­ple who are now good friends. I also en­joy the feel­ing that you get af­ter a good train­ing ses­sion, which is al­most like a nat­u­ral high.

“Vis­ually see­ing a change in your per­sonal body com­po­si­tion is a good mo­ti­va­tor. See­ing your­self get­ting trim­mer and leaner makes it eas­ier to keep go­ing to con­tinue im­prov­ing.

“Get­ting com­pli­ments on the ef­fort I put into train­ing is also a good mo­ti­va­tor.”

With a fo­cus on stamina and en­ergy, Neil has a range of goals that he has to meet. These are al­tered on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­sure that he is get­ting the most out of ev­ery ses­sion, and is con­stantly im­prov­ing.

He said: “Our re­sis­tance train­ing pro­grammes keep push­ing us harder each time, whilst giv­ing us new ideas for how we train. The re­view ses­sions are good to en­sure that we are al­ways pro­gress­ing.”

Neil added that there is no ex­cuse not to give it a go: “You can al­ways make time, as gyms open from early un­til late. I would sug­gest that you just go down there and try it.

“The first few weeks are the hard­est, but once you are into a rou­tine and you start to see the ben­e­fits, it re­ally helps to push you along.”

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