When you improve your health and fitness, you get the chance to enjoy more out of life. Here’s the difference SmallWonders has made for our members.
More than just a gym
I have known Tony and Jackie from SmallWonders for many years. I first used Tony’s services as a holistic health and fitness coach around ten years ago. He helped me sort my nutrition, got a regular exercise routine established and turned me into a coffee snob! He then sent me on my fitness journey, helped me with stretching and mobility exercises before I began gym work and at the time ran my first marathon achieving 3hrs 30min I lost over 20kg and have kept it off.
After visiting their new 24/7 gym I made the decision to move, having been at one of those large “commercial” gyms for many years, simply going through the motions, not really getting results and wondering whether it was all worth it. I’ve now been going for a few years and my whole outlook to health and well-being has been transformed. Tony and Jackie have created an environment that enables people to succeed because SmallWonders is more than just a gym - it is a place of learning, a place of community, of sharing experiences and knowledge.
Tony and Jackie are always around and willing to freely share their knowledge and experience, from the free weekly seminars to specific classes that provide that little extra. Great whether you want to go at your own pace or enjoy finding ways to push yourself (as I do!).
My wife now goes and is enjoying many of the same experiences that SmallWonders has to offer.
The gym has a personal feel, the environment is friendly, the equipment is great. If your looking for a place that offers more than just a gym make a time to see Tony and Jackie, they transformed my life and I know they will for you.
My Before and After
Before SmallWonders: I had a lot of stress in my life, my posture was bad from long hours sitting at a desk, I was overweight, struggling with the effects of menopause, using coffee and bad food as "pick me ups" to get energy to keep working, got lots of headaches and had very poor sleep. There was very little exercise happening and certainly no strength work. All I recognised at the time was that I was overweight and wanted to do something about that, so I started training with Jackie and Tony.
My after (but still ongoing) story: For a long time I didn't lose weight - but I dropped two dress sizes, sleep improved a bit and menopause symptoms, particularly hot flushes, eased. I am sure that regular exercise helped me "tolerate" the stress.
Now I’ve lost 12kg weight and have low body fat percentage. But I also now understand that the benefits of strength training are not necessarily weight related. Good health, strong body, good sleep are the more important outcomes. I am now officially a senior citizen, but I am committed to continue training with SmallWonders. By investing in my ongoing health I get sick less often and have fewer visits to the doctor!
Overcoming Crohn’s Disease
I initially approached Jackie Small to address my ongoing weight fluctuations. I was an endurance cyclist and had just completed six months of hard training but had gained a lot of weight over this time - to my bewilderment . I had also lived with Crohn's disease, since the age of 15 and had suffered from food intolerances all of my life. Along with this I suffered from chronic knee pain, shoulder pain from an old injury and chronic PMS. I struggled to get a good night's sleep and stress levels were high. In short I was a wreck , but fit and thought I was healthy.
18 months on... What a turn around. The holistic approach , dealing with all my issues and not just food has turned my life around. I have had no severe Crohn's attacks in nearly 2 years, my PMS has all but disappeared, knee and shoulder pain have improved immensely and best of all I now sleep! Focused and knowledgeable weight training has assisted in my body fat percentage decreasing from 37% to 19% (and fluctuating less), stress levels are now managed effectively and my whole quality of life has improved.
I can't believe the amount of knowledge that the SmallWonders team have - always ready to assist, support, encourage and guide when I've needed it. Jackie practises what she preaches and her words of wisdom are so motivating . I've thrown a lot of challenges her way and the effort to find out more to solve challenges goes far deeper than just a trainer the SmallWonders team care.
A Big Thank You
The past two years have been an amazing journey and I never thought after the first meeting with Tony that this is where I would be. I have seen so many changes within myself, not just my body but my thoughts and my goals. I love the sport I have chosen to do (bodybuilding) and cannot imagine not living my life this way now.
I have meet amazing people, had so many laughs and a few cries, but so much joy. The gym has become my happy place and I get such a buzz out of being there and enjoying what I do.I just want to say that my journey would not have been this much fun without your guidance and support. I cannot thank you enough for your support.
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