Stephen's road to recovery . . .

First thing I’d like to talk about in this month’s blog is Stephen’s progress. As you all know from last month’s blog and updates I’ve done since on social media, we’re taking him through some very difficult rehab from an operation he had to prevent a spinal condition getting any worse. The first two sessions we did with Stephen were to give him 2 programmes he can alternate between, first focusing on mind muscles connections via resistance machines and secondly free-weight and body-weight exercises that will improve his balance and coordination. Both programmes will also improve his strength, which has suffered due to his condition.

Today we did Stephen’s third session but before we started we had a chat about how he’d been after the second session and unfortunately he’d experienced a lot of pain in certain areas and it had damaged his confidence a little. It made me think just how important confidence in the gym really is and how little things can make all the difference when it comes to people keeping their gym attendance consistent. There are many things that can damage someone’s confidence in a gym environment, for example, a negative comment from another person, feeling inferior to other gym users and in Stephen’s case a setback with his rehab. All these are solved in the same way…. Support and backing from the people around you.

First thing I did with Stephen was reassure him and make sure he knows the stumbling block wasn’t his fault, it’s actually normal to get these challenges during rehab and that I’ve got a plan to reduce the chance of this happening again. But it’s not just me who can rebuild the self-assurance of Stephen or anyone who’s suffering with confidence issues in the gym, it’s all of us…. If you notice someone has really improved at something or is just simply doing well, tell them! That little “well done” could be the thing that keeps them motivated and keeps them on track to reaching whatever their goal is, it could even be the difference between them never coming in the gym again and them getting up the next morning motivated and excited to train again. Because Stephen has good support around him from family and friends and probably because I’ve reassured him, he didn’t let the setback stop him, we did our third session and he was awesome, we even had to increase the resistance on many exercises due to his improvement from the first session. Well done mate and keep up the good work.

A few days ago I saw a post on social media from a gentleman called Phil Learney. He’s a bit of a god in the fitness industry and when it comes to knowledge in this area he’s a man that everyone could learn a few things from. He said this “It’s the simple things that make a lot of gyms successful. The people, the services, people being polite, approachable, remembering people’s names. All the stuff that money can’t buy. The characters, the personalities and the atmosphere that’s been created within the facility” this could not be truer.

Pulse has lost members to new gyms with “better facilities”, “more space” or “cheaper memberships” but 9 times out of 10 these people come back because they miss the atmosphere, the other members, the staff and the all-round serviced provided.

If you’d like to see this for yourself why not try us out with our Fit 4 Xmas membership. This is a 4 week membership that is now available with options such as, Swim & Steam, Off Peak and All Facilities. If you’d like to know more just give us a call on 01539797016 or pop in and see us anytime between 6:30am and 10pm.