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‘You will see improvements, and each one will make you want to come back’ says Better Gym Romford member

PUBLISHED: 16:27 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 30 April 2018

Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. 
Picture: KEN MEARS

Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. Picture: KEN MEARS

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There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Paul Falkener joined Better Gym Romford to lose weight. Picture: Ken Mears Paul Falkener joined Better Gym Romford to lose weight. Picture: Ken Mears

Paul Faulkner, 49 from Romford, has been a member at Better Gym for 11 months.

What are your goals?

I had an operation on my foot this time last year and had put on a lot of weight. I was on crutches for 18 weeks, and when I weighed myself I was 17-and-a-half stone. I wanted to get down to 14 stone by the summer, that was my goal from when I was injured. I started training, and now I’m down to 14st 2lbs. It’s hard, especially when you get to my age! I’m in here six days a week, training for 12 hours total.

I have had no help from anybody – no weight-loss groups and things like that. It was all off my own back. Before I done my foot in, I was running 30 miles a week. Then I had my operation and experienced a setback. I knew I could come in here and I’d lose all my weight again.


Using some of the equipment at Better Gym in Romford. Paul Faulkner Using some of the equipment at Better Gym in Romford. Paul Faulkner

How important is diet?

I calorie count; eat less, exercise more, but you’ve gotta eat the right food so you don’t pass out! I have no sweets, crisps, biscuits, nothing like that.

 

What made you decide to choose Better Gym?

Paul Falkener joined Better Gym Romford to lose weight. Picture: Ken Mears Paul Falkener joined Better Gym Romford to lose weight. Picture: Ken Mears

It was cheaper than most of the others in the area, and it’s a big gym, run by really helpful people. I’ve also made a few friends since I’ve been coming here.

 

Any tips for a beginner?

Enjoy it! To me, the gym is more like a job. You’ve got to go there to burn the calories and then you walk out. I see people sitting there on their phones, but you’ve got to put the effort in to get anything out of it. Take your time as well. I didn’t lose any weight for about two months. I actually put on weight! When people see the scale move that way they think it isn’t working, but it is. You have got to give your body time to get used to it.

Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. 
Picture: KEN MEARS Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. Picture: KEN MEARS

 

Bradley Norman, 21 from Romford, has been at member Better Gym for two years.

What are your goals?

I ruptured a ligament in my knee while playing rugby, and never got back into it. I enjoyed the gym side of things while I played, so I thought I’d carry that on to keep fit instead.

Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. Picture: KEN MEARS Member Bradley Norman says he enjoys Better Gym Romford's open layout. Picture: KEN MEARS

 

What made you decide to choose Better Gym?

I was working in a gym in Barking, and I wanted to come to one closer to home.

I like jumping from one thing to another, and here it’s quite open and all on one floor, so it’s easy to move between machines and stations. You see people will do four sets of 12 on the benchpress for example, but I try to avoid that because I get bored!

Better Gym Romford is packed with top spec equipment Better Gym Romford is packed with top spec equipment

 

Any tips for a beginner?

Get involved. The more you do it, the more experience you get, the more you learn, and the better it will become. You will see improvements, and each one will make you want to come back, but it takes time.

The first four weeks are the hardest, because you’ve got to get yourself into a habit, but once you’ve built that and start seeing changes, it becomes motivating.

It can feel intimidating when you first walk through the doors. Some people have been there for ages, but just get involved.

They might be able to help you out with your workout. The staff are always on hand to help as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

50% off your first month

Better Gym Romford are offering 50% off your first full month’s membership if you join before April 30.*

If all you want is access to equipment and machines, it’s already great value at £21.95 per month, with no lengthy contracts tying you down. But if you like to train in a group setting, there is a class for you. From aerobics to circuit training right through to yoga and dance exercise, each one is led by a qualified practitioner inside the dedicated fitness studio, and they are all included with the price of a membership.

Access to more than 200 other Better Gyms across the country costs is just an additional £3 as well, perfect if there is a location near where you work or if you travel a lot.

You can experience the top equipment and fantastic facilities for yourself with a free day pass. Grab yours by calling 01708 744515 and quoting ‘RECORDER OFFER’ or visit the gym at 1st Floor, 41 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB.

Find them on Facebook at ‘Better Gym Romford’ or follow the gym on Twitter: @betterromford or Instagram @bettergymromford where the team regularly share training tips and advice.

*Initial cost breakdown example: Joining fee: £15.00, pro rata fee from April 20: £8.05, first full month half price: £10.97. Total initial cost: £34.02, then £21.95 ongoing. For full terms and conditions speak to a member of staff or visit better.org.uk/terms.

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