Brian Blight: How The Locker Room Keeps Him Accountable

Brian has been an integral part of Pinnacle Oakleigh for over 3 years now and we have watched his journey with amazement. As a key member of the Locker Room team, Brian chats to us about his motivation and why team training helps him achieve his goals.

“Initially when I first joined the Gym (over three years ago I think), the reason I trained was to generally improve my fitness and build a bit of muscle after my earlier weight loss left me feeling weak. Whilst these fundamentally are still in the back of my mind, I now believe that I train for my physical and mental well being. I always feel good after a session. If I train first thing in the morning, it sets up my day and I actually feel less tired and more awake. When I train in the evening, again it sets me up for a good night and I always sleep better after an evening training session.

I chose the locker room because I want to train with others. If I trained by myself, I would pretty much find an excuse not to train. In The Locker Room you soon get to know the people you train with and develop a camaraderie and some sort of banter. Whilst exercising, as a motivational tool I usually try to match or beat other peoples speed, repetitions or weights. Also, if someone says to me “see you tomorrow”, I use that as motivation to turn up. I don’t want to feel like I have let someone down if I have made a commitment. Very minor, but probably my biggest motivation for me to exercise. 

I have tried many of the classes offered by Pinnacle and would recommend that everyone should try a new class every now and then. You may be surprised what really works for you.”

 

 

Meet Marianne, Pinnacle Ambassador

Marianne Bateman (54), has been a member of Pinnacle Scoresby for longer than she can actually recall! During this time she’s celebrated many triumphs but like most people has faced several hurdles, including a diagnosis of hypertension and diabetes. One thing that has remained consistent throughout is her great sense of humour! When asked what advice she’d give someone in her old shoes, Marianne replied “If even an old bag like me can do it, there’s really no excuse for anyone to not get to the gym!” Read on to discover the full story of our beloved Marianne’s journey at Pinnacle Health Club…

What are you most proud of during your times as a Pinnacle Scoresby Member?
I’ve become fitter and lost quite a bit of weight – 20kgs last year in fact!

What main changes attributed to these results?
Trying to come to the gym consistently and make it a lifestyle change, not a fad. I’ve also found mixing up my workouts with the help of the Pinnacle Coaches has rejuvenated my love for exercise, and eating less carbs has helped with the weight loss.

What has been your greatest challenge and how have you overcome it?
I lack confidence and worry about being judged but am learning to push negative thoughts aside. Being a part of Pinnacle Scoresby and working with the coaches to achieve my goals is definitely helping build my confidence.

Your proudest moment to date?
Reducing my sugar levels since the beginning of this year.

What keeps you motivated?
The end goal! I try to focus on how much better I will feel if I just keep going.

What have you learnt about yourself along the way?
Perhaps I’m fitter and stronger than I actually think.

How has Pinnacle Health Club helped in this journey?
Along with just being a friendly and welcoming club, the Coaches and group fitness instructors push me harder than I would ever push myself while at the same time encouraging me on. Positive text messages and reminders also make me feel like I’m important and not just another number.

What have been your favourite moments in the gym?
I love a good chat with the other gym members but the feeling of getting through a tough session – when I’ve had my doubts – is hard to beat!

What are you working towards now?
Getting rid of the last 15kgs