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We caught up with our October Spotlight Member, Helen Monaghan, who was nominated for her determination and for not only motivating herself but also everyone around her!
ISo Helen, how long have you been a member of Ryfields Gym?
I joined in March last year, so just over 18 months.
How did you feel before you started joined Ryfields?
I was at a member at a different gym before, so exercise wasn't anything new to me. But it was a new challenge for me to be brave and try something new in a completely different place. It was scary for me because I'm not the most confident person when you first meet me.
Why did you choose Ryfields Gym?
My friend Jo convinced me and a few other friends to try Zumba and it went from there! I like that Ryfields isn't overcrowded and every time I go to the gym, it doesn't matter who's there everyone always says hi and bye to everyone and it's so friendly!
Do you go to the classes at Ryfields?
I go to lots of classes! I LOVE Zumba – it’s good for a laugh and keeping me dancing. Also, recently Callum has been taking the morning classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and although they are tough, they are just what I need.
What do you do outside of the gym?
I really enjoy walking. I walk everywhere. I’m currently studying nutrition, I'm hoping to be able to use what I learn to help others. I love listening to music and dancing. I'm usually found with my headphones on, or randomly dancing at the back of any class. I also enjoy working out and the occasional bit of crafting.
Do you have any tips for people thinking of joining?
If anyone is unsure or shy about joining a gym then honestly Zumba is the place to start. It's a great mix of people and everyone is made to feel welcome. We have a good laugh and before you know it you will be hooked like me!
“Helen always kicks my arse when I’m in a rut and does so for others too. She’s got such a strong focus and dedication and puts herself out for so many people. She’s a Star!”
Thank you so much Helen for your contributions and CONGRATULATIONS once again for your nomination and being selected as our October Spotlight Member! If you want to join Helen, and many others, at our Zumba class it's on every Tuesday night, check our website for updates!
If you want to nominate someone for the November Spotlight Member, please message our Facebook page with the name of the person you want to nominate and a couple of reasons why. We look forward to hearing about all the great things you are doing!