I joined about three and a half years ago. I was in a pretty dark place due to other reasons. I was 83 kilos and recovering from a cancer operation. I was feeling pretty low. I was building a house at the time and I drove past and saw the sign out the front – Live Well. I weigh about 83 kilos now, but 83 different kilos. I’ve put on more muscle and I’ve dropped body fat. I’m letting go of a lot of negativity. At the start it was just to try and get fit after the operation, and since then my training has progressed. I reckon I train about 3-4 times a week. They keep me motivated as there’s a competition on at the moment in the studio, and before that there was another competition. I’m semi-retired so I suppose that opens the door for me to come down more often and train.

Some of the things I enjoy most about Live Well is the people. It’s a friendly environment. The people here are helpful. You can use a whole heap of superlatives but they’re friendly, helpful, close-knit. The instructors are all approachable. My current goal is to just try to stay as fit as possible, as long as possible, so I can have a better quality of life. I really hate training legs, but I don’t mind training chest. I like doing chest out of all of them, but you can’t just concentrate on one. I find that training legs really helps my surfing. I get better balance. The whole dynamic of training gets you a lot more confident with life when you’re fitter than what you were. It’s a strange feeling to feel confident in your own body even though that you’re old. If you’re considering joining, I would say definitely do it, because I’m a lot more happier with myself than what I was three and a half years ago.