Couple wiggle 13st off their hips thanks to a ‘change of lifestyle’

David and Sharon Blow are pictured at Retford Leisure Centre with their daughter Amber Rose, 11, and BPL Fitness Trainer Kathryn Kitson
David and Sharon Blow are pictured at Retford Leisure Centre with their daughter Amber Rose, 11, and BPL Fitness Trainer Kathryn Kitson

A RETFORD couple who have lost more than 13st between them in a year are urging people to join the gym.

David and Sharon Blow took out a gym membership at the start of 2010 when they decided it was time to get fit.

At the time David weighed over 23st and Sharon was around 17st 7lbs.

In less than a year David, 38, and Sharon, 44, have lost more than 13st between them from a combination of regular exercise and changing their eating habits.

Their 11-year-old daughter Amber Rose has joined in too, going for regular swimming sessions as her parents exercise in fitness classes or at the gym.

“I decided it was time for a complete life change,” said David, a security manager. “I’ve been going to the gym two or three times a week where I was given a lot of support by the gym staff who have helped me to build up my fitness from a gentle start. After about six months, I felt ready to try some of the classes and now I regularly go to Boxercise and Pump FX.”

Sharon, a healthcare assistant, added: “We’re so pleased with what we have achieved in improving our weight and fitness this year, and we would like to thank the BPL staff for being so helpful and friendly.”

“Before joining the gym, I was considering having a gastric band fitted, but now my weight is down to 8st 7lb.”

Retford Leisure Centre manager Glyn Davies said: “This discounted membership offer has been designed to encourage people to improve their health by taking advantage of the excellent facilities on offer at Retford, Worksop and Bircotes leisure centres.”

“Staff at each of the centres have been trained to support customers at all levels of fitness, from those who have never used a gym before to regular users who want to achieve continuous improvement.”

Anyone who joins during January can take advantage of a price reduction which starts at just £9.99 per month, as part of a 12-month contract, giving unlimited access to the pools, gyms and fitness classes at all three centres.