I have multiple sclerosis and visit the gym 3 times a week to keep fit and fight my potential decline. I need to keep my muscles strong to counteract the lack of brain signal and control, particularly in my left leg. I do weights and aerobics work, followed by a relaxing swim to stretch out, as stretching is painful out of the water. For fun I do a Zumba session once a week, despite looking comical with my "wooden" leg! I've been coming to Benton Hall for almost seven years now and long may it continue!

Christine C

I joined at 17.5 stone and on medication for blood pressure. My job was high pressure and kept me on a computer all day or travelling internationally, which stopped me exercising for 30 years. My plan was to follow a regularly updated gym programme and have a swim after each session and I have stuck with this. I have built this routine up to 75 minutes and sometimes wonder if that is a bit ambitious for a 62 year old! I also try to swim about half a mile on each visit. I get enjoyment from pushing myself a little bit further after each review. The greatest thing is the support and encouragement you get from the staff. It was stupid to think I would have ever been out of place, just like no one else is. I have lost four stone and my waist has gone from 44" to 36". Most significantly, my GP has halved the medication I take for blood pressure. I have much more energy now, and on holiday in Greece I managed to tackle a 300 step mountain climb in 28C temperatures without getting out of breath. There is a downside though - I'm having to buy a whole new wardrobe!

Don H

I suffer from supra-ventricular tachycardia and experienced a heart attack 2 years ago. Thanks to the support and advice of the gym team, I still train in the gym twice a week for 90 minutes and still regularly walk 6 miles every week too.

Irene P

I joined the gym after my 8-year-old son told me "I don't want to be fat like you, I want to be a good rugby player like you used to be." This was incentive enough for me. I have a very physical job in the construction industry and am no stranger to lifting heavy weights. But since joining the gym I am also doing a lot of regular tough cardio work. My wife also joined and has made great progress. I admit my wife makes more effort than me when it comes to healthy eating and drinking - I still have 2 chocolate bars a day and like to sink a few beers! But in the last 8 weeks, I have completed nearly 40 workouts, been in the gym for almost 24 hours and shed a superb 2 stone 10lbs. When I start something, I don’t give up!

John M

I joined the gym after years of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. I was on a mission to get fit and lose weight. Since then I have cut out most alcohol and have been training in the gym 3-4 times a week. My favourite gym kit is the cross trainer, which I had always found uncomfortable in other gyms. Over the past 9 months I have lost 8.3kg in weight, however a mix of cardio and weights means I have also gained muscle mass. My waist measurement has dropped from a 36” to a 32” and so far I have lost more than 18lb of fat. My greatest accomplishment has been proven by an in-house VO2 Max test. The result shows the fitness of my heart and lungs is equivalent to that of a very fit man in his early 40s, or above average fitness for a 21 year old!

Kelvin P

I took part in Benton Hall's Jeans Challenge and lost 1.5 stone in 6 weeks with the help of my advisor Luiz. He gave me a great workout and a diet sheet to follow. It was hard but with the help and encouragement I received from Luiz the results I got were fantastic. Not only did I lose weight but my energy levels increased as well. I haven't felt as good as this for around 4 years! I hope to carry on losing more weight and to go back to playing rugby, and I'm sure with Luiz's help I will achieve this goal.

Ali M

So I made it - I ran the London Marathon! I wouldn't have been able to do it without a huge amount of help and support from Luiz at Benton Hall. When I started I knew nothing about training for a marathon, but Luiz set me 2 training programmes (one interval training, one stamina building) to complete in the gym each week as well as doing my long runs on a Saturday morning. Luiz listened to what I was finding 'easy' and what was more challenging. Although he pushed me every step of the way I never felt that I couldn’t do what I was asked of me. As my long runs started to become really difficult he amended my gym training to help me. I am now a convert - my hatred of running has disappeared and since finishing the Marathon I am missing my 3 hour runs on a Saturday morning! I couldn’t have done any of this without Luiz's help, support and advice!

Kathryn M

I came to Benton Hall for the pool as I had heard that the water was much warmer than in public swimming pools. I have back issues and unless the water is very warm my back can go into spasm. I grew to like the gym too. A gym routine is vital for me because without regular exercise my back seizes up and can be very painful. I also have a shoulder issue which, through James' program of exercises and stretches, has slowly improved in strength and flexibility. I had the top part of my left lung removed due to cancer and am also asthmatic, but thanks to the cardiovascular part of my workout I now breathe easier. Thanks to James and the other staff at Benton Hall I have noticed a significantly improved quality of life. After my lung removal operation, I felt very lethargic and my back was seizing up but now my energy levels and mobility have greatly improved.

Marran B

I have always been sporty and active, but my inspiration to keep fit is my adorable grandchildren who try their best to wear me out! I felt my fitness needed tweaking last October and asked Luiz for a complete overhaul of my training program. I wanted to drop a dress size and to take my fitness to another level. Since then I have worked out relentlessly and my physique has changed dramatically! I attend the gym most days, work on my running technique and do an intense circuit session with Simon coupled with Body Pump twice weekly. I have lost 3.5 inches off my waist and 2 inches off my arms and legs. My goal now is to maintain my fitness and enjoy workouts. Thanks to Luiz and everyone at Benton Hall for your support!

Pauline H

I have been a member of Benton Hall since 2006, but never got the consistent results I wanted as I used to cheat by treating myself to rich foods and drink at weekends. After Christmas 2012 my brother and I were determined to lose some weight. We cut out alcohol, started training 3-4 times a week and increased our cardio workouts to 50 minutes. We also followed a strict healthy eating plan with lots of vegetables, steamed chicken and fish. As a result I lost 22lbs and my brother lost 18lbs.

Sean F

I suffer from angina, rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and legs, and osteo-arthritis of the spine. On top of all this, my right ankle is literally 'screwed up', with stainless steel fasteners having been inserted. The team developed workout programmes to get me using the treadmills, bikes and rowing machines. Benton Hall has been instrumental in getting me back on my feet!

Tom L