Weight Loss Success Story – Jodie Kissack

Weight Loss Success Story - Jodie Kissack
Weight Loss Success Story - Jodie Kissack

Losing weight to be more active for my son

The turning point to lose weight for Sheffield Hillsborough member Jodie Kissack came when she took her son to the funfair and was unable to accompany him down the Helter Skelter. This was the moment that kickstarted Jodie’s weight loss journey.

“When my son was at the top of the Helter Skelter and too scared to go down on his own, I couldn’t go down with him because I was too big.”

Setting an example to my family

Since then, Jodie has set herself a target of losing 5-7 stone and is well on her way to achieving this. Setting a good example to her family, as well as the obvious health reasons, she used her family as an additional source of motivation to lose the required weight.

“I wanted to set a good example to my family. They showed me great support and encouragement. “

Looking and feeling better through fitness

Enhancing your fitness and shedding the weight can have a positive on the way you feel about yourself, giving you confidence to wear different clothes, go to busier places and even improve your general self-esteem. For Jodie, she has found confidence through fitness and from being a regular visitor to her local Xercise4Less Gym.

“I look and feel better. At my biggest I could barely breathe and did not feel good about myself at all. Now I am more confident and able to feel better when I am exercising.”

Jodie used a range of fitness equipment during her training sessions, finding the stepper beneficial to losing weight and improving her cardiovascular fitness in the process. She also used free weights to tone up and give herself more definition once the weight began to come off.

Excellent progress, Jodie!

The Best Exercise Machines To Lose Belly Fat

Best Exercise Machines To Lose Belly Fat - Equipment Generic
Best Exercise Machines To Lose Belly Fat - Equipment Generic

Shift belly fat using exercise machines

Dying to get rid of your love handles? Desperate to shift some of that unwanted weight? At your nearest Xercise4Less gym you’ll find plenty of exercise machines to help you lose belly fat. These cardio machines will all help you slim down and shed pounds from every part of your body including your midsection. A healthy diet and some resistance training are also key parts of any effective weight loss fitness programme, but cardio exercise machines are particularly useful in any quest to get rid of excess fat. So, what are the Best Exercise Machines to Lose Belly Fat with?

Treadmills for effective belly fat loss

If you’re fighting the battle of the belly bulge the treadmill is a fantastic fat burning machine to try. The treadmill has been shown to burn calories at the highest rate of any cardio exercise machine and running on a treadmill is one of the most effective ways to lose belly fat. With treadmill running you can burn calories for overall fat loss, but you can also directly affect the belly fat underneath your stomach muscles. While running is a powerful weapon for fighting stomach fat, walking at a fast pace on your Xercise4Less treadmill is also useful in slimming down. Walk on an incline on the treadmill and blast some serious calories as your heart rate is increased and your abdominals are engaged to help stabilize your body when you walk uphill.

Best Exercise Machines To Lose Belly Fat - Treadmill

Lose more belly fat with an elliptical trainer

A low impact exercise machine, the elliptical trainer is ideal cardio for losing stomach fat and toning your body. This cross training fitness session will get your heart rate up, work your legs and arms, and if the elliptical machine in your local Xercise4Less gym has moving handlebars, it’ll put your whole body to work burning calories. Get comfortable on the elliptical trainer and gradually increase your pace and the machine resistance to really blast your belly fat. Losing love handles takes time but you can accelerate your weight loss journey with some quality time on the elliptical trainer.

Ditch excess weight with stationary bike exercises

Of all the cardio exercise machines in your Xercise4Less gym the stationary bike has to be one of the best when it comes to burning calories. Cycling on a stationary bike is not just very efficient in burning calories and fat but it also helps tone your legs, thighs and buttocks. Pedalling hard on a stationary bike is more likely to help you lose an extra inch around your middle than crunching abs for example. When you’re capable of moderate-paced cycling, you might include some HIIT stationary bike sessions in your weight loss programme. Increase the intensity at which you ride to 75-85 percent of your maximum heart rate and go for 20-30 minutes at high pace to gain even more lean muscle. Putting in some time on the stationary exercise bikes can have a really positive impact on your weight and health.

Best Exercise Machines To Lose Belly Fat - Stationary Bike

Lose your love handles on the rowing machine

Rowing machines are sometimes forgotten about when it comes to losing unwanted fat. That’s surprising because rowing hard is massively effective in burning calories. Why? A stationary rowing machine works your entire body requiring equal effort from both your lower and your upper body and achieving huge gains in overall cardiovascular fitness. Simply put, you should put the rowing machine at the centre of your belly fat-loss programme at your Xercise4Less gym.

Best Exercises To Lose Belly Fat - Rowing Machine

Burn extra fat with a stepper workout

A stepper, stair climber or ClimbMill all simulate walking upstairs. There are two main types of gym stepper machines, the pedal steppers and the step mills. On the pedal steppers you push down on the pedals while keeping your body mostly still to work your legs and core while the step mill is more like a flight of stairs that moves like an escalator. The ClimbMill works your quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes and is a real cardio workout. Whichever one you use you can vary the resistance and speed to really ramp up the belly fat burning benefits. A stepper workout is excellent low-impact cardio exercise which burns plenty of calories and helps you lose weight.

Best Exercises To Lose Belly Fat - Stepper

Lose more weight with Xercise4Less Gyms

Always keep your weight loss journey on track with Xercise4Less Gyms. We provide all the belly fat burning tools you need to lose weight from your middle and achieve a more toned and shaped body. Build on the fat loss support offered by our friendly community of gym members and expert personal trainers to realise your fitness goals faster. Benefit from innovative gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring and completely transform your stomach weight loss programme. Enjoy working out with fellow gym members in up to 40 inclusive group classes in our spacious exercise studio or create your own circuits in our large fitness studio. Join an Xercise4Less gym and you take a step closer to reaching your weight loss targets.

Weight Loss Success Story – Nicole Steele

nicole steele - before and after
nicole steele - before and after

Mixing up my workouts for more enjoyable training sessions

Setting yourself a target and planning for a weight loss journey is advisable, but it is still imperative to enjoy your fitness session. Sheffield Hillsborough member Nicole Steele varied her workouts to gain enjoyment alongside results.

“I switch up my exercise routines so they are new and exciting. I have also signed up for tough mudder so I had a different goal to aim for to keep me motivated.”

'I never want to go back to that'

Nicole’s inspiration to lose weight came from seeing pictures of herself, giving her the motivation to improve her fitness and wellbeing.

“I saw pictures of myself and realised how much weight I had actually put on. I wanted to change it. Looking at these old pictures now reminds me that I’ll never go back to that.”

Support from friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms

Whilst Nicole is not completely at her target weight, she is well on course to achieve her goals. Xercise4Less gyms have played a pivotal role in Nicole finding the confidence and belief she could succeed.

“I’ve still not reached my final goal, but every time I reach a mini target I’m always amazed that I’m actually doing it this time. What helped me a lot was in the gym, someone saw me performing an exercise wrong and helped me to correct it.”

Training in a gym where the environment is comfortable and friendly has helped Nicole a lot, especially by being able to train in the Ladies only gym zone.

Overcoming the hurdles

Nicole has tried to lose the weight in the past, but always found obstacles in the way, preventing her from being at her ideal weight. Junk food has been a particular stumbling block, but Nicole feels that this time she is managing to find a compromise which is helping her to enjoy an occasional treat.

“I’ve tried to lose weight and get healthy before, but I’ve never been able to stick to it and see proper results. I like junk food and I’ve not cut it out completely this time because that’s when I want to eat it more.”

Incredible progress, Nicole. Keep it up!

Weight Loss Success Story – Stacey Robertson

stacey robertson - before and after
stacey robertson - before and after

Old holiday pictures helped kick start my weight loss journey

Sheffield Hillsborough member Stacey Robertson used old holiday pictures as inspiration to begin her weight loss journey. Seeing older pictures made Stacey want to improve her fitness and burn calories to help transform her life. Changing her fitness through the gym has been challenging, but also extremely rewarding for Stacey.

“I kept looking at old holiday pictures and knew I had to change things to feel better about myself. It feels good when you reach targets, and amazing when you exceed them.”

Using Xercise4Less fitness classes to shed the pounds

Xercise4Less gyms offer an array of fitness classes to help get you on the way with bolstering your fitness. Stacey found HIIT, abs blast and 15/15/15 classes the most effective for weight loss. She also used dumbbells to help tone and turn excess fat into muscle. Over a period of time, Stacey gradually lost her target weight of 3-5 stone. 

Finding that inner motivation

Starting the process can often be the most difficult, finding motivation and strength to get through the early phase of your fitness journey. For Stacey, this was no different.

“When I first started, the aching and constant hunger made me feel like giving up. I was consuming around 3000 calories per day and my BMR is only 1500. This was the hardest part for me.”

Making sacrifices to achieve results

Anyone embarking on a weight loss journey needs to make sacrifices. Whether it is giving up certain foods, drinking or making the necessary changes to your lifestyle. Stacey got herself out of the old routine of comfort eating to supplement the hard work she was putting in the gym.

“I needed to give up comfort eating. I was eating when I was happy and sad. Sometimes you don’t want to turn to a salad or something healthy in the evening. You just want comforting carbs like chips or pizza.”

As with any change in lifestyle or diet, adaptations have to be made. Stacey may have found it difficult in the beginning, but once she got herself acclimatised with her new fitness regime, she began to notice the benefits.

“I got new-found energy and no longer felt sluggish or tired after eating.”

Great work, Stacey!

Weight Loss Success Story – Michelle Birbeck

Weight Loss Success Story - Michelle Birbeck
Weight Loss Success Story - Michelle Birbeck

Improving mental health through fitness

While the primary focus for Xercise4Less Hartlepool member Michelle has been to improve her physical health and lose her target weight, she has also found fitness has helped to enhance her mental health. She explains how she has struggled, and how working out at the gym has improved her confidence, morale and state of mind.

“My mental health is an ongoing battle. Some days are good, and some are bad. But going to the gym helps so much. It is time that I get to myself, time where I’m not running around after my daughter, or sorting something out for my hubby, or doing housework. And I always feel better after a couple hours at the gym. The little victories are fantastic, like adding another minute to my running time or another notch up on the weights. Those little things help me keep going especially on the bad days. “

Seeing results can be a fantastic source of motivation to continue training. For Michelle, she has tracked her progress and is able to achieve more in her sessions than she could before. Even the smallest improvements can have the biggest differences.

“I have an underactive thyroid, pcos, depression, and anxiety, so there is a lot to keep on top of.  My physical health has improved no end since I started at the gym. I’ve gone from being able to run for 3 minutes to over half an hour. I can now do squats with 25kg instead of 5. And I can manage a whole ten mins on the stair machine, where I struggled to do one when I started.”

“I am also a lot happier with myself. My self-confidence has always been on the low side, by a lot, but since starting at the gym I am happier with how I look, with how my clothes fit, and how I feel in myself.

Gaining positive results thanks to Xercise4Less fitness classes

As well as providing you with all the facilities and equipment you need for a solo workout, we also offer a range of fitness classes to help further improve your fitness. Plus, fitness classes are a great way to meet like-minded people and feel part of a team.

“Classes are new to me. I’ve never been one for group exercise where people can see me, especially if I don’t know what I am doing. But one day after a couple of months in the gym I didn’t know what to do and there was a class just about to start.”

“My favourites have to be BODYPUMP and spinning. I’ve never done any serious weightlifting before, so going into BODYPUMP was all new to me, but I love it. It is so great to see the improvement every week.  I forget that there are other people there, so I don’t feel self-conscious at all. “

Whilst Michelle hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with fitness classes, she has come through the other side and finds them a great way to relieve stress.

“Spinning and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate it because it is so hard, but I also love it because it is so hard.  I’ve also tried out the punching bags for the first time, too. They are fantastic. There is a lot of stress in my life at times, and I’ve loved being able to work out that stress on the punching bags.”

Balancing the gym around a hectic family life

Balancing your busy life with a weight loss journey can be extremely difficult. Sacrifices have to be made along the way in order to achieve the best results. Michelle has a small child to look after, as well as making sure her disabled husband has everything he needs on a daily basis. With help from her family, Michelle is able to get some breaks throughout the day to get her gym sessions in.

“Currently I go to the gym mainly in the mornings. My little one started nursery last year, so I drop her off, and then head to the gym, and pick her up afterwards. During the school holidays I end up there in the evenings after she has gone to bed. That is easiest for my husband to handle, as he is disabled, so we work our days around me looking after him and our daughter. “

Fantastic progress, Michelle!

Weight Loss Success Story – Beth Whithorn

Weight Loss Success Story - Beth Whithorn
Weight Loss Success Story - Beth Whithorn

Devising a fitness plan to see visible results

Having a consistent workout and fitness plan has helped Chesterfield member Beth Whithorn stay on track of her target of ten stone weight loss. Understandably, this has been a long battle for Beth, and she has endured many ups and downs along the way.  

Beth usually participates in a weights session at the gym, as she believes that delivered better results for her. However, she also goes on the treadmill to help improve her cardiovascular fitness as well as targeted weight loss.

“I feel that mostly weights work best for me as I feel that’s where I started noticing the results. An average gym session would consist of 10 minutes on the treadmill at the highest incline followed by an arms, legs and bum or back workout.”

Remain patient and stick to your goals

Making progress can often be in small steps, and for Beth this is no different. She has found gradual progression has worked better for her.

 

“I started noticing results about six weeks into my journey. I noticed I wasn’t getting out of breath when walking up the stairs. I also noticed my clothes were not as tight, which made me feel a lot more confident. About six months into my journey I was able to buy clothes in most shops again and not have to buy from plus size sections.”

Recovering from setbacks

As previously mentioned, Beth noticed results improved over a period, giving her the confidence and enthusiasm to follow her journey. Whilst there is still a further target in mind, Beth is happy with the progress she has currently made but is in no doubt about where she wants to go from here.

 

“I would like to lose a further two stone to hit my ideal goal of a ten stone loss since starting my journey. I would also like to become fitter and healthier, building my strength back up as I am currently on a break from the gym as I am unwell and awaiting surgery at the beginning of February. I am already missing the gym and can’t wait to be back there doing the things I love.”

Keep going, Beth!

Weight Loss Success Story – Samantha Hunt

Weight Loss Success Story - Samantha Hunt
Weight Loss Success Story - Samantha Hunt

Using cardio to improve fitness

The thought of an intense cardio workout can often be daunting or intimidating. For Samantha, she has found cardio workouts to be the most effective for weight loss. Sticking to similar training patterns, routines and outputs for her results.

“I tend to stick to an hour and a half of cardio when I go to the gym. This is normally made up of 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the stepper. To have variety when I’m exercising, I often mix it up by doing a walk on incline, sprints and interval training.”

“In future, I would like to attend the classes but right now it is difficult to fit them around my shifts.”

Supportive gym, supportive friend

Here at Xercise4Less gyms we are all about friendly service and an inclusive feel, generating a comfortable atmosphere for all our members to work out in. Samantha found this particularly resonated with her weight loss journey, as she remarked on the environment created by our helpful, professional staff.

“The staff are always happy to help and are very friendly. It makes a massive difference! Having the separate female only zone also helps a lot.”

As well as finding help through Xercise4Less, Samantha has enjoyed sharing her fitness journey with a close friend, who has also supported her along the way.

“Going with my friend has supported me during this journey because during days where I’ve really felt like I’m lacking motivation, having the support from my friend, knowing we’re going together gives me the boost to just get to the gym. When I’m at the gym, I usually have the motivation to have a good session!”

Cleaning up eating habits

Eating well is also important to a fitness journey, as you want to supplement your exercise with a healthy diet. Samantha has made a conscious effort to improve her diet so that her hard work in the gym has the best chance to pay off.

“I’ve made a change to my eating habits. I find going to the gym and working hard to burn calories makes it easier to stick to better eating.”

“I also try and go to the gym on days off instead of previously, I would opt for a cinema trip or have a lazy day in front of the TV!”

Slow and steady wins the race

It can be difficult to stay motivated or keep the faith, especially when you don’t instantly see results. Typically, positive weight loss results do not happen overnight, and it is a gradual process. As difficult as it may seem at the time, you must keep searching for the drive to succeed. It might not be a visible result, as Samantha can recall, she found she was able to perform exercises for longer and that kickstarted her motivation to continue.

“Sometimes I do really struggle with motivation. My weight can often be up and down due to shifts at work, and unpredictable sleeping patterns. When I feel like this, I just remind myself of how far I have come and even if I go to the gym and only do a 30-minute workout, it is still 30 minutes more than if I hadn’t gone. I track my workouts on my Fitbit, so this keeps me motivated as I can see progress.”

“I had a few weeks off over Christmas, so I am feeling it at the moment. I enjoy seeing results. For example, a few months ago I could only do 5 minutes on the stepper – now I can get up to an hour!”

Great work, Samantha!

Weight Loss Success Story – Andy Toynton

Weight Loss Success Story - Andy Toynton

'Tackling A Long Term Weight Issue'

Weight Loss Success Story - Andy Toynton

Xercise4Less Burnley member Andy Toynton has had a long-term battle with his weight, trying various diets and programmes which have not been successful for him. This led to Andy having a ‘final straw’ moment and getting on top of his physical health by using his family as the motivational tool to embark on his weight loss journey.

“I want to be able to set a good example to my family and not only lose the weight but also manage to keep it off as I have failed with previous attempts. This has been an ongoing battle for a number of years.”

“I also don’t want to look fat in my swimming shorts on holiday. The turning point for me was when my son asked me if I was having a baby.”

Andy’s ultimate goal is to lose up to 3 stone, and he is well on his way to achieving this. Noticing results within 3 months has helped Andy to keep his confidence and motivation up to reach and surpass his targets.

Family Support And Learning From The Past

We all need support and a gee-up from our loved ones from time to time. Andy was given a huge lift when his wife decided to join the gym and help support him through his weight loss journey. This was a real confidence boost and pivotal moment for Andy.

“My wife joined the gym as well in order to support me. My whole family have been very supportive, even if there are too many carbs in the house!”

“Unfortunately, in the past, I have had my fair share of injuries which has not helped me to get the weight off or stay fit. 

'Fitness Classes Helped Me Reach Targets'

Andy found that attending a range of our fitness classes helped him make positive strides in his weight loss journey, giving him confidence and energy to make his goals become a reality. 

“I attended classes to help improve my fitness. I went to HIIT, indoor cycling, BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT classes.  I wanted to mix up my training and test myself.”

Classes are a great way of exercising, as you can seek advice and support from your peers as well as fitness professionals. All our classes strive to provide a friendly, inclusive service whilst delivering functionality and success for each individual.

For Andy, attending the gym a few times a week enabled him to notice progression and his varied training of classes and doing cardio work on the treadmill offered a successful routine, sustaining heightened fitness over a period of time. This is something Andy is grateful for.

“Xercise4Less are run by a friendly bunch of professionals who give encouragement, advice and motivation to keep me focused.”

Excellent Work, Andy!

Weight Loss Success Story – John Jordan

Weight Loss Success Story - John Jordan

'Lose weight or risk Diabetes'

Weight Loss Success Story - John Jordan

Health is arguably the most important commodity in life. When this is jeopardised, we realise there is no alternative but to amend our ways. Xercise4Less Wigan member John Jordan was severely at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. He knew at this point he had to do something about his weight. 

“In December 2018, after a blood test, my doctor told me that I was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It was this that convinced me to do something about my weight to improve my health.”

This was obviously a massive shock to John, and gave him the impetus to start a fitness regime, subsequently joining our Wigan club in his quest to lose up to 4 stone.

Starting My Weight Loss Journey With Xercise4Less Gyms

At the age of 42, John had never been in a gym before and wanted to be part of an environment where he felt welcome and be given the confidence to succeed on his weight loss journey. 

“It was difficult at first because of my weight and my age, but all the staff and the PT were extremely helpful, taking time to show me how to use all the machines and equipment.”

John also revealed how he struggled with certain exercises, but was ably assissted by the PT in order to ensure he performed the exercise correctly and it would be beneficial for him to achieve his goals.

“I particularly remember trying to do a plank on the first day and was very unsuccessful. Since then, my PT has helped me with my technique and to gradually lift heavier weights. He is also readily available on social media and over the phone if I need him.”

The friendly, inclusive nature of Xercise4Less has provided John with the comfort of being able to perform the exercises he needs to do, in the time frame he wants to do them, and without feeling the pressure of being intimidated by the presence of supremely fit or muscle-bound people.

Developing Fitness With Specific Gym Workouts

In order to succeed in his weight loss journey, John has a plan of action to attack each and every gym session he attends. He feels that weights and resistance training works best for him.

“I believe that working with weights has been the best solution for me. At first, I needed cardio to lose weight but my PT explained how lifting weights can burn more calories. I have gradually improved my technique and increased my weights with exercises such as; deadlifts, squats and shoulder presses.”

The Benefits Of Exercising: My Success Story

After training regularly for the best part of a year, John has seen a dramatic increase in his health. Not just through losing weight, but also his general physical condition and well-being have improved.

“Nearly a year to the day since I started working out, I took another blood test which found my blood sugar levels were at a normal, healthy rate. This meant I was no longer at risk of developing diabetes. I was amazed and so proud of myself for being able to accomplish this.”

In addition to his health being improved, John has new-found confidence in the way he looks and feels.

“I have a physically demanding job which has been made easier through weight loss and fitness. I look better and now I enjoy going into the studio at the gym and feel comfortable looking at my reflection in the mirror. It is a pleasure to work out in there now because of my improved physique.”

Great work, John!

Weight Loss Success Story – Sarah McCutcheon

Weight Loss Transformation - Sarah McCutcheon

Not Being Wedding Dress Ready: 'I Knew Something Had To Be Done'

Weight Loss Success Story - Sarah McCutcheon

For many, getting into shape for their big day is the greatest motivation. But for Sarah McCutcheon, it was after the wedding she felt like action needed to be taken. This was the real lightbulb moment for Sarah, who explains how she felt.

“When I couldn’t fit into the wedding dress I had longed for, and paid for, I knew that was it and time to do something about it. I had to get forced into it on my special day and that sickened me.”

Her weight became an issue and it began to have detrimental effects on both her physical and mental well-being.

“It was affecting my mental health, my relationships and my general appearance. My self esteem and confidence were at a low.”

Getting Over That Brick Wall

When beginning her weight loss journey, Sarah began to doubt herself and how she would be able to get down to the target weight.

“I have previously attempted diets before and tried Slimming World but there has always been too many temptations.”

Thankfully, with the help of Xercise4Less Wakefield, Sarah has been able to fully commit to exercise, partaking in a range of classes to guide her through the weight loss journey.

“I go to different classes about 2 or 3 times a week. These are mainly 15/15/15, BODYPUMP, Les Mills and Zumba which have all been great for losing weight.”

Also, the positive vibe at the gym has helped to give Sarah the confidence and motivation she needed to embrace her fitness journey.

“The Xercise4Less community has had a huge impact on me. I can’t thank the staff at Wakefield enough for what they have done for me. I am more confident and more happy than I have been before.”

'I'm Stronger Than I Think'

A weight loss journey can help people to discover things about themselves, discover traits they never thought they had. For Sarah, she has realised she is a lot stronger than she thinks.

“I feel in a much better place now. I’m still not 100% happy but I am a lot stronger than I think. I definitely have a lot more confidence in how I am and what I wear. I am happy to go anywhere and enjoy sharing posts and photos of myself and my progress.”

As a result, Sarah is enjoying a much more active lifestyle.

Whilst it is important to have the drive and motivation to succeed, you cannot do it alone. Family and friends become crucial to your weight loss journey, which has been vital for Sarah to succeed.

“My family help me a lot. They help me shop, cook and support me to every session or every class. My family always compliment me and tell me how proud of me they are.”

“I have lost 3st 3lbs in just under two years.”

We're Proud Of You Too, Sarah! Keep It Up!