Welcome to our Client of the Month Page – Why do we do it? Because it is a chance for us to recognise our clients efforts be it how long they’ve been coming or perhaps achieving their goal or just because they are committed to their health – Enjoy reading about our clients as we love learning more about them and celebrating their successes.
I have always loved sport and can’t remember when I was not playing games of some sort or another. It was the norm as a little kid playing organized games in the back yard, often with some of my older siblings doing the organizing and usually with some of the kids in the neighbourhood. That gradually gave way to participating in school, community, university and back to community teams. The ongoing problem with all of this was I was not much good at training and never really took to gym work, which in retrospect would have given me a much better physical preparation.
But now it is somewhat different with little opportunity to play footy, cricket, squash, etc., although golf, with its engaging needs for precision, skill and planning ahead still get the internal competitive juices going.
Lyn (Phil’s wife) started at ALTA some 6 months or more before I did, and her cajoling finally got me here. I wonder now whether I would have enjoyed more of the gym work in past years if then there had been the care and attention to individual needs, as is a hallmark of the ALTA team. Of course at times it feels like they enjoy torturing my poor body, and they can’t wait to think up new ways to do so, or get you on a new gadget or toy that will just tease out that set of muscles a little more or stretch that tendon ever so slightly. And so it goes on.
But to be honest, I continue to enjoy my one-on-one sessions with JC that have now been going on for more than two years. The group sessions on early Monday evenings are a riot with Elle and Ian as the other two permanents, plus a variety of short-term members over the years. We have had various team members that have attempted to put us through our paces. One suspects the rotation of team members is needed because who can stand the terrible humor that they have to endure for the hour. But then the humor allows for blowing off the strain of just completing that set of planks, lifting weights and doing dreadful things to the tower. It is also a wonderful way, paradoxically perhaps, of keeping this cross-generational small group on song.
So overall ALTA has given me an organized way of keeping my general fitness intact and has certainly been excellent preparation for my golf, the day-long weekly walks we engage in around Melbourne, and our once or twice a year overseas multi-day walking treks. Philip Clarkson Jan. 2020
Awesome story, thanks Phil, we love it!
Our January Client of the Month is Marie. Marie has only been with us a very short time but we’ve been so impressed with her commitment and we can’t take all the credit because as we know exercise plays a role in changing yourself but nutrition is the biggest key and we hope that we are the support crew to help as well! Marie’s story follows.
“For some time I have been wanting to prioritise myself and my fitness. I am a Mum of two very active little boys and I had found myself struggling to keep up with my young family. It was perfect timing when a dear friend recommended Alta Fitness to me.
I have been training with Linda and Estelle for three months and am so pleased with the results so far! I have have lost weight, regained fitness and strength in only a short time. I really enjoy waking up for my early morning sessions and my husband has noticed how happy I am and eager to join him and our boys for early morning activities such as going to the park. Keeping up with them is no problem now!
In the past, I would stay home while he took the boys out as I was experiencing fatigue. I now feel that I am present in the moments that really matter to me and my family. Since beginning training at Alta, I have been motivated to make a lifestyle change to eat cleanly which includes cutting out all inflammatory foods from my diet. I have noticed many overall health benefits including clearer thinking, a reduction in brain fog and overall increased energy.
Thank you Linda, JC and the team at Alta for creating such an inspiring wonderful space to exercise. I am so glad that I finally found you!”
Thanks Marie, you are the inspiration and we are looking forward to 2020 with you.
Jenni started coming to ALTA as she had frozen shoulders both left and right for over a year, which was frustrating and depressing and she was felt she was lacking fitness and flexibility. Referred by the lovely Bernadette from Embre Hairdressing (next door) she decided to give us a go.
Starting out at ALTA Jenni soon saw a light at the end of the tunnel and with our qualified and experienced team Jenni has now regained mobility in both shoulders and her fitness and flexibility have improved dramatically. Staying motivated and continuing to challenge herself, Jenni’s goal is to be at her ultimate fitness for her age and she has found that working with our super friendly team makes for working out a great and rewarding experience.
As Jenni says “ Don’t give up, staying positive and motivated is key. Working with the amazing trainers at ALTA you can overcome a myriad of ailments and be a fitter, happier individual.”
From us here at ALTA we have been so rewarded too, the whole team love trainingJenni as she keeps on at it each week, not matter the newness of any exercise or challenge we give her!
A very deserving client of the month, thanks Jenni.
From the ALTA Fitness Team
I started out at ALTA Fitness to find a balance between my more passive exercises (yoga, walking and napping) and my more physical time spent in the garden. Now it has become an important part of my weekly routine that gets me through the week with a smile and a pep in my step!
ALTA Fitness allows me to keep working on my strength and mobility, which in turn allows me to do the things I want (and think) I can do without being restricted by personal strength or ability to move. In my 3 years, I have had the pleasure of having JC, Linda, Johnny, and Will train me either in a class or one-on-one and have all been wonderful at tailoring the session to suit my needs, or any niggle I might have.
JC and Linda have been particularly wonderful at providing a supportive environment where you can feel comfortable and confident in the gym.
Last but not least, the lemons and mandarins are some of the best I’ve ever had!
Thanks so much Lizzie and for your smile each week which makes you a pleasure to train.
Jen joined ALTA Fitness over 3 years ago with a group from work and immediately enjoyed the friendly, low key feel of the gym and the expertise and great variety of workouts with JC, Linda and the other trainers. Unlike with other gyms Jen had tried in the past, she felt motivated from the start to keep coming and this is still paying off 3 years later!
Jen said, “I wanted a regular workout to help me build and maintain strength and agility, and to support my other fitness passion, running. I always feel like I’ve gained something from each session, even on days when I’m not feeling at the top of my game, the trainers support me to work to my own level so ialways feel both the physical and mental benefit. Other days I just need some encouragement to put in that little bit harder and I get that too!
Even though I do a group class, JC and Linda regularly check in with where I’m at with my training, and work with me to understand my individual fitness goals and challenges. They are passionate about what they do and are always well informed and up to date about anything and everything fitness related.
I would say if you are looking for a friendly, personalised gym with a passionate and expert team to guide you that it is worth giving ALTA Fitness a go.
Thanks JC and Linda, you guys are awesome.”
Jen you are awesome and hope that we are running pals and doing events together for a long time yet!
I had never taken my fitness seriously until I decided to attend my first personal training session. I didn’t realise how unfit I was until I attended that first session but I managed to struggle through and after a few months I felt healthier, happier and even looked forward to training which would have been unheard of a few months earlier.
I have found the team at ALTA Fitness to be extremely knowledgeable and adaptable to my raft of injuries. In November 2018 I had a seizure which left me struggling to move my neck for 3 months but JC & Will were able to work around this and gave me the confidence to continue training.
I recently got to tick off a bucket list of playing Pebble Beach Golf Course and as part of that JC, Will & Estelle tailored my training to ensure my body was in perfect condition.(My abs have never felt so much pain).
I’m looking forward to continuing my fitness journey which I hope will allow me to improve my golf, return to running, lose a little bit of weight, perform 5 unassisted chin-ups(still a little way to go they are seriously hard) & gain the energy I need to run around after my 2 year old daughter who cheers me on every time I walk out the door to go and exercise.
Thanks to the Alta team! Dave
Thank you Dave, are real pleasure to be able to train you! From the ALTA Fitness Team
Michelle has been training for over 10 years now first taking when looking after young children, elderly parents and working part time. I was really looking for some ‘me time’ to focus on improving my fitness. Over the years I have trained with several trainers and each have brought their own special strengths and interests to my sessions. Since ALTA fitness came to Canterbury I have been very lucky to train with Ryan and now J.C. The personalised attention I get is wonderful. J.C. tailors my sessions and creates the most interesting (maybe even crazy) exercises. Just when you think it is easy, he’ll tweak the exercise and bring a whole new challenge. What I have found is that it has given me the confidence to try new things and attempt things that I might not otherwise have done.
Recently, this has been to take up walking/hiking. Up until last year, I had only really walked the dog but walking the Camino was something that I had been interested in for a while. The opportunity came up for me to take long service leave and I took it! J.C. helped me get into condition for this, working on ankles, calves, legs, balance and building up stamina and I did it! The whole 800 kms. It has been an amazing experience and because I was well prepared, I really enjoyed it. So, I’m back for more later this year, only this time in Japan. J.C. has got me working again, preparing my legs for lots of hilly steps and steep descents.
Training has made me much fitter and stronger than I have ever been, but most of all, it has given me self-confidence. What I learnt from walking the Camino is not to look too far ahead, take each day at a time and to enjoy the moment. But most importantly, if you chip away at something, you can achieve amazing things. Each journey starts with the first step and persistence is the key.
Thank you so much Michelle, we are hoping you have many more walking journeys and years of fitness ahead!From the ALTA Fitness Team
I would firstly like to thank JC and Linda at Alta for asking me to be client of the month, I never thought I would ever have a personal trainer let alone be asked to be client of the month.
This is a special Client of the Month as Becky has MS and she is an absolute inspiration, we appreciate that with improving fitness has helped Becky but really it is her commitment and spirit to fight this that is amazing.
Becky wrote: I would firstly like to thank JC and Linda at ALTA for asking me to be Client of the Month, I never thought I would ever have a personal trainer let alone be asked to be client of the month. A little bit about me..
Six years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – for the first year or two denial was pretty much the road I had decided to take with it and each scan showed slow progression but still new lesions every scan. The first thing I tried to change was my diet trying to be as healthy as I could. This had some success with my energy levels but unfortunately I had my first big relapse that made me change literally aspect of my life.
I went on a very new drug with a new neurologist and started walking a lot more and my scans started to come back with no progression. After discussing with my Neurologist about exercise he didnt see any harm in me taking my fitness to the next level as long as I was careful and was monitored.
So in step JC and Linda ! I first noticed ALTA on a walk one evening and one day I just plucked up the courage to walk in and speak to them and I am so glad that I did. I left with my first session booked and that was about 18 months ago, I now I see JC every week for 1 on 1PT
I was too intimated by big gyms especially considering I had never worked out before – Alta is different, after just the first session I felt comfortable and at home. JC is aware of any issues I may be having and modifies our session depending on what symptoms I am feeling or what I am capable of doing and week by week I keep getting stronger and stronger.
Currently getting toned for my big trip to the United States in 5 weeks.
Ellie is one of our youngest members and she has, along with her family and very close friend Jen, become a wonderful friend who we do fun activities and events together outside of the studio and always involving some sort of exercise! Ellie holds a special spot in our hearts and we are thrilled to have her as our Client of the Month (even if she getting bugging us, it is well deserved!!) Estelle is now her group trainer and loving it so Ellie was asked some questions.
What problems did you have before you came to us? Before joining the crew at ALTA Fitness I had a large base as a cardio athlete and dreams of becoming an ultra endurance athlete! A major component I was missing before ALTA Fitness in my training program was strength and functional training, my lack of flexibility and stiffness left as it was could have developed into long term injury’s. With the help of JC, Linda’s and the other staff members at ALTA Fitness was able to develop muscle and strength to improve my all round fitness and health. The trainers at ALTA and the group I train with really made training in a gym fun, the wide range of activities and exercises created an interesting and exciting program.
What do you like most about coming to ALTA? I love the vast amount of experience all the staff have at ALTA Fitness! JC was my first trainer at ALTA Fitness, personal experience in sport and our common interest of the snow and running allowed us to bond and for me to trust JC’s opinion when it comes to my program and training , to this day I still ask JC and Linda advice about my training. Another important part of why I keep coming back to ALTA are the friendly and encouraging faces that I see every Monday and Wednesday night, being in my final year of school I can find myself being overwhelming and stressed but after a fun and cheerful session I always find my self having a clear mind ready learn.
Thanks Ellie, from all of the ALTA Fitness Team xxx
Congratulations Sara thank you and well deserved! We asked Sara a few questions and this is what she shared with us
Paul has been one of JC’s longest clients and sometimes I confuse for each other – can you see the resemblance! Paul said…9 years ago, being a 54 year old keen skier and having had a knee operation, I went in search of a personal trainer. At Fitness First I came across the CV of a trainer who specialised in rehab and skiing – JC, he was the trainer for me!
I have trained with JC consistently ever since. He has helped me develop my core fitness and incorporating specific ski related strengthening and balance exercises. Adding flexibility to my ageing body has been a central theme to our exercise regime and, of course, aerobic capacity is an important element as well and which JC introduces strategically in advance of my regular ski trips. In very real terms I have experienced the benefit of accumulated fitness over this period.
Being in my 60’s, I consider it a true gift to not only be able to continue my sporting passion, but to do so at an improving standard and on increasingly challenging terrain. Thank you JC and team.
And Thank You Paul you are a gentleman whose steps we wish to follow and ski for a long time yet!
Yee started with us in March and in the last 6 months has come leaps and bounds with her rehab, fitness and strength and always with a lovely smile and hello!
Yee said “JC has been instrumental in my injury rehabilitation, as well as my initial simple request to increase physical fitness to keep up with my demanding toddler. His training sessions are enjoyable and fun. I often joke that he must have dreamt about those exercises in his sleep, as they look crazy but it works! JC is also fantastic with tweaking exercises to suit the circumstance, and warming up certain muscles beforehand for the “big show”.
I have now challenged JC to achieve my next objective to lift my toddler so he can sit on my shoulders. ALTA Fitness – you’ve got my vote. I rave to all my friends about you!”
Thanks Yee, we rave about you too!
Andrew Walker has been cross country ski racing since1979. In Andrew’s words ‘’I love the sense of competition in a sport that involves the whole body and that is done in the mountains. I had a medical issue in June 2015 which meant I could not actively ski. After recovery, I decided to go to the Masters World Cross Country Championships in Finland. I like to be competitive, and I know JC is a very good XC coach and strength trainer and not far from home, I started coming to ALTA in October 2015. The work with JC has lifted my skiing to another level. I’ve won my age group at the Kangaroo Hoppet the past 3 years, including the recent (perfect) event at end of August where I was 12 minutes up on 2nd. And I’ve been well prepared for the Masters XC races at Voukatti, Finland and at Klosters, Switzerland in 2017. I’m now on track for the Masters in Norway next March.
During my time at ALTA, I’ve also focused on roller skiing and cycling. My roller skiing times have dropped by nearly 20%, particularly on the roads around Cape Conran, Lake Mountain and Royal Park. A completely different strength program helped make the Bright Alpine Buffalo Sunrise cycle event (200 k starting @ 4:00 am, in rain) in late January a really pleasant ride! To relax, I indulge in the occasional 6 hour Rogaine and get out for an occasional run. I love the discipline, effort and improvement of strength and conditioning training, and with some yoga added, everything is all very good. For my sessions, they are always different and I am invigorated by working the same parts in so many different ways. The training always goes very well, making me anxious but confident about how the competitions will go, and it is all worth it.”
Thank you Andrew for being our Client of the Month, we are very happy for you and your fantastic achievements.
The ALTA Fitness Team
Who do we love more, Jess, Becor Seb! These sisters train together and bring along the beautiful Sebastian, Jess’ son, who often joins in too as you can see from the pictures. As Lisa has said she is so impressed with Bec and Jess’ dedication to their training. Even when Bec travels for work, Jess continues to train at their scheduled time and Bec reschedules to not miss a session. They train hard but have fun and support each other to get the best out of each other and their training. They are a pleasure to train and an added perk for Lisa is she gets to cuddle Seb every week! We asked them a few questions.
Why do you come to ALTA? We come to ALTA as a way of getting our body moving and making sure we implement healthy habits now before it’s too late!
What do you like about ALTA? Our trainer Lisa and also the location. Lisa came recommended to us from a neighbour and thanks to her friendly nature and tough programs her sessions have become the best part of our week. We also come to ALTA because of the flexibility to cater to our changing timetables and availability each week and willingness to let us train whilst our littlest family member explores the centre! Seb is 14 months!
Lisa is caring and so relatable. We love that her sessions are varied yet customized to us individually. She is very supportive and very, very easy to get along with. We can also rely on her to subtly push us every session which we love, so much so that we’ve increased to seeing her 3 times every 10 days.
We are definitely stronger and more aware our muscles- probably because we hadn’t used so many in such a long time. We are also look forward to our sessions now as we know that we can continually improve and that there is a difference between cardio and weight training.
We would strongly recommend incorporating physical activity in your weekly routine. It doesn’t have to be with a PT but that is definitely the way we both enjoy training. Thank you Lisa- you’re the best!
And thank you ladies for being our clients of the Month.
Ian joined us over 2 years ago and has been a big driver in helping not only himself be fitter but his staff as well and this really is what impress’ us the most is that he cares about his people. Ian attends the Monday & Wednesday night sessions which are a lot of fun and we have enjoyed seeing Ian get fitter and fitter that now he is a formidable force! Words from Ian…
“What a truly wonderful experience the last few years has been. With gentle pushing and support from JC and Linda I have gone from barely being able to do 5 sit ups, to now feeling confident I could take on most things if given the time. All I can say is thank you to yourselves and all the wonderful people I have trained with.”
Ian, you awesome thanks for being our client of the month.
Never guess the relationship? Jennifer is the lovely Lisa’s Mother in Law and she started with ALTA Fitness nearly 2 years ago joining the Ladies Thursday Group and has become a much valued member and friend of the group.
Jennifer’s story is something we can all relate to – “I have been a regular walker for many years but as time passed I realised some upper body exercises would be beneficial this is how I came to join a senior ladies group at ALTA.
I am enjoying exercising at ALTA because my strength and balance continue to improve which is important to me as my goal is to stay mobile into my advancing years. I believe its never too late to start a regular exercise programme you will notice the benefits in no time at all”.
Thanks so much Jennifer for being our client of the month.
Rhi’s Story – I don’t have much of a fitness background but found that after giving birth to my daughter last year I really wanted to make sure that I would be around and in a reasonably healthy capacity as she got older. ALTA Fitness works for me because it works on basics; keeping things in good form, letting me know what, where and how I should be feeling the various exercises and keeping account of what my limits are but gently pushing them at the same time. I hope to snowshoe to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko in August and I have to say I don’t know if I would be contemplating the journey if not for the help of JC, Lisa and Linda.
Josh’s Story – Before coming to ALTA I had spent a lot of time going to the gym with a broad focus on weightlifting, but that lacked a more holistic view of my fitness. ALTA has been a great change of pace in that it not only keeps the work I’ve done in the past, but also helps to put it into that larger frame of fitness and balance. Chasing my toddler around truly demands that type of performance ability!
Thanks Josh & Rhi, it is truly a pleasure having you at our studio.
Congratulations to Vanessa for being our client of the month for April. Vanessa told us that all her life exercise was not a priority except for walking a series of much loved dogs! However upon retirement one of Vanessa’s goals was to improve her fitness. When her GP told her that swimming was not enough on its own she wandered into ALTA thinking she would have a one off session on how to use weights and instead found herself in one, then two weekly classes and has never looked back!
Vanessa said ‘ I would never have survived a large gym but ALTA is such a warm and welcoming place with great trainers and a terrific sense of camaraderie among the participants. I have really enjoyed getting fitter and the coffee at the end is always welcome!
Vanessa you are always welcome and the ladies group would not be the same without you here and we are so pleased you agreed to be our Client of the Month.
Nicky has been training with JC for a long time and has also become our very good friend. We asked a few questions about her time at ALTA Fitness and why she comes to us and this is what she had to say!
1.I love the way You All care for your clients
2.Learning the correct way to exercise for day to day and Golf – Nicky’s number one passion
3.The journey JC & I have been on with my rehab and knee injury
4.Sharing Fun, Sweat and Many laughs with dear friends.
If I didn’t continue my exercise with the ALTA Fitness team, especially J.C, I don’t think I would be golfing anymore, let alone playing off a 6 handicap.
JC, Lisa & I have a special spot for Nicky not only because she is so committed but also because she always has a smile and loves a joke with us which just makes her whole session, a whole lot of fun!
Thanks Nicky, we are proud to have you as our Client of the Month – The ALTA Fitness Team.
In Lyn’s own words…. I joined ALTA in September 2016 as I had decided that personal training would provide the discipline I needed to get myself fitter. I made that decision when I was walking on the British Coast to Coast walk. It was a challenge but I knew I wanted to continue my fitness journey after the walk.
And it has worked out far better than I could have possibly anticipated. The last thing I imagined was being introduced to weight lifting but when I was (by Ryan), I took to it like a duck to water. Weights combined with functional fitness has made a huge difference to my life – my posture is better, my stamina has increased, and I feel stronger and more confident.
JC and Linda have been fabulous – so much so my husband is also now part of the ALTA family. My sister (who lives in Texas) and my son (living in Paris) come along as well when they are in town. ALTA really is a family affair for us.
Thank you so much Lyn, we think you are fantastic, from the ALTA Fitness Team.
Nearly two years ago I was a reluctant debutante when invited to join Tuesday’s Senior Ladies group. Having previously briefly experienced, and disliking, gymnasium workouts elsewhere, I was not keen to revisit. But very quickly I grew to thoroughly enjoy my sessions at ALTA Fitness. JC’s program is rigorous as we ‘golden oldies’ become fitter and healthier, all the while having fun and forging friendships. Tuesdays were not enough so I joined the Thursday Senior Ladies with Lisa. Again we exercise and have fun. I became addicted. As well as the Tuesday and Thursday sessions I now have a one-on-one session with JC on Wednesdays. People have commented on my improved physique, and my stamina and fitness have increased dramatically.
My husband, Michael, previously an anti-exercise person who has some physical challenges, caught my ALTA fitness bug and now works with JC twice per week. Michael is thrilled with his improved health and mobility and, too, is now an exercise convert. We feel so much better!
Thank you so much Jen for being the awesome client you are, (or should we say Jane from Tarzan’s fame) from the ALTA Fitness Team
To the beautiful Adriana – inside and out we have loved that Adriana chose us to get herself physically fitter for her wedding to Mitch on the 18th November – Congratulations to you both for a long, love filled, happy life together.
I came to Alta Fitness in February as I’m getting married in November and wanted to work on my overall physique and fitness. A wedding is great motivation!
The changes I have seen have been enormous. My overall fitness has improved dramatically, I’m more toned, healthy and each week see a gradual improvement, no matter how big or small. Lisa has been incredible and pushed me in ways I couldn’t do on my own. I’ve also met some wonderful people at the studio who I look forward to seeing each week.
ALTA fitness has completely changed my lifestyle for the better. Although I came to ALTA to look and feel better for my wedding, this has now changed my perception and I will be training at the studio long after the wedding! A big thank you to JC, Linda and Lisa for all their support!
Thank you again, I’m honestly chuffed to be your client of the month :). And so are we – thankyou from the ALTA Fitness Team
Fitness at Alta – Why or Why not? From someone who definitely isn’t and never was
As an old codger of nearly 80 years, and with metal in 5 joints, and neck and lower spinal damage, I felt that my very painful and difficult walking requiring the use of a walking stick occasionally ( and extreme difficulty in going up stairs) was going to continue to deteriorate. My work as a vet had involved lifting of dogs up to about 35 kgs, and farm work on weekends, and had tended to keep a very modest amount of fitness.
About 6 months ago, my daughter became concerned, and investigated who in the Eastern suburbs might be good at helping such an old codger, and with her 3 siblings gave me four sessions at Alta as a birthday present, with the realisation that I probably would not continue afterwards — her husband bet her that it was unlikely that I would use the 4 freebies, and absolutely no chance of continuing afterwards. He lost the bet!!
Six months on, with twice weekly sessions, I can walk up the stairs at home much more freely, even though it is still painful, but with much more flexibility, and my strength in legs and arms has improved, not markedly (but at least my wife is no longer stronger than I am, as in the past).
At this stage, I have every intention for continuing, hopefully to improve further but with the realisation that I will probably just be maintaining what I have gained, and I am very grateful for all the hard work that JC has put into getting things to this degree of improvement, and I would certainly suggest that if you get the right person to help you in your arthritic dotage, life might be more comfortable and with a considerable improvement in the spring in your step.
In conclusion I must add that having a metal knee that needs further surgery JC has been very careful not to push that joint to the point of further damage.