Shannon Ritchie PART 1
My aim was to get fit, and lose weight, and that is what I have achieved with Lonedog Bootcamp.
I joined in winter 2009 and I have been attending ever since. It was the best thing that I ever did. When I first started with Lone Dog I could hardly run around the block and I wasn’t very fit or strong. I have in the last 2 and a half years lost 13 kgs, and I have lots a ridiculous amount of centimetres off my whole body. I have toned up, enhanced my strength, and gained the confidence to do anything.
I attend boot camp 3 nights a week and have now started one night a week on my own confidently running 8 kms and I am aiming for 10km by June (2011- SUCCESS!), and with the help of Cheryl and Shannon I will get there, they have motivated and inspired me to do more than just boot camps. Cheryl and Shannon have given me the confidence and belief in myself that I can do this and that I can work hard, and get the results that I want.
I don’t believe I would be where I am now if it wasn’t for Cheryl, Shannon and ‘Bootcamp’. I have made some new friends that I believe will be friends for life. I love my nights at Bootcamp, and I feel that if I can do it, anyone can.
Shannon Ritchie PART 2
I believe I was at my fittest I've been in years when I fell pregnant.
Shan and Cheryl embraced that they had a pregnant client and kept this confidential and began modifying my program to suit my needs. They undertook some courses to refresh their knowledge on training pregnant clients.
Bootcamp became a little different for me. Shan and Cheryl modified each session to suit my ever changing body, carefully monitoring me each session. They allowed me to continue as long as a I felt comfortable and continued by pregnant Bootcamp journey until I was 36 weeks.
Each session and each Bootcamp I slowed down as my body didn't allow for me to continue at my prior performance level. Bootcamp was still challenging me and I believe by training this far along allowed me to keep some of my fitness and get back into shape easier.
I returned to Bootcamp 4 1/2 months after having my first daughter Scarlett.
This was a shock to my system as I hadn't done much exercise between finishing up and getting back into it. Shan and Cheryl allowed me to ease back into it still modifying the program to suit me allowing me to be still pushed and challenged but only to the point that I could handle.
As each week progressed I pushed myself harder, they continued to modify as my body was still getting back to normal after having a baby.
After 6 months or so I felt that I was getting back to normal and was able to participate fully without modification.
At the beginning of this year I found out I was pregnant with my second child. Again they continued to keep this confidential and began modifying sessions accordingly as my body started to change again.
My body was coping with the workload, but this time I had a busy toddler I finished up at 30 weeks. Choosing to spend the last few months with my daughter and husband before arrival of our second daughter.
I felt supported all through my pregnancy journey, not just from Shan and Cheryl, but all my fellow boot campers, the love and support for each other in any class you attend is amazing. Encouraging each other to their full potential and in my case I felt that support too.
I believe that if you feel well enough through pregnancy that you can still continue to exercise. Doctors recommend that exercise is great to continue to keep fit and not gain too much weight during pregnancy.
My daughter Shelbie is now 8 weeks old and I will begin my journey again with Lonedog, this time we are venturing into a mum and bubs session which I am really looking forward to. I will eventually get back into Bootcamp next year, but I look forward to easing back into it though this session with like minded mums.
Thanks Shan and Cheryl.