January 2019 Member of the Month – Angie Brown

By: Sylvia Lokollo

Core Strength Melbourne Fitness January 2019 Angie Brown

Core Strength Melbourne Fitness January 2019 Angie Brown

January is MOTM – Coaches’ Choice and this January, we congratulate Angie Brown on her health and fitness journey. What na amazing transformation Angie has gone through over the last year – mentally and physically. She is an inspiration to many of us and Angie, your hard work and effort inside and outside of the gym does not go unnoticed!

13kg loss! From 106kg to 93kg – mainly since Core Strength 8 Week Shred Challenge in September 2018.

Angie has been diagnosed with a condition called Cerebral Cavernous Angioma which can cause haemorrhage and bleeding in the brain.  Angie has this well under control and some movements in the gym are modified appropriately to ensure her safety while still challenging her to progress.

“If you push harder to get somewhere because you have no other choice, it makes you want to achieve things more.” – Angie

Member since January 2018
From bodyweight and 8kg bar to:
Deadlift 87.5kg | Squats 37.5kg | Strict Press 30kg
Push Press 35kg | Bench Press 41kg

What inspired you to start training?

I gained a lot of weight over the past 6 years due to various circumstances in my life, had lower back and knee pain, and now that I’m in my forties I decided it was time to start picking myself back up again.

What’s been the toughest challenge?

Coming back after the first class was very hard for me. My body was not used this type of workout, I wasn’t able to do everything the right/proper way and I was extremely sore. I also felt I was slowing the other members down in their workout. I almost put it all in the too hard basket.

How did you overcome the challenges?

Speaking with Sylvia before coming back for second session and discussing the hurdles I was faced with made returning a little easier. I normally don’t like to talk about my struggles, but I had to if I wanted to get into shape and I’m glad I did. Some exercises were modified for me and slowly I started to feel a bit more confident in what I was doing and returning for more classes. The progression to achieving my goals started slow, and might be a slower progress than other people but I was now on the right track so it was all worth it.

How has Core Strength positively impacted you me life?

All the positivity and encouragement that comes from all the coaches at CSF is infectious. They have been truly amazing and the other members are also awesome. Everyone is willing to help each other out. You’re not just another random person in a gym left to figure things out on your own, and it makes you want to come back. I went from 1 or 2 classes a week to 4 or 5 classes, sometimes doing double classes a day, and if I could do more I would. CSF really has helped me become a healthier and fitter version of myself.