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If I can do it YOU can do it #CambridgeBootcamps

If I can do it YOU can do it #CambridgeBootcamps
January 6, 2013 Charli Wall

Hello guys, I was chatting to someone in a meeting yesterday in a meeting and realised whilst I was talking that people may not know about my own journey into fitness.  So many women may feel scared and intimidated by coming along to one of our Cambridge Bootcamp locations, but we all start somewhere, and if I can do it then anyone can!

When I was 32 I got divorced un amicably  – I had not at this point exercised for MANY years! The thought of it hadn’t even entered into my mixed up head. That all changed the moment I stepped into a local gym. I had been told by certain negative people, that there was NO WAY I could join a gym, NO WAY I could ever get fit, NO WAY could I afford it… yadayada, so I thought B******s to you, and joined. I still to this day have NO idea what made me start running, as anyone who knows me knows I DESPISE running – but like all gyms, all the ladies were on the cardio machines, and all the chaps were flexing their biceps in the weights room, so in my naivety I thought running on the treadmill would be the answer to my problems. Which IN FACT it was at that time. I used to run and run on that treadmill pretending that I was running on *his* head 😉  Don’t get me wrong, I ran SLOWLY to begin with, for about 1 minute, then got off and nearly died haha!  I used to add one minute at a time every time I got on, which in the end added up to around 40 minutes of running.  It was at this point that I decided to enter into my first Race for Life event in Cambridge.. I had never done anything like that before, but I set myself the goal and just kept running. The date was set for 2nd July 2005.  This date had HUGE meaning for me as it is the anniversary of my brothers death, and for the 12 years previous to that, I had got spectacularly drunk on every anniversary (and not JUST the anniversaries)

This would be the FIRST time I did something POSITIVE on my significant day, and I did complete it!! I ran as fast as I could for that 5K and I believe my time was around 23 minutes.. My Dad and  young son were waiting for me at the end of the event and I just cried and cried when I finished. I couldn’t believe I had actually achieved something WORTHWHILE + POSITIVE! I was no longer using my sadness to abuse myself, but using it to push me forwards…

That same year, finishing that 5k gave me the strength to quit my Nursing job, and begin my PT course —>  Fast forward to today, and I am 40 and fitter+stronger that I have ever been in my life.  I have a GREAT job, and in 2012 my team and I TOOK THE RACE FOR LIFE  warm-up in front of around 8000 women!!!  Who would have thought  that just 6 years ago, I was nervously standing with those same women waiting to run the first race of my life, and bouncing along to the warm-up on my own!



It just goes to show you, that if I can do this, then you can DEFINITELY make small but hugely important changes to your life IF YOU WANT TO! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, don’t listen to those negative voices in your own head telling you that you can’t do something!  We are all capable of amazing things, even if we start small at least we are STARTING!!!

If you want any information about how to start with CAMBRIDGE BOOTCAMPS, check out our NEW website HERE

We offer #CBC locations in and around Cambridge, PLUS we now offer an ONLINE BC #TribeCBC all of which starts TOMORROW!  Maybe this time next year YOU can be in a completely different place patting yourself on the back for taking care of YOU 😀

Take good care,

Charlie x



Comment (1)

  1. Amy Wetton 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey Charlie. I am in awe, so inspirational. It is so easy to put ‘fit’ people on a pedestal and think that ‘I couldn’t be that fit’ but you’ve reminded me everyone is human and everyone starts somewhere.

    I’m 32 now and you’ve made me realise that as far as my fitness goals are concerned, anything is possible! 🙂

    Thank you xxxxx

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