Hayley has an inspiring story of her journey in the STARplex Fitness Centre…where her love for fitness first started:
“…grown as a person, as a mother and I am more confident…”
“…so glad that I looked past all of the fears and reservations…”
“I moved from the Yorke Peninsula and a bad personal situation in 2014 to Evanston Park. I didn’t know many people or have much confidence. Being a single mum of two under school age daughters and not many family members close, I felt limited with the things I could do with my time.
One of my friends suggested joining a gym. I wasn’t sure at first – I had zero idea what I was going to be doing at a gym. I thought about it and eventually decided, why not, what did I have to lose!?
I joined the gym she attended and started using the cardio equipment – I enjoyed just getting out of the house. Then over the next couple of months I became increasingly unhappy with the service I was receiving at her gym.
Still living in the Gawler area I heard about the STARplex Fitness Centre and decided to check it out. Not only did I feel welcome from the first time I enquired about membership, my daughters absolutely fell in love with the Crèche and the wonderful women who run it, as did I. I felt comfortable leaving my young daughters in the Creche and could relax knowing that they were safe and having a good time making it that much easier for me to enjoy my time.
My confidence grew in the gym, moving from the cardio equipment to the weight machines. I found that I really enjoyed doing weights, more than I ever expected. Not only did I feel stronger physically, I felt more independent and accomplished within myself. After some time I decided to give the free weights area a go. Not once at STARplex did I feel uncomfortable or like I was looked at like I shouldn’t have been there. I have always found that the STARplex members and trainers have been friendly and fantastic people. I simply enjoyed being at the gym.
I began to look up to and admire the female members that I saw lifting in the free weights area; I loved that they looked strong and I decided that I also wanted to look that way too. I kept coming to STARplex and training as much as I could, being able to up my weights and lift heavier was a feeling that I wanted more of.
Early in 2015 I saw advertisements around the gym for an Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT) Personal Training course conducted at STARplex. I decided that being a Personal Trainer was something that I would love to do and signed up to get my certificate.
I very much enjoyed studying at STARplex with AIPT and it further grew my passion for health, fitness and weight training. In completing the course and becoming qualified my love of bodybuilding and living a healthy lifestyle continued to grow.
I looked into competing in a fitness competition…I thought maybe I could do that one day. I never pictured that I would do it so soon. I was nervous about the decision but this year in September I competed for the first time in INBA’s ‘Fitness’ category.
To my absolute amazement and pleasure I placed 2nd in the ‘Fitness Momma’ category! This is something I am incredibly proud of.
STARplex Fitness Centre is where my love for fitness first started and I can’t thank everyone from STARplex enough for this. I have grown as a person, as a mother and I am more confident within myself and my personal abilities than ever before. Without STARplex I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have or be the person I am today!
When I first stepped into the Fitness Centre I never would have pictured myself to be where I am today. I am so glad that I looked past all of the fears and reservations that I had and moved out of my comfort zone. STARplex is a huge part of why I love the lifestyle that I live and I am more than happy to be a member of such a fantastic Fitness Centre!”