The Gym Croydon Purley Way has been helping hundreds of local people reach their fitness goals since opening less than 12 months ago and to recognise members’ hard work and dedication to a fitter, healthier lifestyle, the gym has named the winners of its ‘Faces of The Gym’ competition.
The competition, created by General Manager Adi Smith, invited members to share their personal stories, body transformations and career successes which couldn’t have happened without the help of The Gym.
General Manager Adi explains: “We all have one thing in common – our passion for sport and fitness. We see and talk to each other nearly every day but hold our ‘Faces of The Gym’ competition was an opportunity to get to know our members better and bring the community spirit to our gym.”
The ‘Faces of The Gym’ competition uncovered a host of inspiring stories from local people including winner, 49-year-old Harriet Bruce-Tagoe, from Norwood, who took first place following an emotional weight loss journey. Having struggled with depression and her relationship with food for nearly her entire life, Harriet has lost an amazing 70lb of body fat over the last seven months and is slowly overcoming her battle with depression thanks to the support of her Personal Trainers Andre Candeias and Ryan Ritche and the team from The Gym.
Joint second place was awarded to Kevin Field and Colin Edwards. 33-year old Kevin, who lives in Shirley has undergone a dramatic weight loss and has now discovered a love of running. Only two years ago Kevin topped the scales at 25 stone, had a 46-inch waist and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Having been obese since the age of six, Kevin took charge of his health and through running and regular workouts at The Gym over the last year, he has lost an impressive 11.5 stone, dropped 14 inches off his waistline and has reversed his diabetes.
Colin Edwards, a 40-year-old father of three who lives in South Croydon, donated a kidney to his family member in 2014 as they were diagnosed with kidney failure. Following the operation Colin began to pile on the pounds and his strict diet gave way to a diet of junk food. With a new job as a Lead Demonstrator at Microsoft and looking after three children, Colin found it hard to lose the excess weight. The Gym played a pivotal part in his weight loss journey and helped Colin step up his workout routine after his children returned to school following the six-week school summer holidays. Previously weighing 14 stone, Colin now weights 13 stone and visits The Gym three times a week and enjoys a healthier work life balance.
General Manager Aidi adds: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the inspirational stories from our members and it’s fantastic to hear how regular exercise is helping transform the lives of local people. To say thank you for their continued support, we’ve awarded our competition winners complimentary membership and look forward to supporting them, along with all our members, with expert guidance and tuition in the coming year.”