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Member Testimonial: Helen's Story

Posted on October 4th 2021 by

Member Testimonial: Helen's Story

I joined LED's Exmouth Leisure Centre about 8 year's ago, overweight and lacking in confidence.  Toby was very supportive and set up a gym programme for us at Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre. It wasn't long before we decided to try studio cycling classes. I thought I wouldn't like it but 8 year's on I am a self-confessed spin addict!

I loved the instructors, particularly Steph and Laura, the music, the energy and enthusiasm is fantastic. I work in mental health as a mindfulness teacher and studio cycling is mindful - the music, your body moving and that is all you think about fir 45 minutes! 

In December 2019 I did Dan's 21 day shape up challenge and lost 15lbs, educated about healthy eating and inspired to lose more. I managed to do this but in February 2020 reluctantly ceased membership of LED. In August 2020 whole life changed. 16-year marriage ended, I had complex PTSD, was traumatised, no confidence, overweight, depressed and isolated. However, overnight the menopause and IBS disappeared! 

On 2nd September 2020 I woke up and thought what would make me happy and make a real difference to me? The answer - returning to Exmouth Leisure Centre. Steph rang me back in response to my enquiry. She was so kind and lovely and listened. She said "come to my studio cycling class tonight Helen" so I joined and I did and I haven't looked back!


I have lost a total of 4 stone and am the fittest I have ever been. LED staff have given me so much support about diet, exercise and fitness. I have known Ingrid for 17 years and her cardio kick classes make me feel so strong and empowered. She is awesome, a true inspiration and there is no room for self consciousness in her classes!  

LED Exmouth Leisure Centre is my second home, my extended family and I have never had a bad experience always receive a warm welcome. I have made so many friends and am there as much as possible - going to double studio cycling classes, cardio kick, Les Mills Body Combat, Les Mills Grit, Zumba, Les Mills Body Pump, kettlebells or Les Mills Body Balance.


People are always saying how positive and enthusiastic I am and this is largely because of Exmouth Leisure Centre. My mental health has improved, my physical health is the best it has ever been, my emotional wellbeing has improved. Heartfelt thanks from me.

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