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Karen Humphreys

Seven Years to a Stronger Self

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Client from Lindfield | Trainer: Tim McFarlane

Karen Humphreys


What started as a three-month commitment to get fit for a biking adventure in Canada has transformed into a seven-year journey towards better health, fitness, and social connections for one dedicated individual. This inspiring story isn't just about physical transformation; it's about overcoming challenges, setting ambitious goals, and building a community that supports and uplifts one another.

The Spark of Inspiration

The journey began with a simple goal: to get fit for a bike ride with her husband. However, as the initial three months at Vision Fitness progressed, the benefits of improved health and wellness became clear, sparking a long-term commitment. The desire to maintain strong bones and keep fitness levels high as the years passed became key motivations.

Overcoming Challenges

The path wasn't always smooth. Injuries not caused by the gym presented significant hurdles. Additionally, the extended lockdown in 2021 posed motivational challenges and led to a decline in fitness. However, with the support of her personal trainer, Tim, and a commitment to rehabilitation exercises, she overcomes these obstacles. Tim expertly modified her programs to aid in recovery while continuing to build strength in other areas.

Milestones and Achievements

  • The milestones achieved along this journey are noteworthy:
  • In 2020, she committed to being the fittest she had ever been.
  • In 2021, she completed her first—and last—half marathon.
  • In 2022 and 2023, she accomplished a major long-distance cycle each year and has plans for more.
  • In 2024, she achieved numerous personal bests in strength training.
  • Dietary Changes for Better Health

Prior to 2020, the motto was "exercise to eat what I want," but this mindset shifted as she aimed to reach peak fitness. Food diaries became a regular part of her routine, helping her monitor her diet and maintain accountability even when motivation waned.

Beyond Physical Fitness

The gym became more than just a place to exercise; it became a sanctuary, a "happy place" where she could focus solely on herself. The social connections forged at the gym provided a network of support and friendship, enriching her family life and allowing her to enjoy active, fun times with her grandchildren.

Advice for Others

For those starting their own fitness journeys, she advises setting a major annual goal with smaller milestones along the way. Emphasising the importance of good nutrition, she recommends using food diaries to gain better insight into one's health. She also stresses the importance of engaging with the gym community to enhance the overall experience.

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