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Success Stories

Jo Porter - Blast Programme

I joined Fundamental Sports and Fitness Blast Programme with a bunch of girls from my hockey club to keep my strength and fitness up during the summer off season. I am a regular gym-goer but the sessions that Gemma plans combined with the motivation you get from small group sessions have been a fantastic addition to my own gym work. Gemma is great at adjusting your form so you are doing the exercises correctly. She even indulges my gym selfie addiction by taking a couple of photos of me flexing! 🤣 If you want a strength session but don’t fancy the 1:1 personal trainer route the Blast Programme is perfect. I would not hesitate to recommend Fundamental Sports and Fitness to anyone.

Beth Rosser - Blast Programme

Joining the Blast programme as a group from my hockey club was a great decision! Making the most of the off season to build some strength, fitness and balance (for which I am infamous for having none) Gemma was great at working with us and I can really feel the benefits! Each session was different and challenging but great fun as well and Gemma is always willing to adapt exercises for different people, taking into account injuries or weaknesses (which from a physio's point of view great to see). I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions and recommend Gemma to anyone trying to build strength and fitness, and have a great time doing it.

Helen Gaunt - Blast Programme

Starting off as my hockey captains recommendation, I started a 6 week course with Gemma and some team mates as a way to keep up fitness between the seasons. A variety of 'simple' exercises have helped me build strength in my core and other muscles which I forgot I had and therefore neglected! In just 6 weeks my upper body strength has improved as well as my core strength and balance. I am very happy with my progress and how it has helped my running in such a short space of time. Another great thing is the variety of exercises so every session is different, so much better than the gym!! Like my hockey captain, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gemma to anyone!

Suki Vernon - Blast Programme

I'm a keen runner and I wanted to improve my performance and build strength. I joined the 6 week Blast programme after attending the Nutritional course which was really informative and helpful. The Blast programme is brilliant you get personal support and the classes are small so it feels like a PT session everytime. Since the 6 week programme ended, I've now gone onto attending weekly sessions as I've noticed a huge difference in my body shape, running performance and upper body strength already. Before I joined I had an operation and one of my running friends remarked that my running performance is stronger than it was before my operation. I know this is down to the Fundamental Sports and Fitness Blast programme. I couldnt recommend it enough. I'm already seeing and feeling results in such a short space of time. I've also lost 2.5 inches of my waist. Each session feels like a real workout and each week it's different so I never get bored.

Fiona Chalkley - Blast Programme

I started coming along to training because I realised that I needed to do some strength and conditioning work alongside running, especially as I was ramping up the distance. I'm working towards two ultras in the next few months and over those kinds of distance cross training becomes essential. I've really enjoyed coming along to the sessions. The fact that the groups are so small and friendly has been one of the main factors in deciding to continue with Gemma and giving up my gym membership - I much prefer this format. Plus I feel stronger and am starting to see results. In the future I'd like to be strong enough to complete an OCR event, which I've always shied away from becaus I've lacked upper body strength.

Savitaa - Legends Programme

I came in the new year to see Gemma to gain strength. I have my first marathon coming up and knew I needed some extra training to help with my running. I've noticed over the 12 weeks I've become better at the exercises and seen a real difference in my technique as I do them. Over the course I ran my first 20 mile race and this was a great opportunity to test my new fitness levels. As a bonus we also took by body measurements at the start and end of the programme, I've lost a total of 37cm, which has helped me feel nice and toned. I noticed I've progressed very well and I'm looking forward to my upcoming event.

Karen Usher - Blast Programme

As a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness, I’m always preaching to my running groups about the importance of strength training to improve running performance and to protect against injury. 

I was finally forced to follow my own advice last year, when a series of injuries relating to my hip and lower back meant I couldn’t run with my groups! I spent the next 6 months cycling, or, at worst, driving around West Bridgford shouting encouragement out of the car window at my ladies. Not ideal !

I joined Gemma’s Blast Programme in October 2018 in an attempt to prevent this frustrating situation from recurring. We have worked on strengthening my core and firing up my glutes to protect my lower back. Gemma has also introduced me to upper body work (scary for a runner) getting me to lift weights and hang from bars - totally new to me.
As a result I’m feeling much stronger in my core, my running posture has improved and I’m developing some impressive guns 💪 

Gemma has been so encouraging and positive ( important to me as I have felt way out of my comfort zone at times). 
Gemma’s strength training is giving me the confidence to enjoy running again and I am now looking forward to a stronger, fitter, injury free year of running. 

Hilary Marson - 1:1 Personal Training

I just spent an hour with Gemma at Fundamental Sports and Fitness. I wanted to improve my warm-up and post-run stretches etc, to ensure I do my best and don't harm my aged joints. She was great, and I have lots of homework. Recommended for anyone starting out, or dealing with aches and pains.

Nicola Pennill - Legends Programme

Having thought about and intending to do some strength training for ages, a knee injury made up my mind! Not being able to run for a while meant it was a good focus to feel like I was doing something constructive, and I also suspected that lack of functional strength was what led to the injury in the first place. My sessions with Gemma have improved my overall strength and I feel stronger and more flexible as a runner. I would not have expected that getting stronger in my upper body and improving my posture would also benefit my running. After a couple of months I feel that while I've got further to go, I'm already feeling the benefits. As a more ‘mature’ (OK, older) runner, I would highly recommend - use it or lose it! 

Tracey Coull - Legends Programme

Gemma and I train together regularly. Gemma has enabled me to lift heavier and work harder. I sometimes struggle on my journey but Gemma is so motivated and enthusiastic that I always get back on track and look and feel significantly better. On two occasions yesterday colleagues commented on my changing shape.

Alison Walker - Legends Programme

I am a latecomer to any sort of fitness. I tried netball, zumba, yoga all of which I enjoyed but I didn't see a great deal of change in my body shape.

I turned 50 and decided I needed more help with someone telling me what to do. I first met Gemma when I looked for a personal trainer, she didn't make me feel embarrassed about my body or lack of fitness. Within the first 6 months I dropped 2 stones and my level of fitness increased.

With Gemma's guidance and encouragement I have come on leaps and bounds. I've increased my weights by more than double. I have lost so many centimetres I've lost count. I love my 121s and my Small Group Sessions and have made good friends too.

Success breeds success and I hope to be lifting even heavier weights in the very near future. I now walk with confidence and a little sass.

Mark - 6 Week Blast Programme

I started the Blast Programme with Gemma wondering if I could ever run again after key hole surgery on my knees. I have been amazed that structured exercise can make such a positive difference to my body. It's made me start running short distances again. I will be doing more with Gemma as her knowledge is far reaching. So a big thank you Gemma.

Angela Copeland – 6 Week Blast Programme

I’m coming to the end of my 6 Week Programme with Gemma and it has been fabulous!! The first session I found quite easy and was a little disappointed I hadn’t sweated much but my God did I know about it the next day!

From then on I didn’t complain about not sweating again as the workouts got much more intense!! I know whole body workouts help improve strength, stamina and overall fitness. The improvement in my running has been very noticeable. My times have improved along with my strength and stamina. Thank you Gemma for helping me achieve my goal of improving my running. I hope I can maintain my progress.

Will Stephens – Paired Personal Training

My Mum asked Gemma to work with me as I am recovering from a broken leg. Gemma has made me more confident and I can now do exercises at school I couldn’t comfortably do before. She is helping me work on getting the strength in my leg better and is teaching me to lift weights properly. She showed me that you don’t have to use your legs for all exercises!

Suzy Stephens – Paired Personal Training

I came to Gemma for help to improve my strength and stability around my core as I was waiting for spinal surgery. Gemma was understanding to my needs and had helped to improve my ability to manage my pain through exercise. She gave me simple but incredibly effective exercises which enabled me carry on doing them in my own home. I look forward to continuing to improve my level of exercise with Gemma following my surgery and teaching my goal of running 5K!

Annie Meakin – 6 Week Blast Programme

I’m a 49 year old female who has always been involved in sport and keeping myself fit but in the last two years had lost my mojo! I’d heard about the PT sessions that Gemma was involved in and thought I’d ditch the gym membership and get back on it doing something different.

Gemma gave advice on diet (including a very useful recipe/meal plan), took some measurements and then got down to the training. Gemma’s training plan is varied and balanced and in 6 weeks could I could easily see an improvement in my fitness, body shape and weight – all for the better! I have now completed my first 5 mile Tough Mudder and have more booked! I feel so much better and have re-joined the gym to complement my focussed sessions with Gemma. She also gives a pretty mean sports massage! Would highly recommend her for her approach and knowledge and the results speak for themselves. I am now ready to hit the big 50 feeling confident and healthy!

Ben Holmes – 6 Week Blast Programme

When I came to Gemma I had been struggling with my Fitness to the point that I had given up on exercise and decided that it wasn’t for me.

Then I had a company awards night and a suit to fit into. So I set myself a goal to get a suit that was slightly too small, so I set about getting fit again. After a few weeks of not much happening I decided to get back into training and after looking I found Gemma, so signed up to her 6 Week Programme. Having 5 weeks to lose 3 inches Gemma got to work low and behold 5 weeks later I went to put on my suit and it fitted perfectly, thanks to Gemma I fitted in it and felt extra confident on the night.

Since then I have stayed with the programme and have noticed some huge changes in how I feel and what I am doing to the point that I have signed up for a half marathon which I didn’t think I would even want to attempt 3 months ago but can now envisage then finish line and the sense of achievement.

This has been a great 3 months and a complete change in myself not just physically but mentally. I feel fresh and much happier in myself and can put that down to all the help and support through the training that has been going and the amazing people that we train with each week there’s a sense that everybody wants each other to achieve their goals.

Glenn Wright – 6 Week Blast Programme

Before I came to see Gemma I had issues with osteoarthritis in my knee and elbow, I also suffered with problems in my hips and lower back. This was stopping me from training to my full potential. I have been working with Gemma for a while to build up the strength and mobility within in these joints and areas to increase my range of motion. The sessions that Gemma has done have helped, I have noticed I’m able to move better, and I’m not in as much pain and discomfort doing daily tasks and work as a plasterer. I’ve love the group environment because it’s fun and friendly and there is always encouragement from the other team members to push each other on to achieve more. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Gemma in the sessions and progressing even further, I’d definitely recommend the sessions to anybody who is looking to improve their fitness and feel better.

Lynn Brook – Personal Training

Claire Pearson – Blast Programme

Before starting the sessions with Gemma I had participated in a couple of OCR events and felt really lacking in upper body strength.

The course has been excellent. I have felt my strength increase and have seen a massive improvement in what I am able to achieve, (longer holds, better pull ups and a much greater ability to clear obstacles).

I really feel much stronger in my core as well and have felt less fatigued in my body after runs.

I am going to continue the exercise to keep my new strength up and hope to have more sessions with Gemma in the future to improve further.

Trudi Cheetham – 6 Week Blast Programme

Keisha Harriette – 6 Week Blast Programme

I decided to sign myself up to Tough Mudder this year, however felt I needed more help than simply training from online plans. I came across Gemma and obstacle training online, and thought it was perfect! I’ve gained an insight into the techniques I need and what I need to focus on. At the end of the 6 weeks I took part with others an obstacle gym course to put training to the test – I had great fun and it was a great sense of team achievement. Would definitely recommend!

Johanna Haywood – 6 Week Blast Programme

I joined the blast Programme as I have a gym membership but never had the confidence to do anything except use the treadmill. I’ve had loads of fun (even though it’s been tough!) and learned how to do lots of different exercises and now I have the confidence to know I’m doing them properly. I had the opportunity to go to the obstacle gym towards the end of the course and surprised myself at how much better I was at the obstacles, especially anything involving using my arms. It was also great fun doing the course with Gemma and everyone else from the Blast Programme. I’m looking forward to doing another course and seeing further improvements.

Cheryl O’Sullivan – Blast Programme

Nicola Gore – Individual Personal Training

Louise Eaton – 6 Week Blast Programme

I’ve really enjoyed the 6 Week Blast Programme which I’ve just completed. I’ve trained with Gemma for a few months now but during the short course my strength and fitness has significantly increased. I’ve also seen that it has benefitted and improved my running. I’ve been shown new techniques and exercises in the programme, and with the small number of people in the sessions means that Gemma can really focus on each individual and help perfect my technique.

Andy Walmsley – 6 Week Blast Programme

Enjoyable despite all the (voluntary) pain and suffering involved. The Blast sessions leave you sweaty and aching in all the right ways, but also having learned something, whether it’s a new exercise (or sequence of exercises), or a little more about how best to stretch and warm down. Also really good for identifying and addressing areas of weakness or where your technique needs improvement. 10/10, would do again (once I’m fully recovered!)

Cheryl O’Sullivan – 6 Week Blast Programme

After being out of fitness for over a year and completing in the odd OCR I found the Blast Programme has given me the confidence to take my love of OCR to another level. With new knowledge, I have completed Tough Guy in which I amazed myself at my level of fitness that I had gained in such a short time. I have just signed up to my first half marathon which 8 weeks ago I wouldn’t of seen myself doing.
If you find yourself needing motivation or uncertain of the correct way to carry yourself forward join Gemma for the Blast Programme. I’ve loved it that much I’m joined on for another six week programme.

Claire Meese – 6 Week Blast Programme

I have been seeing Gemma on a one-on-one basis focusing on upper body strength training for just over a year and have seen massive improvements in technique, stamina and what I can lift.

I always benefit from getting a change to my fitness routine and when Gemma told me about her 6 week obstacle training course I thought it was a perfect chance to mix things up a bit. It’s been a lot of fun!

Each week we’ve focused on something different, and she really works us hard! Although I’m familiar with a lot of the movements, I’ve still learnt a lot and have felt like I’ve done a lot after every session. I’m also really looking forward to going out to the Obstacle Gym next week. We’ve got a great little group and I think we will have a great time working our way round the course.

I’d definitely recommend Gemma’s course to anyone fancying something fun and energetic

Holly-Kate – Individual Personal Training Sessions

“I’ve always hated and been terrible at any sort of sport and physical activity. P.E at school was my worst nightmare and that sense of inadequacy seeped into every sport and form of exercise. I always felt too big and clumsy.

I got peer pressured into doing the half Tough Mudder with the girls from work, I only agreed because if I didn’t I’d be the only one and everyone would know what a failure at exercise I was. I was terrified and I was sure I’d be the last one round, I’d be too heavy for the obstacles or they wouldn’t actually let me past the start line.

I did prepare for it – I got a Personal Trainer, I still knew it would be a complete disaster. But…..it wasn’t! It sounds cheesy but every step I took around the course filled me with confidence. I could run! I could climb over walls! I was actually enjoying myself!

Embarking on my journey towards completing the half Tough Mudder has been life changing. The belief that I can achieve previously unheard of things has made me reassess what I am capable of in other parts of my life. I am more confident at work and have been achieving even more sport related tings. I ran a 10k and have signed up for another 10k obstacle course.

I’m not afraid of my body because I know I’m getting stronger and achieving things. This girl can!”

Emma Gordon – Individual Personal Training Sessions

I started training with Gemma 4 months ago, I’d been thinking about having a Personal Trainer for ages but never got round to calling her and booking in. I own my own business and that has always taken priority, I knew I needed to see Gemma as my fitness had slipped and I wasn’t feeling great.

I fully admit I hate exercise, but I love having a Personal Trainer. It’s been a great decision and gave me a focus to training. I wanted to feel and look fantastic for my 30th birthday…mission accomplished. I’ve lost a couple of kilos, I’ve noticed my tummy is toned and I’m looking great in clothes I’ve not worn for ages. I even got a chance to show off my new fitness levels when we went to GoApe for my birthday with friends, I was wizzing round the course and didn’t ache at all the next day.

Gemma has worked on my strength and posture with standing on my feet all day, I know it suffers. I no longer have problems with my shoulder and my clients have commented on how good I look.

Nic – Individual Personal Training Sessions

I initially came to train with Gemma to get back in the saddle of exercising, I had previously been a runner but stopped. I wanted to get back into exercising but didn’t have the get up go needed to push myself.

Working with Gemma gave me more confidence and she really inspired me, and motivated me to do more. I started running again did a Tough Mudder and went on a skydive, which was so much fun, and from looking at Gemma’ video of her skydive made me feel more reassured.

I also got into indoor climbing which I always wanted to do but never got round to, but after hearing Gemma’s great experience with doing it I gave it a go.

We swap recipes now, as I do love a good pudding, but it’s great to swap them with Gemma knowing they’ll be healthier and still taste grea