April 2011

For 15 years or more, Rowan Tharle was wary of walking up or down stairs. Years of playing football and subsequent injuries meant he was never really confident that his own body would hold up. Fast forward a few years and Rowan (pictured with his kids climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge) is a shadow of his former self and Forever Strong’s April Client of the Month! Rowan is now in the running to win the 2011 client of the year main prize draw which is a $300 massage and acupuncture prize from Mountaintop Chinese Medicine or the consolation prize of movie tickets to enjoy during the Christmas holiday season. A committed and consistent trainer, Rowan is a pleasure to train and is very worthy of client of the month. Congratulations Rowan! Please read more about Rowan below, in his own words.

Why did you choose Forever Strong?

I was actually walking past the studio on my way to the bottle shop… On my way back to the pizza shop I picked up a flyer. I think I must have felt guilty!

Tell us about your weekly training?

I train twice a week at Forever Strong, Mondays with Vic and Wednesdays with Meeghan. I also jog 3 - 4 times a week, I swim, cycle, do karate and the 1000 steps. I like to mix it up a bit so I don’t get bored but actually, now that I think about it, I do quite a bit more than I realised.

What keeps you coming back to Forever Strong?

The variation and motivation from the trainers. I need to be pushed (which they do). They also help me to set goals and achieve them. I ran 15kms non-stop for the first time a few weeks back. I wasn’t sure if I could but one of the trainers said, “if you can run 10kms, you can run 15kms”. And I gave it a go and I did. It was hard but rewarding.

What are the main benefits of regular exercise for you?

Feeling the best I have in 20 years and feeling comfortable in doing new things like the Run for the Kids.

What are your goals for 2011?

My main goal is to have an injury free year as I had a few setbacks in 2010. Later this year I’d like to try a half marathon or swim the pier to pub. I just need to believe in myself.

And one last thing…

A few years back I was feeling pretty down. I was the heaviest I’d ever been - I weighed 107kg’s and my doctor told me I was on the verge of diabetes. A really good friend of mine reminded me that “life isn’t a dress rehearsal”. I found those words to be really motivating and I picked myself up and began the long road to a healthy lifestyle. Now I try to make the most of my life and really enjoy it!