Meet Fred

Fred (L) and her sister Jackie


e’re extremely proud of all our members who achieve their goals and one of them is Fred.
If you’re a member, chances are you have seen her around. She is fun loving, friendly, fit and lost a staggering 100kg over 13 months. Yes, you read that right.

This is her remarkable story.


What was your reason for joining NRG?

I had been overweight pretty much my whole life. I joined up about 4 years ago to lose weight, stopped going after a while but was still a member.
Early last year, it had reached the point where I was morbidly obese and very unhappy. I didn’t want to wake up in the morning, I had no energy and was cranky all the time.
Then one day my daughter told me my kids were being teased for having the fattest mum at school. Seeing my kids have such a hard time because of me changed everything. The next morning, it was Valentine’s Day 2011, I got up and went to the gym. I didn’t tell anyone as I didn’t want to have the pressure of people thinking I would fail – again. I have been going ever since.

What was the hardest part of your weight loss journey?

Walking through the front door at NRG was terrifying. I was so worried about being judged when I walked in. In my mind there were all these perfect ‘Jane Fonda’s’. It took me two weeks before I had the guts to look up and discover most of us at NRG are not perfect. There are all kinds of people: old people, people with disabilities, mums trying to do the right thing for their kids – just like me. When you talk to people, they all turn out to be friendly and helpful. I haven’t met anyone who wasn’t nice.

How have the team at NRG helped you?

They have supported me every step of the way and have helped me overcome so many hurdles! I reckon am one of their harder clients – I am a bit of a clumsy person and they often have to come up with exercises that work with whatever injury I have at the time. Early on, they made a program for me to help me maximise the weight loss in a safe way. When you’re morbidly obese you need to be careful with your heart and your joints. To do this you need brawn and brain – Chris and Kim definitely know their stuff.
And they don’t just do this for me, they do this for everyone.
Chris also helped me when I plateau’d for a while. I was feeling quite lethargic and came close to giving up. He asked me to keep a food diary and it turned out I wasn’t eating enough. With all the exercise I needed more food.
And that has been the best part – every time there is a problem, they fix it for me. All I have to do is exercise.

What do you love most about your new life?

Nowadays I want to wake up in the morning! And the kids think it’s great, they are so proud. Instead of watching them play, I participate. I bought a push bike and ride together with my son. I go on the swings with them and can make it to the top of one of those big climbing things in the playground. It’s great doing all these things together as a family.

What would you say to anyone who is hesitant to join NRG?

If you can come in with someone who is already a member, do it. And if not, talk to existing members. Talk to me! It really helps if someone can show you that there isn’t anything daunting about joining up and getting started. No one will judge you and it’s not scary. There are no excuses, you can train at a time that suits you and the childminding makes it easy for you when you have kids.
The team are all there to support you! Everyone is just happy you’re there.

Last but not least, what is your favourite workout and why?

Normally it’s Group Groove but at the moment it’s Group Ride because I am having some injuries. Ride is high energy but easy on the joints as you don’t have to support your full weight.
It’s fun too. It’s a tough 45 minutes and afterwards you’re dripping with sweat but you feel great!