David Lloyd Leisure

David Lloyd Leisure

April 23, 2010 11:28 ET

34 Year Old Mum loses 3 stone in David Lloyd 'Lose & Shape Up' Programme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - Karen McMillan, a 34 year old mum and part time nurse from Edinburgh, has turned her life around by overhauling her eating and exercising habits thanks to the Lose & Shape Up programme at the David Lloyd Club in Edinburgh.

In 12 weeks Karen lost 3 stone and went down three dress sizes, bringing her to 9 stone 10lb and a size 10.

Karen's story: -

'I was a ballet dancer as a child, dancing every day and then going on to teach dance, so for years I didn't have to worry about my weight. I was a size 8-10, and weighed 9st in my 20s, which is slim for my 5ft 7in height.

Then I married Stuart and had children and everything changed. I piled on more than 4st during my pregnancy with Ella. After Ella was born, I weighed nearly 13st and wore size 16 clothes.

There are only 22 months between Ella and Kieran, so I never got back into shape before I became pregnant again.

By last October, I was utterly miserable at being fat. I'd been telling myself for years that I would tackle my weight properly once the children were older, but suddenly the youngest was six and I was still carrying around nearly 4st of baby weight.

We'd had a family membership at David Lloyd Leisure since Ella was born, and I used to do a couple of aerobics classes a week, but it never made any difference.

Making the decision to sign onto the Lose & Shape Up programme made all the difference. I cut back drastically on the carbohydrates, especially eating them late in the evenings, and ate more protein to build muscle.

I was taught how to push myself in intervals, bringing my heart rate up and down, which is the best way to burn fat.

Before, I would just sweat it out during an aerobics class, but this way I'd do short bursts of intense activity, and recover briefly in between. I also did more weights and resistance training to build muscle.

Exercise never feels like a burden to me now, it is an integral part of my life, and I enjoy it."

Karen now goes to the gym at least three times a week for an hour. She does weights on her arms and legs for 15 or 20 minutes, then a series of 100 abdominal crunches, then 20 minutes of cardio work: running and walking for two minutes each, to bring her heart rate up and down.

She finishes her workout with a session on the Power Plate machine - a vibrating platform that is said to multiply the effects of exercise up to five times.

"For the first time in nine years, I tried on a pair of size 10 jeans in the Christmas sales and they fit! I still get a buzz out of selecting size 10 clothes; it's tempting to leave the labels hanging out!

But most of all I love the way I feel: I'm happier and have so much energy."

Rob Beale, Group Health and Fitness Manager at David Lloyd Leisure says, "I'd like to congratulate Karen for successfully achieving her goals. She is a perfect example of what can be done in the Lose & Shape Up programme and her story will go a long way in inspiring others to succeed."

About David Lloyd Leisure Group:

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 78 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe. The Group was formed in 2007 following the acquisition of David Lloyd Leisure Ltd by London & Regional Properties, owners of Next Generation Clubs, and HBOS.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 750 and more than 350 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, creches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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