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  • Helen, you are a truly inspirational person!

    My beautiful daughter, Hannah, was born 6th March 2014 by emergency C-section.

    We had already booked our first “family” holiday to the South of France for the first week of September. Panic set in as the months passed by and I was becoming increasingly frustrated by the fact I had not shifted my “baby weight” and my husband and close friends were starting to refer to me as “Vikki 2 bellies”!

    I recalled seeing a lady in Abington Park leading a group of mums with buggies. I did a Google search and found Helen.

    Too embarrassed to do any exercise in a group, I contacted Helen about 1:1 personal training. Helen seemed very knowledgeable about post-natal exercise and the precautions I needed to take.

    I very nervously agreed to a free taster session with Helen. Helen is extremely knowledgeable about exercise, nutrition and particularly post-natal exercise. I signed up for a 6 week training package. The great thing was that if I was unable to get a baby sitter for Hannah, I could take her with me to the sessions or even do the sessions in my living room.

    In my first 6 weeks, I lost all my “baby weight”, my second belly was considerably reduced in size and I felt amazing. I never thought exercise could be so much fun. Each session was different.

    Helen is a fantastic motivator.

    I have now progressed to a maintenance plan and will continue with my 1:1 sessions, which have become an essential part of my new lifestyle, even when I return to work after Christmas.

    Thank you for helping me BELIEVE in myself and improving my self-confidence.

    Helen, you are a truly inspirational person!

    Vikki & Hannah

  • I can't reccommend Helen highly enough

    Earlier this year after having 3 months off work and therefore exercise (as I cycle to work), I decided it was time to set a goal and get fit. The goal was Tough Mudder, a 12 mile obstacle course. Helen supported me every step of the way, tailoring every single session to my own abilities on the day. Always pushing a little to get me to my goal.

    As the proud parent of a 9 month old baby there were times when he had to come with me for my sessions. Helen devised ways to keep baby entertained as part of the session, while still ensuring it was sufficiently challenging for me.

    As my fitness and strength grew so did baby - the perfect way to up the resistance and build my strength further!

    I am now the proud owner of an orange Tough Mudder finisher's headband.

    Thank you Helen.

    Moya

  • I've been doings Helen's Buggy Fitness Fun classes for the last 6 months (since my baby was 12 weeks old) and now attend twice a week where I can- I love the feeling after a class and my son has a giggle watching me jog round the park whilst relaxing back in his buggy-feet up!

    Helen caters for all abilities and can adapt any exercise if you have specific needs.

    I suffered badly with my back during labour and these classes have slowly strengthened it!

    I'm ready to progress to the next phase of Buggy Fitness Fun now-Bring it on!!

    Sue & Maxwell

  • I've lost 2 stone in 8 weeks and feel AMAZING!

    My secret weapon is my Personal Trainer, Helen Ryan

    I had previously been trained by a male trainer. He promised me the moon and delivered very little in terms of MY results.

    You see, he was more interested in flaunting his qualifications at me, boasting about how he is the best trainer in the country (!!??!!) and trying to get me to do personal training as well as every other class/retreat day he was offering.

    Sadly, it was all about how much money he could make out of me as a client!

    When I realised this I checked his credentials and found that REPs had no record of him at all!

    I searched the REPs website for trainers in my local area and came across Helen. She is truly an AMAZING lady and a FANTASTIC trainer!

    I am so impressed that I have recommended Helen to 4 of my friends.

    The main difference is that Helen listened to what I wanted. We came up with a plan together and Helen provided me with support I needed to achieve my ASTOUNDING results. I would text her at any time and knew I would feel so much better when I received Helen's response.

    Helen is so knowledgeable. She put my mind at rest over many concerns I raised and everything she said was proved TRUE on so many occasions.

    Helen truly understands how difficult it can be to make lifestyle changes. I could not have achieved this without her invaluable support.

    Thank you so much for believing in me and helping me to a healthier, happier life.

    Jacqui, Northampton

  • I took out a gym membership in January 2013.

    I had every good intention of getting up at 5.30am 3 times a week to do a workout before starting my day at work. In 15 months, I managed to do this TWICE!

    I would religiously set my alarm for 5.30am and would have great delight in pressing the snooze button almost every time.

    I was desperate to do something about my weight. However, as I was not exercising, I could not see the point in trying to eat healthily as I was never going to lose weight anyway.

    There was the odd time when I would try the latest EXPRESS diet around, so I tried Atkins and became hooked on sausages. I stuck this out for a couple of months and actually lost 2½ stone in weight. However, I got bored and fell back into my old eating habits. I very quickly piled the weight back on, plus an additional ½ stone.

    I tried “Celebrity Slim”, but found after 2 days I wanted something to eat – those meal replacement shakes just didn’t cut it for me.

    I decided the only way I would ever do any exercise was if somebody came to my door a couple of times a week so I had no excuse. I did a Google search for a female Personal Trainer, which is when I found Helen.

    I arranged a free consultation with Helen at my house and we discussed my previous failed attempts to shift the weight. Helen was very understanding and seemed to know what I had been going through. I needed to get started as soon as possible so booked my free taster session for the next day.

    I was extremely apprehensive as the time of my session arrived. I often wear sack-like clothes, always black and often with a scarf to hide the worst bits. I knew there was no way I wanted to run as it just felt so uncomfortable.

    The doorbell went and the time had come. Helen was very supportive and helped put me at ease. We decided to exercise in the privacy of my back garden as I did not feel comfortable being seen in public.

    I am now 3 weeks into my initial 6 week training programme and I’m delighted with my progress. I have lost just over 1 stone and dropped 2 dress sizes. I never feel hungry and really enjoy my twice weekly exercise sessions. I never knew exercise could be so much fun. Each session is different and yes, Helen makes me work hard but if I can continue to get these AMAZING results, I am well on target to hit my 4-5 stone weight loss.

    I can’t recommend Helen highly enough. She is extremely knowledgeable with her exercise choices, training methods and nutritional advice. I will certainly be continuing for the foreseeable future as I have been converted from an exercise phobic to a fitness freak!

    I love it and can't wait to review my new body in another 3 weeks’ time.

    Clare, Abington

  • I had taken out numerous gym memberships over the years with every good intention of exercising 2 or 3 times a week.

    However, having plucked up the courage to go for my induction, this was the last time I had set foot in the gym!

    I find the whole gym environment so intimidating and all the machines daunting.From the largest to the smallest, I must have tried every gym in Northampton and resigned myself to the fact that I would never feel comfortable exercising.

    The trainers who take inductions seem more interested in checking out their own physique in every mirror around the room. The machines looked like instruments of torture and the other female members have a "glazed" look on their face as they plod along on the treadmill looking bored to tears.

    I asked myself - why do people do that? Nobody smiles, there is often hideous music blaring out over the PA system and all the males seem to congregate around the weights area, again preening themselves in the mirrors.

    So, I decided exercise was not for me!

    I resigned myself to a life of being overweight, unhealthy and lacking in energy.

    On Monday 6th January 2014, my life was changed.

    I dropped my little one off at Nursery and there was a lady, by the name of Helen, talking to a group of mothers. She was wearing a tracksuit, looking glowingly fit and healthy (and I hope she doesn't mind me saying so), but a similar age to myself:)

    I overheard part of the conversation I decided to join in as she was talking about exercise alternatives to the gym.

    I can come out to your home and we can train in the privacy of your livingroom/kitchen/conservatory/garage, etc is what stuck in my mind.

    I picked up a flyer and, with a spring in my step made my way home.

    The words "in your own home" resounded through my head for the rest of the morning. Not sure whether I had enough room, I rearranged the furniture in my own mind.

    I then picked up the phone and arranged a free consultation "in my own home" for the following day.

    Over the last 6 weeks, I have had 2 training sessions per week and religiously followed Helen's nutrition plan and have lost 1 stone, 4 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips

    Helen clearly knows what she is talking about and clearly understands the more mature female. I never feel initimidated and we often have so much fun.

    Helen is my SAVIOUR! and I can't recommend her highly enough.

    Exercise can be fun, you don't need much space and you certainly don't need to put yourself through the humiliation that is the "gym".

    Laura, Duston

  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping me to reach my goals.

    I really enjoyed every second of our training sessions.

    After I gave birth to my little boy it was difficult for me to lose weight by myself. So I thought maybe with a little bit of help I will manage to lose some weight.

    In the beginning, I was afraid that I couldn't do it. But after first session I was impressed to find out how much I could do.

    After six training sessions I managed to lose the weight I wanted. I'm feeling more alive and full of energy now.

    I'm pleased with myself thanks to my trainer Helen Ryan.

    Ella, Duston

  • I had been running regularly for over 20 years and had begun to participate in half marathon events in the most recent three years.

    Following a disappointing result in May 2012, I saw one of Helen's leaflets, called her up and agreed a personal training programme.

    Other than my capability to commit to a continuing series of PT sessions and the achievement of the goals Helen and I had defined, I had no real concerns.

    Over the past year I have worked with Helen on a weekly basis, almost exclusively outdoors, on an imaginative but demanding training programme intended to build core strength and endurance specifically designed to improve my half marathon time.

    My time for half marathon, on the same course and exactly one year from my earlier unsatisfactory result, improved by a massive 14 minutes!

    Times over shorter distances - 10k and 10 mile have improved equally dramatically and I have a much improved ability to sprint.

    Right now, I feel unstoppable!

    Helen's weekly PT sessions combined with a couple of other training classes and training/fitness runs have made me feel generally much fitter and stronger - and I actually enjoy the training sessions and classes!

    I have lost some excess weight while continuing to enjoy eating and drinking what I want when I want.

    As I approach my 60th birthday later this year, I wonder why I didn't do this earlier!

    Chris, Spratton

  • Before I started personal training I did NO exercise what so ever!

    My job is very sedentary, I am either in front of a laptop, in a meeting room or driving somewhere with very little movement in-between.

    I had started to put weight on, have unsettled sleep and become conscious of how inactive I was.

    I guess my only fear in starting personal training would have been to feel inadequate so I made sure I found the right trainer to sign up with.

    I specifically chose Helen as she advertised as someone that worked a lot with women over 30 and I felt that she would help me target areas of my body I was uncomfortable with and also understand why after a week of dieting and exercise I might not have shrunk to a size 10 like I used to!!

    Helen happened between then and now!

    My first session with Helen was an assessment and I honestly felt like my mind knew what I needed to do but my body just couldn't do it!

    Helen persevered with me, offering words of encouragement and reminding me that this was my starting point which rally helped me focus.

    After 6 weeks' training with Helen twice a week I've re-done the initial assessment and all areas of my fitness and stamina have improved.

    I've also lost inches and had people tell me they can see weight loss and I'm over the moon!

    I've just signed up for another 4 weeks with Helen and can't wait to see the results at the end of that!

    I feel so much more motivated, I've signed up to complete the 26 mile MoonWalk in May 2014 and have even booked a class at the gym to attend tonight!

    I'm sleeping better and am so much more conscious of what is going into my body.

    Jody, Irchester

  • Before starting boot camp I'd done very, very little exercise (not surprised are you?????!!!!!) and although I'd been doing Slimming World for 2 years, I'd plateau'd for about a year, losing and gaining the same 4-5lb over and over again.

    Alana spoke about boot camp at Slimming World and persuaded me to give it a go, but because I enjoyed the content and structure of the Slimming World diet I decided to focus on the exercise part of the boot camp and didn't look at the nutrition plan at all.

    As a consequence, I still didn't lose much weight but I did notice inch loss.

    When Eat the Fat came out I decided to give it a go, thinking that shocking my body into something different might just get things moving. Got that one right!!!

    My main concern about the diet was that Carbs are one of the main food groups and all the experts say you need a balance of all food groups.

    What I didn't know was that you can get all the carbs your body needs from vegetables - and I'm not a fussy eater, so figured it would be easy! Got that one wrong!!!

    At least to start with!

    Week one was really tough - not particularly because cutting out carbs felt like I was depriving myself - I never felt hungry - but I felt rough.

    I was convinced I had a virus, and still am, but Helen pointed out that cutting out the vast quantities of fruit that I was used to eating was probably causing a heightened withdrawal effect from fructose.

    I had increased the amount of water I was drinking - quite an achievement for me in itself - but my conditioning to avoid salt had caused my blood pressure to drop (I tested it after I spoke to Helen that week) so I've had to retrain myself to increase my salt intake.

    Since then it's pretty much been plain sailing. I'm not missing carbs at all, and since starting the plan I've celebrated my birthday, my husband's birthday, our wedding anniversary, and 4 extended family dinners - and no-one has even noticed that I'm not eating carbs!

    I've lost 11.5lb since starting the plan, and whilst still revelling in being able to buy size 16 clothes even had to exchange a top for a size 14!!! I haven't bought a size 14 anything since I got married, 12 years ago!

    I feel great, have loads more energy, and am getting closer and closer to performing a proper burpee - well 1 anyway!!!

    Biggest achievement??? in the summer I did an aerial rope course and really struggled. I knew that I had an abseil to do in the autumn and was dreading it, thinking there was no way I'd have the stamina to do it, not to mention my fear of creating a solar eclipse as my rear-end makes slow progress down the side of the lift tower!

    I did it 2 weeks ago, and loved every minute of it. And when I look at the photos I'm impressed by my bum!!!

    My confidence has increased so much, in fact, that next Spring I'm doing Europe's longest zip-wire - 1 mile from Snowdonia over a disused slate mine!!!

    I couldn't have done any of this without Helen, so thank you.

    The boot camps are great fun - as you know I hate exercise, and I'm still not very good at it, but the time flies because it's fun. And I must be getting better - mustn't I?????

    Andrea, Northampton

  • Before I started Helen's Boot Camp, I was a mess, I'd put on 3 stone in as many years and was feeling decidedly fed up.

    I felt huge, none of my clothes fitted, I had no energy and was constantly bickering with my hubby.

    I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the other people in the group. But mainly just wanted to get started.

    I found the first week really tough, my legs ached and I found the stairs and getting in and out of the car a struggle, but strangely I actually quite liked the feeling, at last I was doing something about my weight and the pain would be worth it in the end.

    I had already made the decision to eat more healthily before I joined and had lost half a stone but had come to a standstill (I actually like all the healthy foods just as much as the naughty ones, in fact I like everything except fennel!!!) so I didn't find the nutrition side too difficult to stick to.

    I haven't quite managed the fast day yet, but have cut out my evening meal on the day I should be fasting!

    I've noticed a huge difference in my energy levels, in fact I have been known to hoover at 9pm when I get in from class, so instead of being asleep in front of the telly I am happy to just carry on.

    My clothes look much better on me, my whole body looks a lot more toned, I've lost weight but more importantly inches and my cellulite has almost disappeared (well according to my hubby!). Can't get much better than that after just 5 weeks!

    I have lost 1stone, and I think 12 inches in 7 weeks, and that's not bad bearing in mind I've celebrated both childrens' birthdays in the last week and that would usually mean adding around 5lb.

    I'm much happier in myself and have so much more energy, I wish I'd done this years ago.

    Bonita, Northampton

  • I have always enjoyed exercise but found that when I was pregnant my sickness meant I could only stomach all the wrong types of foods! So, I put on far too much weight.

    I was also a bit of a cardio junkie prior to joining Helen's Boot Camp and enjoyed running, cycling and gym classes.

    Before joining Boot Camp I was worried about it being too hard and not working. I certainly felt I couldn’t attempt the Nutrition Plan.

    I am pleased with the results, although I’ve had to change my outlook a bit as I would like the scales to say less!!!

    I enjoy the type of exercise we do, although it is very challenging at times. This in itself is good though as it is a change from doing the same old.

    I am loving how toned my legs are becoming and I’m back into loads of clothes.

    My fitness level is good as well.

    I have started running again and have managed distances I have had to build up to before.

    I feel much more confident and well in myself although I dread weigh in and measuring!!!

    I feel less tired juggling life now but also allow myself a day off and time to chill without feeling guilty.

    Jo, Northampton

  • I joined Buggy Fitness Fun two to three months after having my second baby and second Caesarian section.

    The Caesarian is quite debilitating so a combination of that and 9 months of too much food and not enough exercise during pregnancy had left me feeling unfit, lethargic and unable to wear the clothes I wanted.

    It is hard starting exercise after having a baby and a C section - I felt very unfit and was not at all confident in my ability to join in an exercise class.

    I've really enjoyed Buggy Fitness Fun. It started at just the right pace, so I felt I could do it, and then gradually build up my fitness levels.

    Helen is very mindful of the abilities in the group, and caters to that, so I found Buggy Fitness Fun was approachable but also challenging.

    It's also good fun to be part of a group where you 're all in a similar situation.

    I simply couldn't have gone to an exercise class without my buggy so it really was perfect.

    It's also great getting out in the fresh air in the park.

    Helen is fun, approachable and knows what she's doing. Buggy Fitness Fun gave me a good boost to improve my fitness and helped me work on my core strength.

    I've learned new exercises and it's inspired me to work at improving my fitness.

    I only wish I didn't have to go back to work so that I could continue going!

    Natalie, Northampton