Mum Sarah is David Lloyd Leisure PT Hero of the Year

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A mum-of-three from Eastbourne has won the coveted title of David Lloyd Leisure’s PT Hero of the Year 2011.

A mum-of-three from Eastbourne has won the coveted title of David Lloyd Leisure’s PT Hero of the Year 2011.

Sarah Taylor, 43, shed a total of 3st 4lbs over 15 months following an exercise and weight loss regime with the support of her personal trainer, Josh Warrell, at the health and fitness group’s Eastbourne club.

With midlife approaching and her teenage children growing up, Sarah was stuck in a rut and unhappy with her weight – then 12 st 8lb – so she decided to join David Lloyd Leisure.
Josh devised a personalised gym routine and a healthy eating plan as part of the club’s Lose and Shape Up programme.

“I saw results straight away, which spurred me on even more,” explains Sarah. “At times it has taken a lot of determination and willpower to stay on track, but Josh has been there fully supporting me all the way, offering many words of encouragement and praise.”

After reaching her target weight of 10st 3lbs, Sarah began toning her body with a combination of gym sessions and group exercise classes, meeting many new friends in the process. She continued to lose weight, dropping two dress sizes to a size 10.

“I set myself a target of achieving a six pack; my body is now toned all over and my core looks great. More recently, I have taken up running and can cover a distance of 4k in 24 minutes. My fitness level is the best it has ever been, so I’m always looking forward to that next challenge,” Taylor said.

Sarah, who wins a year’s David Lloyd Leisure membership, adds: “Josh is an excellent coach, and through all that I’ve learnt – to eat healthily and exercise correctly - I cannot see that I will ever slip backwards to where I was before. Every aspect of my life is better, and I can’t thank Josh enough – what a team!”

Josh, a master trainer who was recently one of three winners in Escape Fitness’s ‘So you think you can PT’ UK Personal Trainer of the Year competition and nominated Sarah, says: “Sarah is a joy to work with and was an easy choice for me to put forward; the results she achieves are outstanding and her ability to deal with change continue to surpass my expectations as she reaches new heights in her health and fitness.”

David Lloyd Leisure’s group health and fitness manager, Rob Beale, said: “ We are delighted to announce Sarah as our PT Hero of the Year. She is a very worthy winner, having achieved tremendous results with the dedication and support of Josh. Our competition rewards and recognises the incredible progress that our members achieve and the excellent work that our personal trainers do.”

For further information about this press release, contact the David Lloyd Leisure press office on 01707 289833 or email press(at)davidlloyd(dot)co(dot)uk . Before and after photos of Sarah Taylor are available.

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 79 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and contracts the services of more than 400 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, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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