• Sharon Rundell of Inspiring Strength in Women

Heather's Story

I started at Inspiring Strength in Women in April 2016 because I was looking for something different than working out in a regular gym, where you followed the same program for 6 to 8 weeks.


I also wanted to lose weight and improve my fitness and health as I was in my early 60’s.

I wanted to be as fit and healthy as I could be for my grandchildren and to cope with the demands of my job as a teacher.


I received a flyer in my letterbox advertising Sharon’s Saturday session at the St Agnes School Oval. I rang Sharon and I asked her for some more information about the Saturday morning session and I decided to give it a try. I was very apprehensive and nervous at first because I didn’t know whether I would be able to participate in all the activities.


However due to Sharon’s encouragement to do what you can at your own pace and the encouragement of others I was surprised that I survived the first workout at the oval! I thoroughly enjoyed the session and therefore I wanted to attend more sessions, so I joined the gym at Upper Hermitage. It was one of the best decisions I have made regarding my health and fitness when I decided to try Sharon’s session.


There have been a few personal achievements since joining Inspiring Strength in Women. The first one would be the 2019 City to Bay where I completed the 12km walk in my best time ever. I would not have achieved my best time if I didn’t attend the gym and the Saturday training sessions. Some other achievements are winning two challenges that Sharon creates to keep us on track. One challenge was the 2017 Fit for Photos ant the other was the 2020 Quarenteam challenge with Pauline.


The best things about attending Inspiring Strength in Women include the small group personal training where Sharon can challenge and encourage you to do your best. She keeps you focused and challenged as well as having ‘fun’. Sharon is very motivating and inspiring and takes the time to support you in achieving your goals. She provides a variety of exercises therefore each session is different yet challenging. Everyone is friendly and supportive and makes you feel very welcomed.


Overall, I have lost weight and my fitness has improved immensely. My future goals are to continue to improve my health, strength and fitness as I want to be as fit and healthy as I can be.



This is me before and at my best.

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