I hadn’t really thought about doing any sort of fitness classes before, as I was a regular runner doing about 5kms three or four times per week and considered myself reasonably fit. My wife had started her Kettlebell classes with Lorraine and was raving about how good it was, and I could see the positive changes in her body due to the training she was doing at The Leading Edge. So I figured I’d give it a shot to see what all the fuss was about. At first I struggled to lift the lighter 8kg kettlebells, and it was when I saw that my wife was putting me to shame and lifting the heavier 16kg kettlebells, I thought to myself “I’m definitely not as fit as I think I am.” Sure all the running I was doing was good for my aerobic capacity, helped me lose some weight and improved my leg strength, but it did not give me that good all round level of fitness. As I continued with the classes, I gradually improved my upper body strength and was lifting the heavier kettlebells in no time at all. Mixed in with aspects of interval and resistance training, running and reviewing my diet, all of which Lorraine is incredibly helpful, insightful and supportive with, I started noticing the visible changes in my body, the muscle tone in my legs, arms and upper body, and just general strength which I did not have before. Plus the diverse range of exercises and equipment that Lorraine brings to each class certainly keeps all of us on our toes. The class atmosphere is great as there’s always a friendly bunch of people doing it all with me. And whilst Lorraine always pushes us to do better and keep improving, we certainly still manage to have a laugh together as well. It’s tough work getting up at 5:00am in the morning a few times a week to do it, but the rewards are well worth the effort!