What our clients think of us
Brian Dean, Barrister No5 Chambers
Neil Perkins and his team of first class trainers provided chambers with a brilliant training package, taking a group of barristers from being a gaggle of gym-shy novice boxers to being able to compete in a white collar event in front of nearly 400 people. The training ethos and methods at the Fighting Fit gym are perfectly suited to getting busy professional men and women fitter and stronger than they have ever been before.
Matthew Brunning, Barrister No5 Chambers
Never having boxed before, I found the thought of learning how to box and getting fit in such a short time extremely daunting. Neil & the other trainers at the gym made us all very welcome, there was a massive sense of camaraderie amongst the participants (even after punching each other in the face hard!), and I learnt more about myself from facing up to the challenge than I ever expected. The fight itself was over in a blur - but the adrenalin fuelled high lasted for days afterwards and people still talk to me about the night. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Simon Bergenroth, Marketing Consultant
I felt compelled to write a quick review of my time at FFCG as I've recently taken a new job out of town so have recently had to cancel my membership. A sad day to say the least.
So where do I start...
FFCG is the best gym I've ever been a member of.
Having joined in Aug 2008 as a way of dropping a few pounds and getting in shape I remember thinking that even in those early weeks how refreshing it was to workout in such a unpretentious, goal-orientated and friendly atmosphere.
I never expected to find myself in the ring but sure enough the opportunity arose after a few months to get involved in the first Sparrathon event and having passed out of the Gough "the special one's" school of technical sparring, found myself doing several rounds with the mighty Rob Catton (If you're reading this mate hope you well).
Fast forward a few months and I'm boxing on my first show "Charity Hurts 2" at the Holiday Inn. Certainly a night to remember having been excellently and expertly prepared for the ensuing 'mind blowing' experience of three rounds with the big man. OK, so I got beat 20-18 but the score was irrelevant as I was pleased to have survived all three rounds - Here's the proof:
I can't say enough good things about the everything that comes together to make the gym such a special place. I cer-tainly can't do this review justice without mentioning both Neil Perkins and Charmaine Fearon...an absolute dream team if ever there was one. Always so passionate about the business and ensuring that the members get the best out of the gym, its trainers and classes. First rate guys keep it up.
Really want to wish you, and the rest of the FFCG, all the very best for the future and look forward to catching up at the 5 Kings smash up as I'm starting to plan bringing a crew down for the festivities.
In conclusion, if there's anyone reading this that is in any doubt about FFCG being a place that needs to be seen to be believed, I urge you to get down there and give it a month's trial and find out for yourself - you won't be disappointed.
Michael Wingrave, Barrister, No 5 Chambers
Of the 30 or so of us from Chambers who turned up to the first or second introduction session in Feb for our show in July, I was probably one of the least likely to make the cut: more than 2 stone overweight, far from athletic and not at all sure I had it in me to step in the ring at all, let alone convincingly. I expected to feel intimidated in truth. In fact, it is the friendliest gym I've ever been a member of. Within a couple of weeks, the friendly, professional and motivating trainers had me all out focused on preparing for the show, had me willingly committed to it and were pushing me on to get the best out of myself in the time available. They even made getting into sparring enjoyable, the trainers and the more experienced members couldn't do enough to help - up to and including pulling and taking a good many punches while I got comfortable. It is as entirely gradual as you need it to be. 5 months and 2 stone later, stepped out in front of the crowd with my music blaring, heading for the ring. It was an awesome feeling. Winning was exhilarating, but i am sure that the journey and the fight would have been terrific, even if I had lost (according to those I've spoken to that have lost). You just have to do it before you die. I plan on doing it again soon.
Aaron Bell, Sgt, West Midlands Police
No one would ever call me an athlete growing up as I managed to miss most of my PE lessons with a note from the nurse about my 'asthma'When I told my friends I was starting boxing they laughed and my wife just thought it would be like any other gym I joined; 2 months using a sauna and then never returning until my membership ran out.
With Fighting Fit, I've not only found a sport I enjoy, I've found a gym full of trainers I can talk to and people that encourage me to push myself way beyond I would have thought possible - to the extent I can hold my head high and say that I stepped into the ring and face two opponents without feeling daunted in the slightest. The experience of getting onto a ring surrounded by flashing lights and booming music cannot be fully explained until you experience it for yourself. I'm no Rocky, but the experience made me feel like a' real boxer', even if only for a short time! My win felt amazing and I walked out of the ring feeling like a legend, my loss made me feel down but then I remembered although I lost I was no looser, I stood up and walked in that ring and I laid it on the line where many others would not have been brave enough.
10 things to do before you die? If you've ever watched boxing, hell if you've ever watch a bit of Rocky, training for and competing in a White Collar event with Fighting Fit should be on your list.
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