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FIT ROBINS: Sam's story

Robins Foundation helps City fan Sam make dramatic improvements to his health and wellbeing just before Christmas.

Sam's health was rapidly declining after suffering from Covid for a second time. His general fitness was very poor to the extent where he would struggle and get out of breath just walking up a set of stairs or very short distances.

Sam responded: “I was sick of how I was feeling and was ready to make a change. After reading about the FIT ROBINS program, it seemed to offer a good balance of education and fitness. Unlike other diet programs I have tried in the past, this felt like it would provide me with the tools to make permanent changes rather than temporary ones.”

The advice and support given during the program by coach Lee Gillett enabled Sam to make lots of small changes to his general lifestyle. Sam now plans in advance to ensure he eats healthier and make better choices with food, finding time to exercise even if that is just a case of parking further away to get in those extra steps.

With all the exercise Sam has been doing his fitness has drastically improved. Although they are small changes, they have all added up to a big change. That has shown in how much his fitness has improved and with the weight he has lost.

“The program also enabled me to make changes that meant I did not need to follow any strict diets or restrict what I could have. Not at any point have I felt deprived on my journey, and I feel confident these changes are something that is sustainable and becomes a part of my everyday life.”

Sam enjoyed the variation each week brought and found trying something new each week from playing football, circuits or even just a walk around the local area kept things exciting. The highlight of the programme for Sam was getting to know the other participants and supporting each other on their own journeys.

“The coaches offered support throughout the program and although encouraged they never put any pressure on anyone. It was reassuring to know that I could go at my own pace, and they would be there to offer help and advice if required.”

FIT ROBINS Lead Coach Lee Gillett said: "Sam has been a standout participant always contributing and motivating this fellow participants, his commitment to improving his health and increasing his physical activity is inspiring to us all."

To find out more about the project please click here or to sign up please contact: lee.gillett@bcfc.co.uk.  

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