AT BODIES BY RYAN, THERE’S A DISTINCT COMMUNITY FEEL BUT EVERYONE IS ON THEIR OWN JOURNEY, CHASING THEIR OWN VERY PERSONAL GOALS. CINDY DAVIS HAD TO BE CONVINCED OF HER SUCCESS AS SHE’S STILL MOVING TOWARDS HER GOALS (AREN’T WE ALL?!) BUT HER PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SHIFTS IN THE FINAL CHALLENGE OF 2020 CAUGHT BBR HEAD TRAINER RYAN DEVEREUX’S ATTENTION. CINDY WORKED HARD IN EVERY SESSION AND HAS BEEN INCREASING HER STRENGTH AND CARDIO CAPABILITY CONSISTENTLY, POSTED WEEKLY FOOD PREP PICS, CHECKED IN HER PROGRESS AND ACHIEVED BRILLIANT RESULTS BY THE END OF THE SIX WEEKS. CINDY FILLS US IN ON WHERE SHE STARTED, WHY SHE STARTED AND HOW HER LIFE IS CHANGING EVERY TIME SHE STEPS INTO THE BBR SWEAT BOXES.
What was the state of your fitness and mindset before you started at BBR?
Extremely poor and gradually declining, despite being a very high energy, happy person who is exceptional at directing energy away from me.
What was the trigger that made you sign up to BBR?
Probably desperation. I was actually too embarrassed about my physical state to do classes so I organised some personal training sessions with Gene. He was good at making me feel less sh*t and after only two sessions I decided to trial a 9.10 class which apparently didn’t have many people in it. I decided to make use of the three classes for $15 and by the week’s end signed up for 6 week challenge. The reality was I needed a huge kick up the butt and starting was actually really hard for me.
What was the biggest change or changes you made when you first started at BBR?
Everything. My whole life and brain needed to change.
What challenged you the most when you began?
Everything. I struggled with the feeling that everyone was judging me for being a total hypocrite. I work in healthcare as a physiotherapist. I tell others what to do and how to do it but have not led by example. Getting started felt like I was really putting myself out there. It was scary as hell and I felt completely vulnerable and exposed.
I really struggled with putting the time aside for me to do classes. I felt guilty that my energy was going in to me and not others. I struggled being with myself for a whole hour and trying to stay focused on me.
I also have a very extensive medical history and I was very unsure if I could do group classes without me having to modify a lot of exercises. I didn’t want to be a burden on the trainers if there were things I couldn’t do. I was so scared of being useless particularly as I was so physically capable in my youth.
What were your first impressions of the gym?
Nostalgia of the showgrounds flash backs of being a kid going to the Royal Show (big deal for a country kid) and carefree, happy times at music festivals.
BBR has a great vibe. I am very much a vibe person.
HIIT classes still scare the crap out of me because I find them really tough. I generally feel pretty crap afterwards as my body comes to terms with what I just put it through, but this is then followed with me being very proud of myself.
Strength I feel much more comfortable though I am still figuring out how much weight to lift and I feel an immediate high post-class.
The trainers are non-judgmental, energetic and encouraging, I’ve been really impressed.
What were your goals for this challenge?
GET STARTED and form some healthy habits. Pretty simple.
Did you achieve them? Please share any physical and mental transformations, from goals achieved to unexpected great outcomes!
I am in a better mental place but am very much still a work in progress. I have lost over 10kg but I have soo much more to lose.
What aspects of the challenge worked so well you would like to incorporate into your lifestyle going forward?
To be honest just the basics;
Cindy’s motivation, aside from personal growth, is to set a good example to her beautiful kids, 21-year-old daughter Demi and 13-year-old son Khyan. She’s a single mum and started mum life in her teen years, so she had to grow up pretty fast. However, her daughter in particular is her greatest reason behind her transformation and everything she strives for… I bet she’s pretty proud of her mum right now!
Above: Khyan and Demi at one of Cindy’s family traditions of finding a special location to watch the sunrise on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Sunrise represents new beginnings where Cindy and her kids chat about ‘life’ and what they want to achieve.
Cindy, you are on a roll and should be super proud of what you’ve achieved so far. We can’t wait to see what you achieve in 2021 and love the good vibes you bring to the gym!
If you’re ready to make changes, check out our 2021 challenge dates. Our first one kicks off Monday 8 February – see you there! Contact Ryan to talk over your goals and how BBR can help you achieve them.