Member of the Month: August 2021

It’s Member of the Month time!

This month the award goes to our gentle giant and familiar face around Parkwood, Dave.

Below is Dave's story in his own words:

"My journey with the gym started back in 1999.

Back when I was 32 years old, I was walking home after a night out and got assaulted in Salisbury by 3 men, who left me in an unconscious state after stealing my phone and wallet. I spent 2 weeks in Odstock hospital with a broken jaw in 2 places and broken ribs. The road to recovery was very hard. I awoke after 7 hours of surgery to find my mouth was wired shut, with just a small hole so I could drink from a straw. I was off work for a total of 3 months to recover; my weight went from 13 stone down to 9 stone. I looked awful and most of all felt terrible inside, losing my confidence to the point where I couldn't even face being around anyone. I was truly broken as a person.

Once I returned back to work, I was speaking to a colleague who suggested that maybe the gym would help me rebuild myself as a person and regain my confidence/personality, which had totally changed from the ordeal.

I decided to join the Guilder Centre (now MyGym). Walking through the door was the hardest thing I think I've ever done, but once I'd explained my situation to the instructor, my journey to recovery had started.

I went from strength to strength and over 6 months, my weight had rocketed up and I started to like myself once again when I looked in the mirror. Gone was the straggly 9 stone man, now I was 17 stone and my confidence was slowly coming back.

I stayed at the Guilder Centre for 10 years. Then, after winning a one months membership at Parkwood, I decided to move across to where I am today, and where I have been for the past 12 years.

My journey at Parkwood has been a great experience. Over the last 12 years, I've made such great friends and learnt so much more about fitness. I am amazed even to this day, with how gym life has helped me through depression, anxiety and liking myself again. It is definitely something I would recommend to everyone."

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