NO PAIN NO GAIN: Simon Harris goes through the thrills of Griffin Personal Training's Bootcamp session. Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin
NO PAIN NO GAIN: Simon Harris goes through the thrills of Griffin Personal Training's Bootcamp session. Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin Tamara MacKenzie

Dad's love for daughter helps him conquer fitness challenge

SIMON Harris' love for his daughter, like many fathers, often leaves him breathless.

But when his breathlessness was the result of a failed game of chasey on the beach, it was in that moment, that something had to change.

"I was driven to get healthy and lose weight," Simon said.

"Building muscle was just an added bonus."

The Gracemere resident had often driven past Griffin PT sessions in the park and considered the opportunity to join up.

"I had talked to friends who had been clients to get their opinion before signing up," he said.

"It seemed beneficial to be able to train not only in Gracemere, but in Rockhampton, in case I were to ever miss a session.

"When the 12 week Winter Warrior Challenge was starting up, I decided to stop making excuses and bite the bullet."

By no means would Simon call his first few weeks easy.

He remembers plenty of times when he struggled.

"It was a big change of lifestyle for me but signing up to the 12 week challenge really helped me to be accountable for my actions," he said.

SWEAT IT OUT: Personal Trainer Natasha Griffin with one of her long-time clients Simon Harris.
SWEAT IT OUT: Personal Trainer Natasha Griffin with one of her long-time clients Simon Harris. Tamara MacKenzie

"The comradery among the other challengers was great. We were all experiencing the same struggles so we could vent and share our struggles together.

"Personal trainers Tash and James were extremely supportive through the tough periods as well."

Since the beginning of his weight loss journey to now (seven months on), Simon has lost a total of 25kg.

He said he has noticed very big changes physically, not only just his weight, but his overall health.

"I am so much fitter now," he said.

"I have had to buy a completely new wardrobe.
"Mentally, I am clearer headed, less tired and more positive. I have found exercise a very good way to de-stress.

"The best part of this whole experience is being able to keep up with my kids.

"I can run around with them now and better yet, I can actually look forward to running around with them - I don't dread it like I used to.

"Training with Tash and James has been a great experience, they have helped me achieve great results and I have no plans on stopping any time soon."


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