sorry, did you know i go to the gym now?

I went to see Khalid at the Hydro a few weeks ago with Alisha and the photo of us included in this post was taken that night. We’ve known each other a wee while through blogging but I’ve been seeing a lot more of her recently at two birds fitness. Watching her instagram stories about two birds and seeing her regularly both work out at and shout out two birds made me wonder if I could finally enjoy exercise. 

I’d been looking into changing up my exercise regime for a while. I had a £15 a month gym membership which I regularly cancelled classes for and never set foot in the actual gym. I’ve had gym memberships pretty steadily since I moved to glasgow four years ago but it was practically collecting dust. A constant expense I couldn’t really justify but refused to get rid off because I did want to change, I just wasn’t doing it. 

I’d tried running with the couch to 5k app but couldn’t find the time to get out and do it. Sure the time was there but I wasn’t loving it and making it a priority. I’d tried yoga in the past but was yet to find a studio I loved and never found the time to do Yoga with Adrienne. But I so badly wanted to make a change.

I thought about getting a personal trainer after my trip to the US in August but Two Birds kept appearing on Alisha’s story so one day I messaged her and asked what the gym was like. After chatting for a little while and a couple more messages from me over the summer discussing Two Birds, I took the plunge and bought a two week trial membership mid july. 

It was the best decision I’ve made in 2019 and probably one of the nicest things I’ve ever done for myself, well, in my life. 

Two Birds is like no other gym I’ve experienced before. It is so friendly and so welcoming, and I’m not just saying that. I love going to sessions, especially if I’m having a low day, as you’ll get a chat and a laugh and I can sweat out everything that is bothering me. Danny and Iain are fantastic coaches and O am so happy to be back practising yoga with Suzi and Fiona. Each session challenges me massively but already I’m beginning to feel a huge difference in myself and the relationship I have with exercise, which has been a tumultuous one to say the least. 

I wasn’t massively into sports when I was a kid. I did pe like everyone else, dabbled in hockey and tennis growing up, had swimming lessons and until the age of 13/14, I rode horses. I did a bit but nothing huge and this continued to taper off as I got older, especially when I was in my late teens. I was doing zero exercise and felt like shit. 

The relationship I have with my body is awful and I’ll probably always grapple with it but for the first time I can genuinely feel it improving. I remember being 9/10 at a school sports day and refusing to wear shorts as I thought my legs were too fat. I was fucking nine years old. And it has been pretty much downhill since then and really coming to a head in the last couple of years. It has made me so desperately unhappy for the longest time and it feels so freeing to finally be doing something healthy about it. 

That’s why this picture from Friday night at the Hydro with Alisha is so important for me. I hate having my picture taken unless I can control the situation, I don’t like being photographed side on and it is extremely rare for me to be happy with a photo. I have zero pictures of myself in Italy because I was too uncomfortable with myself. I never used to take selfies before going out as I couldn’t see the point as I’d just hate them anyway. Group photos with me are a nightmare. I was more comfortable hiding behind the camera than ever being in front of it. 

But it is so much more than being willing to have my picture taken. Two Birds has given me confidence in my body for the first time in my adult life. It’s almost giving me peace of mind. I’ve got a long way to go with the relationship I have with myself but for the first time, I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. I’m a bit more confident, happier, and probably a whole of a lot healthier. 

If you want to try Two Birds out for size you can do so with one of their free taster sessions. but I promise it’ll leave you wanting more .. 

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