YMCA Member Q&A with Mark Finch

What, if any, exercise/fitness did you do before you joined YMCA Club?

Over my lifetime, I have always enjoyed and played active sports, whether it’s been five or 11-a-side football matches or just knocking the cricket or football around in the local park.

When I was in my early twenties I played for a local 11-a-side football team called Charnwood Athletic (I think that we were called? ) where I wore number six in the central defence. I played most Sunday mornings and trained once a week. Our team wasn’t that good and neither was most of the opposition but it was always good fun and from then on I was hooked on exercise.

Why did you want to start coming to the gym?

I originally joined to a gym when i started working full time and this soon gave me the impetus to train to run a Flora half marathon back in 2001. I eventually joined the YMCA Club 11 or 12 years ago when I started work in London's West End. It’s easy walking distance from work and the club offers loads of classes. The club has really helped me keep in shape. It's just around the corner from my workplace so there is no easy way of talking myself out of going.

What’s your favourite activity at the gym?

I get a lot of use from the cycle studio and and treadmills, but generally enjoy most classes that I have done.

What is your regular weekly fitness routine?

I try to get to the club at least 3-4 times a week. Most days do a lengthy cycle after a ten to 15 min run on the treadmill.

Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated – particularly on days when you’re not feeling it?!

I don’t often weigh myself but alway test my fitness levels by setting a challenging pace. On occasions when I am feeling less motivated and working out independently then I often set myself small easy winnable challenges and build up my workout from this point. I find it always pays to have a really good music playlist on my iPod to help me through these moments.

Do you have any nutrition tips you can share?

I am not particularly careful of my diet but I managed to break the habit of taking sugar in tea by switching from normal breakfast tea to Earl Grey. In fact I don't take sugar in any hot drinks now so it's been a big success

What current fitness targets/goals do you have?

Not sure really but I know that it’s important for me to keep training and keep in shape! It allows me to work off stress which has built up throughout the day. I have always found the trainers very encouraging and get motivation from them really.

What’s your favourite thing about the Club?

It's a very relaxed and laid back place where you can participate in group or solo.

How would you describe YMCA Club to a friend?

Great club and good value.

Joe | 8 August 2016