Sue Birch’s innovated training regimes have assisted me in my pursuit for excellence in the sport of White Water kayaking and rafting. Preparing for my latest endeavor - the World Rafting Championships, was particularly challenging. No longer enjoying the luxury of being a full time athlete, I like most Kiwis have to fit in training around work, children and other commitments.
I needed a miracle work out, one that’s wasn’t time consuming but highly effective. I followed one of Sue’s programs and within two weeks I noticed an improvement in my fitness and strength. By competition day I was as well if not better prepared than any of the other professional competitors.
Amazed at my progress, I encouraged my fellow team mates to join the True Fit gym. Sue offered her full support to the NZ Woman’s White Water raft team, sponsoring us for our 2011 event and the future 2013 World Championships. Generosity is one of Sue’s many character attributes, along with intelligence, commitment to helping people and her curiosity into the how and why are only a few more.
Sue Birch’s constant studying of fitness and her commitment to excellence transpires into her exciting programs, keeping us all motivated and interested. True Fit gym is a life line for many people. Sue’s knowledge in health care and body mechanics enables her to cater to those in need of rehab all the way through to Olympic status athletes. I feel very fortunate to have access to her expertise living in Rotorua.
Thank you Sue for your undying support and encouragement.
Yesterday, I visited an Orthopaedic surgeon to see if he could offer me anything surgically to correct the multi-level degenerative condition in my spine. He said that there was nothing he could do to correct the problem. However, he did say that in coming off morphine for the high levels of pain and attending True Fit, was steering in the right direction for health.
Approximately 30 weeks ago, my GP suggested that I should meet Susan Birch, a highly trained specialist who could help me with my back and be a mentor/physical trainer. I was dumbfounded, as I couldn’t imagine myself as a gym bunny. My pain levels were very high and I found difficulty in climbing stairs, doing gardening let alone moving from the couch to my bed at night.
As I was desperate, I reluctantly met Sue and she introduced to me the other gym “bunnies”. I felt extremely embarrassed that my effort a physical exercise were so minimal in comparison to theirs and I watched in awe as they performed their routines. But, as time progressed, I began to realize that this was not a competition but rather a personal programme of restorative health. I tried to give up the course but my pain returned with a vengeance. So I committed myself to another 10 hourly sessions. My physical health is being restored and most days the pain has significantly reduced to a manageable level.
I feel proud of the strength that has returned to my 63 year old body and the enthusiasm that has returned for exercise and living and sharing. The team has played an important part in my health and well-being. Having once been a hermit, I now enjoy the company of others.
As a semi-professional motorbike athlete, I need to balance full time work, racing, training and life into a busy schedule. Sue understands these different pressures and the need to use my training time in the most effective way. She is able to provide me with challenging and fun programmes in a timely fashion that push me to my limits and most importantly get results. It is important for these programmes to compliment the other training, activities and racing that I am involved with and Sue is able to do this successfully. She has also given me nutritional advice to help with daily life and preparation for events. Most importantly she gets the big picture and how all these things fit in together!
Sue is an excellent mentor and motivator. TrueFit® has such an awesome feel to it, with people of all ages and abilities working out together. It makes for a great support network and also makes going the gym much more enjoyable.
I have found that since training with Sue at TrueFit® my overall body shape and mental and physical fitness has improved immensely. My injury count has plummeted and I am able to push harder, go faster for longer and most importantly win more!!