Fitness fans Shellie and Ed love The Rapids so much they moved here from Australia!
Find out what keeps them coming back:
‘For two years we’d been living in a Sydney apartment block that had a gym, swimming pool and tennis courts. Some may say we were living the dream – we were close to the beach, restaurants and night spots.
However, there were a number of things missing in our (what seemed to be) perfect world, so we decided that it was time to move back to the UK.
One of the most difficult parts of our decision was how were we going to find a cheap place to access all the fitness luxuries that we had on our doorstep. After settling down in Braishfield with family we found that The Rapids were perfect for keeping our (not so) highly athletic figures in check, as it had all the equipment and more that we’d had back in Australia.
We were both visiting the gym several times a week, using the cardio equipment and free weights then hitting the pool, the sauna and the steam room. We’d seen the studios and classes, although we didn’t think it was for us.
Finally, curiosity got the better of us and we booked onto a Studio Cycling class. Sassi took the class, and afterwards we walked out feeling as though we’d finally found what we were looking for.
The class was upbeat, challenging, fun and refreshing, so we decided we’d look at some of the other classes available. After that first class Sassi, asked us how we’d enjoyed it and helped steer us towards classes that we may find suitable.
Now, eight months on, we are well and truly hooked. The team of instructors are very professional and make sure that you’re working to a level suitable to your fitness. We are now both regulars for Studio Cycling, Les Mills’ BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK, and Ab Blast classes, and would never look back.
Shellie’s fitness has reached a whole new level – it’s a fantastic improvement for her. I feel different too, and would honestly say that at my age I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.
The friendly, welcoming environment makes going to the gym and keeping fit all that more enjoyable. Other members are always smiling and eager for a pre-class chat before getting into a hefty workout. There is certainly a very positive vibe throughout the whole place.
Now we’re well and truly settled in the UK, we’re looking at buying a house, and would you believe – we are only looking for properties that are within walking distance of The Rapids!’
Sassi says: ‘Shellie and Ed loved my Studio Cycling class. As well as working themselves hard, the class has a fantastic vibe – they found the other participants to be very friendly and social. I recommended they come along to a studio class meal, so they could meet fellow members and make new friends. They came, had a great time, and their participation has just grown and grown since!’