Member - Rosemary McGinnes Story
Step Into Life has provided a constant. A constant time for myself, a constant time to exercise, a constant challenge, a constant group of people to interact with and share some of my joys and sorrows and support them through theirs.
10,000 points at Step into Life
During the 1990s I had a job advising obese people about diet and exercise and decided that I needed to put my preaching into practice in order to be credible.
Step Into Life was my practical choice and my journey started at Hawthorn in 1999. My first session was laps of the oval to assess fitness for going
out on the road. Sessions were mostly timed road routes with the objective of improving times. When my first trainer decided to move on in 2001 the
franchise closed and I moved to Box Hill. At this point the emphasis was changing from purely cardio and road routes to a more balanced program incorporating
toning sessions. This move was not popular with most long term members (me included) who enjoyed the existing structure. However, I have come to enjoy
the toning sessions and, in hindsight, can see that it was a positive move for members providing a more extensive work out. Box Hill closed in 2002
and I then moved to Kew where I have experienced several different owners and trainers, David being the longest standing.
During my time with Step Into Life my life has had its ups and downs. Three VCEs (the kids), my own doctorate, weddings and new babies are among the
highlights with an Afghanistan deployment and the illness and deaths of family members among the low points. In the muddle of life, Step Into Life
has provided a constant. A constant time for myself, a constant time to exercise, a constant challenge (sometimes just making the session was the
challenge), a constant group of people to interact with and share some of my joys and sorrows and support them through theirs. To paraphrase a
quote: “Step Into Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" and this aptly describes my experience with Step Into Life. I have
walked (I don’t run), lifted weights, bounced on fitballs, stretched bands, dipped and pushed my way to 10,000 training points through all weather
conditions and have enjoyed most of it. My Step Into Life time is mostly non-negotiable so unless something very important (like my grandchildren)
pops up, I’ll be there.
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