Paul Millross, 43, is taking on a sponsored slim in order to raise money for the East Sussex Association of the Blind. This is a cause close to Paul’s heart as he was born partially sighted and is now registered blind due to a further deterioration in his sight in 2008.
Paul has been a member at Crowborough Leisure Centre, operated by Freedom Leisure, since January 2016. He joined the centre through the Oasis GP referral scheme. Having been diagnosed with sleep apnoea and less than 100% lung function, Paul knew he needed to lose weight for the sake of his health. He is hoping to reach his goal weight of 63kg, from his initial weight of 83kg and his bid to raise money for the ESAB through a sponsored slim is keeping him motivated on his weight loss journey.
Knowing that what I am doing is not only going to benefit my health but also help benefit others in a similar situation to me has been a great source of inspiration, particularly on the days when I may have not felt like going to the gym.
Paul credits the wonderful staff at Freedom Leisure, especially his personal trainer Chris Willett, with making him feel safe and confident in the gym.
Chris makes our sessions challenging but achievable, and most of all fun. At first, I thought I would just be limited to the treadmills but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Since joining the centre I’ve been following a personalised fitness plan which has been developed by Chris. The plan includes a great mix of both cardio and strength training, which I am really enjoying.
Paul is already feeling the benefits of his weight loss, having improved his fitness levels. Advising others in his situation, who may feel daunted about joining a gym he says:
Don’t be afraid. Crowborough Leisure Centre is accessible to anyone who wants to get fit, regardless of their ability or disability. The staff are friendly and have made me feel very welcome since I’ve joined. I couldn’t thank them enough for their support.
Chris Willett, Freedom Leisure personal trainer said:
Paul is making fantastic progress. Every session we are increasing the intensity or decreasing the recovery periods. Paul has a great attitude and he has never missed a session. We’d like to wish him the best of luck and hope he is able to reach his target.