- One of our newest recruits the inspirational Hannah Foxley recounts her Tough Guy experiences
I met Tim through a business development programme that we are both on and I liked his attitude and energy. He is obsessed with good health and nutrition and this is something that has become close to my heart.
I have recently finished a year of grueling cancer treatment, having been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and being unlucky enough to have it return before I had even finished chemo.
Cancer taught me a lot about myself and my strength of mind and I have learned to face my fears and just do it anyway.
I had never been down right unhealthy but I knew that I needed to really step things up a gear and start to look after my body.
Tim invited me to a pop-up bootcamp one Saturday in January and I went along to see what it was all about. I hadn’t been to the gym for about two months as I had been so busy with the business and I really wanted to get myself fit and healthy after the battering my body had taken. I was annoyed with myself for letting things go over Christmas.
I really enjoyed it and although I couldn’t move the next day, I was hooked! I started to go regularly. Tim, Phil and some of their clients were due to take part in the Tough Guy challenge on 31 January and they set about trying to convince me to join them. My answer was ‘absolutely no way!’ I wasn’t fit enough and it was going to be freezing cold. I told them that my poor body had already taken enough of a battering and I wasn’t going to put it through something so crazy. The problem is that I have a bit of a maverick side, and that side of me was saying ‘go on’ do it! So with a bit of persuasion from Phil, I found myself agreeing to take someone else’s place three days before the event. I had done two weeks’ training, hadn’t practiced taking a plunge in a cold pool, had no wet suit and not even sleeves! I bought a pair of waterproof gloves so my hands wouldn’t take too much of a battering and that was the extent of my preparation! What a lunatic!
Tim and Phil’s clients are all lovely and there is a real team spirit both at the boot camps and on the coach on the way to Tough Guy.
We left London at 7am on Sunday morning to drive up to Wolverhampton for this crazy challenge. I had made a point of not doing much research about the obstacles and what horrors might await me as I figured that I would find out soon enough anyway and sometimes it’s better to just get on and do it rather than worry about what is coming up.
Long story short, Tough Guy was very challenging, although a walk in the park compared to chemo! About 75 per cent of the time is spent in freezing cold water, followed by being stuck up on massive A frames with the wind whipping away at your wet, cold body. We walked through fire, got electrocuted, balanced on ropes and climbed through tires and concrete tubes. I managed to get 90% of the way around and then the hyperthermia kicked in and I found myself delirious, with no control whatsoever over my body, in the first aid tent trying to get warm. Tim said that he was very impressed that I managed to get that far with no training and I was pleased too, but annoyed that I didn’t finish, so I will be going back for round two next year as I have to complete it.
I now have a bit of a taste for the adrenaline junky type challenges and have managed to convince Tim and some of the other ladies to join me in the Tough Mudder challenge in June, although Phil refuses to play! We will all train as a team again and get really fit and ready for it. This challenge is 10 to 12 miles and so will require a high level of cardio fitness. It’s makes it so much more enjoyable training as a team and we cheer each other on.
Over the last five weeks that I have been training with Tim and following his nutritional advice I have already seen a huge difference in my body and energy levels. Being healthy is about mindset and I have actually found it very easy to follow his advice. I have cut all of the bad things from my diet, such as sugar, wheat and all other processed food and I now eat naturally. My diet is a combination of fish, meat, eggs and lots of fresh vegetables.
Bootcamp is making me fitter and stronger and I love the team spirit between us all. I wasn’t really trying to lose weight, but I have lost about ¾ of a stone and I feel amazing. I now need to go and buy some new clothes!
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