Jo Butcher & Georgie Stevens
Qualified Fitness Instructors
Jo runs all of the classes herself on a permanent basis, and Georgie is a cover instructor for Jo, so she pops up at class every now and again!
Jo says “It is our passion to help you improve your fitness and get healthy. We are both qualified fitness instructors and specialise in working with people who are overweight and/or unfit. We both know what it is like to be overweight, so we plan our classes carefully using our personal experiences, knowledge and skills.”
This is Jo’s Story
I started gaining weight when I was 15: I loved my food (and still do!) and it seemed the more calories it contained the more I loved it, with chocolate, cookies and cakes being a real weakness of mine….and later on wine! I’ve been with my husband since I was aged 14 and he never seemed to mind my ever expanding waistline, so at the time nor did I.
Over the years after many embarrassing comments including people thinking I was pregnant, the last straw came for me when I didn’t recognise my own reflection in a changing room mirror. I swore to myself there and then that something had to be done…. and properly this time! No more losing a bit and then gaining back even more. It was time to be honest with myself – that I was truly fed up with feeling uncomfortable and overweight.
And I really was unhappy: my inner thighs would chafe and bleed, my tummy overhang would get sore and I found myself being short of breath a lot of the time…… And exercise? Well, I hated it, so I didn’t do any – I was totally unfit and out of shape.
And that is what I did: By the time I went on holiday with my family in the June – just 22 weeks later I’d lost 4 stone and was a size 10. I then went on to lose another stone to be a size 8 and became a Regional “Slimmer of the Year.” I can honestly say losing weight and getting fit was the best decision I ever made. I live my life now, instead of it being a daily struggle to do everyday tasks and I would recommend anyone to do the same. So if you’ve been putting off joining my classes because you feel “ashamed” or “embarrassed” or you think I won’t understand, then I hope that you now know I will.
Following my weight loss I decided to train as a fitness instructor and qualified in nutrition and for 5 years ran Diet & Fitness classes for a local franchisee until April 2014. It was at that point that I was offered the opportunity to buy my classes: So along with the support of my wonderful members, I decided to grab the chance to go it alone.
……And that’s how Jo’s Fit4all Classes began, which is what brings me here to help you. So please, if you’re reading this really wishing you can lose your weight, then do come along as I’d really love to help you.
This is Georgie’s Story
“I started to gain weight when I was 21 and in my 3rd year at university doing an art degree. Up to this point I’d always been a size 10/12, but in this last year the stress I felt from doing the coursework and the long hours led to me comfort eating, and I’d stopped exercising too, which was so silly as I’d always loved it.
As a result the weight crept on and I didn’t address it, not even after I’d finished university. That was until I found myself struggling to fit into size 14 clothes: I really didn’t want to admit to myself that I was really a size 16 nor did I want to buy size 16 clothes, so when my Mum suggested coming to a class with her I gave it some serious thought.
There was no particular downfall of mine. I basically just ate too much of everything and I couldn’t motivate myself to do any exercise. After uni, I had 3 months where I didn’t work and I started to go out with my friends a lot, which is when I started to get a taste for beer – something I still really enjoy!
So, in July 2016 I made the decision to join Jo’s classes: Mum was doing so well and kept saying how much she enjoyed doing them, so it seemed a really good time for me to start exercising again….and finally tackle losing weight, both of which I’d been avoiding doing for far too long now! So, I decided to attend a class with my Mum and it went from there.
In the Spring of 2017 after I’d lost a couple of stone, I was gobsmacked when Jo approached me and asked me if I’d ever thought of training as a fitness instructor. She said she thought I had good potential and that she would like us to work together, so after giving it some thought I decided to give it a go and although it was hard, especially as I had to fit the training in around my full time job, I really enjoyed the challenge.
As a member, I loved the atmosphere that Jo creates in her classes and the thought of being a part of that excited me: When I first joined, the one thing I noticed straight away was that the members were such a vast age range, and that they came in all shapes and sizes and had different reasons for attending, which just goes to show how everyone is made to feel welcome and included. Jo is so supportive and never judges her members on a bad week, instead she just supports and encourages which really helps someone trying to lose weight: I have learnt an awful lot from her and I’m loving the opportunity to now cover classes and help other members the way that Jo has helped me.
At my final goal weight I lost just over 4 stone and it feels amazing. The weight loss has made such a difference to my life and I am delighted to be inspiring others to believe that you can achieve what you put your mind to! It’s never too late to get started.”