Meet Charlestown’s Peta Mead!
Have you always been involved in fitness or exercise?
In the last 18 months yes – prior to that not really – on and off.
If no, what brought you to PowerCamp?
I made a decision in March 2014 to change my weight and lifestyle choices. In April 2014 I started with 12 solid weeks of getting into good eating patterns and then joined Powercamp in late July 2104. I started with the 6:15pm sessions – my theory being so that I would not get in anyone’s way or slow anyone down. I met Pete on Planet Fitness’ birthday special and have never looked back. I made a commitment to him that very day I joined to take a photo of myself the first day of Powercamp and then the next one at Christmas – I did it and I am pleased I did – it really showed me how far I had come.
Did you have a goal when you first started PowerCamp? If yes what were/are they?
My very first goal in July 2014 was to lose weight and get fit – continue what I had started in April. Part of that goal is still current today – getting fit and strong. I now see Powercamp as part of my daily routine – I train six days a week and I have started Yoga to supplement my strength and stretching four times a week. I try to get two 5km runs in a week when I have time.
Have you reached a goal or have you achieved what you originally set out to do?
Yes and no. I have lost the weight I wanted (66kgs in total) and I feel I am at a good weight for me now. I still have a goal to continue to improve my fitness and strength.
Has PowerCamp helped you achieve your goal or move closer to it?
Absolutely – without it I am not sure I would have remained focused or on task and most importantly challenged. Exercise is no longer something I have to do each day, it is part of my lifestyle and my everyday. Powercamp has been my vehicle for my fitness journey.
What would you say to someone thinking of trying PowerCamp?
Please come along – I promise you will feel challenged and I hope you love it as much as I do. It is a great environment – supportive, challenging, fun, bust your gut hard – but by the end of a session you can enjoy the feeling of a challenge met and beaten. Powercamp is not about being able to lift the heaviest weight, it is about setting a goal, using the workout to meet those goals and doing it with a great bunch of like minded people.
Biggest obstacles you have had to overcome on your fitness journey?
Myself! Doubting I can achieve things. I tackled this by setting small goals – like 10kg to lose over 12 weeks. My next goals were to run 5kms without stopping, run 5km under 30mins which, I can say I have achieved, and my new goal is to run an easy 10kms and continue to improve my strength and endurance through PowerCamp.
Do you have sources if inspiration? If so, what are they?
Each person teaches me something every session- things I never knew about myself that might be holding me back, improving/adjusting my technique, nutrition tips or words of inspiration/support. The fellow PowerCampers I would truly call friends – rally behind each other to reach our goals and are always there to help each other get the job done. There is no judgement and it is the best environment I have been part of. These people make getting up at 6am a good thing! My biggest inspiration would be Pete, he makes me want to be better and stronger. He challenges me to want to do that next set and get to the end of the workout. Without his support I would not be where I am today and for that I truly thank him for his time, knowledge, skill and assistance every day.
*There is no guarantee that you will get these specific results by participating in PowerCamp as each individual participant is unique. Examples in these articles are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee.