Wayne Grocott

6 months ago I was a 19 stone extremely unfit and unhappy individual. I asked Gregg (a friend of quite a few years) to help. Today I weigh, well I have no idea as the guys at Stoke F.I.T. have changed my view. It’s not about what the scales say; it’s about how happy you feel about yourself. Well I feel fit, healthy and within this short period of time, looking at half marathons. All the folks at STOKE F.I.T. are friendly and supportive and most of all give you a sense that you can do it.

Phil Thomas

Both Frank and Gregg have really impressed me with the way they have gone about creating not just a running club but a complete fitness and wellbeing group.

Their boundless energy and enthusiasm shows in everything they do. It’s like being around two young boys on Christmas Eve and to Gregg and Frank every day is Christmas Eve; in over 5 years of running and more than 12 years of going to gyms I’ve never encountered two people more keen and eager to help people make a positive change to their life.

But for me what I find truly impressive is how they have both shown a great awareness of how making small changes in lifestyle through physical activity can have wider benefits to a person’s mental health.

As someone who’s struggled with serious depression in the past I can honestly say that being around Gregg and Frank inspires me and helps me believe I can go on to achieve much more then I think I’m capable of; and that is worth more than gold.

Berenice Hughes

I’m 32 years old I suffer with hyper mobility syndrome and arthritis in my hips and its now starting in my knees. Sometimes I can run and sometimes I can’t and other times I bitch and moan and feel sorry for myself! I starting running by myself then with a friend then with frank, when he came up with Read More…

Caz Bentley

Where to start ………

First of all, how I came to find out about you two fab guys!

I started a healthy eating/living routine back in May of this year, cut out all the unhealthy stuff, and ate properly, loads of fruit and veg and more importantly, drank 3 litres of water a day.  I started doing some fitness videos on YouTube (Fitnessblender) and power walking in between. Then I did interval training – running 200yds, walking 200 yds, but I really struggled to build up any stamina to maintain running. Read More…

Claire Barnsley

What Stoke F.I.T means to me.

I joined Stoke F.I.T three weeks ago, it has been the best thing Ive done in a long time.  I have been a member of various gyms, but to be honest its been hard work motivating myself to go and train with miserable negative people.  My friends always promise to run with me, but its always “I will start next month”.  I am a very positive person and believe I have found a group of people on the same wavelength, Stoke F.I.T are so friendly its outstanding.  Read More…

Dianne Kennedy

I am a 41 year old mother of 4, i smoked and did no exercise, and i wanted to get fitter and healthier, Ive had some illness in the past and didn’t want to carry on feeling unfit . i joined a slimming group in the beginning of the year and lost a couple of stone which made me feel healthier but not fitter, I’ve never been one for the gym etc and have never joined one i always made some excuse if exercise was mentioned ! then a good friend of my family Mr Frank Murphy said he was going start running from Hanley forest park on a Monday and Wednesday evening to try and encourage people to get fit and invited people to come along to join in , either walking / running which ever you felt like you could do. Read More…

Janice Eccleston

In the summer of this year the most exercise I did was walking my dog, doing anything more strenuous was a no go! I used to say “I don’t do running, running is not for me. It didn’t appeal to me at all, it seemed like far too much effort. I though you were either a runner, or not a runner.

One day my friend told me about a small group of people who were meeting at Hanley Forest Park for a run twice a week, she said it was all beginners, no pressure and lots of fun. I found myself asking more questions and eventually was persuaded to go along. Read More…

Sami Munden-Griffiths

What does Stoke F.I.T mean to me?? 18 months ago I decided that i needed to start losing wieght and getting rid of my unhealthy lifestyle. I started a sensibile diet and joined the gym. 12 months on the gym was getting boring and as my fitness levels rose so did my desire to get outside and enjoy the fresh air to continue my improvement. I have always stayed away from running with the belief that I wasn’t a runner and wasn’t good at it. Read More…

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