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They say change is as good as a holiday, and although often perceived as a challenge, change is often the exact ingredient needed to help us step up, become brave and improve our lives. This is exactly what happened to Valerie Esters, 51, who decided she wanted to transform her life to improve her health and wellbeing. “I needed exercise, good nutrition, and no excuses,” says Valerie. Like most people, Valerie didn’t have the available funds for a personal trainer, and she didn’t feel she had the individual motivation to tackle an exercise program on her own – embracing the change was fairly overwhelming. Valerie needed a support system so introduced herself to instructors and staff at her local 24 Hour Fitness club, where the team introduced her to BODYPUMP™. “I was quite out of shape, so I couldn’t squat more than 10 pounds,” says Valerie. “The class was mostly packed with young, fit people, and I struggled to keep up with them, but I didn’t give up. I was fighting for my health,” she admits. With change comes adjustment, and Valerie would catch the 6.30am bus to work then attend the gym two to three days a week in the evenings after work. “It was always dark and cold after my workout while I wait for the bus ride home, but there were no excuses,” says Valerie. The challenge to change her lifestyle, introducing BODYPUMP™ and a healthy nutrition plan has delivered a fantastic result. Valerie has lost 58.2 pounds and her dress size has dropped from an 18/20 to a 10/12.“I believe in BODYPUMP™. It works!” says Valerie. “I’ve never felt so good in my entire life. I’ve gained so much confidence and I feel sexy. I’m going to keep going.” Valerie has some words of encouragement for anyone feeling anxious about starting a new journey - “You can get healthy, just believe you can do it and never give up,” she says. “There are no excuses, if you fall off the wagon just get back up. Change is not for cowards.” Inspired by Valerie’s story? Find your nearest club and learn more about Les Mills BODYPUMP™