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Avalon Lifestyle Centre Feature: Allan Pipe

DSC028182At Avalon Leisure we are all aware that we have the ability to change people’s lives on a daily basis; whether it’s helping someone train for an event, work off the stress of everyday life or just get rid of a few extra pounds, we make a big difference to a lot of people.

Allan Pipe, however, is one of our more extraordinary members. In 2002 he suffered a serious stroke. Having spent a year doing physiotherapy in hospital, it was recommended to him that he find a gym. In 2003 Allan joined the Avalon Lifestyle Centre at Farrington Golf and Country Club, and he hasn’t looked back since.

In that time Allan has changed his lifestyle completely. The Avalon Lifestyle Team has helped him achieve greater cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone and core stability. Although he concedes there is still a long way to go, he’s full of praise for the help he’s already received.

“I’m very lucky with the instructors that have worked with me,” said Allan.

“They’ve allowed me to go at my own pace, yet push me just enough to go that little bit further.

“I have met many stroke victims, some of whom have plateaued out and stopped their rehabilitation as they feel they have reached their potential. But Avalon has helped push me, in a nice way, to make very slow yet steady progress. Without coming to Avalon I would never have achieved what I have.

“I will probably be with Avalon forever, as I know how much good it does me.”

Avalon Lifestyle Personal Trainer Kev Mortimer added: “Allan should be very proud of the progress he has made since his stroke. His dedication, spirit and ability to challenge his body is like no one I have worked with before.”

Despite the huge strides forward Allan has made, he was also keen to point out that joining a gym is not a cure for stroke victims and, although it may help, there are no guarantees. He also stressed that “no stroke victim is the same as the next.”

If you would like to find out more about the Avalon Lifestyle Centre at Farrington Golf and Country Club call 01761 453762.