Jenny Wildi

Weight loss with Paddock Wood U3A

Jenny Wildi with the weight loss group from Paddock Wood U3A

Over the summer a group from the Paddock Wood U3A (University of the Third Age) has been working with Jenny Wildi on a summer challenge to get into better shape for the Autumn.  Jenny is a personal trainer at Bodymission at Capel Gym, in Five Oak Green, where she regularly runs her weight management courses.

The U3A is all about gaining new knowledge and new skills at a more mature age and the groups range widely, including fashion and dressmaking, photography, wine-tasting and jewellery making.  The Summer Challenge was about learning about our own eating and exercise habits in order to lose weight and become fitter and stronger.

The group did incredibly well, the 12 who did the six week course losing an average of over 4 kilos (8.84 lbs) each and trying out new exercise routines to improve strength and fitness.  The group learned how to look at their own diets and make sure that they were satisfying without leading to weight gain.  “There’s not much point in imposing a diet sheet on someone – once the diet is over, they’ll go straight back to eating as they did before – which caused the weight gain in the first place.  People have to learn how to change their own eating habits so that they can maintain a long-term healthy weight” says Jenny.

The Health Challenge was largely based on Jenny’s very successful weight loss courses, SixPack12 (the men’s weight loss course) and Fatzappers (for women) which are run regularly at Capel Gym.  To enquire about the next courses please email or phone 01892 837616.

Jenny Wildi

Strong is the New Skinny?

Have you heard the phrase "Strong is the New Skinny"?  I think, as always, there's an element of truth, but not the whole truth there.  Certainly looking back at old "Top of the Pops" from decades ago, our boy bands were a great deal less buff than the more recent ones.  Many girls are working hard to improve their glute shape and their arms, rather than just wanting to be as thin as possible.  It is probably a more healthy society where having some shape is considered desirable.  The worry is that some may just see lifting heavy weights as a way of justifying what is in fact an unhealthy, overfat body. 

Being strong is good.  Being the strongest is just a competitive thing.  Being slim is good.  Being obsessed at being the thinnest is a really bad idea.  Let's concentrate on all-round fitness, not just one aspect of it.  That means healthy heart and lungs, a strong core and muscles, flexible joints and great balance, as well as a body weight that is healthy for the individual.


Jenny Wildi

Is it worth hiring a personal trainer?

Many people regard personal trainers as unnecessary, over-expensive motivators, but the truth is, they can transform your workout.

You aren’t a qualified trainer. You work in an office. How do you know that you’re not putting yourself at risk with the way you’re working out? How do you know that your routine is actually working?

You don’t. A personal trainer does.

A workout tailored to you

Advice from a professional should never be ignored. But how often do you, as a regular gym goer, receive pro advice that’s built around your fitness level and goals?


Your personal trainer will know where you are in terms of fitness inside out. They’ll know what you can do, what you can’t do and how far they can push. With this information they can create workout schedules around you and your goals.

Effective and efficient

Remember when you had your induction? Rushed through how to correctly use each piece of equipment.

Well that could have had a negative impact on your workout. You might be using some equipment incorrectly, which could be putting you at risk of injury and mean you aren’t getting an efficient workout.

With a personal trainer they’ll spot these inefficiencies and correct them meaning that you can get the most out of your workout every time.


Many people find it difficult to motivate themselves to get up and go to the gym. After work they find that they’re too tired, and other things pop up that they’d rather spend time doing.

With a personal trainer you have someone to push you, motivate you and work towards your goals. And sometimes that’s all you need. Some to tell you that you can do it, that you will achieve those goals and that all you need to do is follow the schedule.