What We Stand For - Shona' Story

by in JB Personal Training

Unlike Jules I was really quite fortunate.  I had a stable upbringing in a cosy part of North East Scotland.

It was quite a harsh environment up there. I have memories of the roads being blocked by snow-drifts - rather exciting as a child when you get to skive off school!

It taught me that you have to get on with things.

If you waited until the weather's lovely in Lumphanan where I grew up, nothing would ever happen!

You have to just go ahead and make things happen - there is no such thing as a perfect time.

So that was an important aspect of my childhood.

Another was that was fortunate enough to have parents who were really supportive of whatever I wanted to do with my life.

I grew up with a twin brother. I never questioned why I shouldn't do everything that he was doing.

I played rugby in the same team as my twin brother when I was nine years old.

I didn't have a clue what the rules were so I just tackled everybody!

But I got myself a bit of a reputation as a tackler - and 20 years later I ended up playing for Scotland!

I just never let my gender come in to the question of what I should do with my life. From playing rugby, to studying Physics, to working for an engineering based company later in life.

But I think women sometimes do talk themselves down too much.

One of our pet hates is when male personal trainers give women a 2kg dumbbell (or even worse the TV trainers suggesting a small water bottle), thinking that is all they are capable of.

It's just ignorant frankly.

There is nothing that women cannot achieve that males can achieve.

Anything you put your mind to, you can achieve if you want it enough!

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