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Abi Judge

My name is Abi Judge. I was born in 1972 and I am a freelance TV producer.

I started training with DMC back in 2016. I was looking for a way to keep the longevity in my hip. I was due a hip replacement and it was pretty bad.

Because of the hip condition, I’d lost all interest in fitness, after having been quite fit for years. I was overweight, I was fed up, I was stuck in a rut and I couldn’t find a way of working around this hip disorder.

My husband and I at that time were looking for something new, looking for something a bit different and he came up with the idea to find out from a friend about DMC and suggested it to me.

I was a little reluctant at first to be honest. I was just in a bit of a bad place at the time I came along to meet the team and I met Davie and we had a chat and the whole ethos of the place struck a chord with me. Davie’s story struck a chord with me, and my husband and I both decided we’d give it a go.

So what DMC has done for me is that now I’m a much stronger person, not just physically but also mentally. I think my confidence is so much more. I feel healthier.

What I really wanted to work on originally was my hip which was needing replaced and training helped me to build the muscles and make sure I was healthy enough to have that operation and get back into fitness really quickly.

I’ve since had another hip operation. Nothing to do with DMC, just to do with my genetics and I was back in the gym within four weeks, not doing everything that I’d previously done, but they worked with me on a programme of rehab with my physio and built up the muscles again and got me stronger and stronger and stronger.

For me, it’s been really revolutionary in terms of my body shape and how I’ve grown in confidence and health and as a woman in her fifties you need to be healthy, you need to be fit, you need to be strong.

Abi Kettlebell Shoulder Press

It helps me just to manage those day-to-day stresses of the job as a freelance TV producer. It involves quite a lot of responsibility and I work with a lot of people. So it helps me to understand the stresses and how to deal with them. And I can work out my stresses when I come to the gym as well.

The guys I work with Pablo and Grant, and Davie, especially, are friends now and so it’s like a little community. Pablo is like the little ninja of DMC. So you’re always working super, super hard and then Grant, I think, lures you into false sense of security where you’re still working really hard but you’re having an absolute blast and laughing out loud all of the time.

DMC is not like any other gym. It’s got proper heart. It’s a small gym. You don’t come in here and have miles of machinery and people who don’t speak to you. You’re in a small environment with people who actually care about what your goals are and helping you to reach them.  I’ve never experienced that in any other gym.