About

This is about me

My name is Steve Lewis

I used to be extremely fit

My background was bodybuilding, circuit training and I did martial arts for over 8 years

I used to be in the gym twice a day every day

I felt great the only medical problem I had was asthma, which I had since childhood

That all changed in 2000 when I had a heart attack at 40. It was totally unexpected

Following more test, they found I had diabetes, suffered from gastro reflux, sleep apnea, vestibular migraine and had a hiatus hernia.

I went into a depression which lasted 13 years. I didn’t leave the house except for hospital appointments

6 years ago I thought I was going to die

I’d put on a lot of weight

I couldn’t walk more than 50 yards without fighting for breath

So I decided if I was going to die, I’d like to do it in the gym at-least trying to get back to a semblance of who I used to be

Going back to the gym was a struggle, not because of the training but because of the people who made you feel like you didn’t belong because of your size

That’s when I discovered a problem that really angered me.

• A great many people need and want to go to the gym but for different reasons they cannot

• Personal trainers charge a ridiculous amount

• Many gyms are elitist and the clientele make some people feel uncomfortable

• Many trainers don’t have the knowledge needed to train people with medical problems

• The people who really need it cannot afford it

• People who are medically retired need the gym but are still charged full price

I volunteered for 4 years with Tottenham active. Motivation people to become more active

When that project ended

I decided to go on a personal trainer course, I passed

I then did my advanced personal trainer course, I passed

Since 2019 I’ve been training local people and I’ve never  charged for my services

I train Women, ethnic minorities, people on a low income, people suffering from depression and people who do not have the option to go to the gym 

I do all my training in my local park

 

When the pandemic started I stopped all training but about 2 months ago

One of my neighbours asked me to train her as her health was suffering due to the pandemic I agree 

Since then it has kind of exploded, I now have 35 women that I train every day and it’s growing daily

Everything is done within the government guidelines on training outdoors 

At present all the equipment is provided by myself jump ropes resistance bands kettlebells etc 

I run 4 classes per day at Bruce Castle Park. Not everyone turns up at the same time 

 

Short term I’m  seeking funding to buy more equipment to make sure I have enough to continue what I’m doing in a safe and productive manner 

 

Long term I’m trying to form a charity that provides free training for all kinds of disadvantaged people 

This is my goal because I understand what people have to go through when they have a medical problem

I founded a site called www.slimnastic.com

Which covers fitness, motivation and wellbeing If the model proved successful I will  repeat the same formula again expanding the franchise

I’ve now started a campaign on Gofundme to try to get this project started