Bodyworks is a popular gym, there is probably a number of reasons for this. BodyWorks knows that the gym membership is made up of individuals and each has a story to tell. Either short or long, dramatic or comical, hard or soft, small or large, sharp or dull, naive or experienced, high or low, smooth or rough, lucky or unlucky. There is a story in each one, the trick is to unlock and reveal it.

Stories. They are really what make people interesting and what we always look for are the narratives. Some of our members are quiet, private types and would prefer their privacy and are possibly a little uncomfortable with exposure. Others are quit happy to tell you their stories, whether you’re ready or not.

Presented here are just a couple of the stories from the Bodyworks crew.

Before, middle & after selfies. It’s pretty clear which is which. Steve’s progress was rapid, consistent and inexorable.                                                 


Profile: Steve

Age– 35

Occupation – Insurance Manager (Desk Job)

Interests – Archery, Cooking, Music (esp. Heavy Metal), Tattoos

Starting Weight -13.7 stone (86kg @ 25% Body Fat).

Present Weight – 11 stone (70kg @ 12% Body Fat).
Member of Bodyworks: 24 months.

[Alex commentsI first met Steve Chauvel in 2007 when he walked through the doors at the old gym location. I think he was working as a chef at the time, he looked like he enjoyed his food. He took out a membership but only stayed at BodyWorks for a few months.

I didn’t catch up with him again until a few years later. He’d changed quite a few things in his life, gotten some tattoos and gotten into Heavy Metal (as in Metallica). You could tell that Steve really hadn’t trained seriously for awhile. But what you could also see, if you looked closely enough, was that here was a man of serious intent, he meant business…and that is exactly what he did, got down to business…although, the photos here alone could’ve told you that.

Steve’s Comments on BodyWorks:

“From the second you walk in it boosts your mood, confidence and positivity whether its busy or quiet. The shop is well equipped and Alex will always give great advice and steer you to the right product.


“Bodyworks came around at the perfect time for me and has helped me to progress in the direction I want to go in. It has all the equipment and tools you could ever wish for. It is a continual learning curve. I can also say that I couldn’t have come as far without the help and support from Alex, who would answer any questions I had, give helpful advice which I then put to good use.

“I also have to mention the other gym members who are also willing to give great advice and help, there is also a feeling of camaraderie and feeling welcomed. I can also say my partner Zoe feels the same even though we are on different journeys and have different goals.

“I look forward to pumping iron, asking questions, developing my body and improving my mind at Bodyworks. Looking forward also to seeing more changes in the months and years ahead.

Without Bodyworks I wouldn’t be walking this walk or talking this talk…nor would I have met new people, done new things, worn the new clothes or have the confidence I do now.”


BEFORE I have always kept a relatively low body fat level, due in a large part to a high volume of endurance training. (early November 2014)

I have always kept a relatively low body fat level, due in a large part to a high volume of endurance training.
(early November 2014)

Marcus is a competitive cyclist who takes the chosen sport of Bicycle Racing very seriously and uses the gym to augment an already rigorous training regimen. He has been a member of BODYWORKS for most of his adult life and throughout the gym’s evolution, many incarnations and rebuilds over the last 20 years.

Basic Profile: MARCUS

Date of birth – 20.02.1972

Occupation – Self employed landscape gardener

Interests – Cycling, working out, cars

Member of Bodyworks: Since The Beginning. 


I first met Alex in the early 90’s when he was gym instructor at the MOT centre at Beau Sejour. A short time after he went on to establish a small but hardcore gym at the Corbett Field site, of which I became a member. Really loved working out there, had a proper ‘old school’ feel about the place. The gym then relocated to Lowlands Industrial Estate with a much bigger and better equipped gym, and huge array of top class equipment, i.e. free weights, machines and for the first time, cardio equipment.

The last few years has seen the Bodyworks gym move to its present location, which caters for everyone’s needs. Each incarnation of Bodyworks seems to get better!

One of the great things about Bodyworks is that it’s a very personal experience; each member is treated as an individual rather than a number, which is often the case in a more ‘generic’ type gym.

I have trained consistently at Alex’s gyms, since their inception, two or three times a week without fail, and always have great workouts as I know I will be working out with like-minded people in a place where self-motivation is one of the key words. If you can’t get results at Bodyworks, you won’t get results anywhere.

On Alex:

Well, I’ve known him for over 20 years, and consider him a good friend. He is always happy to offer knowledge and experience to anyone who asks, and is always willing to listen to both sides of a discussion, and greatly appreciates feedback about the gym and will offer up ideas to members for future improvements.

Keto Diet & Training Regimen (this section concerns a period of low-carbohydrate dieting & rigourous training lasting about 4 weeks).

AFTER (mid December 2014).

AFTER ( about 4 weeks later) December 2014. Although by Body Weight had dropped, my Body Fat had dropped by 4% and I looked bigger and more muscular.

In early November 2014, following lengthy discussions with Alex, I commenced a month long keto style diet (high fat, low carbs) as an experiment to see what effect it would have on someone who participates in endurance type sports. The goal was to see if I could continue training as an endurance athlete on minimal carb intake and to see what effect, if any, it would have. Although I did not see any significant improvement in my athletic endurance, I put in some punishing and rewarding sessions on both the bike and in the gym, culminating in a 130km training ride on 30 November 2014. This is something that I didn’t think would be achievable at the start of the experiment. As an aside from the endurance aspect, it also enabled me to lose in the region of 4% of my body fat.

(Bodyworks is filled with people who have them and if you would like to tell yours, just let us know).

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