Steve’s Story

Alex’s commentsI first met Steve Chauvel in 2007 when he strolled through the doors of the old premises. Back then, I think he was working as a chef and looked like a good one who probably liked to eat what he cooked. He joined the gym, unfortunately he only maintained membership for a few months before giving it up.

A few years later, Bodyworks had moved to its present location, we met again. It looked as if Steve had changed jobs, discovered tattoos and developed a taste for heavy metal (as in Metallica).

You could tell that he hadn’t trained in a while. Although, what you could also determine, if you looked closely enough, was that something else had changed. He now seemed to be sporting a different mind-set. Steve now seemed to have something specific in mind and he meant business.

That is exactly what he did.

He got in and down to business.

These photos serve as evidence of his journey and testimony to his progress.

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 @ approximately 30% body fat).

Present Weight – 11 stone (70kg @ 12% body fat).

Member of Bodyworks: 24 months.

Steve’s thoughts 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 (my partner) 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 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.”

UPDATE 19 April 2017

It’s been awhile since we last visited with Steve. He’s made some changes to his training schedule and now trains in the early morning because it suits him better to get it done, showered and out to the ‘9-5’ that he works at in order to pay his bills .

So, we don’t catch up with him as often as we used to. But as the photos below attest, he’s made serious progress.

So we asked him for an update to his status and to let us know how his training is going:

Just to say that I have the hunger more than ever. Nutrition is improving and evolving as well as food timings. Training is a mix of strength, power, endurance and conditioning at the moment. Still love the style and vibe of the gym, couldn’t imagine training elsewhere. Atmosphere still gets the blood pumping even at 5:30 am. Still looking to add weight and size, going up slowly and steady. The gym is there through tough times and good times and will always be a constant.

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