Being born with several disabilities has meant a challenging start to Lewis Halsey’s life. The 22-year-old endured terrible bullying at school during his teenage years which left his confidence on the floor and gave him severe anxiety.
With his dyspraxia, learning difficulties and autism meaning it was hard to initiative conversations and form friendships, he needed a confidence boost to overcome the adversity faced in his life.
Lewis’ mother, Gay Sibley, was a member at locally owned gym, Anytime Fitness Leighton Buzzard and saw it as a perfect opportunity to help Lewis conquer his anxiety and fears.
“Lewis had a very hard time at school which gave his confidence a real knock,” said Gay. “When you have a child with dyspraxia, they tell you that they’ll never ride a bike or a scooter, but we’ve never listened to that and he’s done all of it. We’ve spent years building him up to that point and didn’t want that to go to waste.”
“I’d been a member at Anytime Fitness Leighton Buzzard for a while and given how welcoming it was, thought Lewis could really benefit from it.”
Heading into a new, unfamiliar environment could understandably trigger Lewis’ anxiety, but he felt at home right away. To ease him into the gym and help understand the various pieces of equipment, he started one-to-one Personal Training sessions with personal trainer Alex Sims.
“Alex has helped so much at the gym,” said Lewis. “It makes me happy to be there and I really enjoy the results I’m seeing and how much more confident I’m feeling. My favourite pieces of equipment are the upper body machines and I want to continue getting as fit as I can.”