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Daily Inspiration: Meet Louize Macklin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Louize Macklin.

Hi Louize, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hey, I’m Louize, a wife, mother, and granny, I’m 50 and life is Awesome! I’ve always been active. I taught aerobics back in the day (last century – can you believe it?) but had to give it up as my knees caused a lot of pain.

Fast forwards to 2016 and I was diagnosed as having severe bone-on-bone arthritis and was told I urgently needed a Bilateral Hip Replacement – yep, both hips were operated on in the same operation! I was 44, I felt 84. It was a really tough time. I could barely walk and was in constant pain, sitting, standing, and lying down.

The day after the operation, I had to learn to walk again. (I have a video). Because I had been so immobile for so long my muscles were weak and it took a lot of time to get my strength back. After 4 months, I started going to a spin class, and after 6 months I added a Pump class. It felt good to get sweaty and feel the burn after so long.

Almost two years after my operation I was asked if I wanted to try some workouts from home. this is a really new concept in the UK. I didn’t know if I would have the motivation but I was really self-conscious at the local gym. I wasn’t as mobile as everyone else and they didn’t know how to treat me? All the exercises I had been given were for pensioners, not someone who was in her 40s.

I thought I’ll give it a go, there’s a money-back guarantee and if I don’t like it no harm has been done. Well – wow – it’s been life-changing. I’ve found myself, found my confidence, my voice. I now coach others to reach their potential. I am a cheerleader for other women who need a positive person in their lives. I love it. I teach fitness classes in my nearby city and just today had an article in the local paper

I climbed the highest mountain in the UK on Saturday with my team, I’ve been paddle boarding, on the Zip Lines, and Treezone, I’m coming to St. Louis next month for the Beachbody Summit and I get to work out, under your Golden Arch with thousands of others – I CANT WAIT!!!!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s not been smooth. I’ve had to work every single day since my operation. This has been doing my specific exercises 3 times a day for 10 months to get the strength back in my muscles.

After my operation, I was in such a dark place, not being able to move, and be mobile, really affected my mental health. I put on weight, I lost all my confidence plus the menopause arrived which brought its own struggles

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
By day, I work in an office, but at night I am a Clubbercise Queen bringing Club tunes and fitness to local towns. I am a positive, motivational (hopefully inspiring) woman

I am proud of where I am now, that I pushed on through the darkness and managed to find my confidence and voice. I want other women to feel this, I want them to wake up excited and feel amazing

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Adventures with my parents to local beauty spots, in the sun. Bluebells, walking Munros, love, and laughter.

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