April 8, 2015

Member profile: Joshua and Mena from Otara Pool and Leisure Centre!

Meet Josh and Mena. Both have been coming to the gym at Otara Pool and Leisure Centre for many months, but recently they’ve been getting a few extra stares for all the right reasons! Josh has lost a whopping 80kg in just over a year and a half and Mena has lost an extraordinary 30kg over the last year.

How did they do it? Both incorporated regular exercise and healthy balanced eating into their lifestyle and over the course of time, they have achieved awesome results.

Find out what motivated them:


Joshua Good

Age: 21
Starting weight: 190-200kg
Current weight: 112.5kg
Total weight lost: Around 80kg
Favourite machine/exercise: Squats/deadlifts
Least favourite machine/exercise: Planks

How long did it take you to lose the weight?

Started in September 2013.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

Just show up to the gym, and don’t think. Follow your workout and diet until it becomes second nature. And reward yourself ONLY when you have truly earned it. Also you won’t lose weight if your diet sucks, so don’t kid yourself.

Anything you would like to add about your journey?

Just care about your workout and diet regime, and if you truly do you will prioritise it and the results you desire will come.



Starting weight: 130kg
Current weight: 100kg
Total weight lost: 30kg
Favourite machine/exercise: Crosstrainer/boxing
Least favourite machine/exercise: Burpees and step ups

How long did it take you to lose the weight?

I started exercising in February 2014. I was on and off at the gym but still eating everything and anything. It wasn’t until April 2014 when I sorted out my eating and exercised consistently that I saw the results I was after. With the nutritional advice and encouragement from Byron, I was able to change my eating habits and till this day I have not turned back to eating the way I used to.

What advice would you give for someone starting out?

No matter how tired or lazy you feel, don’t give up. Your mind will come up with excuses for you to give up BUT don’t give in to it. Yes, it is hard; no one said it was easy.

Anything you would like to add about your journey?

My favourite quote is, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” I now know that I need to prepare my food and prepare when I exercise if I want to give myself any chance of succeeding so I say this to all of you reading this: Prepare your week ahead and follow through with it – you can do it!