Testimonials

Emily Bucknell

Following a few life challenges and a plummet in low self esteem I found myself at my heaviest and lacking in confidence. The more I tried to eat healthier and lose weight alone, the more difficult I found it to get my mind into a good space. On a cold January Friday I decided to email Lorraine having attended buggy bootcamps a couple of years before. Fit Ladies was starting that weekend and I immediately signed up. Excited, but also apprehensive about attending classes and bootcamp without knowing anyone. It was a game changer. Everyone was friendly, Lorraine amazing and most importantly I really found a happy place again. I have also achieved fitness levels I’ve not had since I was younger and my body and mind have changed so much. My confidence is growing. The bootcamps and classes are hard, but so much fun. It’s like becoming part of a new family and has given a new chapter to my life. Life still has its challenges, but I have a great escape and this helps me manage everything, and myself in a happier and healthier way. An amazing journey.

Katie Frewin

I have been attending Saffron Walden Fitness bootcamps for nearly two and a half years, ever since I moved to the area. I love the bootcamps and now also massively enjoy the range of classes provided at the studio, which has allowed me to try lots of different and new ways of exercising. I have particularly developed a love for yoga. The instructors are all fabulous, welcoming and encouraging. Lorraine, Lynda and Petra have been especially supportive during my pregnancy making it possible for me to keep attending, feel good about myself and stay healthy. Not only has SWF helped me get and keep fit, it has made me enjoy exercise immensely and helped me meet so many fabulous and friendly people, making settling into a new area far easier. What great incentive to get back into exercise once baby is born!

Steve Farr

I prefer SWF STUDIO to any other gym of any kind as the classes are structured, fun and have great instructors that help and guide you. To top that the other members work as a team and someone will always guide you if you are not sure. I love the comradery of the group and my confidence with fitness training has grown and I would recommend the group to anyone.

Kelly Foster

Having recently had my second child and shifted some of my baby weight I felt ready to dabble in a bit of exercise. A couple of my friends had spoken highly of ‘Lorraine’s boot camps’ so off I went with a nervous tummy to join in the fun. And fun it was! I was immediately welcomed into a relaxed group that had a giggle as they exercised in the lovely fresh air. At this time the studio was on the brink of opening and I thought I’d give some of a classes a whirl. One thing led to another and FIT ladies was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me! Here I am nearly 8 months later never feeling better about myself. My attitude to exercise has been completely turned on it’s head, it’s now something I look forward to! The classes on offer at the studio are varied, kept fresh, challenging and supportive and such fun!  If you’re looking for a genuinely friendly place to exercise in with staff and members who go out of their way to welcome you, make an effort to get to know you, who challenge and support you then SWF is your place!!! Lorraine and her team offer such an unique experience that makes you just want more… I cannot recommend this environment enough.

Susan Hughes

SWF simply offers the best variety of classes for all abilities.  There are classes to suit those just starting their fitness journey and for those who are looking for new challenges to build upon their fitness and strength in a friendly, encouraging environment.  SWF have a great team of enthusiastic instructors, who are supportive and motivating who ensure that you never regret coming to a class. Such a friendly, fun, supportive group of fitties of all ages and abilities who I am so proud to be part of!

Kathy Clay

Being the wrong side of 50 and with back issues I started my fitness journey with Pilates, however once Lorraine opened the SWF studio I was encouraged to try one or two other classes which I might enjoy and have somehow found myself doing up to 5 classes a week!! There are so many classes to choose from. at all times of the day and evening, and they can all be modified to suit any health issues. Everyone is friendly, supportive and approachable and where else can you wear your leg warmers with pride (aerobics), channel your inner rock star (pound fit) and give tigger a run for his money (BBX)!!!

Celia Law

I was new to the area and knew nobody. I’ve been at SWF since it started and am now riddled with friends. Mr can’t believe how long it takes me to get around Walden market on Saturdays as I keep bumping into friendly faces. Oh and I’m pretty fit too which is just a bonus.

Claire Howard

I joined SWF last June firstly as part of the “fit ladies” course and then as a member of the studio. I’d had a pretty awful start to the year personally and was feeling very low and lacking in self confidence. It was a big thing for me to start classes as I felt very self conscious but everyone was so friendly and welcoming and I’ve never once felt uncomfortable like I have at classes and gyms elsewhere. All the instructors are so friendly and motivating – getting to know you as an individual, giving you lower impact options if you need it or gently pushing you if they know you can work a bit harder. Although I’ve still got a long way to go, my fitness levels have improved so much over the last 7months. I still have my days when I’m feeling low and I really have to force myself go to classes but I’m always glad I made myself go as they really do help me mentally as well as physically. I never thought I’d say this about exercise but I actually really enjoy going to the classes – even though I might not look like I’m enjoying them at the time!

Justine Geldard

I joined SWF after having my second baby and have really enjoyed getting back into shape gradually and rebuilding my fitness levels.  Lorraine is great at putting you at ease and making you feel welcome. I’ve found I can juggle buggy bootcamp, studio classes and the mums and baby class around life as a busy mum. All the ladies who attend are friendly and the classes are great fun.  The timetable is varied and suitable to all ages and abilities. I’m glad I found SWF.

Vicki Dye

I joined SWF 7 months ago. At the time my level of exercise was a big fat ZERO.  I was unhealthy, unfit, puffed out when I walked up the stairs, stuck in a rut and was genuinely embarrassed about myself.  I spoke to Lorraine on the phone first and she came across so nice I decided to give her classes a go. I got lots of encouragement from Lorraine which helped but I can honestly say all the classes are fun. I have never felt too large or too unfit and you always get options during workouts to go a bit easier if you can’t manage the tough stuff. So…..7 months on and I am up to 3-4 classes a week and have just started my first double session (lots of them do that but I never thought I would manage it!).  I can bounce up the stairs like a kangaroo and even though I am no string bean, I feel healthier, more toned and have made loads of new friends and acquaintances.  Take it from me and give it a go – you couldn’t feel as bad as I did 7 months ago and now my life feel so much more fulfilled.

Kate Reed

I have always loved Lorraine’s classes and so when she opened SWF I could not wait to join.  Lorraine is a brilliant instructor.  She pushes you when you need it and really makes you believe in yourself.  Working out regularly isn’t easy and Lorraine keeps you motivated and challenged, as well as making it really fun.  Rebecca and Lynda are also so passionate about what they teach, it is always a pleasure – even during Insanity!  The studio is a great space and somehow makes it so much more welcoming and fun than other studios in the town.  I could not recommend it highly enough.  There is something for everyone and you could not possibly be disappointed.

Angela H

My daughter suggested I try Saffron Fitness and meet the amazing Lorraine. I have always enjoyed keeping fit, working out and jogging, but never in a class or group.  I have had hip operations, shoulder surgery and back problems over the last few years so my fitness inevitably dropped.  I was a bit worried that I would not be able to cope, keep up or just feel consigned to the scrap heap!  So, my clutch of concerns and wobbly self confidence, I made my first bookings for classes.  I joke that I’m the oldest ‘girl’ attending – and I may well be – but Lorraine and the ladies welcomed me right from the very beginning and I soon felt part of the family and party.  Lorraine discreetly gives me options if some of the exercises are too strong for me, but the energy, sense of achievement and empowerment within the class groups are medicine in themselves. I feel I have more energy generally and I’m sure my aches and pains are at a lower level because of the challenges I’m embracing in the classes. Smiles and laughter are a guaranteed ‘side-effect’.  Body Pump has given me strength and pushed my boundaries to a level that I thought was beyond me.  Insanity is just insane, but addictive too, and Clubbercise brings out my inner dance diva. I can’t recommend the classes highly enough – whatever age or fitness level – you will fit in! I’m the short one at the front with the silly grimace of determination…

Emma Wriggly

Since the studio has opened I have tried a large variety of classes at different times and have found those that suit me the most. If I can’t get to these I know I still have a huge choice of alternatives to pick from. It has been interesting to try totally new classes such as BBX which is now one of my favourites. Body pump has been a surprise hit with me as someone who has never used weights except in a gym environment many moons ago. All of the instructors clearly have fun teaching the classes and actively participate in the class so they are working out too. It is good to know that they sometimes find the exercises tough and it not just me pushing myself as much as I can. However there are always several levels that I can work to so if I can’t quite do one thing I have an alternative.

James Lane

What I like is the real enthusiastic and honest approach all the teaching team adopt, and the fact there is an injection of making it fun.  Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the classes.  For me it is all about what exercise I can do in the time available and the variety and timing seems to suit our family dynamics (at the time of writing this..).  Having a group of like-minded individuals to share the pain also helps sometimes!

Angela Rule

When I had my second baby I thought I would never want to look at myself in the mirror again, however I came across saffron Walden fitness. joining these classes was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. The classes cater for every fitness level you are at and the results you get are pretty much instant. The diet tips are amazing and I have tried meals I never thought I would and you can also have homemade treats which are so easy to make. I was a size 14 when I started this and 4 months later I am now a size 10 and never thought I would love exercise so much, I highly recommend saffron Walden fitness and Lorraine, lynda and Tracey are there to help you every step of the way.

Sophie Lane

James and I have been training with Lorraine for around 3 years doing a mixture of classes and bootcamps. I personally have loved the camaraderie and fresh air that comes with bootcamps and am loving the brilliant variety of new classes at SWF studios.  My favourites are Body Pump, Boxercise and Clubbercise, giving me a fantastic mix of workouts.  I always know I can come along to a bootcamp on a Friday morning to get some fresh air after a few days stuck in the office at work. Lorraine and her team have put great thought into the timetable to make it work for everyone and taking into consideration those who work. I would recommend SWF to anyone looking to find renewed energy, health and fitness while making new friends along the way.  There really is something for everyone and those who aren’t sure of committing, it is great to have the Pay as You Go option so people can try something out

Joss Herd

Lorraine’s new studio opening has been a life changer for me . Varied classes at all times of day so easy to fit in around work & children . I always claimed I didn’t have time for exercise ! The classes themselves offer something for everyone ! My favourites are insanity ( not as scary as you would think ! ) body pump & bbx all great in different ways . Lorraine & her team are encouraging & fun …there is always giggling & before you know it class is over & you have exercised hard without even thinking about it ! Other members are so friendly & welcoming …. Not intimidating & i’ve met some amazing inspirational people who have now become friends . Focus always is on strong not skinny & I haven’t felt this fit since I was much younger . Thanks guys … You all rock!

Hana Bagley

SWF is a lovely local fitness studio, which makes you feel at ease – whether you are new or used to exercise, coming on your own or with group of friends, whatever age shape or size. It is offering a great variety of daytime and evening classes, all run by fantastic instructors, who are always there to offer their guidance and professional advice, make you laugh and push you that little bit more out of your comfort zone. It’s definitely all-rounder.

Claire Ellis

As someone who has recently returned to exercise, the team at saffron Walden fitness especially Lorraine, have been extremely motivating. I decided to give the kickstart programme a go and with the support and guidance of Lorraine I have managed to loose 8lbs as well as cm’s from all over my body in just two weeks and I feel confident the losses will continue over the duration of the course. The exercises classes and bootcamps are a great way of having fun while getting fit, the studio looks great and well equipped and everyone is so friendly.

Louise Cairns
I enjoy Lorraine’s bootcamp as she is so inclusive , everyone is welcome and at all levels of fitness . A massive motivator !

Claire Bell
I love going to buggy fit with Loraine and really would encourage Mums to give it a go. I get nervous to try new groups and activities especially having just moved to the area and being a first time Mum, never mind it involving lycra after having a baby. However I couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome.There’s a friendly group of ladies and Loraine encourages us to work at a pace that will help work those muscles that (if like me) you have forgotten you had, while being in an environment with other Mums in the same position. Each session is different which helps motivate you and Loraine tweaks the workout so individuals needs are met.The babies also get to have some fresh air and some great entertainment!
Its a fabulous opportunity to have some time to do something for you that your baby will like too. I haven’t enjoyed doing exercise as much as this in years and always look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions.

Tracy Clark
Fun, supportive friendly exercise for all levels. Great start to a Sunday morning, sets you up for rest of the day. Thanks Lorraine. Xx

Ruth Ship
I’d recommend bootcamp to all ages, it’s a motivating, sociable way to get fit. I’ve made some great friends and particularly enjoy the ladies’ bootcamp on a Sunday. You really don’t need to be tremendously fit to go and Lorraine is a great motivator; the activities are always tailored to your own level of fitness. Why wait? Give it a go!

Katie Pieri
I come to boot camp because most importantly it is, always, without exception, a good workout! it’s different every week, so never boring. You make sure there is a fun, friendly atmosphere – everyone is welcomed. I love that it is outside on the common, and the sun nearly always shines! Good value for money and the time fits well into my day! X
Izzie manleyI never realised what fun Bootcamp can be. Started with the ladies only on a Sunday morning and now do a mixed one on a Monday night. I worried that I wouldn’t be fit enough at first, I was also a little nervous as I didn’t really know anyone. Everyone is friendly with different levels of abilities. Lorraine and Lynda both make sure you are working to your own level and push you when they know you can do it. I would highly recommend coming to Bootcamp. You will make friends, have fun and get fit all at the same time.

Pat Lodge
Why I think Lorraine’s classes are great and for everyone:Everyone, whatever age and whatever state of fitness, is made welcome. All the participants are friendly and supportive so you are not made to feel that you are holding things up. The activities are varied during each session and also week to week so it isn’t boring and time doesn’t drag. Lorraine and Lynda explain how to do every exercise and suggests alternatives if necessary. They encourage but never force. It’s even fun – well most of the time!I was vaguely fit when I started Boot camp after Christmas. I now can feel that I am fitter and this is making me want to do a bit more exercise – and I hate exercise and sport.

Amy Thompson
It took me a while to get the motivation to get fit again after having my baby – having put on a lot of weight it was very daunting especially as I was so fit before!Being part of a group where everyone is in the same position really put my mind at rest and Lorraine has been brilliant,she gently encourages you and motivates you to keep going.She’s very aware of the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy and afterwards and has lots of advice on how to modify an exercise to suit you.I really enjoy her buggy fit classes,I’ve seen great results that I wouldn’t have done in classes and it’s so nice being able to exercise outdoors.My only regret is I didn’t join sooner! – I really wish I had! Just couldn’t get out of the post baby fog!

Anne green
I started doing classes with Lorraine 3 years ago. Les Mills Body pump, balance and combat. These are standard classes but she always made them fun hence I kept going and became fitter and stronger. I also did Pilates but it wasn’t until I did Pilates with Lorraine that she helped me to further improve my core strength by showing me simple techniques that helped me manage moves i was struggling with. I also do freestyle body conditioning with Lorraine once a week and it certainly is freestyle- every week different but challenging and NEVER boring. I haven’t been to many Bootcamps as I felt i wasn’t fit enough but when i have been it has most definately been fun and i have been encouraged to achieve things I didn’t think i was capable of.Lorraine is now a friend of mine and one of the reasons is the respect and admiration I have for what she has helped me and others achieve with our fitness. I am 55 years old now and have never been fitter and stronger and it is mostly due the encouragement , friendship and guidance Lorraine has given me.

Lisa Davidson
“After using the “I used to be fit” excuse, and “I’m an asthmatic” and “I have had a bad back for 20 years”, after much hesitation, I decided to try Bootcamp. I hadn’t exercised for 20 years and the first session made be realise how unfit I really was, but it was amazingly fun and I actually laughed during it.The hardest thing for me was actually getting out of the chair and going. I just wasn’t going to wake up fit one morning. I had no confidence but everyone was so supportive, Lorraine and all the other Bootcampers, because you are all in it together. Also, having someone who knows what they’re doing pushing you is much more effective than relying on your own motivation. However, I am not pushed into anything I can’t manage.Best thing I ever did!!!!!!!!”

Debbie Gibson
9 months after the birth of my 1st child with the help of buggy bootcamp I have managed to lose that post baby weight that I struggled to shift by myself. Not only have I lost weight, but I have also lost inches and improved my stamina. I was a bit apprehensive at 1st as I hadn’t exercised for so long but every mum is in the same situation and Lorraine is very supportive in encouraging you to push yourself, whilst at the same time work at your own pace. It is a fun way to exercise where you don’t have to worry about childcare as you take your baby with you, and it is a great way to meet new mums and establish friendships. Each week is different and varied in the resources used, and the laughs you have a long the way, my favourite was the boxing( where you can get rid of that pent up aggression) the kettle bells, and the core work which focused on tightening those problem tummy muscles.I am now about to return to work and completed my last session at buggy bootcamp, id like to thank not only Lorraine but also my fellow booties for the wonderful experiences and support. See you at one of the other bootcamps!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsay Hodgson
After the birth of my third child I was struggling a little with life and a friend suggested I tried going to an exercise class. I decided to give Pilates a try having suffered with lower back pain for a number of years. Lorraine’s classes were recommended to me and slightly apprehensively I went along. I needn’t have worried, the class was very friendly and Lorraine is brilliant at pushing you as far as you can go without you ever feeling like you are being bullied or humiliated. A couple of months after I had started Pilates, boot camp began and to the amazement of my husband I decided to go along and give it a try. It is something I would never have tried in a million years but I felt comfortable to give it a go because of Lorraine’s attitude and encouragement. Although very different I enjoy both bootcamp and Pilates and as a bonus my back is much better!

Dawn Phillpot
Think I’ve finally found something I enjoy and can work at my own level without feeling like I’m not as good as others. After only 5 weeks I can now do sit ups. The idea of exercising outside is or rather was scary everyone can see you but if you are doing it right and got your eyes on the prize you pay no attention to your surroundings. I find BootCamp fun and fresh with like minded women – the time spent at BootCamp for me is not just about getting physically fitter but reenergising the mind with some beneficial “me time” making new friends along the way is an added bonus.

Bev Young5
weeks ago a friend said why don’t you come to boot camp on the common Bev you will love it .This was to be the start of my new keep fit regime.I have since joined one of Lorraine’s Pilates classes ,body pump and body conditioning. I have loved every minute of her classes she is very professional and listens to any problem areas you may have like knees.Starting new classes can be daunting but I have been made welcome and made lots of new friends Thank you

Sophie Lane
I’ve done all sorts of training with Lorraine over the years including Combat, Attack and Bootcamps, but when I broke my foot in the summer, I was unable to continue the regular exercise I had become used to. Lorraine came to the rescue with personal training sessions from home just a few days after my injury. Having seen the improvements in my health, energy levels and weight after regular outdoor bootcamps, I was worried that with a 3 month break under doctors orders, my health would suffer and I would pile on the pounds. It was such a relief to know I could still exercise and keep myself fit with a broken foot! Lorraine concentrated on upper body training including boxing and kettle bells, core strength (lots of sit ups!) and pilates (lots of planks!) We certainly had a giggle with my hobbling around with an ankle boot trying to box!Lorraine is always so encouraging and gives you lots of praise which was a massive confidence boost for me at the time.I would recommend Lorraine for any rehabilitation after injury as much as physio as she will work within your limits and help build your strength.