Meet The Member – Anthony ‘Chico’ Jackson

What was your lifestyle/motivation like prior to joining the gym?
A: Having been involved in some sort of sport nearly all of my adult life, keeping fit should have been at the forefront of my mind. Alas, this was not the case! Even though I was involved with many different types of misadventure running, hiking and alike, the health side of my life wasn’t as you would expect. Being around The Edge gave me the inspiration to make some changes that have helped me focus on my health rather than the rive’um tear’um attitude I have previously shown.


What were your initial goals when you first joined the Edge and have you achieved them?
A: Pretty much the same as most other ‘wannabe Olympians’ who join a gym to lose weight. However, Paul and the team have shown me there’s much more to it than focusing on losing a few pounds. For example, thinking about my diet to increase my energy levels and getting more sleep – all of which have improved since being a member.


What have been the main motivating factors that kept you on track towards achieving your goals?
A: For me going to The Edge has filled a void that was left behind following my retirement from playing team sports. Being around like-minded people with a shared common goal is in some ways like being associated with a team. Each member helps another in the simplest of ways, a nod of encouragement or a kick up the backside (metaphorically speaking of course) make the session past in the blink of an eye.


Which programmes or classes do you enjoy the most and why?
A: I’ve got to be honest; I prefer the sessions where I look like a damp dish cloth at the end. At heart I’m still a rive’um tear’um type, but it’s what works for you and I feel I can add something to the session – not sure if the other members agree, but nevertheless I do enjoy myself!


Why the Edge?
A: This is easy now that I’ve been a member for a while. All of the team are very knowledgeable and extremely encouraging – whether it’s 6.30am in the morning or the last session on the day, their enthusiasm is contagious.


Quick fire questions:


Favourite film?
A: The Thomas Crown Affair – who wouldn’t want to be Thomas Crown?


Favourite food?
A: Easy! It’s got to be egg and chips.


What’s your go-to cheat meal?
A: It’s got to be a cheeky kebab with lashings of chilli and garlic sauce.


Which trainer would you most like to strangle?
A: Well I make no apologies, it’s got to be the head chief himself. I’m positive he makes some of the exercises up when he’s been out for a drink!! Sorry Paul you know I mean it…


Who’s the worst training partner and why?
A: I’ll say no more than ‘Ear Defenders’. Those who know, know!