Reviews and testimonials
We really appreciate the support we receive through email, social media and through word of mouth.
Here's what some of our clients have said about us:
“I’m hard pushed to choose my favourite SWEAT class; I love the TRX classes but equally enjoy Bars & Bells. Each week the classes are different but always challenging. There is a great friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and all the team are super encouraging. Having only moved to the area in January 2017 I also have the bonus of making some lovely new friends through Sweat!
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer last November and following surgery and radiotherapy I have now been told the brilliant news that I just have to have routine annual checks. I continued with my classes at Sweat whenever possible throughout my treatment. The breast care team encouraged me to continue and I know I would never have made such a quick recovery without the continued exercise routine. Lily and the team were fantastic and their support and understanding has helped tremendously in my quick recovery.”
“I love HIIT TRX and Circuits, I can't pick just one favourite :)
And I love the small group classes."
"Favourite class - Bars+Bells. Favourite thing - the relaxed social atmosphere. Sweat doesn’t feel like a typical gym. The classes are a good laugh, and a really good workout which they scale to everyone’s ability, makes getting fit fun.”
"Essentially I lack self discipline so I need to exercise with others who help motivate me. I also need trainers who take a holistic approach and an interest in me as a person not just as a body to improve. The guys at Sweat Southsea led by Luke and Tina do this incredibly well and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I’m not on any kind of commission – I am simply a client of theirs but I think I could also say they are my friends as that is the kind of vibe they create."
"I have been coming to Sweat Southsea for a couple of years - for PT sessions, classes and even the odd session of Physio. The team are super friendly but most of all accessible and, well, normal! There are no mirrors or egos, just a lovely group of people who enjoy working in the fitness industry. The benefits to me have been huge- physical fitness has improved beyond measure through a mixture of HIIT, Pilates, weights and cardio work but the bit that I have been most pleased with is the effect that the exercise- and being part of the Sweat community - has had on my mental wellbeing. The headspace is great. Pay-as-you-go works well for me to help make sure that I can balance exercise with family and work life... basically Sweat was the missing piece of the jigsaw! Thanks to Luke, Tina and the whole team."
"I've dipped in and out of being active over the years and was in a bit of a lull heading towards my big 4-0. Something had to change. A friend recommended I get in touch with Luke at SWEAT Southsea and I haven't looked back! I'm the fittest I've ever been, Luke pushes me to my limits but in a fun way with my PT sessions being varied so I'm never bored and I've even grown to not hate the rower and Watt Bike - something I never thought would happen!
I feel stronger, happier and more motivated - I've been a member of many gyms but using SWEAT Southsea, I'm seeing the biggest differences! I can't recommend Luke and SWEAT enough!"
"I trained with Luke regularly for 18 months and during that time he always found new ways to push me and keep training fun. I couldn’t be happier with my progress and all-round fitness levels. I joined the military in the best possible frame of mind and fully confident in my physical abilities. Luke has helped me understand the importance of a balanced diet and exercise and healthy living has become a really big part of my life. When I first started, I was uncomfortable with my body and found exercising quite difficult. I quickly gained confidence and started to feel healthier. My mile and a half time was ten seconds short of the fastest time ever by a woman at selection. I now feel well-balanced and strong, knowing that we trained hard but smart. For example, front loaded deadlifts were always a problem for me but Luke taught me awesome alternatives. Luke is very motivating, kept me focused, gives great nutritional advice and always has new creative workouts.”
“I employed Luke at a point when I had become quite disillusioned with training. I wasn’t enjoying exercise. I had heard good things and liked the thought of training at SWEAT in an environment without distractions or crowds. The initial few weeks got me really buzzing. I enjoyed boxing workouts and I learnt how to deadlift and squat properly. I started wanting to go to classes alongside the weekly personal training because I was starting to see physical results. I also had more energy, felt less stressed and started sleeping better. I am now at a point where I really enjoy exercise. I cycle to work, eat much better than I ever used to and have even been to Parkrun! I really recommend personal training at SWEAT. Sessions are varied and we continually assess my progress and goals.”
"I contacted Luke ten weeks before my second attempt at The Lakeland 100 – a gruelling 100 mile + race across The Lake District. I had attempted it two years previous and had to stop at 86 miles due to fatigue and problems with navigation. I have trained and completed a number of races including six marathons in six days in The Sahara Desert. Luke supported me with a mileage plan, nutritional and preparation advice. In the gym, I was pushed to my physical and mental limit, with excellent results. As advised, I took eight days of complete rest before the event and at that point, I had never felt fitter in my life and had every confidence I could complete The Lakeland 100, which is known to have a 50-65% failure rate! I managed to complete the 105 miles in 38 hours and 15 minutes. The race was beyond what I could have expected – it pushed me to my absolute limit mentally, and physically was the biggest challenge of my Ultra-running career to date. The race takes place in the Lake District and is obviously incredibly hilly. The extensive work we had done on core and leg strengthening and conditioning helped me no-end and I was able to negotiate the hills with a lot more ease than my previous attempt. I would highly recommend Luke and SWEAT Southsea to anyone looking to complete their next challenge; the training techniques and nutritional information I learnt were invaluable."
“I sought help ahead of running The Great South Run for the first time and having never run this far before I needed to get my fitness and endurance levels up. Secondly, two months after the race I was getting married and wanted to look and feel my best! Luke totally delivered on all points. His sessions were always varied and fun which made me really look forward to training, and as someone who usually finds exercise quite dull, this was no mean feat! I began to notice results very quickly and his great motivational encouragement really made me want to fight hard, dig in and improve more. I would thoroughly recommend Luke to anyone who is finding getting fit and healthy a struggle – he really will make you feel great about yourself and start you on a path to a healthier lifestyle.”
I have learnt how to train effectively using free weights. I reduced my body fat, gained strength and significantly improved my fitness levels.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Luke or the SWEAT team.”
"Fab first barre class with Lily this morning - I'd never done it before and it really pushed me - but such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Small class sizes too (even though it was fully booked!) Thank you Lily & Sweat - and see you next week! :) "
Chris Woods, Events Manager:
"A great team of guys and girls doing something different from the mainstream gyms; no membership fees, no distractions, and they actually care!"
Lynn: "I'm feeling so much stronger and it's definitely helped my running. I always knew the strength exercises were necessary but until I started the Couch to 5K didn't quite appreciate the importance these exercises play in being able ti run with a reduced risk of injury. It all makes sense now! Why invest in a decent pair of trainers to protect my feet without paying any attention to the rest of the essential joints and muscles I need to run? Bit like running in flip flops... you just wouldn't! Having had problems with my hip for so long, I never imagined that I would be able to run at all and here I am running continuous for over 45 minutes and training for the GSR 2018!"
Mitra: "After previous poor experiences with personal trainers I was a bit hesitant to try again. However, after a challenging year, I knew I had to improve my strength, health and fitness. Workouts at Sweat Southsea are never boring, and there are always new exercises. I was never somebody who enjoyed working out or who would commit to a steady routine, but I kept going, and I am beginning to feel healthier and fitter because of it. Overall I would recommend Sweat Southsea to anyone who is looking to get in better shape and improve their health."
Dr Stroma Macfarlane: "I have been having personal training sessions with Lily Holloway at Sweat since early January 2017 and have found Lily throughout to be professionable, knowleagdeable and supportive. Lily has helped me work on my goals with the right mix of encouragement and motivation and has helped me, for the first time in my life, to sustain exercising regularly on a daily basis and also enjoy the experience. Lily has, for the last 7 months I have been working with her, kept me moving forward with my fitness goals, developing my confidence and ability and has never let me get bored, which is an achievement. She has great communication and interpersonal skills and I would recommend her, without exception, to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer."
Ellesha Rolison, Dance Instructor: "I go to SWEAT Outdoors and Kettlebell classes which are both hard work but fun. The trainers are always extremely encouraging, with a variation of exercises each week to target different muscle groups, strengthening and cardio. The atmosphere amongst the group is always positive and encouraging, working as a team as well as improving yourself as an individual. I also love how the instructors make a point of learning people's names instantly. I think it's a great quality! I can't recommend SWEAT enough. They are very professional and passionate about not only their craft but helping others achieve their fitness goals."
Kirsty Tolfrey: "Had a massage today and it was amazing! Lexie made me feel at ease and made sure i was ok with the pressure throughout. Would definitely recommend to others! Feeling so refreshed now thank you!"
Paul Gonella, Co-Founder, Strong Island: "A huge thank you to the guys at Sweat. When you suffer from things like back pain it is easy to begin to think of it as your new normal, no longer taking part in physical activities and consciously (& subconsciously) creating coping strategies to work around things. Working with SWEAT has really made me realise that I can break that down and get back to a new, more active, sense of normal....with a lot of hard work still to do."
Hannah Rumming: "Having had problems with my shoulders since a sports injury 8 years ago, I had settled with the idea that I had joints of an 80 year old ... Not really what you want at 24! However, I’ve recently had 4 sessions of sports therapy and honestly cannot emphasise enough how much this had positively impacted my day-to-day life. We managed to find the root of my problem and I was taught numerous ways to incorporate exercises to ease the pain and strengthen my shoulders into my busy schedule. I now sleep better, work more comfortably at a desk and most importantly, it has massively improved my training for The Great South Run. Thank you!”
Joel Byas: "Great team, lots of good encouragement even when it's tough. A real caring vibe going on! Great place to start getting fit and trim!"