Meet Rhona

At SF Fitness. we specialise in ongoing life-changing transformations for women aged 40+ (members who’ve been with us for several months say they can’t believe how far they’ve come).

Rhona says that, over several months as a member, she’s gone “from the edge of despair over my weight issues” to feeling “astonished to have achieved so much”. Read the rest of her story here…

What was your life like before you started with SF? Rhona Smiling

I was on the edge of despair.

I had tried several other ways of dealing with my weight issues, although I felt it was never about being overweight but about my confidence and self esteem, I felt a failure that I was growing into this middle aged woman that I didn’t recognise.

What had you tried to do to change this? 

I tried Weight watchers, Motivation, Educo Gym, starving myself, trying to run, walk, swim, cycle, starve myself agin, detox (a nice way of saying I starved myself),

Each one had a brief moment of success followed by giving up

Tell everyone about your results at SF…

The physical results are reflected in my friends and colleagues remarking on my changing shape. I feel the delight of trying clothes on in fitting rooms and not cringing at my size in the mirror

I love putting on clothes from my wardrobe and finding they they’re too big for me

Rhona Leg Curl

I am so much more confident in all aspect of my life now

And I can see it in particularly in my work as I am self employed and my work has increased at a remarkable pace

How do you feel now after coming so far?

I am so thrilled at coming this far, I am astonished I have achieved so much and I am so grateful for the amount of energy I have, and I look forward to the future

What is it about SF that changed everything for you?

SF Fitness has been and is an inspiration for me,

I have never stuck with a programme like this for so long, it’s been 1 year & 1 month now

I thoroughly enjoy the different programmes the team work out for me, I love the challenge of beating my PB (that’s shorthand for personal best) for lifting weights, I love the camaraderie of the other members and even at 7am there is always a giggle.

What is your outlook on life, fitness and health like now?

My wish and hope is onwards and upwards, and surprise surprise I thoroughly enjoy the feeling that a workout gives me, who knows where it is going to bring me I have this sneaky wish of completing a big challenge in the future, Watch this space….


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About the author

John O'Connell is the Owner of SF Fitness Personal Fitness Centre in Rathfarnham. He's a 2 time international best selling author, has appeared on numerous TV programmes on RTE and TV3 and was named World Fitness Elite Trainer of the Year 2013.
John was also a member of the rehabilitation staff for the Heineken Cup winning Leinster squad of 2009. And he worked with the New Zealand All Blacks in 2004.

8 comments on “Meet Rhona”

  1. Eleanor Houlihan Reply

    Hi I have just started juicing and have lost one stone. I have 8 more stone to lose! I am at a very low level of fitness and desire to increase my muscle mass & cardiac fitness. I would be very keen to join your group.

  2. Theresa mc cormack Reply

    In my mistake forties and have had a hip replacement nearly 12 months ago and still not fit or muscle rebuilding is not happening. Would love to know what your programme could do for me. I’m 2 stone at least over weight.

    • John O'C Reply

      Hi Theresa

      Thank you for your comment on our blog – Meet Rhona.

      Best thing is let’s set up a phone call and have a chat and I can go through it all with you. I have sent you an email if you can reply to that with your mobile number and we’ll set up a call!

      Looking forward to speaking with you 🙂

      SF Fitness


    • John O'C Reply

      Hi Carol

      I tried to send you an email but it bounced back but if you send an email to [email protected] with your mobile number we’ll set up a call and have a chat 🙂

      Looking forward to speaking with you!


  3. Rose Reply

    Hi would love to join I’ve put on about 2 stone have degenerate damage to my lower spine and the only exercise I do is walking can you help!!!?

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