Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Phoenix Project

Domestic Violence is common. Doesn't mean it's acceptable.

The Phoenix Project was set up for women and teenage survivors of domestic violence. The aim is simple; Physical improvement and self empowerment, Jane's wish is that she'd like everyone to have a positive day not focusing on the past but focusing on what we’d all like to achieve for the future.

Without Jane Maddern, IKFF Kettlebell Coach, this project would not have been possible. Here is Jane's Story.

Jane Maddern's Story

Jane Maddern, IKFF CKT Level 1

"I am a ‘survivor’, not a victim. That’s how I now see myself; but believe me it wasn’t always that way.

There was a time in my life when I was told what to think, when to move. I was afraid to do either without permission. The consequences were often terrifying and violent. In May 2008 I was beaten and broken so badly I could no longer make up a story to cover it up. I know how hard it is to find the confidence to even leave the house, I was told I was useless and worthless. But it was time for change. It was hard. But I did it.

The reasons behind my journey with fitness, nutrition and kettlebells was initially twofold – my Crohn’s Disease, and my emotional rehabilitation.

Every day I invest in me – with my eating habits and my training, now I’m strong because of it.

I found even on days when I didn’t even feel like focusing or getting out of bed I did to train! Afterwards I felt like I achieved something and I felt better about myself, more confident too. It gave me a reason to eat, sleep and take better care of myself.

The stronger my body became, the stronger my mind became. I was healing myself both physically and emotionally. Plus I got a great sense of achievement at the end of each workout, and I know I can still achieve more, not only physically, but in all areas of my life. One day at a time, rep by rep, step by step.

I’m often asked why I started The Phoenix Project. It’s simple really. Domestic Violence is common, but it’s unacceptable. By setting up The Phoenix project we can help you start a new life. A life with hope, a life where you’re proud of YOU, a life you grow to love. This has worked to empower me, it could possibly do the same for you. Give it a try, see what happens. Because quite possibly – we’ll help put the strength back into you!!"

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

The workshop is being supported and hosted by Wolverson Fitness, who have been a massive help in making this project happen. 100 Rep Challenge are also backing The Phoenix Project 100%.

Jane Maddern has teamed up with Cj Swaby of CJS Fitness and Keris Marsden of Fitter London to deliver this ground breaking workshop.

To find out more about this FREE workshop, and to book on click HERE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea!
When DV occurs your self esteem and self worth leave your facilitating us to rebuild our belief in ourselves empowering us! Brilliant!

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