Miguel Such

Miguel Such

First-time gym goers win year-long fitness sponsorship at Bodynetix

Bodynetix Professional Fitness Training has given three Comox Valley residents who have struggled with weight and health issues a one-year free ride to fitness.

Jasmin Badrin, Terry McLennan and Miguel Such, recently  began a 12-month Bodynetix fitness program that includes unlimited group “FitCamps,” one-on-one coaching and even meal plans under the guidance of registered dietician and diabetes counsellor Shona McDonald.

While they turn their lives around over the next 365 days, they will be sharing their results on Facebook and, in the process, helping to encourage others to get on the path to better health.

“We all know how important fitness is to our health, happiness and self-esteem,” says Bodynetix owner Chris Ketch. “Going to the gym for the first time can be intimidating for some people, but we want to show them that it doesn’t have to be.

“We received 83 applications,” he adds. “There were a lot of heart-wrenching stories and it was really hard to choose, but the three winners are all very deserving.”

Thirty-year-old Jasmin Badrin, who’s five-foot-three and weighs 230 pounds, has tried going to the gym but quit after injuring herself and feeling embarrassed. Engaged to be married next year, she now has a much stronger motivation to improve her health.

“We really want to start a family, but my doctor told us that it wouldn’t be a good idea considering my current physique,” she wrote in her application. “I feel like such a disappointment to my partner for not being healthy enough to have a child.”

For nurse and single mother Terry McLennan, weight has also been a constant issue. Bariatric surgery took her from 282 pounds to 187 in 2012, but she’s since plateaued. More important to her than even her own fitness, though, is that of her son – 12-year-old Miguel, who will be participating in the sponsorship program alongside his mom.

“He’s been asking me for months now to join a gym,” wrote McLennan. “He wants to lose weight … I just want to see him healthy.”

“If they can start making positive changes and adopt a fit, healthy lifestyle then anyone can,” says Ketch. “There are lots of Jasmins, Terries and Miguels out there. I just hope some of them are inspired to follow their example.”

Badrin, McLellan and Such began their year-long journeys toward better health in June and are reporting on their progress on two different Facebook pages. Badrin has created a page under her own name, Jasmin Badrin, while McLellan and Such can be followed via a page called “The Journey to Wellness.” Both can be accessed via the Bodynetix page at www.facebook.com/bodynetix.

To learn more about Bodynetix Professional Fitness Training, visit www.bodynetix.ca or call 250-871-2400.


– Bodynetix Professional Fitness Training



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 80+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
SD71 to address COVID-19 exposures with virtual town hall

The meeting is set for Thursday, March 4

Courtenay Elementary is the latest school on a growing list that has COVID-19 exposures. Google Maps photo
Courtenay Elementary latest school on growing list of COVID-19 exposures

Exposure dates at the school on McPhee Avenue are Feb. 22, 23 and 24

A decision to terminate the CVEDS contract aligns with the CVRD board and municipal partners’ interests to pursue economic and community development initiatives at a more local level. File photo of CVRD office in Courtenay
Comox Valley Regional District board votes to terminate CVEDS contract

The Comox Valley Regional District board has decided to provide the Comox… Continue reading

Island Health has announced a COVID-19 outbreak at Glacier View Lodge, a long-term care facility in the Comox Valley. File photo.
Island Health declares a COVID outbreak at Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a long-term care facility in… Continue reading

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Tofino Resort and Marina has temporarily shut down after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19. (Nora O’Malley photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at Tofino Resort and Marina

Resort apologizes to Hesquiaht First Nation for Valentine’s Day boating incident.

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

Most Read