We all know that impeding fit is important, and there are many the resources necessary to do so, yet preserving that drive and motivation to work out regularly can be tough. Photographer Ed Gold decided to find out what drove each member of his neighbourhood Anytime Fitness gym in Colchester to save putting in the hard work.

Jo Nicholls

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I’ve got two children, so I’m here to keep in shape and so I can eat what I want.

I love carbs, so like pizza, pasta and Chinese.

I’m healthy all week, and at the weekend I exactly feed whatever I miss.

The gym forms you feel better about yourself, it gives you more confidence.

I was always dieting and find miserable, but now I’m more balanced because I can do exercise.

Daniel McTaggart

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I always wanted to be fit, and then about two years ago I was in a vehicle gate-crash and it genuinely messed up my cervix and back, so the gym is the promotion of me.

Now, it’s for tightening.

I was told not to do gym by the physio and even the back specialist, but I started and tried it to witness what my restraints were and over the past year I’ve increased my limits.

I don’t want to be that person who can’t removing the store, so it’s really about being is suitable for my family and myself.

I conceive every fella requires a neat physique, and I want to be able to play with my son without going out of gulp – but there’s no real objective, I merely want to enjoy it.

Lauren Abrey

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At firstly, I came to the gym to lose weight as I was a little bit chubby, but now it’s merely a hobby.

It’s routine.

I come to the gym and then I can get on with my date, and accompanying advancement, changes in my form, draws me want to come back every day.

I want to compete, that’s my project, “bikini fitness” – you diet down to 4% mas fatty and then go out on a stagecoach and pose.

I’d like to do it to prove to myself that I can do it.

It takes a lot of dedication and willpower.

It’s something I experience doing – my lover likes to go and play golf, and I like to come here and sweat.

It’s good for stress from act, lover and dwelling life.

Tetteh Apedo

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I use the gym precisely to get fit and healthy.

I was going ranging a lot in Ghana, press-ups in the morning – it was something I was brought up with. My friends, they are very athletic.

I’m glad when I use the gym.

I think it’s something to do with the body when I push-push, it stirs me feel like I’m in control of my body.

Having a good organization gives people personal confidence.

I have to be a role model to my children.

Luis ‘Lu’ Hurley

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I’ve been using this gym for two and a half years, on and off, for physical impression and to mentally push myself.

It’s good to push yourself and see how far you can go.

It’s so addictive. It exhausts endorphins, so I detect a bit more focused throughout the day.

You ask anyone in this gym, they will never be happy with the channel they gaze.

I try to get that perfect physique. I’m never going to get onto, but it’s trying to get a step closer and pushing yourself a stair closer.

Fitness is one of the things that forms me joyous, and family members or friends.

I spend a lot of my epoch here, and I like clothes shopping.

Most of my friends are here, so it doesn’t bother me that this is all I genuinely do.

Clothes, the aesthetics of it, the clothing itself, goes with being fit. And because I’m self-conscious, it manufactures me feel better.

Emily Meadows

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I think it’s good at stress relief. I’ve only left college. And now my quizs are finished, I come here to give me something to do.

I assembled with my friends, but they all nullified their memberships because they couldn’t be riled to go.

The cross-trainer is my favourite, it burns a lot calories really quickly.

I’m not one of these people that leads extreme about it, but I’ve cut out rubbish nutrient – less takeaways and stuff.

Kristie Theobald

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I’m at university here – English language and linguistics. I’m going to do a teach degree and hopefully become a secondary school teacher.

My boyfriend got me into keeping fit.

I’m already fairly slim, so I’d like to do interesting thing rather than cardio – styling up, so I appear more cozy, but I’m not trying to become the next muscle wife of England.

Just being able to pick up heavy boxes would be an accomplishment.

I have a really fast heart-rate, and so “re coming” has helped reduce it.

James Ferguson

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I wanted to train for me and didn’t construe the object of get the hell out of there stagecoach to show people how you look.

But the adrenaline from having a few hundred people in front of you and showing off all the months of duty entail I was hooked.

I don’t hoist heavy loads at all, it’s down to consistency and nutrition.

I train 12 occasions a week.

What I love about it is that I get messages from parties every day who tell me I motivate them in life. I adore that.

Nick ‘Murphy’ Maxwell

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I’ve been working out perhaps over 20 years since I started using a gym, my wife’s a gym instructor.

I sort of messed about with weights in my early 20 s, but I’m working harder here as it has better heaviness.

Keep the heavines off, save fit, impede everything labouring OK – it offer dividends when you’re older, it deters your back stronger, your heart and lungs and perhaps Alzheimer’s away.

Megan Slade

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I’m here to lose the newborn load and get into my wedding dress. It’s also superb for mental health – fighting the baby blues.

It’s too to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, and it’s nice to walk up a flight of stairs and not be out of breath, feel better hormones – there’s too many pessimists in the world.

I actually fulfilled my fiance here at the gym – you know someone is going to like you when they’ve determined you at your worst, all sweaty with no make-up.

Ashley Perkins

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I found out I was type-1 diabetic a few months before my 21 st birthday. I introduce six times per day, whenever I ingest and every time I devour carbs.

When you work out, your mas secretes endorphins, which is great for anti-depression.

I used to have high stress heights and snap readily, but now I detect absolutely freshened and I can leave the gym door after a period and have my pate clear for the next day.

It creates you up for a mindset for other things in life, like run, family and relationships.

Kelly Doherty

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It becomes addictive. It’s important to me now because if I don’t do it, I get depressed. It pesters me if I take a rest day.

As long as you don’t lose impetu, it’s easy to keep coming back.

I used to be one of those people that couldn’t motivate themselves – but when you see improvements, then it becomes addictive.

I want to be able to do a move of pull-ups. That’s my long-term objective.

I don’t like the facts of the case that girlfriends are seen as weaker. I want to be a girl that lifts.

Emma Paveley

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I was an elite gymnast for nine years, from seven to 16. I only excelled at it, I was studying 20 hours a week. I just adore works out, it’s in my blood.

The one thing I always say when people ask questions why I lift weight is: “To give me shape.” It develops amazing shape, it doesn’t attain you into a serviceman.

I’m twice UKBFF[ UK Body Building and Fitness Federation] champion.

It’s a personal objection of improving every single experience you step on a theatre.

I do a competition, get some feedback and go forth to improve. It’s about being the best you can be.

All photographs Ed Gold


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