From an early age, Debbie was told she couldn’t be as active as a normal person. Much later in life, when she started attending gym classes, she discovered how her personal trainers would treat her differently than able-bodied attendees. As a result, they just didn’t manage to challenge her physically.
All of that changed when she tried out Scott Brown Fitness in Ayrshire.
“Scott is ex-military, so he really understands how to push people. If I tell Scott I can’t do 5 reps, he tells me to do 10.”
Yet, her first massive physical challenge, and brutal introduction to Scottish mountain climbing, didn’t come from Scott.
“Last year I saw Ben Lovell from AmpCamp climbing all these mountains. They were coming to Scotland, and I thought, you know what, I’m going to jump on with these guys. Just to see what I can do. I didn’t know they were going to climb the tallest mountain in the UK.”
“I had never climbed a mountain in my life and it took me 14 hours to do it. I was so happy I cried for 3 days.”
Debbie has since then summited 9 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 ft.).