Testimonials

It is all too easy for personal trainers to recount meaningless mantras and middle management clichés that amount to nothing when you are actually faced to having to go to the gym when you really don’t feel like it, when you are struggling to lift that extra weight or when I am barking at you run that bit harder.

So rather than telling you to “go the extra mile” or “to reach for the stars” etc., I thought I’d share something meaningful with you – the genuine success stories of people that I have trained.

I’d love to take all the credit for their transformations, but in reality I have just helped and guided them along the way – they were the ones that did the real hard work. They were the ones that changed their diet, lifted the weights when going home was the more enticing option and dragged themselves out of bed on those grey winter days to join me at the gym.

Your results may vary, but this is what they achieved with the help of their friendly local Personal Trainer

alex’s testimonial*

age: mid 30s
weight before: 110KGs
weight after: 90KGs

Why did you start training with John Pace?

I caught a look at myself in the mirror….

What did you want to achieve when you started training?

Aside from the obvious things like better health, I wanted to feel better about the way I looked. I wanted to be honest with myself about my lifestyle rather than conning myself into thinking I was ‘OK’.

The big question: have you achieved that?

Yes. I have had ups and downs in my training and there have been times when I really didn’t want to keep up the training or deny myself a box of donuts, but thanks to John I go through that and have got the balance right.

What difference has training with John Pace made?

I keep hearing people say “why do you need a personal trainer? Once they have shown you what to do why can’t you do it yourself?” Well, the reason is the ‘difference’ John makes to my training. With John pushing, encouraging and motivating me, I turned 8 or 9 reps into 12 or 13; running for 20 minutes became running for 30, and in turn that changed 26% body fat into less than 15%.

What do you think have been the keys to your that achievement?

Honesty. I used to delude myself that showing up to the gym once in a while, doing the occasional spinning class and buying Men’s Health made me near Olympic standard. A food diary during the early days made a surprisingly big difference

Do you have any longer term fitness goals?

To maintain the balance. . I want to keep my weight under control and I want to keep enjoying my fitness programme rather than seeing it as a chore.

Would you recommend training with John to your friends?

I already do. Several friends have thanked/cursed me for introducing them to John.

debbie’s testimonial*

age: mid 40s
weight before: 117kgs
weight after: 70kgs

Why did you start training with John Pace

I was overweight, looked awful and really had to get fit. I knew that staying the same was not an option.

What did you want to achieve when you started training?

I was sceptical about what any personal trainer could help me with – so I kept an open mind and a hopeful spirit as to what I could really achieve.

The big question: have you achieved that?

And much more besides. After training with John I realised that I was capable of achieving even more than I had ever hoped for.

What difference has training with John Pace made?

All the difference in the world. I could not have done it without him pushing and encouraging me all the time.

What do you think have been the keys to your that achievement?

Keeping an open mind and believing in what I was doing. I was very overweight and so persistence was important. I think I shifted the weight quite quickly, but even if it had been slower, I would have stuck at it. I have been training with John since 2009 and I have no plans to stop any time soon.

Do you have any longer term fitness goals?

To stay fit and drop a little more weight, tone up etc. But really the main long term goal is to keep up the lifestyle change that John has instilled in me.

Would you recommend training with John to your friends?

YES

thomas’ testimonial*

age: mid 20s
weight before: 130kgs
weight after: 90kgs

Why did you start training with John Pace

I was over-weight, unfit, had no motivation and I knew that something had to change now or I would be like this for ever.

What did you want to achieve when you started training?

Initially my goal was to take off 25kgs. I also wanted to feel fitter and to get to a point where I felt comfortable with how I looked

The big question: have you achieved that?

Oh yes! And so much more besides. I believed all along that I could do drop the 25kgs, but never that I would go so far beyond that too.

What difference has training with John Pace made?

Seriously? John has not only changed my health for ever, but he has changed my whole outlook on life with his knowledge, guidance and encouragement. I genuinely can’t even imagine going back to my ‘old life’. I am so grateful to John for all that he has done in what I have achieved – I honestly couldn’t have done it without him.

What do you think have been the keys to your that achievement

For me diet was a big thing. You don’t get to the size I was without having that spectacularly wrong! With John’s advice and encouragement I now have it totally under control which has allowed me to focus on training.

Training is of course massive. You can go to Weight Watchers, but that won’t get you fit, build muscle or give you the buzz that exercise does. John was and still is the key here. He keeps my routines fresh and varied so that they never get boring. Most of the time I really look forward to the gym these days. The fact that after more than 2 years I still train with John shows just how important he is.

I’ve taken up serious cycling and it has been really important for my lifestyle change. It gives me a focus and an added reason to stay fit. Training for trainings sake is not as rewarding as training for something like a cycle race.

Do you have any longer term fitness goals?

I still have a few more kilos to go, but my real aims now about about cycling and wanting to complete a triathlon. I really want to cycle the 81 mile E’Tape Caledonia race this year and to complete the London Triathlon. Back in 2009 that was unthinkable, now look at me…..

Would you recommend training with John to your friends?

DEFINITELY!

* results may differ from person to person