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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 with having to go to the gym when you’re really not in the mood, or you are struggling to lift that extra weight or run that bit further. 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.
weight before: 110KGs
weight after: 90KGs
I caught a look at myself in the mirror….
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’.
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 got through that and have got the balance right.
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%.
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.
To maintain balance. . I want to keep my weight under control and I want to keep enjoying my fitness program rather than seeing it as a chore.
I already do. Several friends have thanked/cursed me for introducing them to John.
weight before: 117kgs
weight after: 75kgs
I was overweight, looked awful, and really had to get fit. I knew that staying the same was not an option.
I was skeptical 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.
And much more besides. After training with John I realized that I was capable of achieving even more than I had ever hoped for.
All the difference in the world. I could not have done it without him pushing and encouraging me all the time.
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.
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.
weight before: 130kgs
weight after: 88kgs
I was overweight, unfit, had no motivation and I knew that something had to change now or I would be like this forever.
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
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.
Seriously? John has not only changed my health forever, 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.
For me, my 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 training’s sake is not as rewarding as training for something like a cycle race.
I still have a few more kilos to go, but my real aims now are cycling and wanting to complete a triathlon. I really want to cycle the 81-mile E’Tape Caledonia race this year and complete the London Triathlon. Back in 2009 that was unthinkable, now look at me…..
* results may differ from person to person