Why did you need personal training?
Initially it was to improve my back. Having fallen down some stairs I badly bruised my back and had painful and restricted movement when bending down and walking for long periods of time. I visited a physiotherapist and chiropractor for several months which helped but I still had pain so decided to invest in a personal trainer. 6 years on – it’s still the best decision I ever made.
To improve my back in terms of flexibility and strength.
To lose weight (I seemed to be stuck at the same weight no matter how much exercise I did).
To tone up and get a flat stomach and defined arms.
To improve energy and enjoy exercise.
Which programme did you take?
I began with Personal Training and then moved on to include boot-camp (something I never thought I would do let alone grow to love). Rain or shine it invigorates you and you meet a fantastic bunch of people who are friendly, supportive and fun.
Did you reach your goals?
Yes I did. Jem spent time creating a varied programme of one-to-one sessions (including running, interval training, kettle bell and TRX). He also advised me on my nutrition (he’s incredibly knowledgeable on the subject but equally realistic when it comes to lifestyle which really helps). The combination of specific tailored sessions and the nutrition advice helped speed up results and kept me motivated – Jem doesn’t preach about fitness – he listens to your needs and goals and just gets you there – simply and effectively.
A word of advice
Find a way to get started as soon as possible. I knew I needed to improve my fitness and back pain for months before I finally picked up the phone and made the call to start a personal training programme.
Procrastination is a killer so if I was to offer you any advice I would say jump in, listen to what you are told and enjoy. You won’t regret it.
How are you feeling now?
Amazing. My back pain is honestly a distant memory. I’m also fitter, stronger, lighter and more toned than I was in my 20s! I constantly surprise myself and my family by how fit I’ve become. I also feel far more confident in myself and my fitness ability.
Are you still training with BodyUK?
I still train with BodyUK (6 years on). I know I’ve got the tools and knowledge to do it myself, but I love the motivation and the variety that Jem brings to the sessions. He also really listens and adapts to days where I’m feeling sluggish or when I lack energy. I always know I’ll feel 100% better after a session and that’s what makes me continue.