In May 2015 weighing 250lb, I decided it was time to lose weight. From May 2015 to March 2016 I lost 5 stone (70lb) in weight and felt amazing! I continued to try and lose more weight, however, due to my busy lifestyle at the time – I was finishing University so I was writing a dissertation, sitting several exams, celebrated the end of Uni and went on holiday – I found it difficult to lose any more weight and I reached a plateau which hindered my motivation.
I decided I needed an extra push, I felt like I had achieved all I could on my own and I needed a new challenge, something to push me out of my comfort zone and really test my limits. I had done some previous research on personal training and I had often thought about getting a personal trainer but I finally decided to take on the challenge. I found Sophie online when I was searching for personal trainers in Nuneaton and came accross ShapeU Personal Training. We met for a trial session where she introduced me to one of her leg sessions (Sophie is well known for her killer leg sessions!) and straight away I knew personal training with her would something I would enjoy. I signed up to a 12 week transformation plan in September 2016 in the run up to my Gradutation ceremony. The plan included 2-3 training sessions a week and a weekly meal plan which was a great insight into nutrition and helped me to understand the types of food I should be eating – this was particularly good as people often think they need to eat very little to lose weight but I actually ate more than I had previously done and it was all amazing food!
Before training with Sophie, the only experience I had with using weights were using 5kg dumbbells at home in the front room doing exercise DVD’s. I didn’t really have the confidence to use weights in the gym as I didn’t want to look silly if I did something wrong. Additionally I didn’t really push myself enough in my workouts, despite me thinking I was working hard, so when I started training with Sophie I learned how to get the most out of my workouts and now I can write a full training plan for all of my workouts and I feel confident in everything I do in the gym.
My 12 week transformation came to an end on 24th November and it was great to see the results. In the 12 weeks training with Sophie I lost 14lb and a total of 10.5 inches from my body:
Waist – 2 inches
Hips – 2 inches
Thighs – 2 inches
bust – 4 inches
arms – 0.5 inches
After the 12 weeks was over, I continued to train with Sophie at least once a week, sometimes twice and we’ve now been training together for almost 1 year.
Training with ShapeU has been a great experience; I’ve met so many likeminded people and had the opportunity to attend fitness events and days out with the team which is so much fun. It’s such a great atmosphere to be training with others and it’s a big motivator to continue in your own fitness journey when you’re surrounded with other inspiring people.
Since training with Sophie I have become so much more confident in my own abilities and I have overcome several fears. For example, I used to be afraid of box jumps and I struggled to manage to do even one (it really isn’t that scary but something in my head seemed to stop me jumping onto the box) but with Sophie’s continuous guidance and encouragement I overcame that struggle and I now incorporate them into my own workouts without any fuss and actually enjoy them!
It will soon be coming up to 1 year training with Sophie and I feel like I have learned so much about weight training, fitness and nutrition. I’m really glad I introduced weights into my exercise routine as it has opened up a completely new way of training which I enjoy and has really made an improvement in my weight loss and overall fitness levels. I feel strong and confident and I love it!
In 10 months of training with Sophie I have lost a total of 18.5 inches from my body and further loss of 30lb taking my overall weight loss to 100lb.
Waist – 4.5 inches
Hips – 4.5 inches
Thighs – 3 inches
bust – 6 inches
arms – 0.5 inches
Why I would recommend personal training:
- Gives you an extra push in your workouts
- Helps to stay on track
- More likely to work harder with someone guiding you than you are on your own
- Likely to try new things in the gym that you wouldn’t have tried on your own
- Helps to reach your fitness goals
- Meet new people and form friendships