I did have reservations. Would I see a worthwhile response? Would it have an impact? Would it be enjoyable? Would it be suited to my needs and level of fitness?
With Paul the experience has been very enjoyable, real partnership working, bespoke training and focus on lifestyle. Now an essential part of my week.
The best result for me was the improved energy levels in all aspects of life.
My reservation was that you wouldn’t stop at fitness but would insist on meddling with my diet and insist I drastically cut down on junk food and crisps. In that respect you have confirmed my worst fears.
Its been fun but hard graft. No short cuts. No excuses entertained (although I have tried.) You’ve pushed me much further than I thought I could cope with. And I found I could do it. That’s been a big surprise.
My best result is a change in my attitude. I have real belief I can make real, substantial and sustained life changes. Regarding measurable change: my percentage of body fat has reduced and in a few short weeks (at only one session a week) I’ve gone from obese to just overweight. So real progress has occurred.
I was very nervous on the first training session and also felt completely useless and so unfit for quite a few sessions after. However, after just 3 months I can slowly but surely see a big improvement to my fitness level and also my body shape. I have gone down a dress size and people (including my husband!) have started to make comments about how much better I look. I probably drive Paul mad with my constant complaints at every session about the exercises he gives me to do and my “I can’t do it!” comments, but he pushes me and encourages me to keep going and we also have a good laugh. I have even started to go out running in between sessions now I am so much fitter. That was unheard of a few months ago. Thanks Paul!
I decided it was time to do something about it so I joined the gym.
I didn’t have many reservations except I questioned my own commitment to the programme you would set out for me but my determination to lose weight I hoped would spur me on to persevere and it did!
It has been challenging at times but your sense of humour, your commitment and the passion you have for the job was the key to me persevering. Also the fact that I feel much more confident, have lost one and a half stone and my blood pressure is now normal and my well-being is high.
I have a self- discipline/determination now I never had before not just in fitness but in other areas of my life.
The best result of this for me is completing my first half-marathon.
I had been to gyms over the years but hadn’t achieved any real results. Unsupervised, I tended to stick to equipment and exercises I was familiar with, which wasn’t necessarily the right equipment or exercise I needed. I gave up too easily on individual exercises and lacked the motivation to push myself as I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing.
I had thought about using a personal trainer but didn’t have the courage to speak to the trainers you often see in gym’s. They were generally young and athletic and spent their time chatting to young people in the gym and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by approaching them and being rejected as I wasn’t the right age group (I’m 54).
I met Paul Halstead at a network breakfast meeting. He seemed about my age and I felt a connection and thought that this was someone I could train with without feeling old and decrepit.
I was still concerned that personal training wouldn’t be the right thing for me as I felt so unfit and out of condition that I would be wasting my time and money.
The process of working with Paul has been a lot better than I expected. He assesses where you’re at very quickly and gets to work on improving your fitness in the required areas at the correct pace. I imagine that it must be soul destroying to be set tasks that you can’t achieve but Paul encourages you to succeed but supports and encourages you when he knows you’ve given your all in a particular task . As such you always feel that you’re making progress. I’ve been able to see my weight coming down and my figure improving and friends and family have commented on how much better I look. I’ve definitely got more energy now, I’m a lot more mobile and flexible, and don’t now feel tired when I’m climbing stairs and lifting and carrying.
The best result I’ve got from working with Paul is that my partner now finds me physically attractive!!
weight, to tone up and increase my strength and stamina beyond which I thought I would never be able to do. His bright, humorous way and obvious enjoyment of his work has made it a pleasure to recommend Paul to other clients as a Personal Trainer.