The fitness industry is filled with before and after pictures, we have many world class and unbelievable before and after pictures in ourselves but like we always quick to point out, they never tell anywhere near the true story, this is Claire's story.
When i first met my husband 13 yrs ago i was a size 10, i was fit, healthy and active and ate well. I was really happy with my body, but 6yr ago i fell pregnant with my first child. I was so paranoid i would harm my baby that i stopped exercising and put on 5st. After i had my baby i went back to the gym and tried every diet going to try and lose the weight that i had gained but i only managed to lose 2st. I then fell pregnant with my second child a few years later and piled even more weight on and went up to a size 18, or at least that's when i started cutting the labels out of my clothes. I was so unhappy with my weight and body and in myself that i said to my husband, i need professional help because nothing i do is helping or working. My husband looked on the internet and found Ian who had amazing reviews as a personal trainer and the before and after pictures are amazing. I plucked up the courage to walk into his gym and asked Ian if he could help me. Ian explained in great detail from the start that no diet was ever going to work and what we had to do was change everything about the way i was thinking about weight loss and diets, shift my mindset away from the diet culture which is failing everybody. I agreed to join Ian's Personal Training and it was very different from what i thought it would be, we worked out with weights and only did a little cardio. Ian also worked out how many calories i should be eating, and looking at what he said every time i tried dieting it was no where near enough compared to what i was now advised, i couldn't get my head around how i could eat more than every other time id tried dieting and i would lose weight, there was no"diet sheets" involved and Ian never mentioned dieting once, other than to tell me we don't diet. But immediately it started to work, the weight started falling off, my body shape started to change and in such a short time i actually started to see muscles appearing, and i now looked toned. My fitness levels are the best they have ever been and my strength in both my lower body and upper body is amazing, i actually amaze myself, Ive lost 6st now and got no loose skin.
Ive been going to Ian's gym for 2 years and i consider Ian as my friend now. He's gave me my life and confidence back and I'll always be forever grateful for what hes done for myself and my family. My friends are so happy to have their friend back, the confident happy me, instead of the one who used to sit in the corner miserable.
I'm a working mam of 2, a wife, and I've achieved so much because of Ian, and if i can do it - you can too.
Claire x x x