“I have never been someone that likes exercising. Plain and simple. I would honestly rather not eat for 3 months (once did that in the form of a Chinese herb diet) or try a fad diet (did many of those) than do some exercise.
So you can understand when the opportunity was presented to take on the 8 Week Challenge I really had my reservations (read: is there any way out of this? Maybe I will book a one-way ticket to Siberia). Arriving at the gym for the first time was scary but I was met by Anthony, who was so smiley and enthusiastic my anxiety melted away and we got down to work.
Anthony assessed how I moved and really focused on my technique by just doing small exercise and functional movements. This was very different from other PT’s I had in the past that would count backwards from 20 very loud and keep telling me to PUUSSSHHH IIITTTT!!!!!!!
I walked away from Anthony feeling upbeat and really liked his training style and most of all his attentiveness and knowledge of the body and its movements. Don’t worry the pain came later – what seemed like such small and enjoyable movements at the time made a very large impact. I had to psych myself to get up from my chair at work, don’t even ask me about the stairs to get to our third storey apartment, I seriously considered sleeping in the foyer.
My energy levels have also increased significantly. I don’t have an afternoon slump which means there is no need for that quick hit/chocolate pick me up. Our food choices have improved significantly, I would say 80% of our shopping is fresh fruit and vegetables and takeaway is now not really even an option. Don’t get me wrong – we still enjoy eating out, but this is now a treat and what we eat is definitely more considered.
The last thing you want to do is schvitz up a storm in the morning to have it all go to waste in the evening. A big change for me personally, has been a shift in my mentality. If before, self-doubt was the default rhetoric in my head, now, I truly believe that I can do what I set out to do and will try and push through the pain. Of course, this mentality spills over into every aspect of my life, not just training and that is a change worth getting up at 5:00am in the morning for. Physically, I am stronger, I am fitter and have lost a total of 4kg of pure fat and gained 2.4kg of lean mass (muscle) and my body composition has changed 7% in the right direction. I really cannot wait to continue on this trajectory with the team at Better Being. My only wish is that I had found them sooner!”
Leanna, 2015 Spring Runner Up
*results may vary person to person