I’ve always been a sporty individual, playing rugby, tennis, football, and swimming in my spare time. But I’ve also struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. As a student it was easy. I simply exercised every day – which meant the excess food and alcohol was kept largely at bay.
But then I graduated, and entered the working world. Long days in the office, grab and go lunches, and bingeing at the weekend.
Over an 8 year period my weight gradually crept up – approximately 3kg each year, which became my new ‘normal weight’. Fast forward to June 2018 and after seeing pictures of myself on holiday, I knew things had to change. I was 20kg beyond where I wanted to be, and wearing a wardrobe of clothes so big that I hated shopping –the inevitable shame when jeans just didn’t fit!
I’d actually started taking Nancy’s spin class on a Thursday morning two years ago, and absolutely loved it. But I wasn’t doing much more than that. And I certainly had no understanding of my eating habits. I knew I’d only get on with a personal trainer I liked, but crucially, also one that I respected. Nancy’s credentials are second to none, and it’s clear she keeps on top of her research. There’s no pseudoscience, no waffle and no sales pitch. She’s honest, inspirational, and I honestly couldn’t imagine working with anyone else.
Over a three month period I manged to lose the 20kg, and get in the best shape of my life. She’s helped me look at my diet and consider easy changes to my calorie intake – which haven’t impacted at all on my ability to socialise or enjoy my favourite treats. The 1-2-1 sessions were great fun and it was brilliant seeing the progress myself.
I’m sure all clients who see results like this are equally glowing about their PT instructors. But I really do think Nancy is different. Because I’ve been involved in sport all my life, it was pretty intimidating at first to admit that I needed a help to get back into it. But that’s what Nancy is so good at. To those of you in a similar position: bite the bullet and make contact. You won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
Tom Flyn, face to face PT, July – October 2018