So Charlie, well done for the progress you’ve made so far. How do you feel right now compared to when we first started training?
I feel more confident, less scared of ‘the gym’ and like I know how to continue to make progress with my quest for a body I am proud of, rather than embarrassed of.
Just for anyone who’s reading this to understand what has your training and progress been in the past?
I didn’t really follow any specific programmes, or have a PT before this. A friend tried to teach me the merits of weightlifting a few times but our schedules didn’t match very well and it just sort of ended. There was a lot of planning to do something but little action. As a result, I didn’t really have much results. My main obstacles in the past were being afraid of the gym, time management and lack of inclination. Now, it’s not exactly easy but I manage to fit in a PT session one day in the week, another workout on a Wednesday when I work from home and then one or two sessions at the weekend. I try to get a game of squash in each week as well.
What was the pivotal moment that made you think ok let’s do this?
Knowing I only had four months before I got married!
What’s the most important factor for you when training?
That’s definitely seeing progress. It’s also really important for me that a PT needs to understand that as a City worker I will have lots of work lunches and dinners, with alcohol a common theme. I needed someone who could help me to work around that.
What about Sets In The City contributed to your achievements? What are your thoughts about training?
The best thing about Sets in the City is that it understands my City lifestyle and helps me work around it. The most important thing I’ve gained from this programme is that my fear of the gym has (mostly) gone. That was a big barrier for me before. I would recommend this to anyone who works in the City, who is tight on time and not in the best shape, but who wants to make a real change to their body shape, fitness and/or strength.
Now, I regularly hit the gym and with purpose. I eat more carefully but I also allow myself time off as well. I used to think that all users of gym weight rooms were meat-headed aggressive types who constantly analyse how much you can, or cannot lift. It turns out that very few are like this and that’s a real relief for me!
What is the greatest value training together has brought to you?
Focus and commitment. Knowing there is always a PT session around the corner helps to keep me motivated.
What are your top 3 pieces of advice/tips for people in a similar position that you were in?
- Don’t keep putting this off – get moving now.
- Have a very clear goal in mind.
- Don’t lie to yourself. You know when you’ve eaten poorly or drunk to much booze. Accept it but do something to balance it out. Namely hit the gym!
In your opinion who is Sets In The City perfect for?
City workers but really anyone who wants to change their body, fitness and/or strength levels.