So Dave, well done for all the progress made in 2018. How do you feel right now compared to 9 months ago before we did our first session?
It’s night & day – I feel like a different person. As I mention above, I was so unfit at the start I could barely walk up two flights of stairs without stopping for breath. Now I can run up those stairs, and I can put in an hour of cardio at the gym without stopping. The resistance training has also shown really positive results, both in physique and strength – and now I am excited to see how far we can take this in 2019.
Just for anyone who’s reading this to understand what has your training and progress been in the past?
I'd go to gym on & off across the years, but never a sustained any long-term effort. On occasion I would train with PTs, with variable results, and now I realise most didn’t believe we could create success and were just taking the money. My number one piece of advice now to anyone is to find a trainer who believes you can achieve results together. Because my results weren't consistent I would always just try and then relapse. I’d just give up and get really unfit again, and then try over. My main obstacles were just work and life generally and not carving out time to keep fit and achieve goals. I now realise that for everything to work, you need to set time aside for health, fitness, balance & wellness just like you do for work, family, friends & socialising. So, the balance of my week looks a lot different now, and that is great. I do 2 x PT sessions each week, and try to add three or four solo gym sessions to that as well – which I plan ahead so that they fit around work commitments and friends/family. I try to avoid early morning training because I loathe it, so I generally train after work in the evening or at weekends – and if realised that’s what works best for me.
What was the pivotal moment that made you think ok let’s do this?
Turning 50 and taking a good hard look at my life – I’d also had my gym membership cancelled through a work scheme that ended, and I realised that I needed to make some changes in order to achieve results – so I googled for trainers near where I lived – and it was our first meeting and consultation that made me decide to proceed
What’s the most important factor for you when training?
Very simple – working in an environment in which I felt comfortable enough to try something new, and not be scared to fail. It’s simple but it’s an important factor for any PT to create for their clients, without that feeling of safety, you can’t excel and challenge yourself. Feeling scared only works short term for most people, so I don’t need to be shouted at, thank you. My priorities were to create physical change to my body – initially just focusing on weight loss, but as we progressed I’ve realised we can do more than that and have started thinking about building muscle and toning, which is exciting
What about Sets In The City contributed to your achievements? What are your thoughts about training?
Vlad’s personality is key to the success of Sets In The City – it creates a positive, motivating environment that drives results, and accountability without being so heavy handed that you’re tempted to rebel. Everyone cheats from time to time, and Vlad is understanding of that, yet always coaxes you forward to the next goal, so you don’t stumble too hard along the way. I was pretty sceptical about trainers after past experience & lack of results, and Vlad has changed all that. The most important thing I've learnt from training together was that I wasn’t a dead loss when it came to fitness, particularly now I’d reached 50. I honestly didn’t think that success was going to be possible, and I’ve learned now that it is. This programme has been at the core of everything that has changed positively in my health & fitness over the past 10 months. Can’t imagine life without the Sets In The City PT sessions now.
What is the greatest value training together has brought to you?
Hard to pinpoint just one thing, as training has created such a positive change in my life, I feel fitter for life, for work, for everything really. I can focus more now and I feel I deliver better results in all parts of my life, and I’m excited to see how far we can take this.
What are your top 3 pieces of advice/tips for people in a similar position that you were in?
Give Sets In The City training a try. Be completely honest from the start about goals and what you think is/was standing in your way and don’t give up, results will come.
In your opinion who is Sets In The City perfect for?
Anyone serious about improving their fitness, even if you’ve given up hope – give it a try, and see where this can take you.