So David, well done for completing your first 6 weeks. How do you feel right now compared to 6 weeks ago when we first spoke about this?
Great - already feel fitter, with more energy, and trousers are less tight!
Just for anyone who’s reading this to understand what has your training and progress been in the past?
I used to follow training programmes I found online, in magazines, or ones that my friends were on, but none of them really stuck. I’ve also had a few PTs, but honestly I’ve never really found someone who I felt connected with what I wanted to achieve. What I struggled with, was getting consistent results. Generally I would enjoy a few weeks of progress, then stagnation, then sometimes it would even reverse. Having said that, I’ve not really been doing a lot to deal with this. I would let it happen until the next time I decided to try and blitz it. And then the same cycle would just happen all over again. I found that my biggest obstacle to getting better and more consistent results was a lack of focus, pure and simple. Along with needing to believe that I could actually achieve what I wanted to. On top of that, like many others in the City, I have a pretty packed schedule, so balancing my training with my lifestyle can be a bit of a challenge. I know each week how much training I want to do and try and make sure I stick to that – it might mean some workouts at lunchtime, in the evening, or even 20 minutes with a skipping rope at home. What I try to do is not to pressure myself for specific times etc., but just to include all I want to do in the week overall.
What was the pivotal moment that made you think ok let’s do this?
I guess that would be the first chat I had with Vlad, as well as reading his book. I was really struck by how Vlad’s approach is completely different to any other trainer I have ever spoken to. In the past, PTs I’ve had time with, have only really given me generic programmes, and I have never felt that connection with my goals, and that those goals relate to my whole life, not just my training. Meeting Vlad as I was approaching my 40th birthday was perfect timing.
What’s the most important factor for you when training?
Flexibility is key, And being answerable to myself but knowing someone else is there keeping track, providing support and encouragement.
What about Sets In The City Online PT contributed to your achievements? What are your thoughts about the programme?
What I liked most about Online PT is its flexibility, and how easy it is to use. The most important thing I’ve learnt from this, is that slow and steady progress makes a big difference as the weeks tick by. I would really recommend this to anyone who has a busy life but who is keen to keep in shape on their own terms, with some professional support / encouragement / knowledge. While the programme has helped change my fitness routine and diet, more importantly, it has kept them consistent, which is what I always struggled with.
What is the greatest value Online PT has brought to you?
Being able to keep my exercise consistent, but in a flexible way,
What are your top 3 pieces of advice/tips for people in a similar position that you were in?
1. Decide for yourself what you want to achieve, and understand WHY.
2. Be realistic about what time you can give to it and make a plan
3. Stick to it – flexibly! At the end of the week if you have done the amount of exercise you were planning to do that’s great, even if it’s not when you were expecting or you had to change what you were going to do.