So Gareth, a few months ago you decided to change something about your body, why now?
I come from a rugby, American football background. Haven’t trained properly in ages due to injuries – shoulder, knee surgery, a hernia. I was trying to overcome those, get back into training, lose a bit of weight, but at the same time not get stuck in a rut, trying to do the same thing over and over again. Quite often, I find myself doing the same training, same exercises every session, so you don’t really improve in a way. You just get into a dull ache, and your body gets used to it, so it doesn’t end up fat burning or anything. You end up putting on more and more weight coz you’re still eating the same.
What’s your reason behind this?
I want to at least have one more game of rugby. I’m getting old. I’m in my mid-30s, so it feels like the playing days are behind me. So as long as I get at least one more game I’ll be definitely happy. But it’s taking that step of ‘Oh I’m fit enough to play one game’, and thinking, am I fit enough to play another? Just wanted to move along that direction and see if I can do a whole season without injury.
Why did you decide to start personal training?
Change of programme, different ideas, and just help really. I’m not too bad at getting in to do weights, but doing things like high-intensity or running or anything like that, I lack so much motivation. I wanted PT to provide some guidance through sessions, it makes it so much easier.
How has it been for you so far?
It’s good, I wouldn’t still be here if I didn’t like it!
What are the results you're seeing from your efforts?
I’ve definitely lost weight. But at the same time, not too much because I’m keeping quite a bit on muscle-wise. I remember the first session we did, on back and legs. We were doing deadlifts and I could barely manage 60kg. And now I’m onto 160 and that’s almost 2.5 times my weight. I’m quite happy with that! And it’s also great to have guidance in terms of technique. That first session absolutely killed my back, and now I don’t have that anymore. That’s all through having someone teach you or watch you while you’re doing the exercise to make sure your technique is correct.
Do you consider PT to be a good investment of your energy, time and money?
Definitely. I would make the same decision again every time.