So Janice, well done for all the progress made from day 1. Looking back to your early days in the gym, how do you feel now compared to when we started training together?
When we started training together, I felt quite intimated and honestly, a bit useless in the gym, both because I had no clue what to do with most of the equipment, and also I was physically unable to perform a lot of the exercises with good form. I never woke up feeling fresh, and I would always fall asleep after dinner on my sofa. It was such a bad cycle! Now, I feel confident walking into the gym, knowing that I have a big range of exercises I can do, and I also feel more energetic every day. I used to drink endless cups of tea every day to stay awake, but now I just enjoy a balanced diet, and much better sleep every night! In some ways, I feel like I got more youthful and I'm definitely much more active in my life now!
Just for anyone who’s reading this to understand what has your training and progress been in the past?
I used to be quite active at school, exercised 6 days a week through various school teams, but once I started university, it all disappeared! I had one introductory session with a PT when I was 16 but never followed up and I never measured any progress before or was consistent with training or exercise and eating. There was very little that I did about this before because I never looked obviously fat so I don’t think I took any action, apart from following magazine diets or workout plans. My main obstacles used to be thinking that I was ok just because I looked slim and also the lack of confidence to use anything apart from the treadmill at the gym.
What was the pivotal moment that made you think ok let’s do this?
When I saw how great my brother and his fiancée looked, and felt embarrassed that I was younger but felt and looked worse – I was frequently falling asleep on my sofa after dinner!
What’s the most important factor for you when training?
To not feel ‘stupid’ – as in, to have good intros to new exercises so I don’t feel intimated or discouraged; also, I needed workouts that I enjoyed otherwise I knew I wouldn’t follow through.
What about Sets In The City contributed to your achievements? What are your thoughts about training?
The fact that it really worked for my lifestyle – I was able to commit to 3 workouts a week, I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my schedule any more than that. The most important thing that I've learned from our training is that you can always do one more rep! This translates to other areas of my life as well – basically if you have a strong enough motivation, you will be able to push yourself through pretty much anything. I used to think I had to eat like a rabbit and train like an athlete to get in shape, but this programme showed me that I can make it work with my lifestyle and still get great results. And now I’ve definitely become much more aware about what I’m eating, and also it helped me build a sustainable fitness regime into my lifestyle.
What is the greatest value training together has brought to you?
It made me realise that it is never too late to start caring about my health, and that misconceptions about fitness and nutrition are exactly just that – misconceptions! This programme is all about making it work for your lifestyle, instead of making you a slave to some crazy regime that you won’t keep up with. I had no idea that being in a better place physically could make me feel so much better mentally! The energy, confidence and liveliness is simply irreplaceable.
What are your top 3 pieces of advice/tips for people in a similar position that you were in?
1. Don’t be intimidated just because it’s new/foreign to you, nothing is new after the first time 🙂
2. There is always a way to make it work with your lifestyle; you can always find time in your busy schedule, you just need to re-prioritise health
3. Don’t blame/guilt yourself – if you slip off your routine, focus on bouncing back, not feeling bad about eating a slice of pizza at a birthday meal
In your opinion who is Sets In The City perfect for?
Sets In The City is perfect for people who spend most of their weeks in an office, who always wake up feeling tired, want to feel better but aren’t sure they can completely cut out naughty things in their diets!
In your opinion, can anyone lose 5% body fat or 5kg bodyweight within 12 weeks while working in a busy city job?
Absolutely! I lost 8% within 12 weeks, all while having my busy city job.