Ginny – Age 53
‘I lost around 15kg in the first 6 months – which I’m still surprised by. I’ve had people walk past me because they don’t recognise me from 6 months ago.’
Why did you decide start personal training and wellness coaching?
I had tried lots of other ways to lose weight, including programs at work but my weight was creeping up and my fitness was sliding down. But a big motivator was a really challenging family walking holiday we were planning in New Zealand. The rest of my family are super fit and I worried that I would not enjoy the holiday, not even keep up really.
What goals did you have when you first met Chris?
Lose weight – into a healthy range – and get fit so I could do long walks and really enjoy them.
Did you have any injuries or special concerns that you needed Chris to be able to work around or improve?
I had an old knee injury from a skiing accident many years before that meant running on the road could be really painful. Running on the treadmill was actually really good for my knee and it does not flare up at all.
What changes or achievements do you feel you’ve made to your fitness and well-being to date?
I’m 6 months in now and have got my weight into the normal range – that has been a really big deal for me. I’m short so any excess weight really showed. I can run for 5 k on the treadmill and step off feeling good. I’m also way more flexible than I used to be.
How do you feel now, compared to before you started your program?
I’m much more in control of my health than I was before. If I put on weight or if I have blip in my fitness, I can figure out why and fix it. The best way to describe it though is that I feel really comfortable in my skin.
What sort of training have you been doing?
I do running and the reform classes.
How many sessions do you do each week?
I aim to do three of each a week – so around 6 hrs total, first thing in the morning at the gym, which is a routine I now really enjoy – even though it means getting up at 4.40!
Do you train on your own sometimes? Or do you only do the sessions with Chris?
Not very often. Though I travel a lot for work and try to fit something in when I’m away. I’ve followed the reform videos in hotel rooms all over the world!
How do you find the nutritional program and guidance?
I love the program. At the beginning I was pretty strict but now I vary it. Even so, I know what I need to do to keep on track.
What line has Chris used during training that made you chuckle or roll your eyes?
Just one more… when he doesn’t really mean it!
What are your favourite words of wisdom from Chris that have really struck a chord for you?
I really value the way he gets us to focus on our day and some specific thoughts at the end of a reform class. It sets me up well for the day.
How has Chris helped or supported you with achieving your goals?
He’s been great. He seems to know the right amount of chasing that I need and is the master of slightly sarcastic texts when I don’t live up to his expectations! But I feel very well supported.
What part of your training program do you enjoy most?
I love running and being able to do that without damaging my knee further has been great. I also love the reform classes
What part of your training program do you enjoy least?
None really. I’m really sorry if I miss a class.
How did you find out about Chris?
I had been in contact with the wellness team at QUT and they put me in touch with him
Would you recommend Chris to your friends and family? Have you recommended Chris to your friends and family?
Yes! I have recommended him – in a number of cases to people who have noted how well I’m looking.
What’s your next health and fitness goal and how are you planning to achieve it?
I’m planning to do a 10k run in the winter with my son.
How has your life changed since you started your program? How do you feel?
I feel just better, much more confident and really fit. And in the end the program was almost a lifesaver. We did the big family holiday and it was really challenging, made worse by the fact my husband had an accident on the first day and the rest of us had to rally round and carry his pack etc. I’m pretty sure I could not have done that without the program.
Any other experiences, thoughts or background you’d like to share.
The group of people that are in the classes have been really important too. They are really supportive – psychologically and practically. That is a big part of why I think the whole program is successful.