I have been training with Coastal Bodies since July 2012. My whole life has changed. I have lost 18 kilos and 20 cm off my waist. I can grab a size 12 off the rack and I’m not done yet.
My trainer knows just how hard to push me and has helped me become a new person. I’ve never been a fan of exercise and would use any excuse to get out of it. When you know someone is waiting for you it’s a great motivator and once the weight starts coming off, you want to keep going.
I loved just showing up and being guided through my exercises. I never had to think about my workout, just show up and do it! I’ve discovered a love of boxing and am now getting into weight lifting.
Unlike previous weight loss I know this is permanent as I have now been educated on how to exercise. I will always battle as I love my food, but now I know I can control my weight. I will continue to train with Coastal Bodies even when I reach my goal in order to maintain my weight.*
Having just celebrated my 45th birthday, and feeling very overweight and unfit it was time to tackle the dreaded “middle age spread”. Having tried and failed miserably over the past few years I decided to embark on a different approach this time round. I contacted Dan at Coastal Bodies, who encouraged me to come in for a free consultation. What first struck me was the lack of pretentious clients and trainers, instead what greeted me was a friendly, non-judgemental environment.
Yes the first Session with Brian was hard, and yes I was sore afterwards the difference being this time I understood why I was sore, and why we worked certain muscle groups and how we were going to transform my body. He also had a good look at my diet, and whilst I thought it was reasonably good, learned without too much trouble, it could be a whole lot better. Not only Brian and Dan, but all the trainers are friendly, helpful and encouraging at all times.
After about 8 months with steady results, I hit the dreaded “plateau” which is normally the time when unwelcome old habits start reintroducing themselves. However not this time, instead I signed up to take on the Coastal Bodies 8 Week Challenge. With the encouragement and support of other clients doing the challenge, Brian and the team at Coastal Bodies I have now finally achieved my weight & fitness goal. This not only has this given me some much needed self-pride, but I no longer feel like a “middle aged woman”. The physical achievements have been great, however it’s the knowledge I’ve gained along the way that is my inspiration to continue with my now improved lifestyle. So a huge thanks to Coastal Bodies and in particular to Brian my personal trainer.*
“I started training at Coastal Bodies in March 2012 to ‘get fit’. Not only am I now in the best shape of my life – I have gained control over my emotions, my health and my life. Being able to run 20km non stop is amazing – however for me, learning that I can control how I feel by training has literally changed my life. I have gained a lifelong friend in my trainer and eternally grateful for the support and dedication he has shown to support me in smashing each goal we set.
I am strong, healthy and feel amazing.
This is the first summer in my adult life that I haven’t felt sick at the thought of getting in a swimsuit. Everybody has a different ‘journey’ – however I cannot thank Dan and everyone at
Coastal Bodies for making me feel like a part of the family. I have learnt that there must be balance and I’ve never been made to feel like I’ve stuffed up, even after a naughty weekend (or two). As long as you turn up to train – nothing else matters!
I can’t wait to smash 2013 out of the water”!!*
“I had tried all the diets under the sun, you name it i’d done it, shake, juice, cabbage, Atkins, cereal to mention a few. When returning home from work I noted a sign outside the Coastal Bodies studio mentioning an 8 week weight loss challenge. I checked out the website and within minutes had signed up for the face to face “Coogee 8 Week Challenge”.
On arrival I was greeted by friendly staff members and introduced to all the participating members. The trainers were professional and in control at all times giving me the confidence that I was in a safe environment.
The 24/7 access to a Personal Trainer via the Coogee challenge forum I personally found invaluable. This gave all the challengers the opportunity to chat to each other with dietary questions, exercise tips, recipes and any problems we were facing with the challenge as well as getting the professional advice from the trainers.
The fantastic results I achieved were astonishing. In 8 weeks I lost over 18kg. I feel physically fitter and healthier not to mention the confidence I have gained. The effects have been noticed by my colleagues and friends who cannot believe the transformation in just 8 weeks.
This has changed my life forever. I now love to exercise and keep fit, undertaking organised events such as 8, 10 and 14 km runs. This would have never been possible before this challenge.
A big thank you to all the guys at Coast Bodies (Trainers and fellow challengers). Not only did you give me the health and fitness education to help myself but provided me with a supportive, friendly and enjoyable environment to improve my life”.*
“Dan and his Coastal Bodies team have helped me completely transform not only my body shape but also my attitude to exercise, eating and a healthy lifestyle.
A great training environment along with the knowledge and professionalism of the trainers ensure I get the best results and constant motivation.
The energy I have now keeps me feeling younger, fitter and healthier than ever”.*
“I always wanted to lose weight but was not really finding the right way to go about it and when I realized that it is more than a diet it really is a change in habits and lifestyle only then was I able to start setting up a good support network for myself as I wanted to be in an environment where I didn’t feel I was being judged. I found that with Coastal bodies. I needed to lose a lot of weight and change my bad eating habits and I knew it wasn’t just exercising that was going to help and that’s what I find to be so great with my trainer Emma, we discuss all topics from food to how the metabolism works, all while I am getting a great workout. She is always right there beside me helping and doing the exercise with me and the constant support and encouragement I get from Emma and Dan is above and beyond any other gym I have been to. Coastal Bodies is
about living a healthy life (not just being fit) and that’s what I want too. When I started with Coastal Bodies I found it hard to do Cardio exercise – and now I have just done my first City 2 Surf and look forward to competing in the next Fun run coming up. I feel happy about living a healthy lifestyle but don’t get me wrong I still have challenges where I feel like breaking out and eating crap and it is a struggle, but the rewards I get from living well are too good to ruin. When I get to my goal weight I know I will be able to have those things in moderation, but for now I enjoy the ride and the pride it gives me to be fit and healthy and 18 kgs lighter”.*
“I am a 25 year old professional who has been training with Coastal Bodies for 12 months. Before I started training I led a relatively inactive lifestyle, thought getting fit was all too hard and was generally unhealthy. I started training with Coastal Bodies because training one-on-one meant I could automatically conquer my two biggest hurdles to getting fit; commitment and embarrassment. Having a trainer waiting for you means you can’t skip a session and they develop programs which are achievable so you don’t look like a fool doing things which are so difficult that you just give up. I have now lost 44kgs which itself feels incredible, I am fit, I really enjoy training and I can now have a go at things, like fun runs and ocean swims, which once seemed impossible. I can’t begin to explain how it feels to be completely comfortable at the
beach and to know you are genuinely ‘healthy’. I encourage everyone to see what Coastal Bodies can do for them, and to get all the information out of them that they can. They are a great bunch who genuinely cares about your health and fitness – a noticeable difference. If you have gone so far as to look up this website you clearly want to make a change in your life, and that change will only happen if you make an appointment for your first consultation. And at the end of the day, this first consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose”.*
“I was hesitant to start a personal training program because I was always one of those people who falsely believed that personal trainers were only for the rich and somewhat a waste of time – boy was I wrong! My first session was truly horrible – in the best way possible. You worked my body so hard that I’m sure it went into overload. The exercises you had me perform awoke so many muscles and nerves in my body that have been asleep for years. I hadn’t sweated or breathed so heavily in years. After walking away from that session completely out of breath, it dawned on me how truly unfit I was. As a mother of two young very active boys, this was my worst fear confirmed. The second session we had was a different style of exercising.
You concentrated on my body parts that I so badly wanted. The second session we had was a different style of exercising. You concentrated on my body parts that I so badly wanted to improve ie: arms, stomach. Whist it wasn’t as intense as the first day, it still hurt like hell. But you never gave up on me, I sulked whist it wasn’t as intense as the first day, it still hurt like hell. But you never gave up on me, I sulked and whined for the entire hour, yet you did not give in. You pushed and pushed until finally I gave in and just completed the sets. When I first came to you, I thought that weight loss was my biggest ‘want’. After only a few sessions with you, I’ve realized that you offer so much more than making it about body and weight loss. You have given me the mental strength to feel confident and look forward to a goal. You have made me understand better the foods that I was/am putting in my mouth. My body shape and size no longer consume my every thought. After two kids, I was obsessed with loosing the ‘baby fat’ but I never had the motivation. Even the purchase of a treadmill, which site in my lounge room as a clothes hanger, did nothing to boost my motivation. There are no words to describe what mental satisfaction I have gained from this. I feel I have the strength to conquer anything now. Most importantly, I truly believe I am happier and more alive as a mother and a wife. I am in awe at how patient I have been with the children and how more calmer I am with my husband. All in all, you have completely changed my life for the better. I no longer care about the size of my pants, except that I care how happy I am when I wake up. Some may call it a mid life crisis, others may call it a waste of money – I call it priceless! I would NEVER have been able to achieve what you have helped me to achieve in such a short time – both physically and mentally. The only downside is that my favourite pants don’t fit me anymore. They hang loose around my waist and now need a belt to hold them up. As upset as I am to see them go, I’d be even happier when I go buy the next size down”.*
“When I made the transition from uni to full-time work in an office job, I gained 9kg that I just couldn’t lose. I had no time to exercise and my weight was getting out of control. Every week I noticed my clothes getting tighter and tighter and I had to buy a new suit every six months, progressively going up a size each time. The thought of getting a personal trainer never appealed to me because I thought they were reserved for gym junkies and I didn’t even like exercising at the gym! My previous fitness commitment took the form of a 12 month gym membership which I used about 4 times in total. If someone had told me this time last year that I would (or could) lose 26kg with the help of a personal trainer, I wouldn’t have believed them because I was sure that (a) my body type was not conducive to weight loss, and (b) I wouldn’t have the motivation.
The first time I had ever considered personal training was when I met up with a friend who I noticed had lost about a quarter of his weight. I was both excited for him and disappointed to find out that his secret was personal training (with Dan), which I was sure I would hate and could not afford. But inspired by the result, I decided to try out session. To my surprise, personal training was nothing like I expected; in a good way. For a start, Dan was actually friendly and not the boot camp drill sergeant that I was afraid he would be. There was plenty of variety in the exercises that he had me do and I surprised myself with how much exercise I could do with a little variety and encouragement. Since then, I have trained with Dan once a week at lunch time and have gone from weighing 93kg to 67kg in just one year. Personal training has also given me the discipline to eat well because I don’t want to undo all that good work; so the effect is two-fold. It’s simply the best investment I have made in my health and looking back, I cannot believe how much money I wasted on “diet” supplements and useless infomercial fitness equipment. All I can say is, I couldn’t have done any of the above without Coastal Bodies”.*
Dear Dan and Staff at Coastal Bodies Just a note to say thank you for your undivided support and advice during the last six months. January 2009, was a big turning point in my life. I took the initiative to ring and book a session with you. This saved my life, ten minutes into our sessions you realised my blood pressure was extremely high. You instructed me to see my family doctor because I could not commence training with you. I did, my doctor referred to me as a ‘tricking time bomb, ready to explode at any time’. My high blood pressure could only be controlled with medication and change in lifestyle (no more red wine). Once I commenced medication we were able to work as a team and help overcome my medical condition by increasing my fitness and reducing my body fat. We started slowly, and along the way a few obstacles and injuries occurred. Immediately, you were able to guide me towards the right treatment, be it – physio, massage, or fish oil tablets. You encouraged me to continue by having the insight to change your training style and adapt to my needs. I feel as though your training involves my mind and muscles working together to reshape and create a healthier person. Within six months not only have I lost weight and increased my fitness, I feel empowered and strong. This testament expresses my gratitude for the high standard and effective training I have received thus far. By the way, friends and family are starting to notice the overall difference. I enjoy training with you and appreciate your support in helping me obtain my optimal level of health and fitness. Again, ’thank you’ Dan, from Chrissa Panigiris.* – Chrissa Panigiris
Coastal Bodies Mobile Personal Training Services cover these areas of the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney Coogee, Maroubra, Randwick, Clovelly, South Coogee, Sydney, Bondi, Malabar, Vaucluse, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Rushcutters bay, Paddington, Kensington, Kingsford, Rose Bay, Pyrmont, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Dover Heights and our Personal Training Studios are in Coogee and Bondi.
*Results may vary from person to person depending on lifestyle, diet and commitment to our program.