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.

Carl Xu