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.

Tania Miriam