Great Results Need Great Clients
Our transformation programmes are among the very best. We have recruited and developed a specific team of personal trainers and nutritionists to produce great results in fat loss and body composition. However, the best coaching in the world means little without a focused and determined client to work with.
Philipp was able to commit to his programme across a demanding schedule and navigate numerous work and social commitments to lose 17kg of fat in only 12-weeks. He worked three-times each week with his personal trainer, performed additional cardiovascular/interval training sessions and adhered to his nutritional programme. Philipp is the perfect example of clients we know are capable of fantastic progress in a short time. He was kind enough to share his experience and offer his opinion on the most valuable aspects of his programme.
Q: What was the reason you decided to contact us?
I had been training on a more or less regular basis for the last couple of months and made an effort to eat more healthily in order to lose weight and get into shape, but was not seeing any real results. I therefore wanted to sign up with Embody to see whether their programme could kick-start my transformation and give me the motivation I needed.
Q: How did you feel after your first week(s) on the programme?
My trainer and nutritionist both asked me at the beginning of the programme how committed I was. At the time, my honest answer was 7 out of 10. I was willing to work hard and make certain sacrifices, but was not willing to give up all my bad habits, such as the occasional drink here or there. The team took on board my comments and did not try to impose on me a programme that was more restrictive than I was willing to commit to, but instead gave me helpful and practical advice how best to minimise the negative impact of any bad choices I was going to make. Ultimately, however, I ended up following the programme more strictly than I had originally intended, and was blown away by the results I was seeing after the first week already. The results spoke for themselves and gave me the motivation to give 100%.
Q: What do you think of our approach, having a team to take care of each aspect of your programme?
It was great to have a whole team working with me. Whilst I was able to discuss any nutritional issues with my trainer, it was amazing to have an extra resource in the form of a nutritionist (Danny) who would ensure my diet was adjusted throughout the programme to reflect the progress I had made and the targets we had set. Regular assessments with my nutritionist were extremely motivating and helped me keep on track. Working with Embody’s sports therapist was an added bonus. Whilst it wasn’t my initial goal, I now feel less aches and pains and workout even more effectively.
Q: If you could offer the reader the most useful tip/gem you learned over the last 12-weeks, what would it be?
Obviously, the workouts are tough and very different to what I was used to. I have never worked so hard! With regards to my nutrition, and I hate to admit it, but giving up alcohol for 12-weeks made a real difference! Whether or not you believe in the negative impact of alcohol on fat loss even when you’re maintaining a good diet overall, having a few drinks makes it much harder to stick with the programme. The few times I did have a drink, it was incredibly difficult to resist the temptation to snack, have a healthy breakfast the morning after or just have a greasy burger for lunch, let alone motivate myself to go to the gym.
The other thing that I found most useful is to get into a routine as regards recording all food and drink as accurately as possible. I had tried ‘food diaries’ before, but never the way my trainer suggested. It turns out if you write down absolutely everything (e.g. the splash of olive oil on your salad or the dash of milk in your coffee), it really adds up! But doing so also allows you more freedom in your food choices and removes many overlooked items you can easily live without. This makes a real difference in terms of how easy it is to stick to your nutritional targets. For example, by switching to black Americanos rather than drinking flat whites, we were able to almost double the amount I could eat for dinner! In the end, I could structure my diet in a way that allowed me to eat generous portions, have snacks, and did not feel like I was making any great sacrifices.
Finally, one really useful piece of advice my trainer (Alex) gave me when faced with travel meals and work events: often, there will be no good options, only ‘a least bad option’. In that situation, if you can wait and eat something good later, wait; if you can’t, pick the least bad option and ultimately the world won’t end. But be prepared to justify your choices to your trainer and nutritionist, who will pick up on any guilty pleasures you may indulge in!
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