It brings me a lot of pride and gratification to publish this blog series, reviewing the results and achievements that my clients made during one of the most turbulent times of our lives. It goes to show that you do not need fancy equipment or lots of space to create results, but instead need determination, a hard working attitude, and an open mind. Well done to everyone that has not let this pandemic affect their attitude towards training, and managed to better themselves through this.
Since the gym’s closed lots of people had to resort to body-weight training or using little equipment. This felt alien to a lot of people, including my clients that were used to heavy strength and resistance training. We no longer had a squat rack to perform heavy squats, or no platform to dead lift on. I have some equipment at home but that made no difference when lock down forced us to train from our individual living rooms, and the most that some people had was a single resistance band. This meant that I had to design programmes and workouts that provided enough stimulus for muscle gain and fat loss, but using very little equipment. Even I knew that this would be a challenge to achieve the same results training at home by themselves, using light equipment compared to being in the gym, but honestly the results speak for themselves!
I thought about including all of my clients in this one post, but I do not think that would do them justice for each of their individual achievements and results. So I will write one post for each client that totally smashed this lock-down and did not let that stop them from reaching their goals.
Rach started personal training with me in January 2019 after a few months of doing my group sessions, so we have known each other for quite a while now and I knew that the gym closing would hit her hard. She has a real love for the gym and has been a gym member for some years now, so having this taken away definitely felt like a crash to earth. One thing I love about Rach is her brutal honesty, and she didn’t hide the fact that she was not happy training over Skype, but it was something she was willing to do to continue working with me. She is a very visual learner and admits herself that she is not the most co-ordinated, so only being able to see my demonstrations through a screen and me not being able to move her into the correct positions was sometimes challenging, but often provided us with laughs.
So as soon as I was given the okay to be able to train people 1-1 outside we wasted no time training face to face again. Luckily Rach has a decent amount of gym equipment at home such as 10kg kettlebells and adjustable dumbbells, so I was able to be creative with her programming and show her some exercises she’d never done before. As a result she said that she felt like she was working even harder than in the gym, and the muscle soreness was real! I admit I made her programme extra challenging, as I felt like I had to prove that you could still achieve the same results at home. As a PT you cannot rely on fancy gym equipment, you need to be able to think outside of the box, and that is what I was out to achieve myself.
Throughout this whole period Rach never once questioned if she would continue training, even when her job came under review she still prioritised training. It fills me with so much pride that she values our sessions that much that even when faced with a financial loss, she said quitting pt would be the last thing she would do. It is Rach’s attitude and dedication that allows her to achieve great things, and allows me to be the best trainer I can be.
Here are my top 3 things that Rach has achieved during this lock-down:
A glowing body confidence!
She thought that when the gym closed that she would lose her hard earned work, but in truth it showed her the opposite. She sent me this photo when she looked at her stomach and saw that it was flat and she still had abs, but in honesty I saw a great body but also an improved mindset and confidence, which is the most important thing!
She has a great physique and built muscle.
She has been in a calorie surplus the entire duration, had birthday celebrations, and a baby shower, and not gained any weight. Her biceps and legs are 1 inch bigger than in February, which to me only means 1 thing… muscle gain 😀 Plus those glute gains are visible!
She has built her own home gym!
She is a woman after my own heart when it comes to committing to something she goes all in! She went from having a few bits of equipment to building her own home gym so that she is able to deadlift 100kg again, talk about dedication.
A huge well done to Rachel for achieving this and so much more during this crazy period, you should be very proud of yourself!
To finish here are some words from the lady herself which sum up her lockdown training experience:
First week of lockdown with gyms shutting and no work. I ate everything in sight and didn’t train like I use to because my holiday goal had been cancelled.
Second week my stomach hated all the binge eating and I felt tired all the time. So started making the best out of a bad situation! So Alicia sorted my food out and got me back to being more positive an focused! Training at home I just thought I would maintain my weight and I was doing it more for more my mental health at this point. I’m not a fan of Skype training session but they kept me going and I was so happy when Alicia could come round to train me in my garden. I’m a visual learner so it was loads better. My strength was improving each week and I was so happy I could still press 12kg. So when i did my progress pictures i was shocked that i got the same if not better results than being at the gym. Which led to loving my session at home in the garden with Alicia that it’s a permanent thing! Now I’ve built a gym in my garage I no she will get me back to my 100kg deadlifts in no time 😊