Let me tell you a story. A very personal story.
8 months ago, my life was in crisis. I was turning 45 soon. I was tired all the time. I had no energy, I was overweight (borderline obese actually) I was lazy, I was stressed out, I was depressed and lethargic. I hated seeing myself in the mirror. I was always asking myself what had I become? Why can't I change?
And then I woke up.
I decided to change. But not like you are may be thinking. I didn't wake up one day and decide to exercise, eat healthy, sleep better and try to change everything at once (Let's call that the mission impossible approach). I intuitively thought if I could change only one thing at a time, start building some good habits, then I could turn my life around. I started with 3 small things. Very simple changes. I started becoming more aware of what I was eating, my sleeping patterns, and how much I moved. It wasn't a pretty picture.
Having a bit of motivation now, I started going to the gym. I didn't jump on the latest workout craze and try to blast out a six-pack in 30 days, I just started going regularly and doing a simple work out. (See the strength training program) I did it 3 days per week. Consistently. Rain or shine, motivated or not, tired, sore, hung over, whatever. It didn't matter. I went to the gym. And that was the key. It still is. I began to see results. I was getting stronger, my muscles were growing and I had some success losing some weight.
Next, I began to look at my diet, research about nutrition and slowly change how I ate, by cutting out unhealthy processed foods and substituting in healthy whole foods. I stopped 3 simple things and started 3 more. These became my habits. And guess what? It started to work as well. My weight loss increased. I had more energy. I could workout at the gym harder. Then I started learning how to control calorie intake, about the energy balance equation and other advanced theories. Like magic, I lost even more weight. I was losing fat, gaining muscle and feeling great.
What were my results, you ask? Here are some:
- from 86 kg to 72 kg, thats a 14 kg loss
- from 26% body fat to 14%,
- from a size 36 pants to size 31
- from barely being able to do squats with 60kg to doing full sets with 80kg.
- from benching 30kg to 70 kg.
- from being tired all the time to having more energy than I ever did
And my life has changed. I was inspired. I wanted to learn more. So I did. I went out and earned my Personal Trainer Certification, Nutrition Coaching Certification, and am working on my Functional Movement Certification. I have a new mission.
I want to help you. You deserve to have the body of your dreams, to have tons of energy, to actually go out and enjoy life, to really live.
It starts with your health. If I can change, you can change too. And I can help. I am not selling a magic bullet, but a system that works. It will take time, but the journey is worth it. There is no way to get 30 day abs, despite what you may read. We need to follow a different path, a sustainable path. Here are my 3 basic rules:
Start with small changes
Do it consistently
Certified Personal Trainer
I am certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) from the US. It is an accredited certification body with the NCCA and EuropeActive and a globally recognized certification. To see more go to the NCSF website.
Certified Nutrition Coach (Pn1)
I am certified by Precision Nutrition, one of the global leaders in sports nutrition coaching. I can customise your nutrition requirements in a healthy, happy and sustainable way. To see more go to the Precision Nutrition website.
Certified Functional Movement System (Level 1)
Functional Movement Screening is about determining how well you move in order to effectively write the exercise prescription. By using some very simple movement patterns, I will customise your workout to your abilities. To see more go to the FMS Website.
School of Real Life (honors)
When it comes to fitness and nutrition, I have battle tested everything I learned. I am my first client and my biggest success story. I want to help you achieve the same. It doesn't matter if you travel a lot, are busy with work or family. You can do it too. Anything I recommend, is something I have done on myself. I have been there. And am still there.