Stuart Gray, 47
“I was in a rut and doing the same type of training all the time.”
What was your lifestyle like before you started training?
I had a reasonably healthy lifestyle, including training five or six days per week.
Why did you decide to hire a personal trainer if you trained so much?
I felt that I was in a rut and doing the same type of training all the time. The lack of variety meant that the enjoyment side was reducing.
What were you looking to accomplish with Personal Best Fitness?
Achieve variety, feel inspired and focus on working the whole body, rather than just cardiovascular work. In addition, I have a demanding job and work long hours so both stress release and feeling healthy are very important.
Was it what you expected?
Definitely. I felt that I trained hard before, but I certainly work harder than when training on my own. Also, the huge variety of what we do keeps things fresh. We have typically trained twice a week for the last 18 months and no two sessions have been the same.
Did you reach your initial goal(s)?Yes, I feel that I am in a far better all round shape. This also means I have less niggles and injuries as I am not overworking certain muscle groups by doing the same routines all the time. PT has also lead to me taking part in Triathlons. I have competed in around 15 events in the last two years and am consistently improving my times. Two sessions of PT a week is a core part of my training for Triathlons.
What other benefits have you got from having a personal trainer?
In addition to the fitness points mentioned above, I feel highly motivated and energised.
Why do you continue to use a personal trainer?
Because it pushes me harder than if I train on my own. The constant variety also keeps me motivated.
Do you recommend personal training and if so why?
In a nutshell healthy body, healthy mind! But just doing PT is only a small part of the story. Its about doing PT with the right trainer, who understands you and develops good rapport. Paul scores very well in this regard.