Business owner Paul was given an ultimatum by his neurosurgeon – lose weight or undergo major surgery.
Every single day he was suffering from back pain he described as “frightening” after MRI scans revealed two discs in his spine were ‘obliterated.’
Following advice from his surgeon, 46-year-old Paul knew he faced an uphill battle to lose weight and ease his pain.
Paul didn’t want to keep living a life of pain, so entrusted Ultimate Performance to help him make a change. That decision has completely revitalised his health.
He bought into his trainer Sally’s expertise from day one and built a partnership of accountability to accomplish a result together.
Paul’s bespoke plan has helped him lose 20kg in just 14 weeks. Now, his severe back problem, which brought him so much discomfort, is under complete control.
“When I looked at where I was, I saw a massive uphill challenge following the advice of my neurosurgeon.
“I’m shocked by my transformation; I just didn’t expect it at all. I saw progress almost on a daily basis.
“I trained with U.P. for three hours a week, but it’s the support outside that really made things work and tied everything together.”
Here, Paul speaks about the ‘U.P. recipe’, the value of around-the-clock accountability and how the out-of-gym support was pivotal in his transformation.
Tell us about your results, and how they’ve made you feel.
It’s just surpassed my own expectations. I’m shocked by my transformation; I just didn’t expect it at all. I saw progress almost on a daily basis, it’s so motivating that you almost forget the initial reason that brought you here in the first place. You look around at the transformation pictures on the wall and think, ‘that could actually be me!’
How would you compare yourself now from day one?
I was very determined on day one because I had no choice. I knew I had to make a change. I knew I would either have a life of pain or I could do something about it. My determination has increased over time, as you see the results come through it’s just so rewarding, and you become so accountable to your trainer.
How useful has the U.P. Transform app been to your progress?
I can guarantee I’ve spent more time on the U.P. app than I have on anything else on my phone. The way I was able to track everything is excellent. My strength has shocked me, I assumed that given I was dropping my calories, my strength would decrease. But as we judged my progress and compared each of my previous sessions, my numbers went up. Last week, I managed to pull the entire stack on the lateral row. What more evidence do you need!
What’s the magic ingredient to the success of U.P.?
It’s not one single thing – it’s holistic. There are multiple components to the ‘U.P. recipe’. I must say the trainer and client relationship is outstanding. Me and my trainer have grown to know each other over three months and I look forward to coming to train. I know I’m going to be worked hard and it’s not just me on this journey; it’s my trainer. So, I realised that I need to stay accountable for both myself and my trainer. It almost feels like a team, I don’t want to let anyone down.
This is not just a gym or a just place where personal trainers do their job. You come in through the door and everyone makes you feel welcome, your results come first. I’ve trained in gyms since I was 12, but I’ve never seen an environment like U.P., there’s nothing like this. I trained with U.P. for three hours a week, but it’s the support outside that really made things work and tied everything together. Knowing what you’ve got to do and having the daily support of your trainer is incredibly helpful.
What impact has your transformation had on your life?
Honestly, it’s life-changing. When I looked at where I was, I saw a massive uphill challenge following the advice of my neurosurgeon. When I talk about my pain, it was severe, frightening pain. I didn’t think I would be where I am today. I almost felt like if I’m like this at 46 with this sort of pain and injury, what am I going to be like in five, 10 or 15 years. I needed to do something about it, but I really didn’t know it was possible. U.P. gave me the confidence that it was. I trusted you. I played by your rules and it has changed my life. What more can I say!
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- We show you those who inspire even us with their commitment to their results.
- You cannot get results exactly like these. You are unique and that means you can only get your own best possible results.
- Your results are a function of time spent following the plan; your genetic response to the right exercise and diet program; how hard you train; how consistently you come to the gym; how disciplined you are with your diet; & your starting point.
- Oftentimes the lower your starting point (poor fitness, terrible body composition) the better your results.
- We cannot do the work for you and the results you see here are a testament to the work ethic of our clients.
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