I stepped off a plane coming home from the USA last November and told the family enough was enough. That afternoon I was at Vision Sylvania meeting Jack for the first time thanks to the referral from my wife Nicole. Having seen her achieve her goals with Jack I realised it was time to get myself back in shape.
Having had decades of training under my belt I still had never experienced personal training. I even worked in the fitness industry for nearly 10 years and it still was not enough for me to believe I needed the help. During my 15 years beach and track sprinting I developed a great foundation for strength training and ever since I have maintained a regular routine of exercise. But I have also lived pretty large never really worrying about nutrition, alcohol consumption or missing exercise particular with my extensive travelling.
With a new job in 2017 already putting me out of my comfort zone it was this one last trip to the US which put me over the top. Time to step up and see if I actually had to courage and discipline to change the way I ate and trained. My goal - a 9-day surfing trip to Papua New Guinea with my son for his 16th birthday and the objective of being able to surf 6hrs each day, be strong and be able to back up and do it again the next day.
Right from the start Jack and I leveraged the fact I didn't need to be taught the exercises, I just needed discipline in my nutrition and clear regular commitment to the strength training. I started at 79.6kg - not big but soft and lacking core and lifting strength. Goal was 5kg less, which does not sound much, so it is hard to believe the difference at 74kg after the first 9weeks.
Shifting my diet to macros suiting my program reduced my body fat to 12%. When I decide to do something, I am religious in my approach and with Jack's support and guidance we have been able to achieve results I would never have dreamed possible at 46 years of age.
While the feedback on my appearance is great for the ego it is the strength gains I have achieved that makes me most proud. Jack and I have pushed to achieve 1RM in bench, barbell squat and deadlifts I have not been able to lift since I was 25 years old. I feel incredibly proud that this is a part of my life and that I join the impressive list of clients that have excelled at Vision PT Sylvania including my wife Nicole.
Jack has made a huge impact on the Barnes family and for this I am thankful.