Nurani’s impressive transformation is a credit to his hard work in the gym and in the kitchen, and the skill of his UP personal trainer.
He lost 11kg during his transformation journey, built lean muscle and shed more than a third of his body fat.
Two huge factors in transforming his physique were the diet and the training programme put together by his world-class PT.
Before Nurani would switch between eating salads and then bingeing on fatty or unhealthy foods – something he now knows wasn’t doing him any good.
UP helped educate him on how to control his diet, boost his metabolism and track the food he was eating to give him optimal fat loss and body composition gains.
His training too went from just going through the motions and doing the standard three sets of 12 on gym machines, to a programme of compound lifting which helped him build his impressive new body in a short space of time.
Nurani explains how he did it and what effect his transformation has had on his health, his appearance and his energy levels…
What were your expectations going into the 18 weeks and what were your motivations?
When I started seriously working out in 2013, I used to weigh a whopping 97kg and my motivation, at that time, was to lose some weight and feel better about myself.
I managed to bring down my weight to 87kg and initially felt good. But in mid-2016, I seriously wanted to reduce my body fat which was still hovering around 30%.
I struggled hard in the gym but didn’t make any noticeable difference except that I looked bulkier with fat mass in all the wrong places.
I found out about Ultimate Performance and how they managed to transform many individuals globally. Since UP gym was very close to my workplace, I dropped an email for an appointment with Chris. When I met Chris, he immediately knew what I wanted and explained what process would be followed to reach my goal to reduce my body fat and build six-pack abs which I seriously doubted if I would ever have.
I knew the next 18 weeks would be tough, but I was excited to give my all out for the transformation.
Can you tell me how you were feeling both physically and mentally before starting the 18 weeks?
Before the 18 weeks, physically, I hated the load of fat mass I had in unwanted places and was mentally frustrated as I didn’t know any way of getting rid of that.
I almost believed that maybe it was because I was already 46 years old and it was not possible to increase the metabolic rate. I was both physically and mentally at a point where I was giving up on going further into fitness but wanted to give one last try at Ultimate Performance.
What was your diet and lifestyle like before you started the 18 weeks?
Before the 18 weeks, I always thought eating salad was healthy, so if I binged on fatty or unhealthy food, I would switch to salad for the next few meals until I felt better.
That diet was not doing anything good for me. I was very regular in going to the gym but I would just work out like a typical beginner – three sets of 12 reps on each machine without understanding the mechanics behind it. My back and shoulders were weak, my chest was stronger so I had a front-tilted posture.
How did your diet and lifestyle change when you started the 18 weeks?
Right from the first training day at Ultimate Performance, Sam prepared a programme for me for both diet and workout.
He emphasised a lot on the importance of diet. Before then I had no clue that diet played such an important role.
The workout schedule he prepared mainly involved compound exercises which I had never done in my life before. The first two weeks of low carb diet and intense workout was tough, but I saw changes in me which made my resolve even stronger.
What effect did this have on your health, performance, lifestyle and energy inside and outside the gym?
After the first two weeks of struggle, my body got used to the diet and the intense workout schedule and I started feeling more energetic and could see visible changes in my body.
I felt lighter physically and more agile mentally. Sam encouraged me to give my everything and it definitely paid off.
I discovered that even if physically I felt a bit weaker, mentally I could convince myself to push all the way. It was a revelation to me.
How did you find the training and did it fit around your busy lifestyle?
Training was intense and I loved it. I could sense changes in me after every workout. My trainer took a personal interest in what I ate and would always advise and encourage me to stay on the right path towards goal. The training definitely suited my work schedule and my trainer was very accommodating in adjusting the timings a couple of times because I had meetings that clashed with the workout hours.
What were your results like after the 18 weeks?
The results were incredible after 18 weeks. I had only dreamed of getting the six-pack, and at the end of 18 weeks I achieved it and I was so damn proud of myself.
This was life-changer for me and I couldn’t have done it without the personal attention from Sam and Ultimate Performance. What started as a gamble at the start of the18 weeks, ended with the definite result of six-pack abs.
What were the most important things you learned during your 18 weeks and what really worked for you in helping you make your transformation?
The most important things I learned in these 18 weeks were:
1) Nutrition – After this 18 weeks, I now measure and record everything I eat. I have lot more knowledge about macros and how carb cycling and carb refeeding work to increase the metabolic rate.
2) Compound exercises – I learned that compound exercise and other strength exercises are the best way to keep the body’s metabolic rate high.
3) Age is just a number.
How has doing this transformation changed you and do you think it will benefit you going forward?
This was the best thing that has happened to me in my whole life. I feel more confident about myself. I get praise from my colleagues and family on how fit and young I look. It’s not just about the looks. I feel so much more alive now and willing to give 100% on any task at hand. Thanks Sam. Thanks UP.
Would you recommend UP and why?
I would definitely recommend UP to my friends because it not only transforms you physically, but it also creates a new person out of you who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
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Never think age can stand in the way of building your dream body – if you’re motivated enough you can achieve anything you want.
Andy is proof of that. He came to UP with the goal of turning 41 in the best shape of his life.
He says his diet was 60% healthy, but weekends let him down when he would reward himself with pizza and wine. It was this that meant he had struggled his whole life to get the physique he wanted.
But after years of trying to get in shape with modest results, it took him just 18 weeks to make a truly incredible body transformation with UP
“I think it’s fair to say I have been unhappy with my body most of my life, but just didn’t have the knowledge, commitment or desire to really want to make a difference.
“Training with UP has given me all of those, and I think that’s why I achieved more than I ever have previously.”
He added: “My journey has shown me a glimpse of what I am capable of and when I thought I found my limits, realised that actually there’s more to give.”
When he turned 40, he was determined to finally earn his dream body before his next birthday.
Nothing was going to stop him achieving this goal – not his busy work schedule or even the lengthy four-hour round trip to the UP gym from Woking.
Andy, who runs a software development business, is proof of what determination can achieve alongside a world-class personal trainer and a nutrition and training plan tailored to your exact needs.
UP helped educate Andy on how to eat for optimal fat loss and train to get the physique he wanted.
“While I also knew the importance of a good diet, it’s only since I have been training with UP that it has really helped me dial in my macros and listen to what my body i wants vs what it needs.
“I discovered a new level of willpower that surprised even me.”
It’s amazing to see just how far Andy has come in such a short space of time.
After originally signing up for a six-week PT programme, he was so impressed with the instant results he signed up for another 12 weeks.
The results of his UP training and nutrition plan speak for themselves.
He lost 13.4kg and cut his body fat in half down to a shredded 9.7% – but you only have to see his ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos to see how much he achieved.
What was your lifestyle, training and diet like before you came to UP?
I came to UP when I was 40 years old because I wanted to get results. It’s fair to say I have never been a sporty or active person (neither when growing up as a kid or in my 20’s or 30’s). I certainly don’t lack dedication or commitment to tasks, but early on in life discovered my aptitude for sports was really rather poor.
I think this kind of set the scene for not really bothering about my health and generally having little regard for exercise. When I look back at my 20’s and 30’s, I wasn’t happy with what I looked like, but at the time just didn’t have the knowledge, commitment or desire to really want to make a difference.
It was after two shoulder operations in 2012 that I started to take more of an interest in exercise as I was not only getting progressively unhealthier, but it dawned on me that I needed to do something. So I joined a gym, got some personal training and over the course of a year I made great progress, dropping from 97kg to 80kg and losing a good deal of body fat in the process. After a while going to the gym became a routine but my results dried up, my weight crept back up, and I found myself not really progressing in the way I wanted to be. When I look back now, I can see I got complacent and was neglecting my diet a lot. I enjoyed going to the gym, but just wasn’t able to build on the progress I made.
Before training at UP my diet would be good for 60% of the time (and when I say good I do mean that), it’s just the 40% was pretty bad. I like whisky and champagne, bread, cake, sweets and all-you-can-eat buffets. I don’t like seeing food go to waste.
So despite the best intentions, I would often undo days of hard work by unnecessary eating and drinking. Convincing myself that because I had trained ‘hard ‘in the gym three times this week, I deserved that huge pizza and bottle of red wine, when I look back now I know I certainly didn’t.
What made you come to UP for personal training in London?
I had enough of feeling like I wasn’t progressing and my body image was making me feel increasingly uncomfortable. Sure I could say I went to the gym regularly, but because my attitude to diet was not on point, I would never have been comfortable going swimming or going on a beach holiday. I had heard of UP from a close friend and actually attended a Fat Loss Seminar at UP Mayfair in March 2016.
I figured six weeks hard graft and a chance to be trained by the best would help me get back on track, what I didn’t fully realise was that almost immediately I knew I wanted more than six weeks as I was starting to see results in such a short period of time. In fact, I actually extended to 18 weeks in the end. My primary goal at UP was to strip away the fat, but as time went on, I realised that I was starting to think about my diet and training in different ways.
What did you find as a result of training with UP?
For many people who undertake a transformation, I guess they find a part of themselves or reconnect with a person they once were.
For me, though, I think it’s fair to say I have been unhappy with my body most of my life but just didn’t have the knowledge, commitment or desire to really want to make a difference.
Training with UP has given me all of those, and I think that’s why I achieved more than I ever have previously.
While I also knew the importance of a good diet, it’s only since I have been training with UP that it has really helped me dial in my macros and listen to what my body wants vs what it needs. I also discovered that actually there are quite a few foods that I previously disliked that I do enjoy.
I discovered a new level of willpower that surprised even me, but on reflection doing a transformation over Christmas and a birthday is really hard work.
Which specific benefit did you find most about your journey with UP?
Without doubt, the one thing that really stands out for me is the helpfulness of all the trainers at UP. It would be remiss of me not to pass on my special thanks to both Ajay (my wife’s trainer) and also Christian to whom I will be forever grateful for the knowledge and commitment they made in our journeys.
Seeing the transformations that get churned out week after week is simply amazing, it’s a production line of crafting bodies into better versions of themselves!
The attention to detail is really quite astonishing, Christian was not only diligent in following up on my progress when I was away from the sessions, but he took the time to help with menus while I was going abroad, helping with the structuring of meals and being very accommodating to my specific needs. He knew when I was struggling and was able to steer me in the right direction to help me reach the goals.
So for me, the biggest benefit was being trained by not only knowledgeable and skilled professionals, but also people that care and take pride in what they do.
What other benefits did you take away from your transformation journey?
I think I have a lot more knowledge now than I did before I started, but I fully appreciate I still have much to learn. For some time I have been worried about the ‘exit’ process as I didn’t want to reverse all the hard work, so one of the really important benefits going forward was the ability to take up the Online Training and be coached by the same trainer. Online Training is going to really help me continue my progress in a way that has been proven successful for so many others.
I remember being asked early on by people who I might want to look like at the end of my transformation, to which my answer was “I don’t have a defined ideal, I just want to see what I can do, and everyone’s different.”
I didn’t know how I would react when trained hard, in a sustained calorie deficit and dealing with a demanding job. My journey has shown me a glimpse of what I am capable of and when I thought I found my limits, realised that actually there’s more to give.
If you go into it with less than 100% commitment (sure we all have off days), you’ll still see results but doing a transformation takes commitment from both trainer and client.
I found training with UP very rewarding, it has been tough, yes, but I have met some really nice people, met my goals and I honestly think its kept me sane while work commitments and stress levels were very high.
I loved my time training at UP, and it was with great sadness when I finished. I never for a moment figured I would get as lean as I did, given all that was going on and my exercise history (lack of). The comments I received from my friends who have seen the photos are simply amazing, most start out with “that’s not you, that’s photo-shopped” or “that’s just not possible, how?” which in itself is a fantastic response to the work we put in.
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Scott went from ‘skinny-fat’ to shredded in a stunning transformation journey with UP.
The 37-year-old San Franciscan had struggled to shift stubborn belly fat before starting his UP transformation and getting in the best shape of his life.
The former self-confessed ‘slobby office worker’ now looks incredible after packing on lean muscle and sculpting a six-pack with the help of his world-class UP trainer.
“I was really happy that it made a physical difference in my body in a way that I had been struggling to do previously,” says Scott who lost 14lbs (6.6kg) cut his body fat in half down to a super lean 9% and took nearly 13cm off his waistline.
Scott’s story is an interesting one – his 37-week transformation is actually his second time at UP. Seven years ago he completed a body transformation which saw him lose a staggering 66lbs (30kg) going from obese to slim and svelte.
This was his original UP transformation all those years ago…
But seven years on, and he came back to step up his training and nutrition and forge the outstanding physique captured in those stunning ‘before and after shots’
Consistency with his training and nutrition played a huge part in delivering the exceptional results he had been looking for. Before UP he was somewhat ‘carb-phobic’, eating a restrictive diet during the week and often bingeing at the weekend.
But his time at UP has been a real education in how to eat sustainably and training with enough intensity and drive to give him his best-ever physique.
“I think one of the biggest benefits is knowledge,” he explains. “You need that knowledge and to have that understanding of what you need to be doing nutrition-wise in order to achieve a weight loss goal or a building muscle goal; to have that understanding of how you should be structuring a workout. To have that, based on the experiences, is tremendously valuable.”
I was eager to come to UP because I had really terrific experiences on my first go around. I wanted to come back and kick things up a notch and I knew there was a very limited universe of companies with the skill sets to really effectively help me take that positive step and get real, actual results. So it was really a no-brainer – I trusted UP
So with regards to your body composition, what was your starting point and what did you end up achieving?
So I first started with UP, before it was UP, I was probably about 100kg, my body fat was like 35-40% – something ridiculous – your typical slobby office worker.
First go around, I learned to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
So I ended up going from over 100kg to something close to 70kg over the course of that first go around, which taught me a lot about weight loss, fitness and nutrition.
Then I was on my own for a while but when I came back the second time around I had kept the weight off, which is fantastic, but I needed the guidance to achieve a new goal which was to go from being ‘skinny fat’ to a more lean and muscular build.
So that second go around, I went from around 75kg or so, and the body fat was something like 20-25%, but then to go from that and work down to about 65-66kg and body fat below 10%, that was tremendous and a tremendous transformation.
So really it was two transformations for me – one from fat to skinny and one to go from skinny to more muscular.
That’s two tremendous transformations that family and friends noticed both times. Even though one was a much bigger amount of weight than the other, one was losing a lot of weight and the other was building more muscle – in both situations, friends and family were like ‘Wow! You’ve made a change!’
What specific benefit did you like most about your journey with UP?
The selfish answer is that I really just like the results that I got. Everyone makes the decision to improve themselves physically for private reasons – it can be ‘I want to be healthier’ or ‘I want to be able to run up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath’. But my reason was kind of superficial – I was really happy that it made a physical difference in my body in a way that I had been struggling to do previously.
In addition to the benefit of feeling better about my physical appearance, I really liked the feeling of coming into the gym a couple of times a week and seeing familiar faces with the staff and clients and I actually really found this motivational.
I actually felt like I was regular in terms of coming into the gym. That stems from a really supportive and positive atmosphere. This isn’t to say it’s a cheerleading, rah-rah, over the top, killing you with kindness atmosphere; it’s a welcoming, friendly, open atmosphere. That’s a benefit. It makes you want to come in. It makes you feel part of something even though you’re just working you and your trainer.
I think there are a couple of things that I found. I think the first is that you really can’t underestimate the value of having the guidance and accountability that comes from working with someone who is just as committed to you and your goals as you are.
It’s easy to say ‘I can get myself to the gym on my own. I can do my nutrition on my own.’ But until you have someone who is there guiding you and who’s there to help focus you – there is a tremendous benefit there.
Even though I’ve always thought ‘oh I’m self-sufficient. I’ll go and do my own thing,’ and I would go do my own thing, there’s value in that you have a guide doing it, even if you’re experienced doing it. I’ve recognised that a lot more.
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What other benefits have you taken away from your journey with UP?
I think one of the biggest benefits is knowledge. The trainers themselves are knowledgeable. For me, a lot of what I had hoped to take away was why we’re doing what we’re doing, and what the approach is.
I think working with the trainer over the course of the sessions and asking questions and being able to understand why we’re doing what we’re doing has been really valuable. It’s a huge benefit to me.
Your time with the trainer is limited – it’s a couple of hours a week, then there are 164 hours when you’re on your own. So you need that knowledge and to have that understanding of what you need to be doing nutrition-wise in order to achieve a weight loss goal or a building muscle goal; to have that understanding of how you should be structuring a workout. To have that, based on the experiences, is tremendously valuable.
There is also just the benefit of competence from being able to go into a gym knowing what you’re doing because you’ve been working on it; because you’ve been guided on it with the trainer.
To have that competence to go up against the big boys in the gym and not feel intimidated – that’s powerful. Not to mention the confidence that comes from just feeling better about yourself physically.
Did you feel supported by your trainer?
Obviously, you’re only with your trainer a couple of hours a week. You have a trainer for an hour in a day, but there are 23 more hours when you have to be your own trainer. But fortunately, I feel as though, when I had questions that came up outside the session, I felt as though my trainer was always responsive and answered. I was always able to shoot him an email and he would always respond promptly.
The questions would then raise more questions and I would get responses. So I had a patient ear that was always willing to answer questions and provide guidance substantively.
Then there were the days where I would totally screw up and go through that slice of cake I shouldn’t have and I felt derailed. But I was able to vocalise that to the trainer and get the measured response back of ‘one slice of cake isn’t going to derail you. Here’s what we need to do to refocus.’
You get support in terms of knowledge and substance, but also a bit of a helping hand of guidance and mental support as you’re going through the process of transformation. Having someone to bounce your thoughts and questions off is tremendous
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A London operations director who was constantly battling with her weight has made a stunning body transformation at Ultimate Performance.
Rose, who lives in Brixton, had struggled with her weight for years before she came to UP after being ready to give up the fight and resign herself to being overweight for the rest of her life.
Her weight issues were causing her great unhappiness, and she says she was thinking about it up to 100 times a day before she decided to take definitive action by taking on one of UP’s world class personal training plans.
Her motivation was clear: she wanted to lose the weight and transform her body in the fastest and most effective way possible.
After just 16 weeks of training with UP, she looks and feels incredible – losing 27 lbs (12.4kg) and almost halving her body fat.
“I’d really felt like I’d come to the end of the road. In my head, this was my last chance, and if this didn’t work, my approach was then going to be to live with being overweight and unhappy about the way I looked for the rest of my life. It really was my last chance and hope. I was getting a bit older (I’d turned 30 that year)- but looked 35+ and felt pretty invisible.
“My confidence was rock bottom, I didn’t feel myself and had even stopped going to certain social events because I was so self-conscious of the way I looked. At work in meetings, I sat and chose certain postures to cover up my weight wherever possible and noticed I was thinking about my weight 50, 60, even 100 times a day. I couldn’t concentrate on what others were saying, and it pretty much became all-consuming.”
While she had trepidation about lifting weights for the first time, it soon became clear to Rose just how effective UP’s weights-based training protocols were in delivering results.
The weight started falling off, and her confidence grew every session – along with her strength and fitness. The results after 16 weeks of hard training and learning lifelong lessons about proper nutrition were resounding.
“It’s changed me completely,” she says.”Both in the way I look, but also in the way I feel about myself. Before I started, I (without sounding too dramatic) was a shell of the person I knew I could be – and this transformation got my confidence back.
“I felt myself again and hadn’t felt like that in years. For the first time in a long, long time, weight wasn’t constantly on my mind, and it was as if the fog had lifted and I was free. I used to stare at other people on the tube and in the street and be in anguish that I couldn’t look like them. Now, I don’t care and am happy with the way I look. It’s amazing to have that mental and physical transformation.”
Rose talks in depth here about why her transformation was such a success….
What did you know about UP before you started?
Very little – my company had recently moved offices to Shoreditch, which was a good marker to start personal training. I simply googled the three closest personal training websites to my new office location, and then went on the websites.
UP appeared to have a lot of results and were serious about training. I didn’t want to join a gym where I jumped about with 2kg pink dumbbells – I wanted to change things drastically and quickly.
A few friends had suggested that personal training would work for me (I’m pretty goal driven, tenacious and like constant feedback) but never quite got round to it. I was a typical 30-something-year-old professional female that socialised and worked hard, did a bit of exercise but was constantly fighting (and losing) the weight battle – and tried every diet going. Some had worked for a time, but then I’d always swing back into being overweight.
Did you have any concerns going into the UP training programme?
Many! I have never done personal training before, never done any weights before and was frankly intimidated by the whole concept. Would I get shouted at? Would he/she understand me? What happens if the weights get me really muscly? What happens if I don’t get on with the trainer? I had contradicting fears also: would this even work/deliver any results at all? Or would it go the other way and I end up looking like a bodybuilder?
Is work or socialising going to get affected by this? I had a real concern it would mean I couldn’t eat out at restaurants, or round at a friend’s – I had a number of weddings to attend during the 16 weeks – how would that work? Would it be worth the money? Can they do what they say they do, or are the photos just of a few clients, rather than the norm?
The list of concerns goes on…and pretty much all of them were unjustified. Some were alleviated during the initial consultation, and some by the time I finished my 16 weeks at UP.
What were your expectations going into the programme and what were your motivations?
My expectations: I didn’t have that many, given I knew so little about UP and weight training. I approached this with a total surrender of my own choices: I’d eat what they’d tell me to, exercise when/how they said, and anything else in between. I’d got to the point where I felt that I’d exhausted all my own active choices, and so anyone’s else were as good or better.
My motivations: I’d really felt like I’d come to the end of the road. In my head, this was my last chance, and if this didn’t work, my approach was then going to be to live with being overweight and unhappy about the way I looked for the rest of my life. It really was my last chance and hope. I was getting a bit older (I’d turned 30 that year)- but looked 35+ and felt pretty invisible.
My confidence was rock bottom, I didn’t feel myself and had even stopped going to certain social events because I was so self-conscious of the way I looked. At work in meetings, I sat and chose certain postures to cover up my weight wherever possible and noticed I was thinking about my weight 50, 60, even 100 times a day. I couldn’t concentrate on what others were saying, and it pretty much became all-consuming. This, coupled with a close friend insisting on personal training being the way forward and our offices moving, it seemed like the right time to sign up.
Can you tell me how you were feeling both physically and mentally before starting your transformation journey?
Physically: despite being overweight, I was fairly fit.
Mentally: At the end of the road. It’s no secret that personal training is expensive and much of my savings went into this 16-week transformation. So mentally I was very much signed up and into it.
What effect did this have on your health, performance, lifestyle and energy inside and outside the gym?
Outside the gym: I definitely have more energy, sleep better (bar my muscles aching from a workout!), etc. I’m not sure on how good my heath was pre-transformation but I had my blood tested at the end, and I was in normal range for everything.
In the gym: I got stronger each session and went from never doing any weights, to sumo deadlifting 110kg for x10 reps x4 sets / 130kg x3 rep max in 16 weeks. I’d never been able to do one press up, now I can do 25 in a row, and I’m almost at the point of being able to do a pull-up.
How did you find the training and did it fit around your busy lifestyle?
After initially being terrified, I got over that pretty quick and found the training itself was a lot of fun. It felt good to get a sweat on, work to my max for a full hour and then be able to feel the benefits of it for the following few days.
The sessions were at the absolute limit to pushing myself, without it feeling overwhelming or daunting. A great balance was struck between never feeling intimidated, but at the same time doing more than I could have imagined.
My sessions were during the day, and as work was two minutes away, I did this three times a week over my lunch hour. My work wasn’t affected at all; I got just as much sleep (if not more because my body was so tired) and very much still saw my friends in the evening.
If anything, it got me awake for my afternoon meetings. Saying this, the first month was brutal in that my body ached from head to toe most days (even rest days) as my body was getting morphed into a better version very quickly – and that did physically hurt at the start.
What were the most impactful things you learned during your transformation and what really worked for you in helping you make your transformation?
The way my body looks is totally within my control and I can change it. If I eat sensibly and go to the gym – I can look good and the way I want to.
Food diary is everything. It gives me the accountability and willpower I need to stop bingeing.
(For a woman) weights first and foremost burn fat rather than build muscle (good news!)
Lots and lots of people struggle with food. Even the personal trainers binge, want to eat unhealthy food and have to work hard to look the way they do
Learning good technique for each exercise made a massive difference, and how to build up weights/reps to achieve the look you wanted
Really honestly: I learnt that personal trainers are a lot more than just “brawn over brain” stacked blokes that are superficial and value looks over feelings. It couldn’t be further from the truth. The trainers at UP are well-educated, kind and dedicated individuals, that want nothing more than to help you achieve your goals, whatever that might be. They know their stuff: whether that’s on how to motivate you, what exercise to change and when to achieve the look you want, nutritional advice, even helping with the menu choice when going out for dinner with friends – they are there 24/7 for support. The trainers are the asset of UP, and client results are down to those individuals.
How has doing this transformation changed you and do you think it will benefit you going forward?
It’s changed me completely. Both in the way I look, but also in the way I feel about myself. Before I started, I (without sounding too dramatic) was a shell of the person I knew I could be – and this transformation got my confidence back.
I felt myself again, and hadn’t felt like that in years. For the first time in a long long, time, weight wasn’t constantly on my mind, and it was as if the fog had lifted and I was free. I used to stare at other people on the tube and in the street and be in anguish that I couldn’t look like them. Now, I don’t care and am happy with the way I look. It’s amazing to have that mental and physical transformation.
I hope and think that I’ll never go back to looking and feeling like that ever again. It was a pretty dark place, and even if I slip by a few kg, I know how to turn it back. That I think is the most important lesson I’ll take forward: I know what I have to do to look and feel the way I want to now.
Would you recommend UP and why?
The abridged answer: the single best decision of my adult life, so yes, I would indeed recommend UP.
The extended answer is that this is a company with educated, caring personal trainers who deliver results.
They also make it extremely clear at the start that you will not be successful unless you (the client) are also committed – so they mentally prepare you to put the effort in, that is absolutely required in order to achieve the results.
They also don’t try to do the “one size fits all” approach. They tailor where possible your lifestyle to minimise impact and maximise results (for example, I can’t cook at all and didn’t want to make lunches to take in, so got given recommendations for some great food places at lunch). The trainers here know their stuff, their commitment is genuinely 24/7 and when training you in the gym- hone your technique and get the absolute best out of you and then some.
How do I feel now?
At the end of the 16 weeks, I signed up for another month to shave off a few more kg then took a few months off over Christmas. I put a few kg back on straight away, but have since levelled out and maintained weight. It feels great to be eating sensibly (not unhealthy or extreme dieting), going the gym and having a balanced approach.
As of last week, I’ve signed up for another eight weeks: I miss training at UP and want to lose a little more ahead of the summer season. Mentally, I feel happier than I have in years. And that is down to both UP, and me.
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If you’re training hard, eating well, but still not seeing the results you want, it could be time to think about getting a personal trainer.
That’s exactly what 44-year-old Lee did. No matter how hard he trained, he still found he was carrying excess weight, and was struggling to see results with his physique – that’s when he came to Ultimate Performance.
Lee found the impact of UP’s tailor-made training and nutrition plan was instant – and in just 12 weeks he achieved a stunning body transformation.
“No matter how much I trained, I found I was still overweight and not getting the results, so these two things – education with nutrition and training – have really helped,” he explains.
“I’m much stronger. I lost a total of 11kg in weight, so now I am doing chin-ups with 20kg tied to me for sets of five reps. I can trap-bar deadlift 170kg for five reps.
“I now know the best way to structure my diet, when to eat protein and fats, where my carbs are best going, and also what supplements complement my diet.”
Lee, who travelled from Leeds in West Yorkshire to Manchester to train, saw his weight drop nearly 2 stone during his 12-week journey and cut his body fat by more than half to a super-lean 10.8%.
Small but profound changes to his diet and training helped him make such remarkable progress in a short space of time.
Before he was eating a diet he thought was healthy, but was based heavily around carbs. There was not a great deal of protein in his diet or many vegetables either – breakfast consisted of cereals, then sandwiches or a potato for lunch, with pasta in the evening.
But the nutritional coaching from UP helped him to understand macronutrients, calories and how to structure a diet for optimal body composition.
Equally, with his training, Lee was able to make huge progress very quickly. Before, he had been training four or five times a week – but with just three weekly sessions a week he was able to maximise his performance and learn the proper form on every exercise to deliver incredible results.
Now mechanical engineer Lee says he is confident training in the gym and knows that what he is doing in training is working.
What was the obstacle that would have prevented you from starting your UP transformation?
I would say my biggest obstacles were time, due to work commitments, and travel and location. Six months before starting with UP I was commuting from Leeds to Warrington every day which meant I couldn’t start any earlier.
What did you find as a result of training with UP?
It was a massive education process. I used to train on my own, but now I realise that before I might not have been doing the exercises correctly and the types of exercises might not have been the best choice for my goals.
Nutrition was also an education process; knowing what to eat and when. I used to think I ate well before, but UP has changed my mind with what a healthy diet should be.
No matter how much I trained, I found I was still overweight and not getting the results, so these two things – education with nutrition and training – have really helped.
What specific benefit did you like most about your UP journey?
The coaching. I found it useful, so now I’m much more confident when I go to the gym on my own and enjoy the programmes I do on my own a lot more as I know I’m moving in the right direction.
Also, having a structured programme in which my reps and weights, body fat and measurements are constantly tracked. This helped me to see I was making progress which spurred me on even more.
It was good how when things started to slow down I had a trainer who could tweak something slightly with nutrition to keep the process moving in the right direction.
What three other benefits will you take away from your transformation journey with UP?
I’m much stronger. I lost a total of 11kgs in weight, so now I am doing chin-ups with 20kg tied to me for sets of five reps. I can trap-bar deadlift 170kg for five reps.
The confidence I now have to do these exercises on my own is massive as before I would have been scared of getting injured on exercises like these.
I now know the best way to structure my diet, when to eat protein and fats, where my carbs are best going, and also what supplements complement my diet.
Confidence too – I feel I look much better now than before I started.
Would you recommend UP?
Yes definitely, because the structured training and nutrition, the way these two things are constantly monitored, and also the expertise of the staff and knowledge have given me confidence in getting to my goals.
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‘Life-changing’ is a term bandied about freely these days – but for UP client Ed, his body transformation journey truly was.
The 24-year-old London business analyst was severely overweight when he started at UP and would over-eat on takeaways and often drink 10 or 12 pints of beer on a night out.
The former rugby player weighed 21 stone (137kg) and was unhappy with his weight, the way he looked, and the effect it was having on his health and even his outlook on life.
He explains that his weight had impacted his gregarious, out-going personality and he hated going shopping or out anywhere in public, preferring to stay at home playing video games.
But after a previous failed attempt to get back in shape, he was finally determined to change his lifestyle for good and claw back his health and fitness.
What a difference a year can make. Now Ed is almost unrecognisable from his former self after losing more than 6 stone with some real hard work in the gym with the help of his world-class UP personal trainer.
“UP has given me my life back,” he says. “I have lost roughly 30% of my bodyweight in the last 12 months; I think this is the most obvious change, but the biggest change for me is how much I have changed my attitude and approach.
“When I came to UP, I was lethargic, apathetic and generally miserable all the time. Now following the last year, I am upbeat and proactive; I enjoy walking rather than taking the tube, and I am much happier in my own skin.”
Ed’s incredible determination and hard work on his UP training and nutrition programme has brought him truly amazing results. His weight has dropped by nearly 40kg, he has cut his body fat down from over 40% to 16%, and he has gained control of his diet to be able to eat healthily.
He tells the inspiring story behind his transformation journey and how fitness and nutrition has changed his life…
Why did you come to UP in the first place?
I have always been a big chap; I played rugby throughout my school career, and I thought this kept me in good shape and my size was mostly muscle.
Following the end of my rugby career, I began to gain weight and went from 115kg to 137kg. While I was around 125kg, I joined a gym and managed to lose about 10kg. Without any coherent guidance on food, I found my progress stalled, and I began to lose interest in the process.
I felt out of my depth and without realising it in my final year of university I put all that 10kg back on and then some more to finish up at 137kg.
My dad has always been a great supporter of me losing weight to avoid some of the health problems my nan had later in life; particularly limited mobility, but diabetes was also a concern.
I thought I was fine, but I wanted to be a bit leaner for aesthetic reasons. The first time he ever approached the issue was when I was 16 and 16 stone; we set a target of trying to be lighter than 100kg. Obviously, I failed. He had even begun going to the gym as a form of encouragement and ended up getting into excellent shape himself!
In December of 2015, he approached me and mentioned that he had seen an advert, in high life magazine, for a PT gym based in London that specialised in a full-spectrum approach to fitness and particularly weight loss.
He told me later that this was the last time he was going to bring it up because he found my constant cycles of failure too emotionally draining.
I hated being so fat, and despite my constant self-denials, I despised going shopping, walking around in public, being in public or being on public transport; in all honesty, I was happier in my room playing video games out of the public eye.
Being 40%+ body fat meant I was always tired and always hot and sweaty; I hated feeling like that, and I couldn’t cope with it, it was easier to be an agoraphobe. My personal life suffered, and I lost my gregarious personality.
I have never been afraid of hard work and looking at the UP website I learn that UP would do everything for me except the hard work; I felt that this was a place I could excel at.
I was able to put my trust in my trainer Ben’s many years of knowledge about nutrition and weight lifting, by leveraging on his skills I was able to effect a transformation on my physical and mental state through the liberal application of hard work.
Hell, this is embarrassing to even admit. Quantity, significant quantity.
My parents were always a really positive influence providing lean meat, plenty of vegetables and a decent carbohydrate option like sweet potato or brown rice; I cannot fault them for trying.
Outside the house I would happily eat savoury delights like pasties and baked goods particularly; I was never much of a chocolate person.
At university, my diet took a significant turn for the worse. It was inconsistent and frequently consisted of takeaways for one – curry, rice and naan; fried chicken was a pretty constant companion and let’s not forget the Two for Tuesdays (I don’t think it is designed with one consumer in mind). My gluttony was expensive and definitely solely caused my explosive weight
I also drank a huge amount of beer, wine and spirits; I was proud of my capacity for raw spirits and would regularly consume 10 to 12 pints on a night out. My favourite story was doing 15 shots of absinthe one after the other in the student union; disgraceful behaviour and I’m glad it’s behind me.
How has your diet changed since being at UP?
I do not drink with the exception of rare special occasions (maybe four times in the last 12 months) like my cousin’s wedding and my holiday to Scotland; when I do drink, I avoid beer for the most part, and I no longer have the tolerance or desire to even approach my former consumption levels.
I no longer eat significant quantities of carbohydrates and would rather eat the equivalent calories in protein. I am happily on a calorie-restricted diet in the hope of leaning out the final 20lbs or so to get to a truly spectacular outcome.
On the calorie restriction, I would rather increase the quantity of food and avoid carbs. I do not eat baked goods at all and on my refeed days I crave heartier savoury meals rather than sweet treats.
I have lost roughly 30% of my bodyweight in the last 12 months; I think this is the most obvious change, but the biggest change for me is how much I have changed my attitude and approach.
When I came to UP, I was lethargic, apathetic and generally miserable all the time. Now following the last year, I am upbeat and proactive; I enjoy walking rather than taking the tube, and I am much happier in my own skin.
I have found that I am looking forward to spending three evenings a week in UP instead of going to the pub or rushing home to play video games for hours at a time. I have a much healthier attitude to my very limited spare time.
What was your story at UP?
I have been coming to UP for a year. Originally thought that I would be good at 115kg then 100kg, and now 90kg is the target. I have learnt how much I didn’t know about health and fitness.
I have learnt quite how unfit I was when I walked in; it is only with hindsight I can recognise how terribly out of shape I was. It’s incredible to be able to look at my friends and realise I am now the fittest of all of them, not the fattest.
I am particularly looking forward to my original goal of my Caribbean holiday this April; I won’t be ‘done’ for it, but I’m feeling great about it.
Half way through the UP process my girlfriend of two years and I split up after having moved in; having something to do to take my mind off things definitely helped me get over it in short order and move onwards and upwards to focus solely on myself for a while in a purely positive way.
It sounds really self-centred, but seeing a vein on my bicep still makes me smile because I know how much effort I put into getting that vein visible; my trainer indulges me, but it must be annoying him by now.
I cannot believe how much of a different person I am following my ~40kg weight loss.
Sure, I spend most of my time in the gym or at work, but I feel much more outgoing and positive about my life now, and my mood is revolutionised by the aesthetic and physical changes.
I can do anything I want without getting tired or achy (except for the pendulum squat, that thing wrecks me). It is liberating to no longer be carrying around that ridiculous quantity of body fat
The second huge change is that now I am able to choose the clothes I buy instead of just getting what fits. Now if I want to buy something, but they don’t have my size, nine times out of 10 it is because they only have ones which are too big; this is a massively positive thing for me, and I can leave happy knowing that I’m not the biggest person out shopping anymore.
Even small changes in the way people treat me have become apparent. People pay more attention to me and often comment on how good I’m looking at the moment.
What have you learnt?
I have learnt that I can lose weight and that I was not always destined to be 18 or 19 stone forever. I have learnt that body composition is a fundamentally simple equation of calories in against calories out, and it is just a question of hard work to make it happen.
Learning the discipline of calorie tracking and macro counting has helped me excel in other areas of my life; eating healthily and with a good quantity of lean protein and green veg has sharpened me up mentally and improved my mood across the board.
I am a generally happier person as a result of eating better and the corresponding boost in energy I get throughout my daily life.
I have also learnt how to have things that do not fit into my diet; UP has taught me moderation. I took a more relaxed approach to tracking in December and using my experiences earlier in the year I was able to eat my dad’s homemade Christmas cake and a pretty extreme Christmas lunch; I didn’t gain any weight over Christmas, and I was content that I had maintained stability for a few weeks. I was reinvigorated for my 1500kcal first quarter.
What’s next for you?
Given I haven’t finished my process yet I am going to be continuing to work with my trainer Ben at UP until I get to my current target of 90kg then reassess where I want to go with it.
UP has given me my life back.
I have taken up rock climbing because it’s something I always wanted to do but lacked the strength.
I no longer drink which is saving me money and giving me back the days I used to spend comatose nursing a hangover.
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