Daniel proved that age was just a number when he reached his peak fitness level at 60.
As a busy managing director of an investment firm, Daniel had spent decades chasing targets and growing professionally.
Now at 60, the pace was still hectic, but his body was slowing down.
Not one to give up, Daniel decided that 60 was not too late to commit to an intensive training programme – he signed up for a body transformation at Ultimate Performance Mayfair.
“Decreasing my waist size from 38 to 32 inches in 11 weeks brings a lot of satisfaction. People who have not seen me for a while have been shocked by the transformation – that makes me smile, inside and outside.”
Daniel started off at a solid 92kg – most of it was around his waist, which measured 105cm.
In just 11 weeks he has dropped 16kg in weight with 20cm off his waistline.
He had joined U.P. weighed down by more than just body fat; he had decades of unhealthy lifestyle habits to break through.
With age, he felt himself slowing down and struggling to stay sharp to manage new professional challenges.
“My work is very demanding, often stressful with long hours and lots of travelling under different time zones.
“There are many occasions to socialise with business lunches and dinners; sometimes I would eat up to 4 meals a day, because of time zones or to simply stay awake.”
“The consequence is that over recent years, I have reserved less time to exercise, and consequently, my energy level decreased, and I became overweight.”
“Also, mentally, the less you exercise, the more tired you become and the less energy you have. Time passes by, and it is difficult to start again… a vicious circle: It was depressing.”
Daniel was not new fitness – he had worked out for years and knew the benefits of eating well and exercising regularly.
However, this time around, he needed a more structured approach.
“I was conscious of the elements of good nutrition. However, I have never taken the time to have a balanced diet and monitor what I was eating.”
“A change of lifestyle starts with commitment. I was determined to lose weight, decrease my fat level to a normal level, and to get in top shape for my coming 60th birthday.”
With a milestone birthday on the horizon, this gave him all the motivation he needed to clear a couple of hours a week in his diary to work on his fitness and health.
“This was done by consciously adding to my agenda time to exercise at the U.P. gym, monitoring my steps level daily, as well as my food intake with a specific daily target of proteins, carbs, fat, and limiting my calories. I also decreased my alcohol intake considerably.
“There is no cheating when measurement day comes. And all this would not have been achievable without my trainer’s constant support and guidance from food intake to changing the way I exercise.”
Daniel started seeing visible changes within the first two weeks, which of course motivated him to push through.
Now at the end of his 11-week programme he has surpassed his original goals and is in no mood to stop.
The physical and mental benefits of U.P.’s transformation has convinced him that even more is possible.
“There was clearly a lot of interest from my colleagues, friends, and family, witnessing the physical changes, but also my newly-found energy and better mood.
“I could see my body getting more toned, and my aerobic capacity back to where it was many years ago. I feel confident at the gym, on the beach or on the street.
“Mentally: achieving my goals has made me proud and reinforced my self-esteem. When one feels good in one’s skin being happier and smiling, one becomes more receptive to what life brings daily, either to appreciate the great moments or the energy to fight with more energy the difficult ones. I am ready for more challenges.”
Now 60, Daniel believes he has the skills and knowledge to forge ahead into the next chapter of his life, stronger, fitter and healthier than ever.
“I am convinced that what I have learnt in terms of nutrition, lifestyle, and exercising will follow me for years to come. U.P. is more than a gym to train…this transformation is a change of lifestyle.
“Give it a go, as long as you are ready to commit to it. It does not come easily, but the encouragement of trainers and other clients of U.P. is a source of reinforcement and motivation.”