Sarah feels and looks better at 46 than she did at 26 after an 18-week transformation at Ultimate Performance Cheshire.
Senior executive Sarah had slid off the fitness scales a while ago.
But when her self-consciousness started affecting other parts of her life, she knew it was time for a change.
She wanted the best transformation programme to get back to her best and an online search helped her zero in on U.P. Cheshire and she was inspired to start her body transformation journey.
All it took was 36 training sessions over 18 weeks for Sarah to achieve stunning results – losing 17kg, bringing down her body fat and sculpting the toned figure that seemed impossible a few short months earlier.
“Physically, for the first time ever – at 46 – I can actually say I like the way I look. The other day I did this activity online – choosing clothes to suit your shape – and there was a question ‘which part of your body do you want to hide?’ And for the first time, I thought ‘you know there isn’t anything I want to hide. I am quite happy with the way I look now’.”
Thinking back to before she started training with U.P., that effortless confidence and feel-good factor felt a million miles away.
“Before I came to U.P., I was self-conscious. I had started to lose my confidence. I kind of got into a lazy mindset – it was all about taking whatever was the easiest route, particularly from a nutrition perspective.
“I work in a place where I am constantly surrounded by junk food – biscuits, crisps, cakes, and I had gotten into this lazy way of eating.
“I found I was more sluggish; I wasn’t as alert as I used to be. And then because I started to gain more and more weight, I became more self-conscious, and I could really feel my confidence starting to dip.
“I wasn’t confident in voicing my own opinions or challenging other people. I got into quite a senior position, so I was expected to lead, and all of a sudden, I felt I was questioning myself all the time because I hadn’t got any confidence in my own abilities.”
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Lack of confidence impacted more than her work life; Sarah felt herself pulling back from social events and felt that her behaviour and habits might even create a bad example for her teenage son.
“Since joining U.P., my mindset has changed completely. I don’t eat for the sake of eating anymore. I am more conscious about what I put in my basket when I go grocery shopping, I am more aware of how I move, how I sit, about about getting in small pieces of exercise in throughout the day. So I am kind of more conscious about my health and wellbeing, I suppose.
“I can now talk to my son more knowledgeably about food and about how to exercise effectively. Also, he looks at me now, and he can see the difference I have made.
“That mentality of ‘something wasn’t right’ – I went and did something to make it right and that you actually have to work hard to achieve something you want to put right – that sense of taking ownership of things is something I hope he understands as well.”
Sarah wanted to create a fundamental change in the way she approached life, fitness, and nutrition. She achieved that at U.P. – the physical benefits were immediate, but the lifestyle transformation is forever.
“It is all in the training and the trainers that you work with. They push you as hard as you can physically go while encouraging you at the same time.
“I have been to personal trainers before where you walk out at the end of a session, and yeah, you have got a bit of sweat on, and you think you have worked hard there, but this absolutely pushes you to your limits.
“It’s hard work, consistency, and determination. There is no magic; there is no easy way out. If you are prepared to work as hard as the trainers are prepared to push you, then you are going to see results.”
Sarah feels like she has turned back the clock 20 years – and actually feels fitter, stronger and happier than the woman she was in her 20s.
“You will fundamentally change not only your body, but also your mindset and your approach to life in general. So for anyone thinking of starting U.P., I would say – do it now! I wish I had done it years ago.”
“If I think back now to 18 weeks ago, I feel like a completely different person. I don’t even feel like the person I was in my 20s because I didn’t particularly like the way my body looked then even though I was slim.
“I wasn’t strong or toned like I am now! I am back to feeling confident; I am able to make decisions, and able to challenge other people. I am also able to take a wider perspective on things because I think I have got more clarity of thought.”
“It’s a 360-degree turnaround since the beginning 18 weeks ago.”
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