So my five weeks with Jonathan have come to an end.
I’ve learned how to do aerobics on a moving treadmill - backwards. I’ve done so many leg kicks that my knees have actually sweated. And I’ve gone without alcohol for the full programme. None of which I thought I’d ever do.
But has it been worth it? Oh yes.
I came to love my workout sessions with Jon, and spending so much time with him has made me realise that the job of a personal trainer is a tricky one. Before now I’d always equated a successful trainer with one that shouts and pushes their clients to the ultimate max, with no regard to the individual’s limits or preferences, but that isn’t the case at all. Jon strikes the perfect balance between being kind and firm, so that I always wanted to do my best in every session, not through fear but so he’d be impressed and recognise my commitment to the cause.
In our final assessment, Jon brought out the weight scales and fat callipers that had caused me so much humiliation in our first session. But I can’t pretend I wasn’t pleased with the majority of the results.
Overall, I lost 6 kilos in weight, which is just a smidgen short of a stone, and we’ve reduced my body fat percentage from 26.9 to 23.9. According to the American Council on Exercise, this takes me from the ‘average’ range to the ‘fitness’ range. What that actually means I’m not sure, but there’s no doubt that I’m in a better, healthier position than I was five weeks ago.
In terms of the calliper measurements, Jon recorded the following results:
Back of upper arm: lost 3.5mm
Front of upper arm: no change
Back (under shoulder bone): lost 9mm
Midriff: lost 1.4mm
He, and I if I’m being completely honest, was disappointed that my arms didn’t change more, especially as we’d focused on them in the last couple weeks of the programme. But I’m going to invest in a resistance band that I can use to mimic the arm exercises that I did in Jon’s studio and see if I can battle more of my bingo wings away.
Next Jon brought out the tape measure for the final part of the assessment - et voila:
Upper arm: lost 1cm
Hips: lost 4cm
Waist: lost 9cm
Given that I’m most certainly a pear shape, and I carry any excess weight around my stomach and thighs in a heartbeat, I’m pretty chuffed to see the biggest difference was round my middle. That’s the area where I feel the biggest change too. I’m loathe to share the following fact, but I promised to always be truthful in this blog so here goes - one of the last pair of trousers I bought was before starting the programme and they were a size 8 Capri pant from my favourite high-street retailer (the Sky Living team won’t need a second guess at which shop that is). Now anyone who knows me, or at least who’s seen me in person, will know that I’m in no way a size 8, but these trousers were in the sale and the latest in a long line of ‘maybe I’ll buy them now and fit into them later (read: never)’ purchases. However, something made me dig them out of my wardrobe this weekend and pull them on, just to see if the last five weeks really have paid off. And lo and behold, they fit! I’m not saying I’m a size 8 - far from it - but there’s no way I could have zipped those bad boys up at the start of October, so I suppose the hard work has been worth it.
Now, the whole point of this review was to see if working out with a celeb trainer and following a celeb diet could indeed do the impossible and give me a celeb body, but I’ve already fit a lot into this little post. So come back later this week for my final blog post, and my thoughts on whether a celeb body is achievable for all of us real women.