As I have mentioned in a previous post, PT has helped me tremendously during my weight loss journey. I see a lovely young girl called Alice Jackson at Les Mills in Howick for an hour every week. I was reluctant to retain a trainer as I’ve always preferred to train myself when I used to be in shape, but I was determined to lose a very large amount of weight and desperately needed support. As my weight crept up towards 100 kg, my diabetes was spiralling out of control and I was worried that I’d end up on insulin. I was – and still am – determined to control my condition without meds for the rest of my life which Stephen Farrell, the head coach of the North Harbour Triathlon Club, assured me was possible when he rang me to answer my questions about the Takapuna Beach Swim and Run event which I’d like to enter next week . Returning to the subject of PT, I also wanted to complete the YMCA 10k Summer Series, which started in October and you can read about in my earlier blog post. I was very lucky to do a couple of training sessions with Alice’s brother Dan Jackson, who is also a trainer at the same gym. Dan stepped in to train me while Alice was on holiday for three weeks in August last year. By complete fluke, he competed in the YMCA 10k Series while he was a student at the prestigious Auckland Grammar School, so he knew what was required to get me into shape so I would be ready to start the series at the beginning of October. Les mills isn’t just like a family. As I discovered, some of the staff members actually are family, like Alice and Dan. If you put a foot wrong, you’ll soon have to find yourself another gym.
Over the past six months, I lost a total of 25 kg and completed the first half of the YMCA 10k Series, which I wouldn’t have been able to achieve training on my own. I think of PT as the grease which makes my training flow. You can read the thank you letter I wrote Les Mills Howick here.
Benefits of personal training include:
If you’re thinking about hiring a trainer, here are some of my tips: