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Young professional Beth Parnell fights back against shift work and bad diet habits to drop a jeans size and feels a lot fitter in herself
"Before I started at Studio Twenty 3, I hadn't really been doing any regular exercise for four or five months. I was starting to feel a bit unfit ... I'd put on a little bit of weight, and I was doing a lot of shift work. My eating habits had really deteriorated. I was looking for something flexible and something to kickstart me and motivate me back into having a bit more regular exercise.
Since training at Studio Twenty 3, I've been doing a lot more regular exercise. I've done strength training, which I've never ever done before and have really, really enjoyed it. I definitely feel a lot fitter in myself. I've definitely lost a little bit of weight and just generally toned up, which is something that I've been saying for the last five years that I really want to do, and I just haven't. But this year I have. I would definitely recommend Studio Twenty 3.
I have had multiple gym memberships in the past, and I just don't go. But actually having one-to-one personal training sessions has really been fantastic for me, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone."
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Well Wendy thought the same when we went into Lockdown a few weeks back.
"Before I started at Studio Twenty 3, I felt very overweight, definitely unfit. My blood pressure was up, my heart rate was high, and I wasn't feeling great about myself.
Massive well done to Jo for smashing her 12 Week Shape Up Challenge.
Jo claimed the prize of 4 x Personal Training sessions by producing the best before and after picture.
Nikki had joined her parents on a couple of Personal Training sessions before taking up a FREE Trial on our Monday night Small Group Training class. Nikki started to get the fitness bug again and without any real attention to her diet, had lost around 7kg. This was a great starting place for Nikki. In March of 2018, she decided to take it to the next level and book her very own Personal Training sessions to support her Small Group Training, which she was now attending twice a week. From March to November Nikki lost a further 19kg, making a whopping total of 27.7kg weight loss. That's 4.5 stone or 61lbs.
Weight loss has not been the only benefit of Nikki's journey. Nikki's knocked 8 minutes off her Park Run time and can now run 10km comfortably, without knee pain. Nikki feels more comfortable in her clothes which has increased her confidence in and out of work. Nikki now enjoys joining her friends on weekend activities like Go Ape, which previously she would have been very apprehensive about. Nikki has enjoyed learning more about how her body works and what she needs to do each week to get the results she desires. Nikki feels happier and more confident than ever. She is about to resume Fencing, a sport she previously loved but had been put off due to her weight. Nikki is also the same weight now that she was 7 years ago. A fantastic achievement and according to Nikki, there is still room for improvement.
A Note from Nikki,
"I've been training at Studio Twenty 3 with Gareth and the team for almost a year now and the changes I've seen have been unbelievable! I've lost 27.7kg (4 stone) and dropped 3 dress sizes but more importantly I feel so much stronger, fitter and with more energy."
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If you feel like Nikki felt, get in touch and book your FREE Transformation Session. I promise it will be the best thing you can do for your health and fitness.
Where I started:
It’s fair to say that before Studio Twenty 3, I was not someone who enjoyed exercise. I knew other
people who saw personal trainers and did not understand it when they said they found it ‘addictive’, or when they said that it gave them more energy. I tended to think of people who enjoyed the gym as boring! Although I had started enjoying yoga classes, I had no interest in lifting weights or working towards any fitness goals. I did short YouTube workouts at home, which allowed me to mentally ‘tick off’ doing exercise, but deep down I knew I was not really trying enough. Coupled with this apathy towards exercise was the fact that I had managed to lose weight in the past through short term crash dieting. I kidded myself that I could do this again any time I wanted and that being fit and healthy with muscle tone wasn’t as important as being slim. To be honest I still occasionally battle with the urge to go on a crash diet but through the nutritional advice I’ve had from Studio Twenty 3, I’m able to think about the bigger picture and realise what my body needs to look and feel better. What’s nice is that they’re always happy to listen to my dieting dilemmas and talk through any nutritional issues with me.
Why Studio Twenty 3:
The simple answer is that my partner (now my husband!) was already training there and he always
had a lot of positive things to say about it. And when he started shaping up, I thought I better get in
on the action too! I was initially fairly sceptical, I’d always sort of mistrusted people who love
exercise and felt I wouldn’t fit in. After a taster session, I found that I didn’t feel judged or bad about
myself and I got along well with my trainer. It was a relaxed environment and it’s hard to explain but
I started to feel really positive each time after leaving. The team were encouraging about my
progress and I just started to feel better and better about myself. It was at this point that I began to
understand what people meant about finding training ‘addictive’. I had a great time in the sessions
and increasingly found myself wanting to improve. Far from dreading a training session, I actually
looked forward to it. I had quite a stressful freelance career and was constantly thinking about work,
so I really enjoyed the hour away from my emails doing something positive for myself.
My big day:
I was never obsessed about getting married and prided myself on being quite relaxed about it all.
Nevertheless, the thought of the photos lasting forever and everyone’s eyes being on me did make
me feel I wanted to look my best. It was certainly a good motivator! I didn’t want to wear anything
traditional and had my eye on bridal separates. For our evening reception, I planned to change in
into a tastefully cropped white sequinned top with my long flowing skirt. The top being cropped
really put the pressure on to shape up! I worked with my trainer Ellie on lots of ab exercises and
arms too and by the big day I felt good about everything. I loved changing into my party outfit in the
evening and danced the night away feeling confident and happy.
My learning's and achievements:
My advice for other brides-to- be:
Go beyond wedding goals: A wedding is an amazing goal but you can also take it as an opportunity
to bring about real, lasting change to the way you look and feel. If you’ve always wanted to ‘get
healthy’ or really commit to improving your fitness, now’s the perfect chance. Use the build up to
the wedding as your focus on stay on track and by the time the big day comes you’ll have cracked it
and won’t want to stop.
Talk to Studio Twenty 3:
Talk to the team about what you want to achieve, what you struggle with,
what your insecurities are and I promise you – they’ll listen and be understanding. Not only that,
they’ll come up with a tailored plan of action to help you meet your goals. The team always go above
and beyond to help you stay on track, my trainer once created a personalised work out plan that I
could do while I was away on holiday.
I can honestly say that going to Studio Twenty 3 twice a week has really made a difference to my life.
If you need any advice or have any questions on how to get in great shape like Fran, feel free to get in touch!
If you know Sarah, you will have undoubtedly noticed her fantastic progress over the last few months.
Sadly, however, Sarah’s life was recently interrupted by a tragic event as Sarah’s family suffered a bereavement. It is not uncommon for people to isolate themselves in this situation but Sarah has found comfort and a certain level of distraction in the form of her training.
Sarah has got stronger, fitter and leaner and her motivation is at an all-time high. Sarah’s dedication to her training and diet is demonstrated by her amazing physique and she is no longer fixated on being a certain weight. She has a particularly healthy attitude towards creating a balanced lifestyle. Sarah is now training 4 or 5 times a week, she cooks her meals from scratch and does not deny herself the odd treat every now and again. We love this lifestyle!
After competing in last year’s Tough Mudder, Sarah was hooked and immediately signed up for this year’s event. Sarah clearly enjoys a challenge and is highly self-motivated. Tough Mudder has given Sarah a goal and some direction towards improving her efficiency around the course.
Richard started training with us in 2016 after he found that knee pains and forearm strains had slowed down his progress on the bike.
Richard was put onto a strength and conditioning programme which focussed highly on back and front squats as well as unilateral leg exercises. Richard also joined a gym so that he could take what he was learning during PT sessions and apply them on his own with confidence.
After a short period of time, Richard was seeing very positive benefits from his strength programme. He is now squatting over 100kg with ease. The pains in the back of his knees have disappeared, his forearms are dealing better under pressure and he is able to attempt longer distances and hills whilst sitting back in his seat.
These 2 certificates show that just one year apart, Richard managed to complete the race an incredible 1 hour faster!
Richard is highly motivated, keen to learn and always ready to try anything. He is shocked that we are still adding new exercises to his programme each week.
Gareth Allen - Personal Trainer and Owner.