“In January 2013, I found myself recovering from surgery, grieving and heavier and more unfit than I had ever been. I resolved to lose weight and ‘do some exercise’. I had an idea of what to do about my diet but no idea about the exercise part of the equation. I’m not someone who particularly enjoys exercising and have never managed to make a habit of it. An internet search and an email exchange led me to Derran. In our first meeting he explained his approach of weight training and established what my goals were. I wanted to lose 10kg (1 stone 8lbs) in 3 months and my ultimate goal was to lose 20kg (3stone 2lbs) but I didn’t really believe that would ever happen.
Clare’s before and after (well, during – we haven’t finished yet!) pictures:
With regards to Derran’s approach to exercise, I was happy to give it a go. As far as I was concerned, any exercise was better than no exercise and building muscle seemed a good place to start. I did think he was a bit bonkers when he wanted me to do a press up. I have never been able to do a press up and didn’t think I ever would. (I still can’t but I’m getting closer and the big difference is I think I might actually be able to one day!). However I decided to just come and do what I was told. I had never done this sort of exercise with heavy weights or kettlebells before, but the benefits were very quickly apparent. Each week I have seen clear progress. I am so much stronger which makes everything in life easier. I have started to develop muscle definition in places that have only wobbled before. As for my goal, I’ve lost 16kg (2.5 stone) in 17 weeks and really do think I might lose 20kg eventually.
Derran also spends a lot of time talking about food. This is clearly vital if you want to lose weight. These conversations have made me think a lot more about everything I eat. Derran will check each time you see him how the food side is going. I think this is a key support when you start a new eating plan and certainly helps me stick with it.
I have had a personal trainer before but didn’t really notice any progress. At the time I didn’t even think about progress I was just satisfied because I was doing something. Training with Darren has been a completely different experience. It started with him finding out what my goals were and explaining a process. At each session he documents progress and checks up on what you have been doing since you last saw him. He is positive and motivational and really seems to think that I will do a press up one day, which makes me think maybe I will!”
Clare has now (as of 15th October 2013) lost over 20kg, and her most recent ‘progress pic’ can be seen below:
Clare has since had a baby, and we trained with her until around 7 months of the pregnancy. She had a successful labour and now trains with us again, with her little boy Josh – who, at six months old, often wants to spend more time on my shoulders watching his Mum train than asleep in his carry cot. Start them young, eh? Clare is already back at her “pre-pregnancy” weight and strength levels.