18 Months ago, I would never have believed that the person writing this testimonial today was the same person that very nervously called Em enquiring about personal training.
I had always been a sporty individual and I had played county badminton from the age of 12 but 2 bad injuries had left me very apprehensive about getting back onto the badminton court. As a result of the lack of exercise combined with unhealthy eating, the pounds started to pile on and by September 2007, I was a size 16 and due to walk down the aisle in a year's time. I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror and the thought of exposing my arms on my wedding day made me cringe.
In my head I had visions of what a personal trainer would be like, I was convinced they would all be like the "Sergeant Major" types you see on the reality TV shows! How very wrong could I have been!!
Em made me feel extremely relaxed from Day 1, she knew I was scared of getting injured again and tailored my training to help me regain my confidence. I couldn't believe how my own small living room could be transformed into my very own gym, it even fitted in with my busy lifestyle, I didn't have to make the effort to go to a gym before or after work and even better I had no one looking and making judgments of my wobbly bits!
It still amazes me how varied Em's sessions are, even 18 months later I am learning new exercises, breaking new records whilst still being pushed to my limits!
It was only a matter of weeks before I saw results for myself, clothes were becoming bigger or rather I was getting smaller!! Don't get me wrong, it has not been easy all of the time, there have been weeks when I did not lose any weight but Em helped me to understand that sometimes our bodies take time to adjust and she was right. Em has always been there for me 100% and my statistics speak for themselves.
At my last measurements, not only had I lost 35 pounds, that's a good sized suitcase of clothes!!! But I had lost 94cm of FAT! I had gone from 39-32-45 to 34-27-39! The great thing about Em is that she adapted my training in order that I kept my curves in all the right places and my bingo wings are nowhere to be seen!
She has also become a great friend and to be honest the hour long sessions fly by! My husband actually thinks we just chat for the whole hour but he forgets that women can multi-task!
I have had to make sacrifices to help towards the cost of the 2 sessions but I can honestly say that it has been worth every penny.
I felt very proud on my wedding day, not only was I marrying my prince but I really did look like a princess. I am so much more confident and my head stands high. I have so much more energy and I love being able to wear the clothes I want rather than what will hide the bulges.
People asked me if I was going to give up my sessions once I got married, "No Way" I answered. My training with Em combined with my healthy eating has become part of my lifestyle.
Em really has helped to transform my life and there is no going back.