You always hear about the bride getting ready for her big day but we should never underestimate a fit and healthy groom.
George, a 33-year old head of operations in London made the decision to join Ultimate Performance to get in shape for his wedding later on in the year.
With the usual bad habits of eating out and drinking, George struggled to see any physical progress despite his efforts in the gym.
So after 5 years of trying his best to achieve the body he dreamed of, George decided it was time to seek professional help and get the job done.
What happened next? The results speak for themselves.
What were your expectations going into the programme and what were your motivations?
I’m getting married later this year and I decided I wanted to be in the best possible shape for that.
After seeing the other results, I had pretty high expectations – but I was under no illusions that hard work and dedication was needed, which for me was a really big lifestyle change.
Can you tell me how you were feeling both physically and mentally before starting with UP?
I wasn’t in awful condition, I play a lot of football but despite that and attending the gym on and off for extended periods over the last 5 years or so, I just couldn’t get any noticeable results.
I’m pretty driven in other aspects of my life so I was confident I had the dedication, just not the direction to really achieve what I wanted.
What was your diet and lifestyle like before you started your transformation with UP?
Looking back it wasn’t great.
I didn’t eat terribly but I had no concept of calories or macros really in daily life and with a highly sociable job I was drinking fairly excessively and quite often.
How did it change after starting with Ultimate Performance?
My lifestyle did change dramatically.
Diet wise, I wouldn’t ever have breakfast and was eating out almost every day – so almost immediately I had to curb that and pre-prepare almost all my meals – and eat almost religiously in terms of timings.
Socially was probably the most difficult adjustment as I went from the guy everyone knew would lead the charge at work drinks, to having to stay no and head home.
What effect did this have on your health, performance, lifestyle and energy inside and outside the gym?
I never lacked energy before but I definitely saw a huge difference in my fitness, especially playing football.
But in terms of the social side I had to make what I saw as ‘sacrifices’ to not go to parties or nights out, which definitely was the biggest challenge for me through the whole process.
How did you find the training and did it fit around your busy lifestyle?
I travel a fair amount with work, but when in the UK and in a routine I found that the eating was very manageable but the training did have more challenges in trying to find the time needed through the week – where ideally the gym was quieter as I wanted to be able to focus fully and give it the intensity required.
What were your results like after your transformation?
Results were definitely impressive, especially given the relatively short period of time.
Almost anyone I knew could see the difference from when I started, where I had stripped away a lot of the fat for muscle and probably knocked a few years off!
What were the most important things you learned during your journey and what really worked for you in helping you make your transformation?
It was a massive education for me.
The biggest thing was tracking my food with My Fitness Pal, which obviously plays a huge part in any training programme.
I completely agree you can’t out-train a bad diet. Huge credit to my trainer, who whilst I only saw him once a week, I also did the online training with him with daily check-ins.
Having his guidance on diet, gym plan and improving my technique training was invaluable.
How has doing this transformation changed you and do you think it will benefit you going forward?
The experience has completely adjusted my thinking when it comes to diet and training and I’m looking to push on and go even further with everything.
Would you recommend UP and why?
I would 100% recommend UP and I have already done so.
You absolutely need the discipline to achieve results but the support and guidance you get is fantastic.
They are literally with you every step of the way and unlike other gyms or PT’s, they want to achieve the results with you, which makes a big difference.
The atmosphere at the gym is completely professional with no frills, just hard graft – but that’s what it takes if you want to get actual results.