Looking at myself in the mirror in the new year I couldn’t believe how I’d let myself go during lockdown and over Christmas, I kept justifying my overeating and drinking by saying how tough it had been over the previous year, knowing full well that I’d just made things harder to cope with by indulging in all of the things that made me unhealthy and making excuses not to train.
What made this worse was I’d been training with Jake in The Cave over the previous year and got myself to a healthy weight and had become stronger and fitter than I’d ever been before, all wasted.
So, having fallen to the bottom of the mountain it was time to climb back up, I turned back to Jake for guidance and he introduced me to Leon, it was at this point things became painful!
As I nervously turned up at Bramcote Park in the dark and snow for my first socially distanced workout I didn’t really know what to expect, what I got was constantly evolving sessions, using the great outdoors as the gym and Leon’s knowledge and patience (he needs loads of this with me) to slowly build my confidence and get me into shape to really kick on in the spring.
Leon has taught me not to fixate on my weight so much, yes, I could stand to lose a stone (or two) but as it stands I feel stronger, both mentally and physically, than I have in well over a year.
Ultimately for me it’s about enjoying the environment that I train in and being able to see the changes in both my physique and mentality, my confidence has taken a boost too. Leon pushes me to my limits and has held me accountable for my own efforts, but it’s all done with encouragement and a positivity that keeps you coming back for more.
I couldn’t recommend JWPT highly enough, they were the first team I turned to to lift me out of lockdown doom and gloom and I’m looking forward to seeing what Leon has in store for me next.