Success StoriesClient transformations
“I can’t wait to impress my wife by being the older guy at the pool with a great body, bring it on……Oh and I no longer sweat when I eat!”
Simon - From Fighting for his life to fighting fit
“I had had two heart attacks and had been prescribed a lot of medication. A good friend of mine could see I was struggling with being overweight and unfit and mentioned he was working out with LEAP as part of his rehabilitation after suffering a broken back.
We started working out together twice a week. I found it easier to work out with a friend, you simply don’t want to let each other down by missing appointments.
Previously I was doing nothing, just getting more and more unfit by the day and losing confidence, not to mention my mental health and self respect.”
Following the LEAP Plan
Lifestyle – “My lifestyle has really changed for the better. I’m out cycling with my wife and friends, enjoying not feeling bloated and stiff and I’m sleeping and working better. Most of all mentally I am so much stronger.”
Eating – “I have found it very hard to make changes to my diet, but I’m working on it. Drinking less, eating less rubbish and thinking about what I put inside my body. The team at LEAP have been amazing in guiding me in the right direction with regards to nutrition”
Activity – As well as training twice a week I am also cycling regularly with my wife and friends. I have been working on my strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health.
“I’m loving the progress that i am making and the positive effect that it is having on all areas of my health. You have to prioritise yourself and spend some time making sure you are OK, otherwise you are no good to anybody.
The medication I was prescribed after my heart attacks has been reduced as a result of my increased fitness, which is a great achievement.
My friends all comment that I’m looking better and healthier and if I’m being 100% honest Its nice to look at people my age and see the difference taking care of your body does. Its sounds so cheesy, but I want the beach body, I can see its in reach now. I can’t wait to impress my wife by being the older guy at the pool with a great body, bring it on……Oh and I no longer sweat when I eat!”
Dave - From Average Joe to Raring to go
Where he started
Dave, like so many men of his age, has spent the last several years focused on work and family, neglecting his health and well being. Working long hours at a desk, driving long distances, only to return home late to slump on the sofa, his fitness, energy and confidence were not what they used to be. Dave wanted to be fitter, with better stamina and if possible improve his physique.
Following the LEAP Plan
Lifestyle – Dave’s lifestyle is similar to when he started training
Eating – Dave has reduced his intake of unhealthy foods and is much more mindful about what he eats. His understanding of what a healthy diet could be has also developed.
Activity – Dave trains twice a week, with a friend, so there are plenty of laughs, whilst working hard. Dave’s training has focused on improving his strength, stamina and flexibility.
Dave’s progress has been physical and psychological. he can fit into clothes that were previously too tight and is finding that he has much more energy. In every day life Dave notices that he has fewer aches and pains and is much less stiff. He has also noticed an improvement in his confidence.
Niki - From Dad Bod to 007 Physique
Where he started
Niki’s job was stressful as well as sedentary, working mostly at a desk but also travelling long distances frequently. He was often eating at his desk or on the go and he couldn’t find the time to exercise and lacked the confidence to take control of his fitness on his own. Travelling also meant a lack of routine in his lifestyle, lack of control over his diet and disrupted sleep
Following the LEAP Plan
Lifestyle – Niki lacked patience and consistency “Patience was one of those things I needed and didn’t yet have, but now I have learnt that if I am true to myself and follow a training and nutrition plan with full commitment then I can achieve quite a lot in quite a short space of time.” Niki changed his mindset, considering whether his actions each day were helping him to meet his goals, rather than mindlessly doing what he had always done.
Eating – .Niki purchased a 12 week nutrition plan when he first joined LEAP Fitness as he knew that he was an all or nothing guy and wanted a very clear plan so that he could be prepared especially when work meant that he needed to be away from home. He stuck to it rigidly for 12 weeks and then had the confidence and understanding to continue without the meal plans, but he returned to it when needed.
Activity – Niki trained three times a week when he started and has adjusted that to between once and twice a week depending on his schedule. As he grew in confidence Niki used what he was learning with LEAP in hotel gyms around the world when travelling. Jonas was always just a text or call away if he needed guidance or support.
“The ultimate achievement has been the change in my physique, but I have learnt so much about myself and what I needed to do to get there. Mainly I wanted to get in shape, (lose fat) but once I had achieved that, Jonas made me believe I could go for the beach body I thought wasn’t possible for people like me! I have learnt that if I am true to myself and follow a training and nutrition plan with full commitment then I can achieve quite a lot in quite a short space of time. Things can change in 3 weeks, but you can make huge differences in 3 months if you believe and trust in the process.”
“My biggest success would be..throwing out the wheelchair.”
Will - From wheelchair bound to walking
Where he started
As a result of a long term health condition Will had been in a wheelchair for many years. As he recovered from this he was left unable to walk as being in a wheelchair meant that his muscles had deteriorated. Will really wanted to walk, but was told by his NHS physio that this was extremely unlikely to happen, Will then started traing with LEAP fitness coach Jordan with astounding results.
Following the LEAP Plan
Activity – Will trains twice a week and has been doing so for 8 years.
Will can now walk! This has obviously transformed his life and allowed him to do things independently that he had previously been unable to do, such as going on holiday with friends for the first time.
Ben - From walking in pain to running a marathon
Where he started
joined LEAP Fitness after slipping a disk, leaving him in constant pain when walking. As a commuter with a desk job, he had a sedentary lifestyle, despite playing sport. ……… needed help to reduce his back pain and gain strength to hopefully avoid it happening again.
Following the LEAP Plan
Activity – trains once a week. Training initially focused on getting to know his body, discovering what he could and couldn’t do, strengthening weak areas and improving his confidence. Once this was achieved the focus shifted to building strength and stamina to prepare for sport and eventually the marathon.
After just a few months of training it was clear that ……… initial goal of just life without pain could now be escalated to more exciting challenges. A marathon was the goal chosen and ….. competed in …… pain free!
Josh - Returning to health and fitness after an accident
Josh lost his leg in a hit and run accident in August 2014 as well as sustaining other injuries. He started training with me in 2015 having only learnt to walk a few months earlier. In May 2015 he attended a LEAP Fitness Retreat in Ibiza where he swam for the first time since the accident.
Josh trains twice a week and what began as advanced rehabilitation to help with daily living has now become a passion and he is hoping to do a physique competition in the near future.
“I first met Jonas a few months after my accident. He was the first amputee who showed me that my disability didn’t need to be a hindrance. After being in a wheelchair for several months I started training hoping to lose weight and gain strength. His personality and dedication to help me succeed made me stick with my training consistently. With Jonas I have learnt how to maintain a healthy diet as well as how to train considering my strengths and limitations.”
“I will be 70 next year and have never felt fitter, healthier and more in control of my life.”
Tony Robinson - Getting older and fitter
I had knee replacement surgery almost four years ago. Prior to that I had always been active; road running, gym and walking. I did all the post-surgery rehab suggested, but was not happy with the results; stiffness and favouring my ‘good’ side. This is when I approached Jonas from LEAP Fitness
I also have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). My lung capacity is 2/3 functional.
Working the LEAP Plan
Jonas assessed me and we started working.
After a few months I decided I could fly solo and structure my own programme. This was a mistake. I lost the supervision the structure, encouragement I had with the once-a-week sessions with Jonas.
I now have one, hour session a week, where I concentrate on core strengthening, balance & muscle strengthening to overcome problems caused by knee replacement surgery and cardio work.
I also attend the gym twice a week, on my own, for my own free weight training, which entails the big three of lifting; deadlifts, squats & bench presses. I also do ancillary dumbbell exercises, which enhances my work on free weights.
The progress I have made is remarkable.
When Jonas noticed I was struggling for breath, he suggested HIT training on a static bike for 10 minutes a day. Within weeks I was no longer breathless on stairs or slight inclines. I can now run up stairs and escalators and go on hard core coast path walks in Wales. This is a miracle. I continue with the HIT training on most days.
Overall, my general fitness has increased, my body shape has changed and my weight has stabilised.
I have also learned that there is a reward for caring about myself. I have become more aware of what/how much and when I eat and have come to understand that my emotional and intellectual health is effected by how I treat my body. It’s all connected.
All this is not difficult, as some might imagine. Caring about ourselves can become routine and comfortable. I had to want change and take action. I did and change happened.
I will be 70 next year and have never felt fitter, healthier and more in control of my life.
Physical and mental tasks have never seemed easier.
I have no wish to live forever. However, I do want to live every day as productively and as effectively as I can. Managing my fitness, with the help and guidance from LEAP Fitness has, and is, working for me. Viva LEAP Fitness.
Annemarie - pain free after 40 years of chronic pain
I’d had chronic lower back problems since my twenties, and had been to numerous therapists – physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors over many years. Their treatments helped a little short term, but I was never free of the problems. Then, in my late fifties I had a severe episode of sciatica for which the treatment included pain relieving injections into my spine. The sciatica recurred over several years and I had further pain relieving injections. At my final consultation, the consultant showed me that the muscles around my lumbar spine were turning to fat. This horrified me, especially as I’ve never really been overweight. He explained that this had nothing to do with my weight, but showed that I was not exercising my core muscles. Apparently, I hadn’t been tightening the right core muscles during Pilates. I wasn’t sure what to do, but became determined to do something.
Working the LEAP plan
I bit the bullet and contacted Jonas, although I wasn’t sure that weight training made sense for someone with chronic back problems (including an overhanging vertebra). This was three and a half years ago. I started slowly, building my strength and was amazed to find that I could soon do things I hadn’t been able to manage before.
Progress with LEAP
I am now stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I continue to eat healthily, and I feel fitter and more in tune with my body that I have ever done. I look forward to working with Jordan, my current personal trainer, once a week. He pushes me in my training, but never too far, and is able to deal with any issues that do arise. I also attend the gym independently (something I had never done before joining LEAP Fitness) at least twice a week and work on free weights. My strength, posture, aerobic and anaerobic fitness have all vastly improved. I no longer have any of my previous problems or pain, and feel completely transformed. I have gone from not being able to imagine working out in a gym to the point where I don’t like missing a week. It has changed my life and I’m sure that I would not have succeeded without the support, guidance and encouragement I got from LEAP Fitness. I am 68 years old. I would recommend this training to any woman, young or old. Many women tend to think that fitness training is not for them, but this is the reverse of the truth. Strong women stay young!
“I was keen to have a personal trainer who understood what training with a disability was like and also knew what I was going through in the lead up to Rio 2016.”
Louis Rolfe - GB Paralympic gold medalist
GB athlete Louis started strength and conditioning training with me to support his cycling training. Louis was born with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus and in September 2016 won both a bronze and gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics
Why did you choose to train with Jonas?
I had heard that Jonas was a single below knee amputee who had been training as a sprinter down at Lee Valley in the run up to the London 2012 games. I was keen to have a personal trainer who understood what training with a disability was like and also knew what I was going through in the lead up to Rio 2016.
What were your aims when you began training?
My aims when I started to train with Jonas were to try and develop as much muscle as I could to help me transfer that muscle into power on the bike.
Jonas has helped me achieve great things in the year that I have been training with him. He has helped me to win a bronze and gold medal at the UCI Paracycling World Championships held in Italy in March 2016.
I have recently returned home from the Paralympic games in Rio. Jonas worked with me in my training leading up to Rio and helped me secure a bronze in the C2 3000 metres pursuit event and a gold in the mixed team sprint event, winning in a world record time.
I look forward to my sessions in the gym with Jonas, he really helps me to focus my training and keeps me motivated. Jonas is great at understanding my goals but also my training pressures and is a great listening ear too.
Jonas is a positive, open and friendly person and his sessions are fresh and relevant, taking into account what my current goals are. Cheers Jonas !
Sue and Gerry - Training together and competing together
Sue and Gerry have been training with me as a pair since 2012. They regularly compete in triathlons and Iron Man competitions. Their training has focused on building strength and endurance as well as nutritional support..
We choose Jonas as he understood how our goals differed from most people’s training needs.
He was able to tailor our training to meet our specific personal goals – endurance and strength – across the 3 triathlon disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.
When we started with Jonas in 2012 our goals were to maintain fitness, improve strength and weight management.
(Gerry) However, in 2014 when my focus became Ironman Austria in 2015 Jonas was able to adapt my training as I wanted to get stronger and faster. In other words, perform better.
(Sue) In 2014 after knee surgery Jonas personalised my training to build my leg strength back and was great at motivating me to do more than I thought I could. This was key to developing leg strength which enabled me to achieve the goal I set myself of completing Ironman Austria in 2015.
The main things we have learned from Jonas are :-
- How to set your goal and stay focused on achieving it.
- To be realistic about the time you can devote to achieve your goals.
- How important nutrition is to enable you to train to your full potential
- The healthy way to build muscle and lose body fat
Jonathon - A rock climber developing strength and fitness
Before LEAP I have been a regular gym goer for the past twenty-five or so years, usually attending three times a week before work. I have a desk job, which means limited day-time physical activity, although I cycle to and from work. I am a keen rock climber at the weekends and I decided to join LEAP fitness as my training had become stale and i wanted to ensure that i was working my whole body, as when training independently it was easy just to do the same familiar favoured exercises. i also wanted to be sure that my technique was correct so that i was getting the most out of my efforts. Working the LEAP plan I am training with once a week, tightening up my technique and doing a much wider range of exercises with a focus on core and upper body strength as well as flexibility. Jonas noticed that my grip strength and upper body strength could be improved by hanging and doing exercises hanging with different grips and this has strengthened the core muscles used in climbing too.
Since training with LEAP Fitness my strength has significantly improved. i am using heavier weights in routines, pushing myself harder and this increased strength has been noticeable when climbing.
Dave - Mental Health and weight loss
Dave started training to improve his health –
“I began training with Jonas to help me manage bipolar disorder, without relying on medication. I was desperate to get fitter and healthier, but was so lacking in self-confidence that I couldn’t bear the thought of joining a group or going to the gym. I chose to train with Jonas because I read about his background and how he overcame the obstacles in his life and found it really inspirational. He made me feel completely at ease and showed huge empathy towards my situation.I have learnt that anything is possible if you’re determined and consistent.Since I started training with Jonas, I have stopped drinking, stopped smoking, and lost over 5 stone, whilst hugely increasing my strength and fitness. Struggles with my mental illness used to rule my life, but now I’ve regained control.