1. Applebees Fitness- Health, Life, Leisure, Personal Training
    ABBIE, 40, PHOTOGRAPHER
    'I feel 10 years younger... And feel better through all aspects of my life'
    When I first came to Ben I had a long list of goals, they included, moving off the sofa where I’d been sat for virtually 3 years eating sugary snacks, losing weight (I had hit an all time high of over 16stone), quitting bad habits like smoking, relieving my stress, but my overall goal was just to feel good again,. It had been so long since I felt good about myself I wasn’t even sure it was possible. After just one session I knew things were going to be ok. I have never been a sporty person, never done regular exercise, and would always take a cab rather than walk anywhere, but Ben made me feel like I could achieve something. Like I wasn’t a hopeless case. And this is where he is so extraordinary, that he pitches the training at exactly the right level for the individual, so you feel good, feel like you are getting somewhere and never making you feel like a failure. Even during the 6 months of plateauing – where my weight went up and down each month – I still felt like I was achieving, and the feel good factor just built and built. Ben is so supportive and even when it is tough and you are down on yourself for not quite managing to achieve those goals Ben makes you realize the key is to NEVER quit, never give up and that those baby steps and that determination will soon add up and keep you on track. And it has, a year and a half later I am 4 stone lighter, my diet has been revolutionized, my body can’t even stomach the sugary foods I was eating before. I naturally crave healthy food, I feel fantastic and people are telling me that too on a regular basis. I feel 10 years younger. I feel stronger and fitter than I ever thought possible. I now crave exercise, again, something I never thought possible. I have become one of ‘those’ people who need it in their life. And that feel good factor is translating through all aspects of my life, in my work I now feel capable in a way I haven’t before. It’s an incredible thing, it’s taken time and hard work but the rewards are so much more than you can imagine. So get on it, call Ben, I could not have done it without him. His ability to inspire during the tough times is what has made me so successful in my endeavors. Now I’ve started I can’t stop. And what I am most thankful for is Ben’s patience, understanding and encouragement: his ability to help me to turn my life around to a place I would not have even dreamed possible.