Why choose personal training?
Personal training is about helping you reach your maximum potential through 1-2-1 coaching that is safe and effective from the comfort of your own home. Guiding you through all the nutritional questions you may have and helping you change your mindset. I’m the person who you are accountable too and will motivate you to push yourself to heights that you thought you’d never achieve.
Is This You?
- Are you local to Sheffield and a complete beginner wanting to change your lifestyle and be a healthier you?
- Have you not exercised since you were at school but feel the time is now to change your habits around before it’s too late?
- Not sure where to start?
- Don’t like gyms?
- Need to be trained at home?
If you have answered YES to any of these questions then I can help you. I have 2 beginners weight loss packages to suit your goals and budget. Each package is for a minimum of 3 months commitment. I can also design bespoke packages should you require one.
What to expect during your first consultation for 1-2-1 PT?
After a warm introduction I will begin by confirming your personal profile and par-q forms, which you would have already completed. I’ll carry out a body MOT, which is a thorough assessment of blood pressure, resting heart rate weight, height, waist & hip measurements and body fat percentage. Following your assessment I’ll then explain to you your diagnosis and then discuss the best course of action to take and which personal training package will best suit your needs and reach your maximum potential. I will then take you through a brief taster session to see if you’d like me to work with you.
Consultations normally take 45 minutes
Gold Package – 1-2-1 PT
- 4 x 60 minute PT sessions at home or in the park per month
- Detailed monthly training plan to follow
- Nutritional guidance and advice
- Email support
Platinum Package – 1-2-1 PT
- 8 x 60 minute PT sessions at home or in the park / month
- Detailed monthly training plan to follow
- Nutritional guidance and advice
- Email support
For more information and prices please complete the simple form below and I’ll be in touch. It will take no more than 60 seconds of your time 😊
Weight Loss Package Enquiry Form
Weight Loss Testimonials
Peter’s Story July 2023
My journey with Adam began as a birthday present. Although a bit hesitant as how it would be received, my wife booked me a one month PT package. Having a fairly sedentary lifestyle, it would never be on the top of my lists for presents, but I was happy to give it a go.
I thought I’d do the first month and then use the tips and pointers to give me a bit of a fitness kick start. However, I enjoyed it and felt the benefit so much that I ended up booking 3 more months! Never in my life had I put that much focus into fitness.
During our pre consultation we set some realistic targets for weight loss. Having also recently been skiing we added the goal to be in a much fitter state for the ski season the following year. At every stage I felt like Adam was listening to what I wanted to achieve and my capability.
He provided a set of weekday workouts that would fit in with my daily routine and we would meet up weekly (at my house) for weight based training. Although it’s easy to skip a session with a “I’ll do it tomorrow”, knowing that I was seeing him every week, and tracking general fitness and measurements, kept me in check. I’m not the most enthusiastic person for exercise, however Adam was able to use my competitive nature to keep me pushed to perform further each session. We’d repeat exercises from previous weeks and increase weight/reps so I could see/feel the changes, but he’d also regularly mix it up by introducing new exercises.
Adam provided lots of of nutritional tips and information, without pushing a strict diet. We’d talk about the ups and downs with food challenges, and he was able to make me accountable for my choices, without feeling guilty where things slipped. With a busy weekend on the horizon, he’d encourage with “have the burger, but cut back on the chips”, and fall back to the philosophy that you’re “Only one meal away from getting back on track”. This worked really well for me, as I’ve dieted many times only to return to old habits and gain weight. I’ve now made many permanent changes to my eating habits that don’t feel like I’m depriving myself.
My original goal was to lose just over 1.5 stone by the end of the year – I’d lost more than the first stone by the summer. I could see the physical difference in shape, and could feel I was stronger and had built muscle. I really noticed the difference in general fitness when in the heat on holiday. I now fit all the clothes I’d avoided wearing for years.
To sum up, if you struggle with weight/diet, or what exercise to do, or just fitting exercise in to your day, I can’t recommend Adam highly enough!
Mason’s Story October 2021
Mason Higginbottom’s story
I started training with Adam in late June. before I started my training, I would barely do any exercise or even leave the house, I was very unfit and didn’t have any motivation to workout. I tried diets in the past but they never worked for me or I lost the motivation to do it halfway in and gave up. I reflected that I simply need a change of lifestyle and improve myself otherwise I would keep putting weight on, so that’s why I decided on a personal trainer as I really needed to be pushed, I found Adam’s website and his YouTube channel and really liked the packages he was offering along with nutritional and email support, and after seeing the great reviews he had, it was a no brainer.
With my lack of experience in exercise, I was very anxious about working out in front of somebody as I had never done it before but when I first met Adam, it’s like you’ve known him years, he put music of my choice on and makes you feel very calm and treats like you a friend. From the first session we had set out to lose 3 stone which was a big target and we was so determined to achieve the that.
The training sessions would always be different, Adam always pushed me to do more, try more exercises, we usually did a HIIT circuits and Adam would always push me every session, you never know what to expect in the sessions, I liked the different variety of exercises and he would also do the exercises you enjoy doing! I enjoy boxing massively and he would always make sure to include that in my sessions. We had a training plan every month, including home workouts videos which was very good to follow along and very convenient for my days that I wasn’t doing face to face training. The training plans would be catered to you and what Adam’s knows you can do and it always was great to have a plan to follow every day and knowing what I was doing.
Adam would regularly check in with me in the week on texts/ email to see how I was getting on, offering support and if there was ever any problems, he would be there to fix them, I found it very motivating that he would check in with me as it kept me on track. I would struggle with some food choices as I would feel sore for a while after training or I wasn’t eating the right amount of protein, Adam was very happy to send me recipes and snacks advice for me to try out and how easy swapping stuff out can be, the nutritional support was very handy, the recipes I was sent was not only healthy, but very easy and tasty to make.
I have now gained a love for exercise and will definitely continue on my lifestyle change, I now wake up and all I wanna do is get out and exercise, eat well and always have exercise on my mind. I can hands down say, Adam has changed my life, we smashed our 3 stone weight loss and I managed to lose 4 stone, I will now continue with my lifestyle change for the rest of my life, and with the kick up the backside that I needed from Adam, I’m very determined to continue the change in my quality of life. My goals now are walking up mountains/hills in the Peak District, which Adam was very supportive of and gave me an app which has a map of all the ones I can do in sheffield. I feel so confident and will definitely build on what we’ve started, I finally know what I need to do, thank you Adam for all your hard work, it’s been an absolute pleasure.
Kris’s Story June 2021
I started training with Adam in early January 2021. When I was in my mid 20s, some friends and I had attempted to walk the Cumbrian Way, a long distance route from Ulverston to Carlisle. We weren’t very fit and we didn’t get very far, although we did have a lot of fun. Since then I’d often though about going back to re-attempt the route. At 39, I decided that I’d like to attempt it again in early Summer 2021 but this time running.
Over the past few years I’ve been getting more in to trail running and gradually increasing my distance. However, as my distance increased, I often experienced knee and back problems. I didn’t really know how to train and felt this contributed to my injuries. Like many people I’d also put on a bit of weight during the lockdowns and working from home in 2020. I was drinking more alcohol and generally feeling a bit worn down. I decided I wanted to invest a bit of time for myself and work with a personal trainer. I was looking for someone who specialised in running and found Adam via a google search. We met up and went for an introductory run, we talked through my current routines and my goals. I found Adam easy to work with and knowledgeable and signed up for a New Year start.
I really enjoyed training with Adam. The programme he put together for me was challenging and varied. I found the short and regular strength and conditioning videos really valuable and easy to fit into my day. Then the face to face sessions were a chance to talk through any concerns and also an extra push for harder running sessions. Adam kept in touch between sessions to see how I was doing. I think having a personal trainer really motivated me to prioritise my training. I have a young daughter and a busy job and often the things I’d like to do for myself get put on the back burner. Adam was very supportive and flexible as a trainer, working my schedule around what I could fit in and other commitments.
Although weight loss wasn’t my primary goal, the dietary information from Adam was also helpful and led to a number of improvements for me. In the past I’d ended up feeling weak from training but with advice from Adam I switched to more wholegrains and thought more about how to make sure I was getting enough protein in my diet. I decided to stop drinking alcohol for a few months so I could focus on my training.
In May I completed the Cumbrian Way. I covered 77 hilly miles over four days through the beautiful lake district. I felt really strong throughout and was still running at the end. This was such an achievement for me and even up to the starting day I wasn’t sure if I could do it. It’s been really uplifting to set and then achieve such a challenging goal. I’ve lost over a stone in weight and feel the healthiest I’ve been in the last decade. Working with Adam has been key in achieving all this and I’d definitely recommend him as a personal trainer.
To keep my motivation and training up, I’ve joined a running club and have signed up for the Limestone Way Ultra Marathon this October. I feel confident I can build on the training I’ve done with Adam to complete this new challenge. Exciting times!
Anna’s Story January 2021
Before I started training with Adam, I had been training for an ultra marathon but kept repeatedly injuring myself from over-training and had to stop running for several weeks at a time. Finally I suffered a calf injury, which stopped me running for 3 months. When I started with Adam I was desperate to increase my mileage and pace again without further injury. I also wanted to improve my all over fitness and lose weight. I felt very positive and keen – I had thoroughly enjoyed our previous fell running sessions and appreciated all the advice Adam had given me in the past.
My 1 to 1 sessions with Adam were enjoyable but very challenging- he pushed me far more than I ever would on my own and because of that I found our sessions highly rewarding. I started to see results quickly and appreciated all the advice he gave me regarding running and nutrition.
The training plans Adam made for me were very detailed and specific to my needs. I enjoyed following them (both nutritional and fitness) and liked having clear goals each day. I liked the mix of running and exercises, and despite work and children commitments, found I could still fit it into my day. When I found it tricky following plans Adam was always flexible, rescheduling sessions and updating my training plan, which I really appreciated. I also appreciated being able to contact him through messages and emails at any time, receiving prompt and supportive replies.
After 5 months I felt fitter than I had done in a long time. I could visibly see the results and found that I was able to achieve more in the exercises e.g. I had never been able to complete full push ups and plank holds before! Although I had not lost a great deal of weight I felt like I had developed more muscle and strength. I also felt like my running had improved a great deal. Adam helped me prevent injuries by adapting my training plan and giving me advice about stretching.
Despite having taken a few steps back following a recent miscarriage, I feel confident that I can return to my previous fitness and get back on track by following the plans Adam made for me. In the past I’ve followed running training plans in books but I’ve never progressed well this way and last time it resulted in an injury.
I have really enjoyed all our running sessions and zoom sessions, feeling fully supported and motivated by Adam during a tricky and strange time. I feel confident that I can return to the level of fitness I reached before falling pregnant and continue to improve my fitness, running and weight loss. Many thanks Adam for all your support!
Natalie’s Story December 2020
Natalie has really enjoyed the training, and engaged so much better than I could have hoped, and that’s definitely down to your brilliant attitude and approach.
I guess the main thing to working with Natalie was planning around her limitations, both mentally and physically. She was a little apprehensive before starting with you, but after the first session she was very enthusiastic. The goals were weight loss, healthy eating and an increased level of fitness. Despite Natalie’s food compulsions, she still lost weight on your program, and she is so much fitter than she was 12 weeks ago.
Over the last 6 years or so, we have tried every diet and fitness program there is, but none were able to motivate Natalie. She also now loves boxing after doing it in your sessions. I very much appreciate you being willing to work with Natalie despite her disabilities, and hope that you will be available to do some more work with her in the coming year.
Jenny and Natalie
Natalie’s Story December 2020
‘’I joined a local women’s running club in Sept 2019 and competed their couch to 5km course. I fell love with running and continued to run with the club increasing my distance to complete a half marathon. I decided to sign up to Adam’s running coaching programme in order to improve my hill running technique and train for the hilly Sheffield Half.
Adam’s programme has been fantastic. He has taught me how to run properly (I was landing on the wrong part of my foot), built up my stamina on hills and in the process I’ve lost 11lb, several inches and knocked a couple of minutes off my 5km time and 10 mile time.
Adam is so knowledgeable, very approachable and a great motivator. The training plan he gave me was bespoke to my needs and he was always available to ask questions and get advice.
I’ve loved every second of Adam’s training programme and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a running or fitness goal.’’
Outdoor Fitness Class September 2020 and ongoing
“Thank you Adam for helping me motivate myself to do some high intensity and strength training. I find this type of exercice tough and it is so much more rewarding to do it in a safe and structured environment. Your outdoor small group sessions are a fantastic way to exercise with others and although they are exhausting, they are also good fun! I definitely want to continue. Thanks again.” Anonymous
“Prior to joining Adam’s training sessions I had a very casual exercise regime, which usually included some running and the occasional aerobic class. My initial motivation for joining Adam’s exercise sessions was to loose some weight and to improve my overall fitness. Since starting the training sessions with Adam I am very pleased to say that I have achieved my goals and am now setting myself some new targets. Exercising outdoors has left me feeling a lot more positive after the training than indoor gym sessions had done previously. Adam is extremely motivating and he switches up his carefully planned workout routines so that each week he offers something different.” Danielle
“Adam has been invaluable in helping me achieve a healthy approach to life. I have struggled to keep to doing exercise regularly, always feeling like it was a chore. Adam has been great at keeping me motivated, and I can honestly say I look forward to the weekly sessions. While exercising in a group has been fun, Adam has still been available to tailor each person in the groups’ guidance and advice. I have found the small group session structure beneficial and it’s worked well around my work commitment, being on the doorstep.
Adams’ exercise regimes are fun, varied, and outside has given a bit of extra variety. He has adjusted the exercises depending on the weather/level of muddiness. I intend to continue with Adam’s classes indefinitely as part of my commitment to undertaking at least three types of 30+ minute exercises per week. I now feel better equipped to continue doing exercise and look forward to a much more active life.
Adams laid back, informal, non-judgemental approach has been a significant factor in my attending the classes. It would be great if every workplace provided this type of training, definitely better than gym discounts.”
Anna’s Story August 2020
Adam helped me to train for the Dig Deep 30 trail ultra – he was a great PT/coach and I’d highly recommend him to anyone else looking to train for a race, improve technique, get strong and reduce injury.
He put together a training plan for each month leading up to the race, provided me with strength and conditioning training videos to do at home and met with me in person (or Zoom) to work on technique. We also had regular check-ins via text/phone and he advised on nutrition (something that I’ve really struggled with in the past). He really tailored the training plan to fit around my lifestyle (adapting for injury/recovery and lock-down) and provided me with the accountability and encouragement I needed to take on a race which I would have previously thought impossible (I’ve never been terribly sporty and only took up running a couple of years ago because my friend wanted someone to join her doing the couch to 5k program – that was a slippery slope!).
Adam wasn’t what I imagined a PT to be like. He wasn’t at all shouty, but the perfect combination of knowledgeable, challenging and reassuring. Prior to Dig Deep I had only ever done 1 x 5k race, 2 x 10k races and 1 x 20mile trail race (all fairly painfully and poorly!). Training with Adam meant that I could do 30 miles with over 1,500m of elevation and still be smiling at the end of it (my main goal)! I enjoyed the race and felt good from start to finish. I’m the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been – happy and healthy. Thanks Adam!
Ross’s Story March 2020
I came to Adam with a goal in mind – to run a half marathon distance. This
was a goal I’d tried to achieve in the past but had always failed. I was
overweight, unhealthy and had a weak mindset with some bad habits holding
Working with Adam changed all this. Not only did I run the distance but also managed to think differently about my training and have now lost over a stone in weight and feeling better about myself than I ever have before.
The last 5 months have been a huge challenge for me in my personal life and Adam was always accommodating to my circumstances and kept me on course to achieve my targets. Initially I was after a running coach but Adam has given me the confidence to widen my goals to other sports and activities and now I feel like an athlete, which has been the biggest benefit of training together. I now find it easy to keep healthy habits, which will serve me long into the future. Adam was always very kind and helpful, which made it a pleasure working together.
I’d definitely recommend you give him a call and discuss your goals together,
because before you know it you’ll experience the life changing benefits of
Louise’s Story December 2019
Before working with Adam I was running sporadically but kept injuring
myself and was beginning to think that maybe running just wasn’t for me. I just wanted to be able to run consistently without hurting myself. I was floundering and knew I needed some help, so I turned to Google. Adam had great reviews from all kinds of people including beginners like myself.
We had a chat over the phone and then met in person where we did a health mot and a short run to get a starting point. I decided to start with the bronze package. Adam has since written me 3 months of training plans and I am pleased to say I am now running 3/4 times a week with no injuries, I can comfortably run 5k in just under 30 minutes and have almost built up to 10k. As a bonus I have also dropped my body fat percentage and reduced my resting heart rate. The training plans were perfect, a good mix of runs and home workouts that slotted in to my week easily.
Adam has kept in touch every step of the way with regular txts and phone calls and is very supportive. This helped me to keep focused and not begin slacking. I have now come to the end of my 3 months with Adam but the training continues. I am using the skills Adam has taught me to go it alone for a few months.
Next I plan to build up to a half-marathon…I am sure I will be calling on
Adam again before the year is out!
Ness’s Story December 2019
I can’t thank Adam enough for coaching me to achieve my goal of completing the Montane Cheviot Goat this December. The race was a substantial undertaking for me, both in terms of distance, as the race exceeded my previous furthest distance by 20 miles, but also in terms of technical difficulty regarding winter conditions, terrain and navigation. Not only did Adam do a great job of making sure I was physically fit enough to toe the start line, but he also offered lots of motivational support too- something which really helped to allay race day nerves as the big day got closer.
Adam prepared me for the race by creating a running plan, nutritional advice and strength and conditioning sessions all tailored for my needs. The nutritional advice was based around my diet as a vegetarian and provided me with new recipes that I have now added to my diet as tasty staples. The running plan was really well thought out. It was challenging but achievable and took into account what sort of a week I had just had and what other races I had entered. The online workouts and one to one PT sessions he provided made me actually engage with, and enjoy, strength and conditioning work- something I didn’t think was possible! One of the things that really impressed me was how versatile he was. When an existing injury flared up half way through the training plan, he immediately changed my running plan and strength and conditioning sessions to accommodate this. The result was an enjoyable training process followed by a successful race!
All in all, Adam was great. Always positive, really easy to get on with and very, very knowledgeable. If you are looking for someone to give you friendly professional support in order to achieve your running goals then I can’t recommend him enough.
Greg’s Story July 2019
I needed a life pivot and decided to improve my fitness; to give a focus and some stress relief outside of work. Regular gym sessions initially helped in combination with considerable diet changes. I then hit a wall, a plateau where much more effort resulted in minimal change.
A chance meeting and resultant sessions with Adam Taylor helped me find the extra 10% that was never there before, ways of training outside the gym that were safe, yet produced effective results in minimal time. If you are happy to stick with your routine and just workout because it reduces your guilt then stay with it, however….
If you are serious about making a change, are short on time and want to see results fast under the support of a highly experienced professional, then Adam is a great trainer who is completely bespoke to your needs.
Julie’s Story June 2019
Adam and I have worked together for five months. I am a fifty something woman who just wanted to be a better me and wasn’t sure the best way to go about it. I thought I was already fairly active, lots of walking and a little running, but I just wanted a new approach.
I found Adam by chance, my husband and I were looking for someone who was prepared to come to our home to train us. Luckily for us he was willing to take us on.
My goals were to feel more energetic, lose a little weight, be able to wear all the clothes in my wardrobe, run a little faster and be able to fully utilise our home gym.
I found the prospect of having a personal trainer quite daunting, but I needn’t have worried. Adam quickly worked out the best way to motivate me, which allowed me to relax and enjoy the training. His workout plans were very specific and the weekly 1:1 sessions were challenging but encouraging. The texts and check in’s were good to remind me to stay on track.
The monthly weights and measures served to push me on, there wasn’t always a weight loss but there was inch loss or fat loss 🙂
I feel energised now, and I feel that my goals have now all been met. Moving forwards I have a new goal to have a few months of trying to keep up the good habits Adam has taught me, and to see how well I can do under my own steam.
The most amazing thing to come out of my journey with Adam, was that I really enjoy doing weights and how much I trusted him to push me beyond my comfort zone.
Beth’s Story June 2019
I first decided to get in touch with Adam after starting running a few years before but not being very good at it! I knew I needed advice about techniques and my nutrition, which was very poor. I have a hectic work life and work shifts that change at short notice. I was fairly active with running, spinning, swimming, yoga and walking but didn’t seem to get the results I wanted. I ran regular running events but always just managed to get myself around whereas I wanted to run them comfortably and confidently.
I started sessions with Adam after returning from holiday at the end of June 2018. We went on the first run and he pointed out how I was running in good ways and other ways, which I could improve. It seemed so obvious! Adam explained the nutrition plan and still continues to give me sound advice about the foods I eat. I have totally changed my outlook to food and as a result of changes I’ve made I have realised intolerances that I have and how the food I was eating was affecting me.
The plan Adam creates for me incorporates all of the exercise I enjoy and at the same time pushes me. I have revisited some of the running events I previously completed and been amazed at the results. I now achieve between four to six minutes off previous PB’s! I certainly wouldn’t have achieved these times without Adam’s expertise and support. Even on those days when it might be raining, I’ve had a tough day at work and really don’t want to go out, Adam turns up at the door, smiling and full of positivity! I always feel one hundred per cent better after.
I remember Adam saying in the very beginning that we should spend as much time and money on our health and well-being as we do cars and holidays and he is so right. I feel fitter and healthier than I have ever felt and my only regret is not doing this in my twenties.
Maddie’s Story April 2019
I led a fairly healthy lifestyle but I found it very difficult to stay motivated and consistent with my training and positive eating habits. Working on a freelance basis at the time meant my working hours could really vary and so I found it hard to stick to a routine.
I was excited and nervous. I have never worked with someone 1-to-1 but I felt comfortable from the word go. I like to have personal goals to work towards and I signed up to the Sheffield Half Marathon. To complete the Sheffield Half Marathon confidently and to work towards better exercise and lifestyle habits.
It’s been really great! I found our weekly sessions were a good way to check in with how things were going. The monthly plans were brilliant and having a week-by-week training plan, made it very easy to stick to. You were in touch regularly, which was motivating (particularly through those long, dark Winters days).
Not only did I finish the Sheffield Half in sub 2 hours but also I noticed a change in my energy levels and my physique. I have not lost too much weight because what I have lost in fat, I have gained in muscle.
I feel very positive about everything I’ve achieved with your help and am motivated to keep up my fitness! Not especially. I’ve entered some races previously and have a gym membership but never trained in this way before.
Although at times I found our runs challenging, the satisfaction of completing one (especially those hill reps) was very enjoyable.
London 2020 Marathon (if I’m lucky in the ballot) or continue to build on my current fitness.
Karis’ Story December 2014
Starting In September 2014 at over 91kilos and a size 16/18 I initially committed to Adam’s platinum training program which included 2 sessions a week with Adam and a tailored plan to follow in between. The sessions were either running (usually hill sprints), or HIIT based training, all designed to help lose fat. As well as the training plan, Adam introduced to me the concept of Clean Eating, with lots of information and advice as well as recipes.
The early few months were extremely hard work but Adam was encouraging, motivating and extremely patient with me, responding to my millions of questions both in our sessions and by text and email throughout the week. The hard work was always rewarded at the monthly body MOT and by December 2014 I had lost 17kilos and reduced my body fat by more than 10%.
As my fitness has improved, the sessions became more advanced, with heavier weights and TRX training as well as kettlebells and HIIT. As a regular Park Runner, I was starting to see the benefits of my weight loss as week on week my times improved. In May 2015 I joined Adam’s weekly running group which provided a friendly, competitive, challenging and safe running environment. My running ability has gone from strength to strength, with a sub 25 minute 5K and a sub 50 minute 10k under my belt this year.
In October 2015 I had my final body MOT with Adam after a year of training. The results have totally surpassed my expectations. Weight loss to date of 30kilos, 16% body fat loss, almost 20cm loss from waist and 25cm from my hips and I am a confident and healthy size 8/10.
The process of working with Adam over the last 15 months has been an extremely positive experience that has changed my life forever, enabling me to develop a healthier relationship with food and a positive attitude towards fitness, the results of which are a body confidence I have never had before. I knew a total lifestyle change was needed to get the weight off, which is exactly what Adam has delivered. The only reservations I had initially were financial but I can honestly say it has been worth every penny and I view the expenditure over the last year as an investment in my own health and future.
I cannot imagine having achieved these results without Adam’s skills, guidance, commitment and encouragement and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone ready to make the changes they need to see serious results.
Anthea’s Story December 2014
I’ve joined gyms in the past and have enjoyed it. However, over the years I’ve joined four of them and quit them all. I thought about the reasons why and concluded I find them a faff. Packing kit, committing to leaving home and going to the building, waiting for machines to be available, getting showered, and getting home. I concluded some time ago that gyms are not for me.
I work in Sales and spend a lot of time driving. Over the years my weight crept up (not to huge proportions but enough for me to know it would only continue in my line of work). I’ve always eaten relatively well but despite this, I knew it was time to integrate regular exercise into my lifestyle. I thought about joining various clubs but again this required a commitment to sticking to days and times. I thought of the easiest thing I could do and decided that running would be my best option. Just put my trainers on, run out of the house and return in 30 minutes. If I could do that 3-4 times per week and make it a lifestyle change then that would be a key accomplishment.
I initially started running with my friend once a week and it wasn’t long before I injured myself. I hadn’t bought proper shoes and didn’t know how to warm up, cool down properly etc. I was sure that there would be some techniques that I could learn from a trainer that I wouldn’t know about otherwise. Someone to help me work towards my goal of running non-stop for 30 minutes outside.
I signed up to Adam’s Gold personal training programme and during my first session with Adam, he videoed me running as I normally would and we went on a run around Meersbrook Park. I was totally exhausted afterwards but it helped to establish what my current level of fitness was (not that great). The hills in Meersbrook were too challenging for me so from that point on we did one session a week in Endcliffe Park and he taught me how to manage hills as I progressed. The sessions were mixes of strength training and running. It became apparent that the high intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training was something that I really needed to work on and Adam made me realise the importance of building my core strength to improve my running and HIIT sessions to burn body fat.
I committed to going out running and completing the 20 minute HIIT sessions with the help of Adam’s YouTube exercise video’s on my own between personal training sessions but I would always be apprehensive about what Adam had planned for us to do. Purely because I would worry that I wouldn’t be able to complete what he had planned. However every session was really enjoyable and I got fitter quicker than I thought I would. Adam assessed how far I should push myself, which is something that’s difficult to do when you’re new to an exercise but you have a goal in mind that you want to reach. His weekly goals pushed me but they were achievable. I completed my first non-stop 5K Parkrun after 7 weeks in a time of 31:07 on a very rainy dismal morning in Endcliffe Park – I was really happy! I kept pushing myself between sessions and I ran my first non-stop 10K after two months of starting the sessions. 10K was never on my agenda but I found I could do it by the end of month two. The encouragement and techniques that came from Adam were invaluable. They equipped me to go out on my own and feel confident that I could become a regular runner. As an added bonus after 3 months of training with Adam I’ve lost 4.5kg’s in weight and my waist is 5cm smaller than at the start. I’ve also reduced my body fat percentage by 6.6%.
The single most important result for me from undertaking Adam’s training is that I’ve established a pattern of exercising routinely and I now enjoy something that I felt very apprehensive about. I’ve learned how to mix up my running sessions to make them varied, fun and enjoyably challenging. When I’m away with work I take my trainers with me and I also don’t mind the cold weather now as I now know you warm up quickly! I’ve achieved my goal and have gone beyond it. More importantly, I can see it being sustainable. Success!
As I turned 50 I was overweight, drinking heavily and frankly quite depressed. Before I first started personal training with Adam I had joined a gym and lost quite a bit of weight, I had realised that I enjoyed running and was running regularly, however I had little confidence in my ability and whilst able to ‘plod’ for quite some distance I had no real focus.
I did have reservations, I am tall ungainly and had had bead experiences of ‘games’ at school and although that was many years ago memories of being the one nobody wanted on their team for any activity, still had its impact on me. I think also at 51 I felt slightly self conscious about myself and my whole body image.
I first met Adam 12 months ago and the process of working with Adam has been incredibly positive I have worked with him in both running groups and one to one personal training, the benefits have been huge on many levels the sports massage pre my first marathon was incredibly useful. I have been able to develop my core strength, stamina and work out a sensible approach to nutrition and have learned how to improve my running form. I no longer plod along in a somewhat ungainly fashion anymore. Adam has also helped me deal with the psychology of running, I do not need the buzz of a PB every race, when they happen they are amazing but when they don’t I can look back at the race in a positive and sensible way and learn.
When I first started to run I could not reach a few hundred yards without stopping, I have now run around 30 races from 5k to a full marathon, I am never going to be good for age or place in my age group but at my best I run a 65% age grading for a male of 52 which in running terms even if I say so myself is really rather good. I actually feel confident in describing myself as a runner. I would not have continued running if I had not met Adam but his patience skill and encouragement have made a huge difference to what I have been able to achieve in the last 12 months. – Baz Aveyard, (Runner)