As a younger girl I was always teased for my weight as a result, through my early to late teens my weight would fluctuate. Between the ages of 19 to 22 I had a couple of major events affect my life which caused me to put on about 20kgs through comfort eating, excessive snacking and no exercise. July this year enough was enough; the bathroom scales and mirror was my worst enemy, I had a low self-esteem and I was heading in a downwards spiral. I didn’t feel good about the way I looked and work was getting me down, I needed a way out.
I walked into the gym asked for a personal trainer and they gave me Rhyanna’s number, without hesitation I called her. Having a PT was a must for me as I had no motivation to up and go to the gym on my own accord.
My first assessment with Rhyanna was overwhelming; I weighed 93.7kg and had relatively high blood pressure for my age. With Rhyanna’s knowledge and education regarding the body and it mechanics she gave me advice on diet and ways to help with fitness and weight loss. We set a goal for me to lose 15kgs and do a minimum of 8 weeks of sessions so I would form a habit of exercising.
Then came the fitness test, I couldn’t run further than 200mtrs at any one time, my 300mtr rowing attempt felt like it took forever and I couldn’t do 1 push up it felt shameful but was a realisation and a great push in the right direction.
I began having two 45minute sessions twice a week, the sessions were very well structured and tailored for my level of fitness (which was none), although very challenging, at the end of every session I was exhausted but the sense of achievement was enormous. Some sessions I feel I wouldn’t have been able to complete if it wasn’t for her pushing me to my limits and her great motivational skills.
As the weeks passed I could feel myself getting fitter, being able to withstand some of the harder challenges that would get pushed upon me, I was starting to enjoy the exercise and feeling a lot healthier for it. Within the first 3 weeks of changing my diet and exercising I dropped 3.8kgs and 40mm, I was over the moon. The results I achieved in the first 3 weeks were amazing, that only pushed me more. As well as having the 2 sessions a week with Rhyanna I began attending the gym another 2-3 times per week when I could.
Over the weeks I continued to drop the weight, every 3 weeks Rhyanna would do my measurements and have another fitness test, every time this was done I think she was more excited about the results than I was, over 57 days I dropped 9kgs, weighing 84.7kg and a loss of 100.9mm. My fitness improved so much. Running a kilometre had become much easier; I didn’t have to break into a walk. My initial run time which included a lot of walking was done in 7.10minutes and a rowing time of 3.58minutes, through very hard work and her pushing me my times are now down to 5.50minutes for the run and 2.54minutes for the row, taking a minutes off both times.
In the 8 weeks I feel my life has changed a great deal, I have a lot more confidence in myself, my attitude has changed and I’m a lot happier about life in general. Anyone who is considering a personal trainer I would highly recommend Rhyanna, I consider her to be a great motivator, she pushes you above and beyond your fitness level which is great for succeeding. The exercises are always varied working on different parts of the body so there is no getting bored with any one exercise. One of the first steps of getting fit and healthy wants to do it for yourself that alone is a great push. Putting all your trust into someone like Rhyanna is another, without her I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I ‘am now and for that I’ am very grateful.