Testimony – Daniel Badger
You wanted a personal trainer: what expectations did you have?
I needed someone to give me a bit of a push to get going again. I knew once I got going the results would come. I also needed to stay injury free as that’s what has stopped me from continuing my training in the past. Often too I got bored with repeatedly doing the same training so that also stopped me previously.
And how were your expectations met?
I can honestly say, It’s been six months and I still wake up looking forward to each session with Stephen, as I know that it’s always something different and he keeps it fun. Stephen has worked around my injuries and strengthened my weak areas. I can say I haven’t been feeling this good and this strong for years.
What was your number 1 goal? And why is it important to you?
I started with Stephen at 125kg, so my goal was to get to 105kg in 12months and be able run 5km in 30min. I was sitting at 48min when I started. Now that I am over 30 I decided it’s time for me to get rid of the extra weight I’m carrying and to improve my fitness overall.
How has working with a trainer helped you achieve this goal?
It’s been 6 months since I started with Stephen, during that time I have taken 7 weeks off due to travel etc. but have managed great results so far. Currently I’m 115kg and running 5km in 34min. So to me, I’m ahead of schedule and feeling more confident than ever that I will get there.
What is your favourite exercise or session to date?
I used to really dislike leg day but the leg sessions I have been doing with Stephen I have really been enjoying. So, I would have to say leg day is my favourite session to get done. Plus once that’s out the way, the rest of the week is “easy”.
What would you say to someone who is considering personal training?
You need to find a personal trainer that listens to you and you feel comfortable talking with. Make sure you are both on the same wave length when it comes to what you need from your training. I have previously trained with other trainers where despite telling them what my problems were, I was that sore that I could hardly walk and had to stop training for a few weeks: it wasn’t a good feeling. So that’s why I feel communication is important. As well as having a trainer that listens and cares.
After I started my first lesson with Stephen, I instantly knew I was with a trainer that went above and beyond of what was expected and actually cared about what I wanted to achieve, and how to do it. I was training with injuries and he knew how to work around that and strengthen those areas. Because of this care I have been able to continue my training.