Justin has been training steadily and eating healthy for the last three months. In that short amount of time he has lost a combined total of 35 cm in girth measurements off his frame, and 27 lbs! He is an inspirational client of mine, and here is his story.

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1. What inspired you to begin your fitness journey?

A number of things. The most profound one: I had lost track of who I was over the course of a fairly difficult winter. Self discovery. I really needed to locate the positive attributes I knew I had inside me that everyone truly has, and that everyone needs to discover in order to really buckle down and find out what they are truly made of.

Another inspiration, one that if I didn’t have it, I would probably be even deeper in the rabbit hole of my mind, is my friends. Two specifically that know who they are, that constantly reminded me I was no longer the person they remembered and that I had wandered off course. Although, they were also the ones there to help me find the path again.

Lastly, my trainer. Yeah yeah Kat, wipe that smile off your face. So one of my best friends that was just mentioned starts dating this girl who just happens to be a personal trainer. We chat from time to time, no big deal. Eventually I agree to do a couple sessions with her to see how I like it, and before I know it, I’m pushing myself incredibly harder than I have previously, not just for myself, but so the person investing her time and energy into me can be as proud of her work as she deserves to be.

Something that has always made me feel like a stronger and fulfilled human being is when I am making other people smile, or when I am doing something that brightens someone else’s day, so when I started with Kat, (with all the hesitation in the world I might add, as I am somewhat skeptical about personal trainers to begin with), and I saw how happy and positive she already was about what she did, I wanted to continue to be a part of that. I wanted to continue to be something she could feel accomplished about.

2. How have you found your experience so far working with a personal trainer?

Wonderful. I can’t tell you how often I would think to myself “Why would I need a trainer? I can do all that by myself.”

I can’t even begin to explain the amount of knowledge you gain about everything health related from working with one, not to mention, you feel a lot different about slacking during a workout when someone is watching you, and only you. Haha. This is an investment into my future, one that I am very pleased I made.

3. What health/fitness goals have you achieved so far?

Nothing. I’m worthless.

Just kidding. I have almost dropped to a sub 240lb weight, which is a very big deal for me. I am naturally a big man, so when I tell people I am about 240 I get a lot of strange looks as if I am trying to get a rise out of them. Remarks like that have a very neutral effect that people don’t completely understand. On one hand, it is fantastic. It means I’m doing something right. On the other, it is “If I don’t look 240,  but I weigh that much, what am I doing wrong?” Which only further propels my desire to continue movig forward.

I feel stronger almost every time I go to the gym now, or conquer some sort of a workout, whether it be climbing a mountain, or running a KM a little bit faster.

4. What is your ultimate fitness goal?

The only REAL goal, (and the number on the scale isn’t as important as I already made it out to be), is to feel good about myself, what I look like, and what I am capable of. There isn’t really any other goal I have set for myself, and there probably never will be. I will keep going until I really feel like I have achieved all that I can for my physical well being, and you know what? After I get there, I’ll keep going.

5. What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to over come to get to where you are right now?

Depression. I don’t known if I was clinically depressed as I never saw a doctor about it, but I do remember how I acted and the feelings I was experiencing. They would set me back, and push me down when all I wanted was to get back up.

6. What is one piece of advice you can give to someone looking to begin their own fitness journey?

KEEP GOING. Determination. Mind over matter. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

7. What is your favourite part about working with a personal trainer?

Knowledge. The amount of information I am gaining that I will be able to put to use in the future is priceless.

8. What does your typical training week look like?

Well, I see my trainer minimum once a week on Saturdays. Occassionally I book an evening session during the weekdays as well, but if not, I typcially get to the gym on two of the five weekday evenings, and if i don’t have some heavy activity planned for Sunday (i.e. mountain climbing, cycling, running, etc) I will go to the gym on Sundays as well.

The idea is to get at least an hour of something heavily geared towards working out everyday that I am not working. I have two jobs, so sometimes it is difficult, but I remember what I have committed myself to, and stick to it.

Way to go, Justin! You’re an inspiration to many!