“Before I started at PP my confidence was at an all-time low. My broken arm had set me back a lot and I’d comfort eaten through the whole thing, causing a negative effect on everything in my life. I was not in a good place.”
Molly battled through the fear of re-injuring herself to lose 35lbs and gain a new lease of life. From feeling self-conscious to self-confident, Molly quickly turned things around after joining PP.
What made you start personal training?
I joined Performance Project in 2017, after I had badly broken my arm just above the elbow. I had gained a lot of weight during this time and after going back to my regular gym I was so worried about hurting my arm again that I just stuck to cardio classes, such as spin, and didn’t see any results.
I joined PP to build strength in my arm in a safe, supportive environment, but mainly to lose weight and regain some self-confidence.
I first heard about PP from a friend who was in her trial month and really enjoying it. After much social media stalking, I took the plunge and called the team with my long list of questions.
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Can you describe how you were feeling physically and mentally before starting your journey?
Before I started at PP my confidence was at an all-time low. My arm had set me back a lot and I’d comfort eaten through the whole thing, causing a negative knock-on effect on everything in my life. I was not in a good place.
I remember walking into the gym for the first time – I was really nervous, self-conscious, and had absolutely no idea what I had let myself in for. But I was 100 per cent committed to making a change, and in less than 5 minutes I felt so comfortable that I knew I wanted to continue here.
For my first few sessions I was really scared about injuring my arm, as I couldn’t even straighten it at this point. I remember picking up a 3kg dumbbell and my arm going into complete spasm – I was really embarrassed but I came to realise very quickly that the trainers know your limits and limitations far better than you do and I came to trust them unequivocally.
What did you want to achieve?
Weight loss was my main goal when I started at PP – and that is the most measurable result – but I have also experienced so many more positive effects that you can’t physically measure. I have much more confidence and I feel more focused. These two things combined have changed my day-to-day life. Even things like giving presentations and hitting targets at work are made so much easier now I feel happy and confident in myself.
What results have you seen whilst training with us?
Since starting at PP my arm has gone from strength to strength and I pretty quickly started to see the physical results I was aiming for. Going from lifting 3kg that first time, I now lift 17.5kg for the same exercise.
I have a I have a hectic work and social schedule but with the help of the trainers I’ve been able to not only fit the gym into my life but I now actually want to. I always look forward to training – knowing I’m going to turn up to a bunch of friendly faces and have a really good laugh but also getting in a great workout really gives me a real sense of achievement.
Previously, if I’d had a stressful day I would drag myself to the gym and watch the clock until I felt like I’d been there long enough. Now I can’t wait to get to PP and channel my frustrations through a tonne of ball slams and leave feeling a whole lot better!
Gina has been particularly helpful to me, offering realistic solutions to fit in with my lifestyle so I can still manage to enjoy life and it never feels like a chore. Aside from the exercise, I’ve learned so much about nutrition and fat loss that I’ve become a bit of a hub of information to friends and family (probably much to their annoyance!)
I’ve now lost over 35lbs in just over 18 months and because it’s been slow and steady it’s easy to maintain. It’s also given me a whole new lease of life, and although I had always done and enjoyed exercise, I have never felt this passionately about any other hobby. Without sounding clichéd, PP really is a way of life.
I am by no means where I want to be with my weight loss, but I’m OK with that because I know what I need to do, and I know I’ll get there. At PP it’s all about setting realistic goals and smashing them. And knowing you’ve worked really hard to achieve it feels pretty damn good.
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Would you recommend PP and why?
There’s a real ethos at PP that you aren’t expected to never drink, eat chocolate, or sacrifice your social life in order to lose weight and be healthy and for me, that’s very important. That’s not to say you won’t have to work hard but it’s totally worth it. There’s nothing worse than committing to something you can’t sustain and then feeling like you’ve failed. Here, you’re able to work it into your life and for me that’s why it’s worked.
I only knew one other person who trained at PP when I started but now I can definitely say I’ve made some life-long friends. It really is something quite special to have a bunch of friends who share your journey first hand, whilst sharing similar goals and supporting each other every step of the way. The way PP is set up totally encourages and facilitates this.
Although you are in semi-private sessions it really is a tailored service and the trainers are always more than happy to answer any questions or offer advice but all whilst having fun.
My advice to anyone who is thinking about starting PP would be: expect to be pushed hard, find limits you never knew existed, strength you never knew you had and get results you never thought you’d achieve.
If you are thinking about it, DO IT! You certainly won’t regret it.
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