What makes ECPT so special? The extraordinary people who live it every day. These are real stories from real clients who’ve made the impossible possible with the help of ECPT. See why their commitment inspires us.
Meet Vicky McDonald. Athlete, Mum and all-round Superwoman. Vicky joined ECPT three years ago, just a short time after giving birth to her first child. As a Polycystic Ovary Syndrome sufferer, Vicky was significantly overweight and faced a tough challenge ahead. “The realisation of dreams requires commitment, and I was ready to commit,” she explains. Fast forward three years, she is now an incredible 6 1/2 stones lighter. In that time, she has “competed for the Great Britain Powerlifting team, medalled in the British Indoor Rowing Championships, and most importantly of all, the cysts on her ovaries have disappeared resulting in the arrival of her second baby, the lovely Sophie”.
I was introduced to Emma and the Body Change Challenge by a mutual friend a few months after having a baby. To say I was a little daunted at the start would be an understatment as I had a significant amount of weight to lose and sciatica in my lower back. Emma acknowledged all of this and through her incredible depth of knowledge, challenging workouts and excellent motivational attitude she has pushed me literally from strength to strength and the related health benefits are plentiful.
I have completely changed my eating habits, lost 4 stone to date, no longer have any back problems and am the strongest and fittest I have ever been. Little did we know that there was to be a hidden benefit. As a PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) sufferer, I have always manifested the two most common and unpleasant symptoms of the condition – fertility issues and insulin resistance leading to more difficulty than most in maintaining or losing weight.
Since following Emma’s eating and training advice I am regularly losing 3-5lbs a week. This in turn has meant that all of my other issues linked to PCOS are gradually disappearing too. The biggest and most amazing result being that my chances of future fertility problems are ever-decreasing.
When I started training with Emma my motivation was stress reduction and to enjoy training again. After a few weeks of training, I had my motivation back and found new goals. I wanted to get my starting line position back in my hockey team. Emma tailored my training to make it hockey specific and within 2 months I was starting line defender within my club indoor hockey team representing Wales.
Training didn’t stop there, having made it to my goal, I needed to maintain my position.
Now, 6 months later I am a completely different player. My speed and agility has improved to the point where my coach has praised the change – it’s not easy getting a compliment for him! My overall fitness has greatly improved and my body shape has changed.
For the first time I managed to go to a European tournament and play all games without muscle injury! This was all due to my physical fitness and preparation thanks to my training programme.
I never gave much credit to personal training before, and I can only comment on Emma, but if your even thinking about it my advice is do it!! You will not be disappointed!!
Sam & Jeff English
The 12 week Body Change Challenge was exciting but pretty daunting for my husband and I. We’d seen some of the photo’s of previous people and their results were amazing! You always think that those who can achieve that kind of look have nothing but time on their hands. We wondered if we could give the same level of commitment. We have two children, I work part time and study with the open university, Jeff runs his own business and we’re renovating three apartments in west wales which will be a holiday letting business – life is manic!!
At first the diet took a bit of getting used too but we were never hungry. The workouts were short and sharp and easily fitted into our lifestyle. As the weeks passed, we got fitter and stronger and the weight loss took care of itself!
We were both over the moon with our results. If we can do it, anyone can!
I first approached Emma as I was getting married later that year and wanted to ‘tone up’ for my wedding day. I’d already lost some weight through a slimming club but my results had stalled, despite going to the gym regularly and doing a lot of dance classes. I’d seen Emma training clients at my gym so I decided to get in touch with her. To say I was nervous before our first session doesn’t even come close to explaining how I felt – I was terrified. The thought of using weights and equipment I’d never tried before (and in public) was really daunting, but Emma made me feel instantly at ease. She had me doing exercises I’d never tried before….and enjoying it! After that first session I was hooked and really looked forward to seeing what I’d be doing each week. Emma’s creativity with her programming is always challenging and she knows exactly how hard to push me. And she gets results – since training with Emma I’ve lost 2 stone in weight (and kept it off), dropped 3 dress sizes and can’t quite believe everything I have achieved with her support and encouragement.
For me it’s become more than just about what I weigh and a dress size. Strength training has also brought balance back into my life; I used to use up all my energy in work and spend a good part of my evenings or weekends worrying about work. Training with Emma and following her programming on my own made me realise that my life wasn’t all about my job, but it was about me as well. And like most women, I used to beat myself up mentally if I was ‘bad’ – eating chocolate, not going to the gym, etc. Emma’s nutritional advice has taught me so much about making healthy choices when it comes to my eating habits that I no longer have to think about making those choices, nor do I worry if I do indulge every now and then. As a result I’m much happier with me as I am…..not ‘me but a bit thinner’.
I couldn’t care less about the number on the scales anymore. I’m fitter, faster, healthier, stronger and happier than I’ve ever been so I’m not going to let the number on the scales moving up and down change how I feel about myself. I’m doing things I never would have dreamed of 2 years ago. I care about what my body can do more than that number now. My gains in physical strength have given me confidence in and out of the gym and that’s all thanks to Emma.