Personal Training – Before & After Interview Bernice

Tell us a little about yourself and your everyday life:
Because I work in an office, I move very little during my working day, which often leads to back pain. Since I didn’t exercise regularly before the program and didn’t really pay attention to my diet, I gained more and more weight. Over time, I simply no longer felt comfortable in my body. I opted for the Before and After program because I need someone to push me and show me how to train properly and effectively. Before the personal training program, I liked to postpone my training days so that I went to train 1 to 2 times a week or even not at all for a while.

What motivated you to start the fitness program and see it through?
My physical discomfort motivated me to start the personal training program. The results and measurements have given me an incentive to continue with the program, as every positive change in my body has brought me one step closer to my goal.

What sport(s) did you do before the personal training program?
Before the program, I mainly did cardio training and very little weight training in the gym.

How did your sleep change during the program?
I sleep much more deeply and am fit as a fiddle in the morning, even with little sleep.

What were the biggest changes you noticed during the program?
My back pain has become rarer. In addition, training sessions that were initially almost impossible for me to manage were suddenly possible within a short space of time. Of course, there was also a physical change. I have lost a noticeable amount of weight and built up muscle. Clothes that didn’t fit me before suddenly fit me like a glove. I also often felt very sluggish and tired before the fitness program at lunchtime. This is now rarely the case. I now simply feel much fitter at lunchtime.

What was the biggest change for you?
The biggest change for me was the diet. It started in the morning when I got up. Before the personal training program, I never ate breakfast during the week because I never really felt hungry before work. I now have breakfast every morning. In addition, I only ever ate what I felt like eating during my lunch break at work. Since I love fast food, sweet baked goods and sweets, I often only reached for these things. In the meantime, I prepare my food for work at home. My diet includes a lot of protein and vegetables. I try to avoid baked goods, fast food and sweets as much as possible. Once a week I make an exception.

What is your favorite breakfast?
Quark with chia seeds and berries is my favorite breakfast.

How often and for how long did you train each week?
Strength training 3 times a week, 45 to 60 minutes and cardio in the form of interval training for approx. 15 minutes after the strength training. I have also planned interval training on 1 to 2 days a week.

What is your favorite fitness exercise?

How often have you done endurance training to lose fat?
Interval training 3 to 4 times a week for about 15 minutes.

What feedback have you received from those around you about the change in recent weeks?
At the beginning of the personal training program, some of the people around me were very sceptical. They were puzzled as to why I was doing this to myself. But I didn’t let that stop me. When positive changes became visible, I suddenly only got positive feedback and I was even encouraged to continue

What’s next for you with personal training?
I definitely want to continue with the personal training program because I think I can get more out of myself and it’s simply good for me physically. I also don’t want to fall back into my old life pattern, otherwise it would all be in vain. I learned a lot from Michael. He showed me that even small successes can take you a long way.