There is no magic pill or formula that will do the work for you. To be successful you need to put in the effort, be committed and organised. My experience wasn’t always a pleasant one, but at no point did I ever feel like giving up. And the reward was literally a transformation – both physically and in my sense of well-being
WHS: What made you contact WHS?
KI: Vanity, curiosity and a competitive streak!
I’d been aware of WHS for a number of years and had seen the phenomenal results achieved by people I know. Committed to cardio and carbs for most of my life, the tipping point for me came with a holiday in the sun looming after a particularly over-indulgent Christmas. So I gave WHS 6 weeks to get me beach fit.
WHS: What do you feel you have achieved at WHS?
KI: I’m stronger, leaner and happier.
There are some obvious physical achievements – in 6 weeks I lost around 20% of my body fat. But funnily enough it’s the less tangible stuff that I feel more pride in having achieved. Getting stuck into something that required discipline and commitment; challenging myself physically and mentally without ever contemplating giving up; the increased sense of well-being that going through the programme gave me.
WHS: What was your training like before WHS?
KI: Unstructured, monotonous and inappropriate.
I wouldn’t describe what I did as training. Having dabbled in gym membership now and then, the only exercise that seemed to have an impact was running which I didn’t enjoy that much. I used to clock up mileage and try and improve my overall fitness by pounding pavements three times a week, then mix things up to train for an annual 10k or half-marathon. Strength never came into it.
WHS: What’s your training like now?
KI: Challenging, results-driven and fun.
My initial 6 week “boot camp” was all about weight-loss at first. My next programme is longer and less fixated on fat-calipers! I want to embed the changes to ensure they’re as sustainable as possible for the future. WHS get you to be clear about your goals at the start of a programme to tailor it appropriately, so my training is focused. Plus this stuff is fun – something I never thought I’d say about weight training!
WHS: What is unique about the training we do?
KI: It’s science-based, bespoke and accessible to all.
I’ve never done strength training before, but having spoken to those that have, the WHS experience is unique. Tom and the team use science to support their recommendations and programme development. Their training is tailored to you and your individual goals. And as a woman, any fears about being a minority or intimidated were never realised – the membership at WHS is diverse and very friendly.
any fears about being a minority or intimidated were never realised – the membership at WHS is diverse and very friendly
WHS: What was your normal nutrition like before WHS?
KI: Carb-tastic, low fat and lazy.
I’ve never been into dieting but had fallen into the trap of seeing fat as “bad”. I justified eating crap because I’d burn off the calories afterwards with a run…which then made me hungry, which then made me eat more crap! Long working days and no menu planning meant a reliance on microwave meals picked up late on the way home. Then sugary snacks or glasses of wine as a treat….and on it went!
The nutrition plan for my boot camp was pretty extreme and not the most enjoyable. But it knocked all my bad habits on the head immediately and forced me to get organised with food planning. Shopping became easier because of a restriction to healthy and nutritious…which cuts out most of what you find in the supermarket! I was never hungry because of lots of smaller meals throughout the day, increased protein and inclusion of good fats.
WHS: How have the consults helped you?
KI: Provided focus, motivation and supported evidence-based action.
The weekly consults enabled a constant tweaking of the programme to re-focus and maximise the impact of what I was doing/eating over the 6 weeks. Tracking progress and seeing the difference on screen in the data was hugely motivating. There was certainly no chance to hide any cheating – Tom’s powers of detection are positively occult!
WHS: What have you learned?
KI: How to eat better, that sleep is crucial, and how much I value strength.
The WHS approach is a holistic one – weight training plays only a part. A better understanding of nutrition, quality sleep, general health and well-being, have all contributed to my programme achievements. It’s provided a foundation to support longer term sustainable change. I’ve also learned how important strength is to me as one of my core values.
WHS: What would you tell others about your experience at WHS?
KI: It was hard work, unexpected and transformational.
There is no magic pill or formula that will do the work for you. To be successful you need to put in the effort, be committed and organised. My experience wasn’t always a pleasant one, but at no point did I ever feel like giving up. And the reward was literally a transformation – both physically and in my sense of well-being.
WHS: What’s next for you?
KI: Continuing to go from strength to strength – with some tyre-flipping and chin-ups thrown in along the way!
- 24.4% to 18.7% body fat in 6 weeks
- Stronger, leaner, happier!
- Pride in achievement
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