Having made a life-changing transformation at U.P. London, James restored his career confidence to feel full of life all over again.
Like many of our clients, James was a high-level executive working long and irregular hours. And just like everyone who’s undergone a U.P. programme, James has experienced renewed levels of vigour since completing his body transformation with us.
After years of working long and irregular hours, James found himself at a challenging point in his career where his health and fitness had fallen by the wayside. Hence why he decided to sign up to U.P. in order to help him better control his mood and manage stress.
James took the decision to embark on a 12-week transformation journey with U.P. and the results he gained were more than just physical, he discovered a whole new level of benefits that helped accelerate his career to a level beyond his imagination.
“The biggest benefit for me was not just the physical, but the psychological effect… I basically got my mojo back! I feel so confident in myself, to a level that I don’t think I have had before,” James described, adding that the impact the experience has had on his self-belief and mental state has been “simply unbelievable”.
James’ experiences are supported by a 2010 analysis of 113 studies, and 7,724 participants, which found that exercise training of any type improves self esteem. There was even a slightly more pronounced increase stemming exclusively from strength training as opposed to aerobic exercise.
These days James’ confidence is sky high, he feels good about himself all-round, and he even attributes the success in landing his dream job to his new-found motivation, “I have recently managed to land my dream job, one I didn’t think I was capable of before, and would not have gone for.”
James’ experiences should come as no surprise. A 2007 study showed that regular participation in resistance training creates a feeling of “‘taking control’ of [one’s] life, maintaining one’s independence, and preventing future health problems”, even in a sample of 65-72 year olds.
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Waking up early in the morning seven days a week had James working himself into a frenzy. As his health deteriorated, he started to comfort eat and feel less and less confident socially as each arduous day went by.
Before long, James reached a point in his personal and professional life where his self-confidence had depleted and he was struggling to pick himself up. In the end, he found himself left feeling as though he was stuck in a rut. He didn’t think he would ever be able to rise above it – but he couldn’t have been more wrong!
James witnessed his life take a U-turn when he decided to shift his focus on himself and his fitness, and took up physical training.
“My trainer understood my needs and concerns perfectly and tailored a training regime and food plan to fit my lifestyle and the goals I wanted to achieve,” commented James, adding “I no longer feel inadequate, socially or professionally, and believe that I can achieve anything I want as long as I put my mind to it and set myself targets.”
For that, James is grateful for having his trainer’s guidance, stating “throughout the whole process, my trainer was on hand to support, encourage, and instil belief in me, which I didn’t have. So I can’t thank him enough. We achieved exactly what he said we would.”
James reiterates, “I have learnt that you can achieve whatever goals you set yourself, as long as you have the right people supporting you, the right guidance, and most importantly, belief in yourself.”
Focusing on his physical training has been the best decision James could’ve made at this stage in his career.
Though he came to U.P. with the goal to achieve a physical transformation, it is the improvement in James’s mental wellbeing and career confidence that have turned out to be the biggest rewards he never expected – and that’s the part of all U.P. transformations that outsiders don’t often see.
“My whole life has changed and I am a better person for it, inside and out,” said James whilst reflecting on his transformation at U.P. “I never set myself boundaries and always believe I can overachieve, which is something that has given me the drive to succeed in work and in life in general, something which I had lost over time. Simply put, they are the very best coaches money can buy, and the results prove it.”
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