Antonio says he feels like ‘Benjamin Button’ after turning back the clock at 43 to complete an incredible transformation at Ultimate Performance.
Just like Brad Pitt’s character in the Hollywood film, Antonio says now he just keeps looking and feeling younger and younger each day.
The 43-year-old chef now says he is like a teenager again and waking up feeling like a ‘bull’ with boundless strength, energy and motivation.
All it took was 11 weeks at U.P. to get him out of a rut and into the best shape of his life, with the sculpted body and six-pack abs all his friends said were not achievable beyond the age of 40.
“People told me that at 40 it was impossible to achieve a transformation and that people go backwards.
“But now I feel like I am Benjamin Button, I’m growing the opposite way!
“Now I feel better and younger at 43 years old! Since I started at U.P., I’m very happy and my wife is too!”
Like so many middle-aged men, life had taken its toll on Antonio with the lethargy, aches and pains.
He had always stayed fit and done sports from a young age.
Running in the mountains was the way he stayed active but he suffered constant knee pain and he found his performance was getting worse and worse with age.
Antonio was never extremely overweight but he struggled more and more to stay in shape, despite spending several hours a day exercising.
“I didn’t understand how my body was that way when I was doing sports every day.
“I woke up, went to the gym for one or two hours, then I jumped on the crosstrainer, and I ran.
“I was doing all that and eating more or less good food, but why couldn’t I see some body changes?”
It led him to feel bored and unmotivated with exercise, and frustrated that he couldn’t achieve the body he wanted.
Then Antonio and his wife found Ultimate Performance. His wife had gained weight after having a baby and wanted to get back in shape, and a friend had just lost 40kg training with U.P.
Seeing this result inspired them to start a fat loss transformation of their own at U.P.
Antonio says the results were amazing.
“We started with the six-week-challenge. The first week I lost only 1kg. The second week I lost 2kg. The third week I started to lose more and more weight until I lost 11kg. I feel very agile and happy.
“My wife tells me that before, doing all the sports that I was doing, I never looked how I look now. Never. My whole body has completely changed!”
It’s not just his body that has changed. The impact his transformation has had on his life is remarkable.
His friends said it was all downhill from 40, but Antonio looks better, feels younger and is healthier than ever now.
“Now I feel younger. I’m a teenager! I can see it in my face and people tell me that they see me younger.
“I explain to them that the changes I made in my life were simply the exercise, changing the gym and my diet.”
Mentally, feeling young, alive and vibrant is great – but when you physically feel like you have turned back the clock, it’s even better.
Antonio’s aches and pains have melted away. He no longer has a problem with his knee, and his running has vastly improved.
He puts it down to the exercise program he went through with his trainer at U.P.
“In the past, I had an injury with my knee. I went through an operation and I went two years without doing anything.
“I gained weight and I felt like my knee was unstable.
“When I ran, I felt tired too soon, my legs and my knee hurt.
“But since I started to exercise, I lost weight and gained muscle in my legs, I don’t feel more pain in my knee or anywhere.
“I wake up now feeling like a bull and I go to bed feeling the same.”
Antonio doesn’t want this new-found youthful feeling to end.
He’s more motivated than ever to maintain or better his results, and he is loving this new style of high-energy, results-driven training.
“I wake up with a lot of energy, come here and my body switches. I feel better and stronger every single day.
“I’m still changing. I’m getting bigger. Now my shoulders, pecs and abs are bigger. I’ve always had legs, but now I can see them toned in a way that they never were before.
“I come to the gym and there’s a good environment, everyone is very friendly and attentive. You ask the trainers and they’re there to help you.”
It’s clear he has the passion back for working out and wants to keep progressing.
But being a chef, perhaps the most valuable thing he has taken from the experience is a keen knowledge on nutrition and what he needs to eat.
“In terms of the diet, now I know what I have to eat.
“I work in the kitchen because I’m a chef. I really ate healthily, but I didn’t know how to split the meals, or when to eat fats, carbs or protein.
Now U.P. has educated me and I know when to eat fats, proteins or carbs. Now I know exactly how to control these things.”
Antonio now has the knowledge, the skills and the motivation to keep improving way past his 40s to his next milestone birthday.
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