Losing loved ones his own age had rocked 46-year-old Brendan to the core.
Living in the corporate world, his lifestyle was very much ‘work hard and play harder.
But he knew he faced a stark choice – shape up and focus on his health, or risk going down the same path as the dear friends he had lost.
There and then he made the choice to change his life and put his health in the hands of the experts at Ultimate Performance.
Fourteen short weeks later and Brendan not only transformed his body losing 9kg (20lbs) but radically transformed his lifestyle too.
“Talking of positive lasting change, motivation and better control of my choices, this was a journey of many firsts and I used them to push me forwards especially when weak.
“I stopped smoking within week 2, stopped drinking alcohol from day 6, zero takeaways, cooked every day and night, ran my first 15km (with my trainer), cycled my first 60km, walked 8km every night.
“I learned how to stretch and breathe properly, cooking and shopping is now fun, I studied and passed exams that I had failed a few times prior, began mentoring and motivating friends, overcame my worry of taking my top off in public – the list is endless and to be honest I would have been happy with stopping smoking and a healthier body.”
Brendan’s transformation has been nothing short of life-changing.
Before U.P., he was working 12-plus hours a day, drinking too much smoking a packet of cigarettes a day and living off takeaways.
But losing dear friends and peers proved to be the wake-up call he needed to finally start looking after his body.
“My motivation was very simple – get healthy, Brendan. Having lost some dear family and friends who were my age in the last couple of years rocked me to my core.
“I began questioning my mortality as I made many of the same choices, so what did that mean for me and my future?
“I was terrified and was watching my life vanishing in front of my eyes because of the bad habits that were deeply ingrained within me and I couldn’t find a way to break them.
“I decided to take the step and change and that’s when I decided to join Ultimate Performance because I wanted to get physically better, stronger, and healthier.”
The thing that attracted Brendan to U.P. was the results-driven culture that was focused on helping every client achieve a unique goal.
If anyone could help him reverse 25 years of ‘less than optimal’ decisions, it was U.P.
“I was truly taken by the vision and the corporate sort of structure of U.P. and I naturally connected with the 12-week program which resonated with me both professionally and personally.
“When I read and saw the 12-week transformation, I was looking at the photographs and was thinking look at all those people that have gone through those 12 weeks, so I connected deeply with that and it worked.
“I wanted to surround myself with people with that expert knowledge and I needed the firm hand of a trainer to keep me on track.”
Starting his transformation was a big change – but it forced him to put some of his lifestyle habits under the microscope and gave him a positive push towards healthier choices and the tools to maintain them.
“A few weeks into the program, I looked into what I’m eating and what I’m doing; the other changes are self-belief ones where I can achieve and do things when I follow a plan.
“A big thing that I just did not expect was that I was going to get fit physically. I embraced the process and it started to open my mind that I’d been running from all my life, finally, I confronted my demons and I know now that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t pushed myself to the limits that this process demands. I’m eternally thankful and it was truly the biggest surprise.”
A huge part of Brendan’s success was having a dedicated trainer behind him every step of the way.
Not just in the gym helping him get the maximum out of his workout, but outside the gym too guiding him on everything from mastering food shopping and meal prep, to optimising his sleep quality.
“My trainer watching me intently like a parent does their child, with each lift, press or push constantly educating or motivating me to optimize every action perfectly suited to my abilities following his personalized plan.
“Without doubt, I would have been lost or quit if it was not for the support and trust in and from my trainer. From day one, we were in contact multiple times daily to review my metrics and discuss the day ahead or following up on discussions during training.
“I knew I could contact him at any time regarding anything the bond that tight. For me, this was the differentiating factor as I had 100% support from my trainer who depending on my mental state had to become a mother, policeman, doctor, teacher or just that voice of reason reminding me of why I embarked upon this at times gruelling endeavour.
“He was incredible and I am forever in his debt. To that end, all the trainers were amazing and like a family all pulling in the same direction!”
Without a doubt, Brendan believes he could never have achieved the results he did alone without his trainer and the whole U.P. team behind him.
“If it wasn’t for U.P., I would have continued on the path that I was on with the poor diet choices, going home turning on Netflix, ordering food, etc., I’ve not ordered the takeaway in four months.
“I just wouldn’t have been able to learn what I’ve learned about fitness. I’ve been taught perfectly how to understand the apparatus, the impact of it, where it works, where it doesn’t, how to lift something, and how to map your mind to your muscle, and simply just the connection between my body, soul, muscle, and self. I feel empowered now to go and do anything that I put my mind to.”
Brendan’s transformation has not only changed his life but has had a positive ripple effect on loved ones around him.
Now he’s a shining example of what can be achieved at any age or starting point in life.
“I believe in myself more and what I’ve done is I’ve taken that belief and passed it on to my friends and people that I love.
“Some of my friends are really excelling and because I’m regurgitating a lot of what I’ve learned and then packaged it into something useful for them.
“I’ve learned deeply about myself and I’m capable of making me a happier soul. I now push my friends more constructively to be better and I’m a kind of, walking, breathing example of, when you do stick to a plan, when you follow the advice and push yourself harder than you could ever imagine, you can achieve anything.”
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