While we live and die by the mantra ‘maximum results in minimum time’, we are also driven by giving our clients lifelong knowledge of how to build muscle, burn fat and train the correct way.
Dave Gee is a prime example of how a UP transformation can be for life, not just for 12 weeks.
The PR Agency boss shredded down to an incredible 8% body fat with UP back in April and we were all blown away with his results.
But nearly nine months after he completed his transformation, he is still in phenomenal shape.
There has been no ‘rebound’ and no piling back on the weight that comes from unsustainable methods – just real and life-changing results.
Dave explains what happened after his transformation with UP…
UP was recommended to me by a friend of mine and PT. He was moving over to them in a different capacity.
I trusted the information I was given as it came from someone I’d known for years and they are in incredible shape too, which also helped in my decision. It inspired me.
The reason I signed up apart from the recommendation is that my training had massively plateaued due to a poor work-life balance, good nutrition was non-existent, and my drinking had become too much.
I didn’t realise this until I got a grip and then looked back and realised the amounts I was able to consume – Not good! Changes needed to be made as mentally I wasn’t happy.
I’ve been lucky enough to have trained with good PTs and knowledgeable friends in the past covering all types of training. But the main difference for me was the controlled, documented and focused training style.
Every rep has an impact on the right muscle group; everything was thought about and every session planned with aims and goals to achieve…something I was unable to motivate myself to do on my own!
It wasn’t easy, but nothing in life which is good is ever easy. I had tried to out-train a bad diet for years, and it wasn’t working. Literally, three weeks in with UP and I was feeling great, leaner, mobility was much better, inflammation reduced and fewer aches and pains.
The training was great for me as I went back to basics and found my depth again in squats, got my posture back and managed to get a few personal best’s along the way.
It was a bit of a rollercoaster, to be honest. Emotionally and mentally I struggled a few times, but every time I hit these pressure points, I’d receive an email or message from my trainer Mark B who then spurred me on or talked me through why I felt tired or a bit flat.
This was a great ‘extra’ for me as I never moaned, he just knew and listened and was able to give me a few insights to why I felt like I did, then I could understand, get a grip and keep on trucking!
Another important note to mention was that my productivity increased at work. i’llI run an award-winning Creative & PR agency with my wife in Manchester city centre and it comes with long hours, quite a bit of pressure and very little downtime.
I had fallen flat for quite a while (creative block if you will) so for me to find my work and training mojo again was so important. It gave me focus and my determination came back to succeed.
My results were great and I feel like I’ve changed permanently I’ll never allow myself to get out of shape again with the knowledge I’ve gained. I went from 25% body fat to 8.9% on the day of the shoot.
My weight (dropped) from 94kg to 79kg – something I wasn’t really bothered about, to be honest, weight has never been an issue, the way I feel and look under my clothes are more important to me.
Actually thinking back, I never set out to do a ‘transformation’. I remember a few times we had a laugh about my up-and-coming photoshoot ( I thought they were just winding me up) – I never really believed we’d be doing one until about 3 weeks out, then I realised they were serious about taking my picture, and I had to train topless!
I’ve increased in weight since the shoot (something I wanted to do), but I have stayed relatively lean (around 12% body fat).
I’ve also relaxed my diet and I have many more social events, awards evenings, weekends away and now with the run-up to Christmas we’re out every weekend – but not going mad like we used to.
My lifestyle did change dramatically, something I’m thankful for, though.
I didn’t realise what I was consuming (food and drink) and because I was training six days a week, I was using it as an excuse to have an extra scoop of protein, or I’d be fine to have a curry twice a week because I’d done a CrossFit workout that evening.
The worst was rewarding myself with beers (because, you guessed it, I did a heavy leg session that day) so 8 or 9 pints of lager and a pizza will be fine.
So that all changed instantly, and instantly my mental health changed for the better too. I had more clarity, less anxiety and those horrible panic attacks started to ease. It’s simple really – if you put crap in its going to make you feel like crap.
My training is still progressing, lifting heavier and still learning about my body. I’m close to 40 now and starting to ache and find pains more common, but I can honestly say since changing the way I trained with UP has helped massively. Lower back pain has near enough gone (despite now squatting 160kg and deadlifting 200kg).
It sounds a bit cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway, UP has changed my life for the better. Making myself accountable, having more control with food and drink, training smarter, lifting less (sometimes) and controlled, listening to my body and knowing the impact of what my usual heavy weekend would do on my body.
It’s made me more mindful of everything I do. Plus at the same time found more personal confidence with my body.
I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a bit of holidaying this year too, which I’ve been in control (with food and drink) despite spending six weeks out of the country. I put this down to the knowledge I’ve gained enabling me to make better decisions but still have a great time.
I used to absolutely flog myself in every session before I trained with the guys at UP. Every session was a killer, and I dreaded them. Sometimes its would be weights in the morning and a CrossFit session of an evening and I would be flat on my back exhausted.
Come the weekend I’d have a massive blow-out as I thought I had been training so hard. In fact, I was, but not training smart.
My training now is planned and a bit slower, I leave the gym energised, but after always succeeding. Even my ‘off days’ now are about 20% better/heavier than my old ‘smash it’ days.
I like the controlled way of working; it might be slower but I know and I can feel it is impacting the muscle groups it should, making every rep count.
I also train at other gyms and I cringe watching people trying to throw really big weights around and potentially hurting themselves. Sometimes less is more.
My training has massively cut down since April this year, after my shoot, I wanted to gain a bit of size and aim for heavier lifts. I still train twice a week with Mark B at UP and sometimes their Saturday Strongman sessions they put on for free people, get involved! I’m also a member of another gym where I try and get in 3/4 times extra. But I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make a session these days like I used to do.
But I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make a session these days like I used to do.
My goals are simple, bigger, better, faster and stronger. I have a few numbers in my head I’d like to be able to hit and after Christmas, I might even think about doing another transformation!
Simple, if you want it enough, then you’ll do it.
I really wanted it, so my wife and myself made the decision to invest in the 12-week plan (we saved so much by not eating out and drinking every weekend that it made it manageable and affordable for us).
I’ve also said before in previous interviews and to all the people who get in touch on social media that it’s not easy in the slightest. There are tough days, sometimes weeks, but the results and for me, the mental impact, has outweighed any reservation about cost and investment in precious time.
You’re not on your own either, the trainers have all gone through transformations, so they know first hand how the body works above and beyond them being highly qualified and experienced PTs. You’re in safe hands with people who know the ups and downs.
One other thing I would say about UP, which impressed me and I’m happy to be a part of, is they have managed to create a great gym floor culture.
Everyone is respectful, everyone is happy, everyone speaks to one another, and I know many friendships and even business contacts have been made during their sessions! Plus most of all, its fun.
I’ve not had a session where we haven’t had a good laugh while training – I used to train because I had to, now I train because I enjoy it.
Simple, if you want results, then my advice would be to going in for a consultation.
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