Success Stories

Post Natal Success Stories

MY BABYWEIGHT WAS COMING OFF TOO SLOWLY, MY CORE WAS WEAK & I HAD ACHES AFTER BABY NO.2. I WANTED EXERCISE SUITABLE FOR MY POST BABY BODY – THE BABYWEIGHT IS GONE, MOY CORE FEELS STRONGER & MY BACK DOESN’T HURT ANYMORE.

I was 3 months post natal after baby number 2. The baby weight was starting to come off (albeit more slowly than I’d have liked), but my core felt weak and I had some aches and pains from breast-feeding.

I wanted to make sure I was doing exercise that was appropriate for my post-baby body and that I wasn’t doing more harm than good.

It has been brill working with George 🙂 It is obvious he really know his stuff and I feel confident that I’m rebuilding my strength in a safe and effective way. As the groups are small, I’m getting more out of each exercise than I have in other classes (those little tweaks to your form make all the difference).

My tummy is getting flatter and my abs are making an appearance again! Plus, the baby weight is
gone, my core feels stronger and my back doesn’t hurt any more. I’m really glad I decided to give
the post natal exercise sessions a try.

Laura E

Ben's Mum

I WAS UNSURE WHAT EXERCISES I SHOULD & SHOULDN’T BE DOING & I HAD A BAD BACK – NOW I KNOW WHAT EXERCISES ARE SAFE & HOW TO STRENGTHEN MY CORE TO PROTECT MY BACK

With a 5 month old son I struggled to work out as much as I’d liked & suffered with diastasis so was unsure what I should & shouldn’t be doing. Before I started the post natal sessions I suffered with a bad back & I was anxious about making my back worse but I thought I’d give them a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed each week working with George. I have learnt a lot about the correct breathing, my core and numerous exercises to help tone my core without doing a million sit ups!

Each week is fun, though hard work and you feel well worked.

I realised I had been breathing wrong and I would say my best result is getting the breathing technique right (though it’s hard to choose just one result I got from the sessions!) I enjoyed the variety each week & I always felt I had worked all my body. I never worried about my little one’s mood coming to the sessions as George is also very friendly and helpful.”

Liz W

Teddy's Mum

I NEEDED TO GET BACK INTO EXERCISE BUT WAS UNSURE HOW DIFFICULT IT WOULD BE – NOW I AM ABLE TO JOIN IN TO OTHER FITNESS CLASSES AND MY POSTURE IS MUCH BETTER

Before I started the post natal sessions I felt I needed to get back into exercise after having my little one but was unsure of how difficult it would be to start exercising again.

Working with George has been brilliant as the sessions with him work on areas that are in particular need of some attention after having a baby and I was able to get involved with every exercise.

My best result is that my posture is much better and I now know how to “set” my core so it is able
to better support my back.

Lauren B

Sarah's Mum

I HAD ACHES AND PAINS AND WAS WORRIED I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THE EXERCISES IN THE POST NATAL SESSION – NOW I AM CONFIDENT THAT I CAN DO THE EXERCISES THAT WILL HELP ME

Before I started the post natal small group personal training I had a lot of aches and pains from having a baby and felt quite unfit. I was worried I would not be able to do any of the exercises and/or keep up.

It has been brilliant working with George. I have back problems and George adapted the exercises to suit me. He always explains how to do the exercises and didn’t mind repeating himself several times for those of us with baby brain. When my baby got restless he was happy to pick them up and settle them so the Mummys could carry on exercising.

I would say the best result I have got from working with George is that my confidence is boosted and now know I am able to do the exercises that will help me.

Claire G

Ella's Mum

I WAS REALLY UNFIT BEFORE STARTING THE POST NATAL MEMBERSHIP – NOW I FEEL I AM ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND I GET PLENTY OF INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT IN THE SESSIONS AS THE CLASS SIZES ARE SMALL

I was really unfit before starting the post natal sessions and was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I thought I would be the most unfit in the room.

I really enjoyed the sessions and because the group size is limited to six I got plenty of individual support. George was so good with William (my boy) which meant I was able to focus on the exercise.

I feel that now I am on the right track thanks to the post natal sessions George runs. Each week I feel better about myself

Claire L

William's Mum

I WANTED TO EXERCISE AFTER HAVING MY BABY BUT WAS WORRIED I WAS TOO UNFIT & DID NOT WANT TO GET AN INJURY – GEORGE HAS HELPED ME GET FITTER, STRONGER & MORE IN TUNE WITH MY BODY

I started working with George when I was 4 months post-partum. I’d started some exercise on my own but was worried about causing any injury after a complicated birth. I was also after some impetus to improve my diet.

I had some reservations – I thought exercising with my son in the room would be difficult and I didn’t think I’d achieve much. I was also worried about the level of fitness required and whether training in a group would allow me to receive sufficient advice and help.

The process of working with George has been brilliant! His enthusiasm is catching and he seems genuinely interested in your achieving your goals. His support has been unwavering and even after a night of no sleep or when my baby is being particularly difficult, an hour in the studio makes me feel so much better. It’s hard not to feel positive around George.

My fitness has definitely improved during the course and I’m confident my core has strengthened. I feel more in tune with my body.

Helen C

Sacha's Mum

EXERCISING WAS GETTING TOO TRICKY AND I WANTED MY CORE STRENGTH BACK. I WAS WEARING MY MATERNITY JEANS AND HOLDING ONTO MY BABY WEIGHT AND I WAS OUT OF BREATH ON WALKS – MY STOMACH IS FLATTER AND MY ARMS AND LEGS ARE MORE TONED. MY CORE IS STRONGER AND I AM NO LONGER OUT OF BREATH ON WALKS

Before I started I had completed another fitness class until I was 5 months pregnant when everything was getting too tricky! My instructor recommended George to help get my fitness and core strength back following the birth of my baby. I was still wearing maternity jeans and holding on to all my baby weight and I was out of breath walking round the block with my dog while I wore my baby in his sling.

There seemed to be fear of the unknown amongst many Sheffielders! A man…teaching post natal sessions?!?! Any reservations were quashed at the first session when it became clear that George knew A LOT about the female body post pregnancy and I felt confident that the exercise plan would be safe and suitable for my body.

Each session is very well thought out and planned ahead of time and having regular exercises to complete at home was great, especially as there are youtube links to the exercises in case baby brain takes over! I have managed to make the diet advice work with small changes to my diet while still eating lots.

I’m no longer out of breath when I go walking and I’m able to walk longer and on tougher walks without a struggle. I can dead lift my baby over my head which he loves despite being a heavy boy now!! I’m still carrying some baby weight around my hips but my stomach is visibly flatter, my arms and thighs are more toned and I can feel my core strength has significantly improved.

Rachel P

Seb's Mum

I WANTED AN EXERCISE SESSION SPECIALLY FOR MY POST NATAL BODY WHERE MY BABY IS WELCOME – NOW MY CORE IS STRONG AND MY STOMACH IS BECOMING MORE TONED

I had an 8 week old baby and wanted to get back into exercise. I realised I needed specialist training to give myself the best start.

I chose to work with George as he had been recommended by a friend. It’s great that I am able to bring Edie, my little one, to the sessions and it’s a bonus that George is so confident with babies and will pick her up if needed, allowing me to focus on the exercises.

Since joining, the gap between my stomach muscles has closed and my stomach is becoming more toned. I’ve also noticed a massive difference in the strength of my pelvic floor.

George allows you to swap session times if you need to which is a huge help as children can be unpredictable. It means we can all continue to work towards our goals, even after a night of no sleep! I am really enjoying the classes.

Lois W

Edie's Mum

I HAD LOST A LOT OF STRENGTH AND STRUGGLED TO PICK MY SON UP EASILY – I AM STRONGER AND LOVE THE FEELING OF HAVING WORKED OUT AGAIN

Before pregnancy I used to do quite a bit of exercise including a bootcamp and running regularly. Post pregnancy I felt that I’d lost a lot of strength but especially core strength. My son is on the heavier side and I was starting to struggle to pick him up easily.

I was unsure about doing postnatal exercise with a relatively young male – my reservations were unfounded!! George is very friendly, motivating and knows what he is doing. I love being able to take my son to the sessions and I know that if he gets really upset that George will carry him round rather than just leaving him on the mat.

My Biggest result is improved strength – I feel like I am keeping up with my son’s weight gain. I love the feeling of having worked out again and to know that I’ve done that safely postnatally. I love the sessions!!

Laura T

Felix's Mum

I WAS VERY UNFIT AND FELT MY BODY AND SPIRIT WAS BROKEN. I HAD NO IDEA WHERE TO START – NOW I AM STRONGER THAN I WAS BEFORE I WAS PREGNANT AND I AM CONFIDENT WITH THE WAY I LOOK AND THAT I CAN ACHIEVE MY GOALS

Before I started working with George I was very unfit and broken both in body and spirit really! Two pregnancies in 3 years had left my body not feeling at all like my own, really over weight, very weak, no idea where to even start, I don’t think I really believed I would ever get back to feeling like myself, that I was going to be stuck in the podgy mum territory forever.

I’d never done any weight based exercises or ‘circuit training’ type activities and I was a bit worried everyone else would be really fit. I was also a bit worried about the accountability of having a trainer to tell me what i should be doing. All three of these things were totally unfounded – the exercises, the people and George are all brilliant.

It has been really inspiring working with George. I can lift weights and do exercises now that I would never have tried before. It’s so much more than just turning up and doing the sessions, I feel really supported and like George really cares about us achieving our goals.

I like the Facebook group, all the encouragement to eat better and believe in ourselves has made a massive difference to me. I now set myself a new goal each month, I am slowly losing weight – and I don’t get disheartened by how slow it is anymore, it is coming off but I am getting stronger and healthier all the time.

The best results I have achieved are feeling strong, probably stronger and more stable than I was before I got pregnant and even though I still have quite a bit of weight to lose, my body feels capable now. And I have so much more confidence in myself both with how I look (a little bit) and also that I can achieve my goals.

I’d like to say being able to bring the babies is amazing and makes getting fit achievable. Texting George my food really helped and I would definitely say doing 2 sessions a week is a must.

Hannah M

Imogen's Mum

I WAS HAPPY WITH MY BODY BUT WANTED TO FEEL FITTER AND HAVE MORE ENERGY – I CAN NOW PLAY WITH MY 3YO WITHOUT GETTING TIRED.

Before starting the post natal exercise membership I was happy enough with my post natal body but wanted to feel fitter and have more energy. I didn’t know if I would be motivated enough to keep up with the sessions Working with George has been really positive. I actually enjoy the sessions….kind of!!! I find George knowledgeable, supportive and really understanding of the needs of the women he works with.

It’s great as now, after coming to the sessions, I can throw my nearly 3 year old daughter around and play for much longer without getting tired.

It’s great to be able to take the babies and George is really good with them allowing us to get on with the exercises. George is generally a really personable bloke and I think women of all ages, shapes and sizes feel very comfortable with him.

Emily T

Thomas' Mum

I WANTED TO FIND A POST NATAL EXERCISE CLASS THAT WASN’T BORING AND MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD WORKED HARD. I WAS WORRIED IT WOULD BE MORE LIKE A MUMS’ GROUP MORE THAN AN EXERCISE CLASS – FROM THE FIRST CLASS I HAVE FELT LIKE I HAVE WORKED HARD AND FEEL ENERGISED AFTER EVERY SESSION.

Before joining George’s group I felt I needed to get some good exercise but I couldn’t find a regular time to get childcare. It was probably more for mental health than physical need to be honest.

Previous postnatal exercise had been very gentle and boring and I really wanted a workout that felt like I’d worked hard and done it for me without thinking about pregnancy, I was a little worried it would be more like a mum’s group rather than an exercise class.

From the first class I’ve felt like I’m there for me doing exercise for me but without having to compromise on what to do with Rose every week. I enjoy the exercise and Rose enjoys the music and having George there to chat to if she gets bored 🙂 I like that you make it as hard as you want to but I don’t have to worry about whether it’s safe for me. I feel like I’ve worked hard and completely energised afterwards.

It’s been amazing to do something for myself whilst also having a happy baby. I haven’t really taken the baby weight loss seriously yet but I’ve gotten stronger and feel better for it. I have learnt a lot about nutrition and how to exercise safely and I find myself taking that on board and applying it now I’m ready for that too.

Lindsay L

Rose's Mum

Weight Loss Success Stories

I STRUGGLED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND DIDN’T KNOW IF I WOULD STICK TO THE PLAN – I AM MORE CONFIDENT AND HAVE LOST 6 POUNDS IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS

I was struggling to lose weight and was eating only 1200 calories a day. I was getting frustrated. Before I started training with George I did not know whether I would stick to the plan and was questioning “Would it be a waste of money because I’d be bad the rest of the week?

Working with George has been really enjoyable. I have learnt new techniques and boosted my confidence with exercise and training.

My confidence in the gym has grown and I now feel motivated to get involved in future sporting events. I have also lost 6lbs in just over a couple of months which is a bonus.

Tash L

I FELT DEMOTIVATED, DEPRESSED AND ASHAMED OF MYSELF AS I WAS SO OVERWEIGHT – I HAVE LOST OVER 4 STONE IN 4 MONTHS AND FEEL HAPPIER, CONFIDENT, MOTIVATED AND FITTER

Before I started my weight loss training with George I felt demotivated, depressed, had little confidence and felt ashamed of myself. At first I felt embarrassed to go and train with George because I was so overweight, but from our first session he made me feel completely comfortable and helped me get my mind focused on my weight loss goal.

I thought I knew a lot about training and nutrition, but George soon made me realise that I didn’t know it all, and that there were many changes I needed to make to maximise my results. We didn’t change everything all at once and I am glad as I don’t think I could have.

The sessions are tough and George doesn’t mess around when it comes to training and making sure you keep on top of your diet. He knows how to get you working at your best, but he’s also not the angry drill sergeant type either and is always considerate and friendly.

The diet plan he gave me has been incredibly useful and has been crucial for my weight loss, it isn’t unrealistic or depriving and keeps you full and eating tasty foods.

I have lost over four stone in four months since starting with George and am the fittest I have ever been. I feel far happier, more confident, more motivated and even feel sharper minded. I believe George genuinely cares about his clients achieving their goals and does whatever he can to help them. He definitely goes beyond what is expected of him and consistently goes the extra mile. I think all these things really make him stand out from other trainers and I am confident in saying he is the best trainer I have ever met.

James N

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