Physique Transformations Success Stories
Adrian’s Transformation Story
I have been training with Chris Santander from Physique Transformations since January 2016 until July 2016. I was unhappy with myself for a long while and the crux of this was my issues with weight. My parents and I decided that it may be best that I seek the help of a personal trainer.
Chris emphasised diet and more importantly nutrition as a big part of realising my goal. He explained that you didn’t need a complete overhaul to be healthy and comfortable with your body. He also taught me that regular exercise was key and that if you did stray from the path once or twice, it wasn’t the end of the world. He was really supportive and enthusiastic.
To date I have lost 27kg and counting. I started at 127 kg and I am now at 100 kg, just 1kg away from my goal. I am now comfortable walking into a gym and wearing nicer clothes. There is no comparison to how I felt 6 months ago. My weight problems affected not only my physical health but my mental health. I am now a happier person with a new and improved positive outlook on life.
Chelsea’s Transformation Journey
I’ve been training with Kate Hearne for 9 months, I decided to take on Personal Training for weight loss motivations and to be able to train with my partner. I have since lost 10kgs and have gone from 105kg to 95kg.
Kate helped me reach my goals through targeted training, with encouragement and monitoring of my calories via MFP, texts through the week with comments/advice on calories and progress, advice on macros, stretching; also, setting mini goals, customising training (and having a positive, friendly manner) so I enjoy training, being flexible with times/days to minimise missing any sessions due to other commitments, coming to my house so there is no escape of excuses!
Since I’ve begun personal training with Kate, I feel more optimistic that weight loss is possible and sustainable without fad diets or massive lifestyle sacrifices, rather better choices and moderation.
Joe Boutros’ Transformation Story
I have never felt so confident with myself. Everything I do and say to people is with a lot of confidence and that’s after the way Joe has transformed not only my body but also my mind and soul. I’m now maintaining my weight like I have been able to do before. I truly recommend anyone out there to give him a try and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I began training with Joe back in 2007. Since then, Joe has changed the way I thought about nutrition and training.
Initially, I thought only about losing weight and he has given me great advice on a healthy lifestyle.
I used to reach a weight I was happy with, and stop training but then the weight naturally came back. I was a yo-yo dieter. When I reached a certain weight I would go back to Joe as I knew he would get me into the right frame of mind and I would get the results I wanted.
Throughout my two pregnancies I stopped looking after myself and did not exercise. I reached 80 kilos during my second pregnancy and at only 5ft this was a huge amount.
I returned to Joe after my second pregnancy determined to change. I did and am the lightest I’ve ever been since high school, now weighing in at 55kg.
Joe is an excellent motivator. He has thought me to stop looking at what I haven’t achieved and to be proud of what I have achieved. I am now the fittest and healthiest I have ever been. Without Joe’s knowledge and guidance I would never have reached this level of fitness. I am now pregnant with my third child and I have vowed to continue my training with Joe and stay focused throughout.*
I have been training with Chris from Physique Transformations for almost 5 years now.
Over this period of time, Chris has taught me that its not just about losing weight as I initially thought. I’ve learned that you don’t just ‘lose weight” without addressing your diet, improving your nutritional intake, as well as training appropriately. Chris has given me great advice on a healthy lifestyle and I feel all the better for it.
This took me some time to learn though as I had to change my perceptions about food that I had lived with my whole life. I used to reach a weight I was happy with and I would stop training but then the weight would come back. I was your classic yoyo dieter. I realised though that something had to change and the results came, and STAYED!
Chris is an excellent motivator, and has helped me lose over 12 kgs and I’m determined to keep it that way!*
Before I began training with Chris, I had already begun a mission to get my life back. By April 2012, I was around 130 kilos and realised that I didn’t care about my body anymore. I called a friend who got me started in a local park with some exercises and I was walking an hour a day. In June I joined the local gym, used the bike and treadmill and was pulled into a yoga class which proved to be a great early help to my fitness journey, with over 300 classes in the first year.
In July, I realised I needed serious help to really get the results I thought were significant. I asked Chris Nasr to train me and help me lose weight. We did not weigh in for several weeks, so I’m not quite sure where we started from – but I would say around 115kg. Over 8 months and seeing Chris twice a week (which I still do) I went down to 74.1kg.
We decided to start strength training and I have not looked back. It has not been easy starting at age 45 (and I’m now 47), but it has made me a stronger person. I’ve only missed training 3 times due to illness and once for the birth of my pups. I am a vegetarian and mostly vegan (since 18 years of age).
I am very grateful I made the choice to train with Chris who has the right balance of discipline, understanding and encouragement regardless of my age and lack of background in fitness.
I look forward to my fifties now. I have found the fighter in me.*
Elle. Rhodes, NSW
I started training with Angus in Dec’15, and at that time I was quite unfit and over-weight. Now roughly 6 months later I have lost nearly 20Kgs (3 dress sizes), and feel stronger than I can remember ever feeling. Training with Angus I feel confident that I have a trainer who shares the same vision as I do for my fitness and body goals, and is helping me reach those goals by pushing me to my limits. With Angus I feel that I have a trainer who is supportive and genuinely cares about achieving each fitness milestone as a team.
When I started training with Joe I was a skinny 70kg and I wanted more muscle mass.
Initially Joe tested my structural balance and flexibility, helped strengthen any body parts that were out of balance and tight, then got me started on building up some size. Since then, Joe has taught me so much about training.
How to progress my programs so that I could achieve my goals, but more importantly how to stick to it day in, day out. Joe has also shared his passion for fitness with me, which has encouraged me to start my own career in the fitness industry.
I am now 93kg and have added over 20kg of muscle mass. As a result I feel a lot more confident in myself and I’m loving it!*
Overall Health and Fitness
Nothing kills self-confidence quite like mandatory school ‘sport’ when, like me, you grew up a diminutive, bookish, Asian girl in a western culture who never really had the opportunity to train and enjoy sport in a supportive team environment. The reserve bench was probably behind the toilet block smoking pot in most cases anyway. That didn’t stop the teachers rolling their eyes at my approach: that scrawny, uncoordinated kid? Well I suppose she’d do a little better than Bob -he’s got a broken leg! So when I left the horrors of school sport behind for uni and a professional life, and there were no preconceptions to labour under, I decided to try a little experiment. With the right coaching and the right work, well logically, why couldn’t I whack on some serious muscle, gain a truck load of strength and get super fit? Rocky, here we come!!
After scans showing narrowing of the C5/6 disc space and thoracic scoliosis plus a problem with both the right and left rotator cuffs, add arthritic knees with a torn meniscus and spurs on the right ankle; I was a mess.
My injuries stem from my military career and my enjoyment of soccer. I have been told that if I don’t have surgery on my shoulders and knees I will suffer a debilitating future.
I decided that I wanted to treat my injuries through exercise and that’s where Joe kicked in. His exercise routines have provided structural strength and added flexibility. The exercise routines have progressively been amended to accommodate for my improvement.
The training was able to get be back on the soccer field and over the course of the training we have not just focused on structural and flexibility but also added routines to increase my speed. Of course there have been added benefits, weight control, improved immune system and a happier family.
It feels very cool that I can now mix it up with youngsters half my age on the soccer field, I can bench press my body weight (70Kg), this may not sound impressive but noting I couldn’t lift 30Kg without pain, I’m pretty pleased.
I can’t impress enough on the benefits I have gained from the training provided by Joe, add a healthy diet and regular maintenance through a Chiropractor or Physio or massage to keep your structural systems purring away.*
When I first started with Joe in March of 2012 I was a few months off turning 30 (somewhat of a life crisis kicked in) hovering at 80Kg.
I had bad a knee and felt like I was close to 50 years old I used to train but it was ineffective as I never had any real direction. My diet had much to be desired as years of working long hours with minimal sleep had sent me on a spiral on bad health habits, eating a lot of comfort food and high sugar everything.
My initial goal was to be extremely fit for one of my life goals, which was my Second Dan Black Belt. something that I had postponed on several occasions over the years. When I started with Joe, my grading was coming up in two months time. In those two months there was a dramatic change. I had lost body fat, gained lean muscle and had a massive increase in cardio endurance. I got my Second Dan Black Belt and almost 2 years later people are still commenting on the level of fitness I had during the 2 hours of my grading.
Post grading I continued to see Joe, and the results have not stopped. When I started I couldn’t lift my body weight once, and now am able to do 20 chin-ups in a row. I am continually reminded, especially by people I have not seen in a while, about how good I look and how much weight I have lost. This has definitely been a confidence builder.An additional benefit is that through Joe’s knowledge; he has provided methods and techniques that have meant I have been able to avoid knee surgery. I feel 20 years younger!*
I started personal training (PT) with Chris in 2009. Prior to that I had played a lot of team sport but had never done weight training. I couldn’t believe the difference the training made to my strength and toning – even just doing a one hour session per week.
I have played field hockey for over 40 years and struggled with lower back pain and calf injuries. The strength and flexibility I have gained from my PT with Chris alleviated that completely.
For Chris, his first priority is my safety – he is always careful with my technique to ensure that I don’t injure myself. He changes the program regularly and adjusts it depending on my activities outside the gym. He is motivating without being in anyway bossy or intimidating. I feel completely comfortable training with him and would highly recommend his services to anyone wanting to try PT.*
* Disclaimer: These testimonials are the individual results of Physique Transformations clients and have been supplied freely as an account of their personal experience. Physique Transformations would like to point out that individual results can vary. This depends on each patient’s physical health, diet and exercise, and strict adherence Physique Transformations programs.