Here is another weight loss case study...
Great interview with Chris Leintz who has been with us for 6 months. He gives some great tips he follows to transform his body and achieve weight loss and body toning. He is self employed and his work demands a lot from him. He started to notice that he needed to maintain his strength, so he can continue with his work. Chris has managed to improve his body and life by doing the next tips. Without further introduction, here is Chris’ interview:
Sandro, “And he has seen great results. You can see the before and after and I'm impressed about the way he exercises and how he changed his life and the way he came to me and asked for help to get in shape. I want to hear his story. I want to know what's going on with his life and why he decided to change his life. Welcome my friend.”
Chris, “Thank you.”
Sandro, “Tell me about your story, tell me the moment you decided to change your life and came to see me asking for help to get in shape and hire a Personal Trainer.
Hire a personal trainer...
Chris, “I have worked out in the past and enjoyed it and knew the benefits of it, but my job requirement, both time and physical. I was starting to struggle with being able to physically do my job. I am a carpenter and it's pretty heavy work and I'm getting older, so, and I was starting to get unhappy about it and I didn't want to give up.”
Sandro, “How old are you?
Chris, “I will be sixty four in a couple weeks. So I knew that the best or most, what I felt was the most direct way to change some of my situation was to get back into exercise because it would make me stronger and it would also sharpen my mind. Because it really does do that. It gives you better focus, it gives you, gives me a different place, a different output to do my job which is pretty consuming of my time in my thoughts and my energy. So it's been great in that respect to come here.”
Sandro, “So you are talking about stress? And exercise is helping you with that.”
Chris, “It gives you a diversion in a positive way. I can sit home and drink beer, but it's not going to change anything.”
Sandro, “It is not going to help. It is going to make you older.”
Chris, “Correct and less happy. Sometimes you just know what you need to do. Maybe you don't know why, but you know you need to do it.”
Sandro, “You knew you needed to change?”
“Yes and I feel this is the best place to start with personal training.”
Sandro, “Your plan was not to transform your body. Your plan was to improve your life. You know that you are getting older and want to become stronger. You need to perform better at your job and for you to perform better at your job, you need to become stronger and exercise helps with that. Plus, you wanted a distraction from work and you didn't want a negative distraction and that is when you decided to do something.”
Chris, “Yes, I guess one of the most surprising things, I have lifted weights before, several times, this time, and I don’t know for what reason than this place is full of really good people and I've really enjoy it and I really enjoy being around them, watching them do well and I'm surprised at how you noticed the other people the advancements that they are making, how is helping them so much and changing not just their body but their happiness and they outlook.”
Sandro, “It is interesting right? I hear from many members how they notice others are changing, but they don’t notice change in themselve.”
Chris, “They probably don’t see it. They don’t see as much as the bystander does.”
Sandro, “So you like this place because of the people. So talk to me about a couple things. I know that this is not the reason why you actually sign up. It wasn't not to lose fat. But it is something you acquired which you are happy with. Tell me about your eating and exercise. What are you doing to get these results?”
Chris, “Some of the things you mentioned to me. You know it's like everything when someone says something to you sometimes it takes a short while to register. You told me about eating organic vegetables and food. I can't walk past the organic things without feeling guilty, if I don't buy organic instead of processed. I cut out a lot of things. I don't eat sugar, I don't eat fat things. When I see a fast food place I remember what you told me about making sure you take your own food and prepare your food at home because you can't buy good food when you're on the run.
Sandro, “ So you did change a couple things? Buy organic, don’t buy processed foods, make your food instead of buying food already made.”
Chris, “Those are sample things. I think the other thing that you told me that I know is true, but I probably didn't practice enough was positive thinking. In other words, you come here and you don't feel like doing it and things hurt, but the only way to overcome it is to do it. With luck eventually won't hurt as bad or you will see that the little bit of hurt is worth the game. So no, I think you have created a very healthy environment. You encourage everyone. Some people need more encouragement than others and you do a great job with that, making sure everyone realizes you're helping them and have an interest in their success because without that a lot of people, including myself, would not advance as much.
Sandro, “Thank you, Chris.
Talk to me a little bit about your exercise...
just remember that our listeners don't come here so they don't know what's going on. How can you explain your training?”
Chris, “It's a very well-rounded exercise program whatever the weekly routine is and quickly shows your weak points. There's certain things that you really struggle with and other things are not as hard for you. So at that point you realized that it is important to do the things you don’t like, things that hurt, even more important than the things you enjoy and excel at. So you need to do the other ones too. You have to eat all the vegetables on your plate. You can't just eat what you like.
Sandro, “That's a good way to put it. You said that you need to work on your weaknesses. One thing I want to point out. Everyone who sees you exercise is impressed by seeing workout. You are 64. I have people from 20 to 40, 50. People younger than you are impressed about the energy you have. Told me about what you tell yourself? What do you think when you exercise? What makes you so energetic to push?
Chris, “It is not too hard. I know what I want. I know the results I want. So you have to put in the effort and if you have to go a mile, you need to workout like you are going to go two miles. And if we're going to be here and we're going to do it, we should do it to our maximum best. Always do your best at whatever you're doing. Plus I don't want to use the word competitive, but you do want to hopefully, other people, when I look at another person, they inspire me to be able to do what they can do.”
Sandro, “So, it's competitive but in a good way. People are like models to you to follow to become better.”
Chris, “,That is the incentive to know when you need to go or want to go. When I see somebody who is stronger than me or has better balance or better form it shows me that if I do the work and I follow what they do, I can also have that.”
Sandro, “ One more question. Tell me one thing. What would you recommend to a person who wants to improve her body?
Chris, “Tell him to come here.”
Sandro, “Thank you Chris. Anything else you want to say?
"My experiences of physical activities and sports and in weight lifting or exercise for everyday health...
you always do better if you are in a group than if you think you are going to do it at home because there are too many distractions and it is too easy to say, ‘I do it later.’ When you commit to come somewhere, you've given your word to yourself and to the group that you were going to continue. So it makes it much easier to stay the course.”
Sandro, Better to do things in the group than alone. You committed to yourself, you committed to the group and you are accountable to them. Thank you so much, Chris. I really appreciate it and thank you for your time.
Chris, “Thank you for your help.”
That is a very motivational interview. This is what I got from Chris:
Affect your life directly by taking action and exercise.
The pain and discomfort of exercise is worth the results.
Always do your best. If you need to lose 20 pounds, train like you need to lose 40.
Model a role model. If they are doing better than you, copy them and you will get the same.
If you want to stay accountable to your goals, find a group of people who have the same objective. They will keep you committed to your goals.
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