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A Personal Trainers Journey: Part 2 – 4 Weeks Down!

Mobile Personal Training Specialist Brad Caroll’s Next Part In his 8 week Trasformation! 

23/11/13      WEEK 4.


Hello 4 U Body Fitness fanatics!


As you may already know, I am on an 8 week journey to show all of you what a little determination and a lot of hard work can do. It has been going excellent. I am down to 104kg from 107kg however my body mass index is under 20% for the first time since i can remember. I have also packed on 6kg of lean muscle so i feel a million bucks right now! 


My shoulder has recovered quite a lot and i am able to lift weights again. Cardio wise I believe I have never been fitter as i am right now as I have achieved personal bests in my 5km run and beat all my times on the electronic bikes at the gym that i go to. I have been practicing what I preach and giving myself burpees, bear crawls and all the other nasty exercises us personal trainers like to dish out to you guys! Everything is going great and I am only a month into my 8 week challenge.


However, it has been extremely hard work and even us personal trainers need help from time to time, so I started training with my brother Sean. Sean is a lot like me, a no nonsense trainer who pushes your limits and then some. If you slack off, he lets you know about it and is such a competitive beast who hates to be beaten by anyone. Exactly what I needed! Sean wanted to get his body fit for football and I wanted to smash this 8 week challenge, so we push ourselves to the limit every session. Even us trainers need a kick up the arse from time to time!


A personal trainers schedule is never the same from week to week so finding time to work out is difficult. Sometimes I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and get home after 9pm so trying to squeeze an hour here or there between sessions is the key. Some of my clients do a session with me before working a 12 hour day or some see me after a very busy day at the office and manage to smash out a good session. No matter who you are or whatever you do, how many kids you have or what other responsibilities you have, you can always squeeze even 15 minutes a day into working out and making yourselves better. It all helps! Dig deep down inside yourselves and ask yourselves “Who do you want to be?” not what but who? Figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy, not letting anything stand in the way of your weight loss goals. If you fall down and let it slip one day, work twice as hard the next! Never settle for second place!


My diet has been very good. It has all been done with good, foods that you buy in the average supermarket. Plenty of lean meats such as chicken and tuna, a few servings of red meat, plenty of vegetables (I have some with every meal including breakfast) and the occasional fruit smoothie with skim milk, greek yoghurt, bananas, strawberries with a scoop of Herbalife protein and Herbalife energy green tea. Now I have slipped up exactly 3 times in the last month and we don’t ever forget those meals. Once at Kelly’s in Cranbourne when I couldn’t resist their awesome parma, once at Nando’s after a hard day moving house and ordering pizza once as well. We all should enjoy the foods we like but only in moderation and we should reward ourselves from time to time after our hard work, but ONLY if we think we deserve it. If we haven’t worked hard enough, then time to smash out some burpees and earn it!


I’m back in preseason training for football as well and that has fuelled me to push to my limits and then some. I won the 800m time trial (I’ve never won a race on foot before) and had many of my team mates compliment myself on my fitness and hard work. All of you can relate to this when a friend or family member says that you are looking good and they can see that you have lost weight. There is very little that can top that feeling! It feels like all my hard work is paying off and I know I still have a ways to go yet. I have gone from the person who couldn’t find motivation if it walked up to me and roundhouse kicked me in the face to a person who is motivated by life and all the people around me! I gain motivation from a client of mine who when we started could not do one single squat, and now can not only do squats with excellent technique, but also punch out 30 burpees consecutively. I gain motivation from a 50 year old man who will never ever quit as he proves to the world that age is just a number. I gain motivation by all the hard working mothers I train with 1,2,3,4 kids who had stuff all sleep the night before but still manage to belt out sessions and get better over time. Also the people who juggle 12 hour days with families and other commitments and still manage to find time to see me and make themselves better! Thats all the motivation I need right there!


It is such an eye opening experience for me that if you really want something, don’t wait for it to come to you, attack it with everything you have. If you fail, then you learn from it and make yourself better. If you succeed and reach those goals, then smile and feel proud about the hard work and results you achieved, then set the bar even higher again!


We all got to go through Hell before we can get to Heaven.


Brad Carroll

U Body Fitness Personal Trainer


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