'Lose weight or risk Diabetes'
Health is arguably the most important commodity in life. When this is jeopardised, we realise there is no alternative but to amend our ways. Xercise4Less Wigan member John Jordan was severely at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. He knew at this point he had to do something about his weight.
“In December 2018, after a blood test, my doctor told me that I was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It was this that convinced me to do something about my weight to improve my health.”
This was obviously a massive shock to John, and gave him the impetus to start a fitness regime, subsequently joining our Wigan club in his quest to lose up to 4 stone.
Starting My Weight Loss Journey With Xercise4Less Gyms
At the age of 42, John had never been in a gym before and wanted to be part of an environment where he felt welcome and be given the confidence to succeed on his weight loss journey.
“It was difficult at first because of my weight and my age, but all the staff and the PT were extremely helpful, taking time to show me how to use all the machines and equipment.”
John also revealed how he struggled with certain exercises, but was ably assissted by the PT in order to ensure he performed the exercise correctly and it would be beneficial for him to achieve his goals.
“I particularly remember trying to do a plank on the first day and was very unsuccessful. Since then, my PT has helped me with my technique and to gradually lift heavier weights. He is also readily available on social media and over the phone if I need him.”
The friendly, inclusive nature of Xercise4Less has provided John with the comfort of being able to perform the exercises he needs to do, in the time frame he wants to do them, and without feeling the pressure of being intimidated by the presence of supremely fit or muscle-bound people.
Developing Fitness With Specific Gym Workouts
In order to succeed in his weight loss journey, John has a plan of action to attack each and every gym session he attends. He feels that weights and resistance training works best for him.
“I believe that working with weights has been the best solution for me. At first, I needed cardio to lose weight but my PT explained how lifting weights can burn more calories. I have gradually improved my technique and increased my weights with exercises such as; deadlifts, squats and shoulder presses.”
The Benefits Of Exercising: My Success Story
After training regularly for the best part of a year, John has seen a dramatic increase in his health. Not just through losing weight, but also his general physical condition and well-being have improved.
“Nearly a year to the day since I started working out, I took another blood test which found my blood sugar levels were at a normal, healthy rate. This meant I was no longer at risk of developing diabetes. I was amazed and so proud of myself for being able to accomplish this.”
In addition to his health being improved, John has new-found confidence in the way he looks and feels.
“I have a physically demanding job which has been made easier through weight loss and fitness. I look better and now I enjoy going into the studio at the gym and feel comfortable looking at my reflection in the mirror. It is a pleasure to work out in there now because of my improved physique.”