JDP Health and Fitness PT Scarlet Hollands talks about her amazing client Sandra Bonasso and how she achieved her dramatic weight loss in only 12 weeks! Read on to discover Sandra’s weight loss story…..
Name: Sandra Bonasso
Total Weight Loss: 12kg (26.5lbs)
American born Sandra found Scarlet after a lot of research online, in hope to find someone that would finally help her achieve what she has longed for and that was not only a dramatic loss of weight but a change in lifestyle, to become stronger, healthier, fitter and most importantly to love herself physically, mentally and to ooze 100% confidence in herself!
“I did lots of research online. I didn’t just want to hire someone by the hour. I wanted more of a complete package that looked at training, diet and then of course someone who would monitor my progress and make changes accordingly. I came across JDP Health and Fitness online and thought you had the most competitive rates, an ideal central location and great reviews and success stories from previous clients. I also wanted a female trainer and then Scarlet came on the scene.”
I remember when I first met Sandra, we originally made contact via email and arranged to invite her down to our studio to show her around and have a consultation to discuss further why she wanted a PT, her goals and her expectations as well as he mandatory health and lifestyle questions. She was very timid and you could see walking into the gym environment she was uncomfortable so we agreed to take our meeting outside of the gym so I could talk to her in a more relaxed atmosphere.
We discussed in detail everything from goals, food, training and self confidence and after an hour we promptly got her all set up and the following week got her started.
My approach with all my clients will differ depending on the individual and both their previous fitness history and emotional state.
Nutritionally, Sandra was your typical yo-yo dieter. She had tried a number of diets over the years, some which would temporarily get her closer to the goal and some of which would last a matter of days/weeks. My priority was of course to give her a plan that would be suited to her lifestyle and something that she would adhere to and continue to maintain in the future. I calculated her personal macronutrients, full of foods which would benefit her health and compliment her training and fat loss program. The plan would change over the 12 weeks as she made progress to ensure she was fueled effectively. She absolutely stuck to her plan and evidently this paid off as now she is literally half the person she was!
Training wise, albeit Sandra had a good base knowledge of resistance training, I stripped her back and we started from scratch to ensure we would nail her form and technique before progressing into heavier and more compound movements. Her initial session was time for us both to see where she was at, assess her strength, movement patterns, weaknesses to which then I could write a detailed program best suited for her and her goals. Sandra trained with me 3x week for 12 weeks and those sessions would typically be split into upper and lower body training. We also touched on a little HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to attack some sessions with a more cardiovascular approach. Some weeks we would do what I call a “de-load” week, so taking the weights down and working on the more endurance/volume side of the spectrum just to give her body a little “active rest” from her heavy lifts but our predominate focus was to build her strength whilst defining her muscles and with diet dropping her overall body fat. Every session, without fail, Sandra would give 110% and it was a pleasure to watch her progress rapidly week on week! Before long, Sandra would turn up to her 07:00 sessions with a spring in her step and super eager to train, something I never expected from the self-conscious and shy lady I had met previously.
We weighed her in weekly and every 2-3 weeks we would have a check-in where we would take her measurements and discuss current progress to which then would lead onto me amending her diet and/or training plans. Throughout, Sandra made steady and constant progress, continually surprising both herself and I and she absolutely achieved more then I had expected! We are still working together and for the next 10 weeks we have new goals set and different plans in place to help her continue and grow as an individual so do watch this space and I look forward to filling you all in in another 10 weeks time!
I leave you with a few words from the lady herself and Sandra, you have been a pleasure to work with and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do over the next 3 months!
Fat Loss Testimonial
“I started seeing Scarlet when I was at a big low in my life. I knew I wanted to make changes and hoped she was the person that would help me make them. From the beginning, Scarlet and I clicked. I knew that if I followed what she told me to do, I would see results. I had faith in her knowledge and you just have to look at her to know she practices what she preaches. Very importantly, Scarlet also understood the emotional side of things and that this was a journey not only to physical health, but also to improved mental health and self-confidence. I signed up to the 12 week transformation. Scarlet gave me a meal plan, which she changed and altered as required. She monitored my progress and supported me every step of the way. She told me I could message her at any time with questions and/or concerns. No PT I have ever had has said that. I have lost pounds and inches and toned up considerably. I also can’t believe how strong I am now. My squat alone started with just a bar (20kg) and now my personal best is 73kg! My 12 week package has finished but I chose to continue working with Scarlet to continue and progress further. I think most importantly what sets Scarlet apart from other PT’s is her personality. In between her encouraging me and challenging me, she cheers me on and we even have a laugh in between sets! I cannot recommend Scarlet enough, she is the best PT I have ever trained with and if you follow her advice, she will 100% help you achieve your goals! – Sandra Bonasso