Over the last five years I’ve gone from an overweight smoker, to a non-smoking sub 2 hour half marathon runner, to someone that is now a healthy weight and composition and who has just run a 1:30 half marathon. I’ve worked with Alex throughout this period and can honestly say his input and encouragement have been central to this dramatic change in my lifestyle and performance. A combination of his attention to the individual’s needs as well as a pragmatic understanding of how real life intrudes in non professional athletes has been invaluable. So 1:25 next?!! So after all the training and dreaming I fell just a little short but 11mins faster than last time so I guess I should take that. 1:30:07 for the Bath Half today
Pierre (Amateur boxer – Cambridge University)
Alex provided a truly excellent service. I had a tough weight cut to make a low weight relative to my natural weight, but the personalised diet plan made it all 10x easier. Would recommend to anyone looking to lose weight the right way!
Simon (Improving my health!)
At 21, I started going to the gym during my lunch break. I quickly fell in love with heavy lifting (and soon after Strongman) and complimented it with big eating. Being very new to lifting, and having very limited nutritional knowledge, I turned to the internet. There is a lot of great advice online, and even more not so great stuff. Unfortunately, the not so great stuff looks like a lot more fun, and so I chose that. Eating a massive excess of calories, lots of protein and not caring where it all came from. 2 years later, I had put on an extra 7 stone (from 12st to 19st) While a lot of it was muscle, I was carrying more bodyfat than I was happy with.
That’s when I decided to look in to nutritionists. I found Alex’s profile on nutritionist-resource.org.uk and had a look. I could see that he had a background in sports nutrition and personal training, not to mention a MSc Human Nutrition and BSc Sports Science, so knew he would understand my goals.
When I met Alex, he started by asking what I wanted to achieve. My main concerns were to lose bodyfat while maintaining as much muscle and strength as possible.
He then weighed me, took my measurements and bodyfat %, checked my blood pressure and cholesterol. With my starting point established, Alex asked me to keep a food diary for a few days so he could code me a new plan using foods I liked.
Based on this information, Alex noticed my diet was sporadic and had very little structure. This was the first thing he tackled, the next was ensuring I had enough protein and the correct level of carbs to be able to recover fully for heavy gym sessions. He was also concerned with my lack of fruit and veg, and quickly rectified it.
I was glad that despite the weight loss, my strength had stayed the same, maintaining my 230kg deadlift and actually increasing my bench to 130kg.
I will be using Alex’s advice and expertise going forward, to help me get the best out of my training and recovery. Based on the great results I have had in a short amount of time; I can’t wait to see what his programing can do for me long term.
After 3 weeks with the new plan I had lost about 1 stone, most of which was body fat. The biggest change was in my blood pressure and cholesterol, which were both slightly high, but had now come down to the ideal levels for both.