Client: Kym Buck
Coach: Andrew Menechian
Service: 12 week fitness model preperation program
I had tried numerous times to lose weight, I would try new diets on different weeks and then fail. My lifestyle consisted of very bad eating and little exercise. I ate a lot of carbs and little protein which lead to me being very bloated and I put on more weight. I ended up hating going out because I felt so uncomfortable with my body and didn’t look good in anything I wore. I would get motivation for a few days and join a bootcamp for 2 weeks and then lose all motivation and stop and fall back into my bad eating habits again. The only way I was going to be able to lose weight and transform my body was if I had a massive goal at the end of it to keep me motivated and make me work towards it. I had no idea about nutrition at all, and no idea about weights training. I had always been interested in competing in a body building competition, but never thought I would be able to. I had read all about it and the dedication and determination that is needed to do this, I thought I could never do it. I had spoken to a few competitors and they recommended clean health, so I jumped on the website and was amazed at the transformations. I wanted to do that.
I signed up for a 12 week transformation and had Andrew Menechian as my trainer.
I was at a very high 25.6% body fat and weighed 73.5kgs. It was then that I set myself the very hard challenge to drop at least half my body fat and compete in September. I had to completely change my lifestyle, from going out every weekend drinking and partying to cutting all ties to alcohol and eating super clean and healthy, following a strict day to day diet. No dairy, no gluten, no bad carbs, no alcohol… it seemed almost impossible through my eyes.
My first training session was hard… so hard that I only lasted half an hour and I could only do 1.5 laps on the prowler with no weight and I was nearly in tears because I was sore and being pushed to my limits. I walked out of there thinking ‘what have I got myself into…’
In my first 4 weeks, all of my measurements had dropped incredibly, and we had worked out it was because I had a food intolerance to gluten. My body fat had dropped 4.5% and I had lost 2.5kgs. From there, Andrew trained me harder and harder each time and I never game up or missed a training session. He was always supportive, friendly and a good laugh when I needed it (ie when I was about to drop onto the floor from prowler laps). My measurements continued to drop each weigh in, and I was getting closer to my goal! Along the way, my nutrition changed slightly with how my body was changing and I learnt how important protein is to have and also learnt all about good carbs, bad carbs and healthy fats.
There were times I was down when I didn’t weigh in how I wanted to, or I was so exhausted that I just couldn’t train any harder, but Andrew picked me back up every time and got me over the line. I was never going to give up, but those times when I was mentally weak, Andrew was there to help me.
In the end, I shredded over half my body fat, lost about 5kgs, and gained about 4kgs of muscle. I went from only being able to do 1.5 laps on the prowler with no weight, to up to 10 laps with up to 30kg plates on them! I smashed all my weights sessions, and was doing up to 4 times a week HIIT training before work. It was amazing seeing the changes my body was making, and it gave me so much more motivation and such a good outlook on life. I found myself waking up so much happier every morning, I feel great, I can wear what I want and feel confident!
Although I didn’t place, it was the most amazing experience and the reaction I have got from all of my friends and family has been more then I could ever have hoped for. It has given me the confidence again, and the massive motivation to get better and I will be competing again next year with hopefully placing. I have also come out so much more physically and mentally stronger, I know now I can do ANYTHING if I put my mind to it.
Everyone at clean health are amazing, from Emily and Chelsea on the front desk, to Rawdon and his Strongman classes on Saturday mornings, to Jes Murphy who helped with my nutrition, and most of all my amazing trainer Andrew.
Thankyou for helping me reach my dream… and achieve my dream body. Ill see you all at strongman