Looking good on their wedding day
Journalists Claire Moulson and Ben Smith set Diets Don’t Work training director Adam Atkinson the ultimate challenge: to knock them into shape in time for their wedding day… in just six weeks. Neither Ben or Claire were in bad shape, which made it even more of a challenge for Adam (the fatter you are the easier the weight comes off), but both of them wanted to look as good as they possibly could with so many camera lenses ready to snap them on the great day. There was no time to ease them into the action, so they were plunged headlong into a rigorous programme of high intensity cardio as well as a wide-ranging series of exercises designed to tone them up in time for the big day. Exercise was only half the battle. Adam also reviewed the couple’s diet and made changes which were sustainable and realistic. Their hard work and Adam’s strict regime soon led to big improvements in overall health and fitness, as well as weight loss. But more than just the weight loss, it was the change in body shape and muscle definition that made the biggest difference.
“ When we started, I did an initial fitness test with both Ben and Claire, which allowed me to gauge their fitness level and was also a good benchmark by which to measure fitness and strength gains after the 6 weeks” says training director Adam, who provides personal training in the Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot areas. “They really took my nutritional advice onboard and the results speak for themselves: Ben went from 1 min 26 seconds in his 400m run to 1min 19. His maximum push-up test went from 25 to 40, and his plank test went from 1min 15 seconds to 2 minutes. Claire initially did her run in 1:51 and then did 1:40, her push-ups (3/4) went from 16 to 35, while her plank test went from 1:12 to 2:45, a big win over Ben! Claire also lost 4 inches from her waist and 2 inches from her hips, all in 6 weeks!!
Both of them also showed improved lung function results, cardio-vascular fitness results, and did much better on their second Diets Don’t Work lifestyle score. Claire went from scoring herself 4/10 on “Body Image” to scoring 7/10. For Ben both energy levels and body image went from 6/10 to 8/10. A huge well done to them both.