I’m extremely excited to share Robert’s success story with you!
Rob has shown tremendous improvements ever since I first met him back in January 2014.
Ever since we first met, I knew he was a winner.
Rob has always been willing to work hard during my sessions. He told me that he wants to be challenged during his workouts. I promised to do exactly that…
At the start of his first session, he said something along the lines of: “I want to be pushed very hard.” With that in mind, I gave him a fairly advanced, yet safe workout.
Compared to what he is capable of now, his first workout would be considered “super easy”.
After his first session, Rob told me that he almost threw up and that it’s exactly the kind of workout that he is looking for. I’m very good at establishing people’s current limits. (I also knew that Rob is a healthy person, which is very important to take into consideration before deciding how hard to “push” him.)
The second session was equally as challenging. At one point, he told me that he felt like he was going to pass out.
However, he did not give up.
Fast forward to a few sessions later…Rob was asking me for more and more challenging workouts.
At that point, I knew he was ready for some amazing personal bests and I wasn’t afraid to test him.
When Rob first did the 1 mile run challenge, he was excited to get 7:11. About a month and a half later, he broke 6 minutes and ran a personal best of 5:44, which qualified him for the $20 cash bonus (it was a promotion that I was doing to reward my clients for their hard work). That’s approximately a 20% improvement in a relatively short amount of time.
Shortly thereafter, Rob moved on to the wall sit challenge. When I first had him try it, he made it just a little over 2 minutes. A few weeks later, he made it over 6 minutes and earned another $20 cash bonus to add to his collection. Most recently, Rob lasted over 9 minutes in a wall sit. He improved by a REMARKABLE ~450%!!
Above: Rob & I after he won one of the first $20 cash bonuses.
We continued to focus on strength, endurance and speed. Later, I told him about the 3 minute push-up challenge and he gave it a try.
The first time he tried it, he got 68 pushups in 3 minutes, which I thought was pretty decent.
However, I KNEW he was capable of more.Therefore, when he did 122 pushups in 3 minutes about 5 weeks after he was first introduced to that challenge, I wasn’t surprised. He nearly doubled the amount of pushups that he started with.
Above: Rob & I after he got the $20 bonus for doing 122 pushups in 3 min.
To date, Rob also improved his bench press from 165 lbs to 205lbs.
In addition to doubling almost everything else he lifts, he was also the first of my clients to take on the 10 sets of stairs & 20 pushups x 10 challenge (100 sets of stairs and 200 pushups total). He completed it and, in my opinion, made it look pretty easy.
Rob has been making amazing progress over the past several months and he continues to inspire me with his determination, drive and “can do” attitude.
Here’s what he had to say about his journey with me so far:
“Before my first session with Yana, I was a bit skeptical about working with a personal trainer. In the past, I had experience with a few different trainers, however, I always left dissatisfied, knowing that I could have pushed myself harder. Don’t let her small size fool you-Yana is a giant ball of muscly energy. Because my physical condition wasn’t what it is now, after the first session, I almost puked. After the second session, I almost passed out. After the 30th session, I set 3 personal records in one week, including running a sub-6 min mile and 122 pushups in 3 minutes.
Yana has helped me overcome my mental barrier to success, helped me achieve physical feats I never thought were possible, and manages to do it all while making me laugh.
I cannot wait to continue my growth in the future!”
Thank you, Rob, for having me be a part of your story. You are a pleasure to work with and I know that many more personal bests and stellar achievements await you in the future.