Throughout 2009 I have had great pleasure training many clients, seeing them reach their goal, and gain a little bit of happiness.
I would estimate that 95% of my clients hire me to make them look better. Whether it is to lose body fat, gain muscle, and improve posture…..I help my clients to do this – and they have to give it some effort too. Even though they usually end up stronger – It is a nice by-product of the training I prescribe for them.
In November 2008…..I had a different type of challenge. A 25-year-old female Rugby Union player called Mags Lowish had decided to take action and go for it……..aim to play premiership rugby – or keep playing at the level she was already playing at. Her words for hiring me at the start were ‘If I don’t do it now – I will never know and will always look back wondering if I could make it.’
A year ago i made the decision to change my life. I was playing social rugby, which I really enjoyed, but I was overweight and not fit enough to play at a higher level and this was always going to limit my progress. The head coach of a premiership team told me if I trained properly I had a lot of potential to play premiership rugby.
So I rang John Cammish and asked for his help. I wanted to play at the highest level I was capable of. I wanted to be the best I could be.
John taught me so much, from giving me a personalised weights programme, to making sure I was lifting correctly. He focussed on my weaknesses and showed me exactly what to do to be ‘Rugby fit’. Right from the start I learnt so much about the specifics of training for a sport, whereas before I had always kind of muddled along not really noticing improvements. But knowing I need to follow a weights and cardio programme and constantly do more/ make it harder to challenge my body and keep it working has made all the difference.
John also, and probably crucially, taught me about athlete nutrition and put me on a high protein diet and told me to have protein every few hours to keep my metabolism up. With the help of protein shakes, I followed this diet and gym programme fairly religiously and after a couple of months i was noticing fairly major improvements in my fitness, strength, speed and power. I had lost weight, body fat, and gained muscle. I felt better and had more energy and I looked better and more toned than I ever had. I was training harder and playing better and I got selected for the premiership team. I had achieved my dream of playing premiership rugby and yet I felt there was definitely more to come. I hadn’t yet reached my physical potential.
For the first couple of months I had 2-3 sessions a week with John, and after that, I continued his programmes by myself seeing him every 6-8 weeks for a review and a new programme.
My performance in matches went from strength to strength and 8 months after I started training with John, I got selected to play Rugby League for England against France.
John was one of the first people I called in my excitement over selection and I honestly can say, without him, I would have never have made the England squad.
I played two matches against France in July 2009 and now have 2 caps for my country. Standing on the pitch in England kit in Toulouse and hearing the National Anthem was definitely the proudest moment of my life.
John has been absolutely intrinsic to my success as a rugby player. Over the last year, with John’s help and using his programmes and athlete nutrition I have lost about 17kg of fat and added 6kg of muscle. My body fat has dropped by 10%!! I am fitter, faster and stronger than ever. I feel great, I look great, I have had opportunities opened to me above and beyond what I ever dreamed of. My teammates and coaches say I am unrecogniseable as either the person or player I was 12 months ago.
Now I am on the England squad, I have full access to strength and conditioning coaches and Nutritionists but I still look to John to tailor my gym programmes and to help me come back from illness and injuries that have hindered me recently. I am in no doubt it was John who got me to where I am today and I have no desire to change a winning formula.
The past year has undoubtedly been the best year of my life, both on and off the pitch. I am now aiming to improve further physically with John’s help and hopefully get selected for further internationals including New Zealand away in 2010. And further in the future the World Cup in England in 2012.
I guess what I have learnt most in the past year is that anything is possible if we have the courage to pursue it.
So I would definitely recommend anyone with a dream, however big or small, to get John’s help. You might find that, like me, with a bit of hard work you achieve more than you ever thought was possible.
Mags is a total champion and she has trained like one to get where she is now. I know I wouldn’t like to be the other Prop forward….. 🙂
Good luck Mags and keep up the hard work!