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Athlete Focus – Drew

Athlete Focus – Androulla McCarthy

With the help of top local Personal Trainer Robbi Isenberg of Twisted Fitness, Androulla McCarthy has transformed herself from overweight mum into a lean, mean, fitness machine. Here’s her story…

Hi Drew! For little over a year now Robbi Isenberg has been whipping you into shape, but what was it like for you before then and when was it that you knew you needed to get fitter?
Before I met Robbi at the start of 2012 I was in a real rut. After giving birth to my daughter eights years prior to this I never quite managed to lose the excess weight that I had put on. My diet was poor and I was doing no exercise at all. Basically, I was getting larger and larger and was experiencing serious knee pain from when I had previously tore my interior crucial ligament.

When I was told that I needed a second knee operation last year things really hit home as my surgeon told me that I was carrying too much weight. He gave me a lot of criticism which really hurt, but it was what I needed to hear. At the end of January 2012 I knew I had to do something.

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What were your first steps to making a change?
I started trying to exercise on my own, but quickly became frustrated at the lack of motivation and the small amount of weight I was losing. I didn’t like what I was seeing in the mirror, and so began to participate in local exercise classes in hope that I would see better results. It was through these that I met Robbi, who at the time was teaching them. He introduced himself and after initially making me feel comfortable in the classes I decided to work with Robbi on a one-on-one basis.

Robbi, what were your first steps to taking on Drew as a client?
Robbi: I first wanted to find out about all of Drew’s history including her knee problem and previous attempts at exercising. We measured her height and weight and talked more about how her knee was causing her aggravation. I researched everything and in turn found out how to strengthen it.

To start with we opted to focus on weight loss. We started training together in May 2012 when at this time I was a full time freelance Personal Trainer training my clients at The Arches in Brighton.

How were the first few months of training with Robbi?
Our goal was to bring me down from just under 14 stone to 10 stone. At first I was cautious about not hurting my knee any more than it was, but as I trained with Robbi so did my knee begin to strengthen and the pain lessen. I began to see changes in my body very quickly, even with my challenging shift work at Gatwick Airport. As well as the training Robbi also helped me understand the importance of nutrition and made me competent in knowing what foods were good for me and what were not. He was always at the end of the phone if I needed to ask him anything, or just wanted some moral support. By the end of September I had reached my goal of weighing in at 10 stone.

Why do you think that Drew lost so much weight so quickly?
Robbi: The key with losing weight is to keep things consistent. Drew stuck to the plan, trusted me as a Personal Trainer and gave an unfathomable amount of effort into each and every training session we had together. She really wanted to lose the weight and she did.

Once you reached your 10 stone goal what was your next ambition?
My knee was starting to feel really strong and so I decided to enter the 2013 Brighton Half Marathon. Just to be sure though that it would hold up I visited the same surgeon that told me that I was carrying too much weight at the beginning of the year. He couldn’t believe it was me when I walked through the door and told me that because of the strength of my knee I would not need to have surgery on it and that I was safe to run the race which I ended up successfully completing.

So you lost the weight and completed a Half Marathon. How did Robbi help you to continue the journey to where we are at now?
Robbi has helped me find a new passion for training. His sessions are all varied and never the same and he always pushes me to my limits every time. He introduced me to CrossFit (CrossFit Connect) and I also now run regularly each week with absolutely no problems with my knee. Now with Robbi’s help I’m pleased to say I actually weigh 9 stone 4lbs.

Robbi: With my training and what Drew does at CrossFit, that gives her the motivation to keep challenging herself. Whatever I do now compliments what the Connect crew do. It’s really great having Personal Trainers and local training facilities working together to get the best out of someone.

What’s next for you Drew?
Next year I’m doing both the Half and Full Brighton Marathon’s with Robbi. I’m still training with Robbi each week at The Arches and am trying to improve my CrossFit skills. I’ve also just been taken on by a fitness modelling agency which is a fantastic opportunity that Robbi helped me achieve.

What makes Robbi different to other Personal Trainers?
His dedication. He’s been there through my ups and my downs. I never thought that I would have the willpower or determination to do this, but Robbi has helped me find an inner fire. Now thanks to him I have the passion to carry on and look for even more new challenges.

For more information call Robbi on 07877 242 674, email robbi@twistedfitness.co.uk or visit www.twistedfitness.co.uk

 

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