I felt ridiculous when I turned up for my first Bio Sig and PT session. I was wearing gym ware that I hadn’t worn for 5 years, was too tight and bright! I felt as though I stood out like a sore thumb. There were a few people waiting who were really happy with their results and had clearly been coming to training for some time, as they looked fit! I was encouraged as well as daunted by the future at this point.

I went into the studio to see Jon for the very first time, it was an awkward moment, being prodded and pinched in all the wrong places, there was quite literally no-where to hide. But it was still that sense of relief that I’d made this positive change in my life that was so encouraging. So, the Bio Sig is daunting, but it’s not there to upset you, it’s there to tell you the facts and provide you with a benchmark from which to work from. It’s over in minutes, it’s not scary it’s a bit strange if you’ve never had this type of assessment before but it’s essential to help you track your progress. Now I understand why there were so many happy faces when I came for my first assessment, these people were excited to come and be assessed to find out how well they’d done. I’m looking forward to my next Bio Sig when hopefully I’ll be the one with the happy face!

One thing I have always loved is exercise. I was always sporty at school I was in the Netball Team and did a bit of running; I was Junior Long Jump champion at age 11! I lost motivation when I went to University but regained some level of fitness when I had a good job with a good wage and could afford a luxury gym some 5-6 years ago. But I always found it hard to be motivated when it came to conventional gyms.

RISE is not a conventional gym, how many of you have tried and failed in this environment? That’s the main reason I joined the 28-Day program and after the first PT session I knew this was the place for me. I absolutely loved it and was reasonably pleased with my performance, I knew I still had some strength and I’m pretty flexible for an over weight person. But the real test was coming face to face with myself in the mirrors for 30 mins. It reminded me of The Hall of Mirrors from a fair ground ride looking at my distorted self. What had I done? I think when your as over weight as I am there comes a point where you avoid looking at yourself in the mirror from the neck down. Having to face this reality in the studio is a great form of therapy for me and I want to be able to look at myself in those mirrors in six months time and be proud of what’s looking back. I know I’ll get there with the support of the RISE formula because exercising has never been so rewarding and so motivating.

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.