Lessons from getting lean #1 – It’s a reminder

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So, it was my birthday last week.


I know!

As my step-daughter likes to joke (I think) – “You don’t look a day over 50”.

I decided a few months ago that I’d like to get “In the best shape of my life for 40”.

I haven’t got the muscle mass I did 15 years ago and have a lot more aches and pains, so that, ultimately, meant getting as lean as possible whilst maintaining lean mass.

Which, I’m pleased to say, I did.

If you’re a Facebook friend, you can see the photos on my personal profile.

I honestly try and minimise any photos of me with my shirt off as that’s too standard FitPro-y and off-putting to most.

But I had publicly declared I was going to do it, so………

It’s been a good experience to go through.

For a number of reasons.

Some lessons learned and some useful reminders.

That I’m going to share with you this week ๐Ÿ™‚

Most FitPros suffer from a massive lack of empathy, it must be said.

Nice guys and gals in the main (gender neutral is available).

But they’ve usually always been in great shape.

“Captain of all the school sports teams”.

“Sport has always played a massive part of my life” it’ll often read on an in-club profile board

And that’s great, of course.

Not a bad thing.

But they often struggle to understand why their clients “can’t just do what they need to do”.

Why they “say they really want it and then go and do the opposite”.

I’d like to think we’re more empathetic than most.

I was fairly fat most of my life until my early twenties.

All of our coaches started as members on their own journey with losing an amount of weight being part (or all) of that.


It’s nearly twenty years since I was fat.

Although they’ve ebbed and flowed, my habits have been pretty much as they are now for nearly two decades.

And it’s easy to forget sometimes…………..

That it is a change.

That moving from where were are now / were to where we want to get to takes effort.

Takes a level of commitment.

Takes time, effort, enthusiasm and mental energy.

All of which are probably somewhat stretched already.

I’ve definitely put more of all of the above into my exercise and eating over the last few months than I have in a long time.

So, yeah – it’s not easy.


It’s always, always worth it.

I don’t regret a single change I made over the last few months.

And, I would be willing to bet, you won’t either.

Make the changes (starting, perhaps, with clicking this link, if you haven’t already. The find out more meeting, for the March programme, is tomorrow night now –>ย myrise.co.uk/briefing-meeting).

It’s not easy.

But it’s worth it!

Much love,

Jon ‘L’Oreal’ Hall and Matt ‘Re-Arthur Daley’ Nicholson

About The Author

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 The Academy 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.