Nobody wants to be average.
Everybody wants that competitive edge whether it’s in sport, in the office or in life in general.
Julien came to Ultimate Performance to get that edge and in just 12 weeks he found it, getting lighter, leaner and stronger than ever.
It helped him get in the best shape of his life for the challenge of tackling a one-man outrigger race in Hawaii.
He wasn’t satisfied with being a middle-of-the-pack racer any longer and wanted to excel.
That’s exactly what he did – working with UP and having a bespoke training and nutrition plan created by his personal trainer helped him achieve that next level performance both physically and mentally.
Julien says working with UP helped give him new-found focus, energy and drive both in his training on the water, but also in his worklife.
After seeing his commanding performances on the water, he says his teammates are understanding the true power of eating better and training smarter.
What were your expectations going into the 12 weeks and what were your motivations?
“I had trained in other gyms in Hong Kong and had average results.”
“This time I went into the experience with not just an open mind but a personal goal. I had committed to a one man outrigger race in Hawaii and I knew that in order to compete the way I wanted to, I needed to focus on losing weight and building muscle.”
“Having this date set on the calendar helped me stay focused. On top of the race in Hawaii, I wanted to up my game and shift out of the middle of the pack in our local races.”
My expectations cantered around losing body fat, gaining muscle and strengthening my core muscles as I knew this shift would help me to get a competitive edge.
Can you tell me how you were feeling both physically and mentally before starting the 12 weeks?
“I suffered from energy dips during the day, lacked focus during sport and I struggled with my power to weight ratio on the water.”
What was your diet and lifestyle like before you started the 12 weeks?
“I’ve always been food aware, however struggled to find the correct balance and routine.”
“I was paying attention to what I ate before a race, but just as easily negated a workout by drinking.”
I knew that what I ate affected my performance but didn’t quite realise just how much it did.
How did your diet and lifestyle change when you started the 12 weeks?
“Getting into the routine at the beginning was really hard.”
My trainer Beau was awesome in helping me stay on track by checking in with me regularly until I had the routine down.
“After that it became a lot easier, and it was massively obvious that it works – which in turn helped me stay on track.”
“On occasions it felt like it was hard to maintain a typical social life. But once I had a better grip on what my target meal would be, it was easier to go out with friends for a meal.”
What effect did this have on your health, performance, lifestyle and energy inside and outside the gym?
I have a lot more energy and focus and overall the experience has reinforced my determination.
“Being lighter and stronger resulted in being faster on the water.”
“Not only has my experience affected me but it has had a really positive effect on some of my teammates who realised they needed to eat better and train smarter.”
How did you find the training and did it fit around your busy lifestyle?
“It’s hard for me to find a routine as my job is shift based and also involves travelling.”
When I was in Hong Kong, I would fully commit to finding time in my schedule to work out in the gym with my trainer Beau, and when I was travelling I was given tailor made workouts to follow based on equipment available in the hotel gyms.
What were your results like after the 12 weeks?
I’ve pulled out of the middle of the pack on the water, and my training sessions on and off the water are focused and effective.
“I feel better overall and have better energy levels during sport and at work.”
What were the most important things you learned during your 12 weeks and what really worked for you in helping you make your transformation?
“Like most people who do sport I know diet is important, but if you want to take things to the next level it is critical.”
I think the key points are: stay focused on your goals, follow the diet, commit to your training sessions, train smart with the correct technique, focus on your targeted muscle groups but keep it all balanced and know that your trainer will have your back.
“The measurements every two weeks and the photos also kept me motivated to push hard and train and eat smart.”
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How has doing this transformation changed you and do you think it will benefit you going forward?
“Not only has it made me faster on the water, but I feel better about myself and I’m looking forward to continuing the journey into being fit and healthy.”
Would you recommend UP and why?
I would recommend UP to anyone that has the want to make self-change. But to really make a change you have to fully commit because the UP program is intense.
“My trainer Beau was awesome. He would check in on me to see if everything was ok, which helped a lot, especially at the start.”
“Like a lot of things in life you need a correct balance and you need to believe in your trainer just as much you need to feel they’ve got your back. In my case this was a really even mix and I look forward to the next phase.”
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