Before and After: Katrina

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Before and After

Katrina enrolled because she wanted her pre-work figure back. Her goals, specifically, were:

– to be able to join her boyfriend when mountain climbing
– be able to join Fun Runs
– wear her old clothes again
– bring back her confidence

She put a lot of effort and dedication into sticking with the program, and was well-rewarded for it! After 3 months, mountain climbing became a breeze, the fat melted off, and her officemates reacted with “ohmaygad!!! Is that you?!?!” 😀

Katrina’s starting stats:
weight: 164
waistline: 38
hips: 41

weight: 147
waistline: 34
hips: 37


Before and After: Jenie

Posted: August 20, 2010 in Before and After

Jenie had given birth a few months before enrolling, and was looking to lose the baby weight. She was also working at a brokerage firm, requiring her to be at a desk most of the time. Her number one weakness was doughnuts, and had a hard time resisting them when she found some in the ref! 😀

She stuck to the program though, and not only did she lose the baby weight — she also got stronger! She noticed that she no longer got fatigued carrying her baby. Can you say “hot momma?” 😉

Jenie’s starting stats:
waistline: 32.5
hips: 39.5
weight: 134

waistline: 28.5
hips: 38
weight: 124

Before and After: Jeza

Posted: August 20, 2010 in Before and After

Jeza’s lifestyle is typical of the office worker: mostly sedentary, spending long hours at a desk. One of her biggest challenges was eating healthy despite co-workers bringing food like pizza and ice cream everytime someone celebrates a birthday! 🙂

Despite that though, she still managed to make progress and ended up with a 12-lb loss, inspiring her co-workers decide to go on diets of their own. 🙂

Jeza’s starting stats:
waistline: 37
hips: 41
weight: 168

waistline: 35
hips: 39.5
weight: 156

There are times when I wish I could say that my only objective as a trainer is to help someone lose a certain amount of fat. Life would be much simpler that way, because all we’ll have to rely on is metrics. Nice and objective, yes?

That’s very rarely the case though. I could have two women, one 40 lbs overweight, and the other 10 lbs away from her target weight — and they could feel just the same level of distress about the fat they have to lose.

Honestly speaking, fat loss isn’t about health per se. Sure, after beginning a fitness and proper diet regimen, you’ll end up feeling a lot better and thinking clearer. But except for extreme cases where health is very obviously compromised (eg. doctor says “start exercising and cleaning up your diet or you’re dead in 6 months”), people usually think to get fit because they’re pursuing an ideal.

As much as we want to sublimate our bodies and believe that it’s our personality, our minds, our souls, our skills, or whatever, that makes us what we are, our self-image still is inextricable from our physicality.

Superficial? No. There’s something artistic, and i daresay spiritual, about the pursuit of self-improvement (contrary to what Tyler Durden may say). The desire to better oneself shouldn’t be looked down upon. However, there are people who aren’t so much trying to improve themselves as they are trying to emulate an unrealistic ideal. And that could set up a person for a lifetime of frustration.

Results Motivate.

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Chel (see comments under Bikini Body Sessions) posted this in GirlTalk. I really love being able to work with determined, dedicated people! 😀

“hey, i’m one of the students of ms. isa for the bikini body sessions. honestly, i love the workout she has provided us! at first, hirap na hirap ako sa squats.. pero mejo nanenail down ko na siya complete with weights. sometimes iniisip ko hindi ko kaya, pero kaya ko pala! she has given us our programs already and we did session#3 kanina. I thought after nun magcardio ako like the other 2, hindi pala. tinuruan niya ako magpush-ups.. kase hindi ako marunong! LOL.. still need a lot of practice though.

“anyway for the 3weeks since i’ve started, i’ve lost 7-8 lbs na ata. lumiit na yung hips ko.. unbelievable! unless mali ang measure ko? lol..

“anyway, mga sis if you have time and you really want to be fit, i suggest joining eclipse. especially for the first timers (ako rin first time ever mag-gym), i find the bikini body sessions okay kase you have a semi-personal trainer (kase nga group kayo) better and mas tutok yung training. although, yung mga bago na girls (madaming bago ngayon as in! punuan dun sa women’s area) the other trainers also help them in training.. mas feel ko in my opinion na mas okay yung personal trainer, kase nga mas tutok and you can contact anytime you need lalo na pag food ang pinaguusapan..

“hitting the gym is actually one of the things i never thought i would do, but i’m currently doing it! bukod sa super tumaba ako after the pregnancy (3 yrs na nga pala ang anak ko), i work at home.. so you can imagine how sedentary i am. i don’t go out often and really no form of exercise so hitting the gym is really a good way for me to be physically fit and socialize with my groupmates. :)”

I think that one of the main reasons people give up on a fitness lifestyle is because they don’t see results. No one likes investing in something that won’t give them any tangible returns. Chel’s pretty lucky in the sense that she’s responding really well to the diet and training regimen given to her, despite it only having been 3 weeks. I’m personally quite excited to see what the results will be like after 3 months. 😀

Before and After: JR

Posted: January 20, 2010 in Before and After

This is JR at roughly 255 lbs. His eating habits were, according to him, “the seefood diet plus drinkbeertillidrop.” It took a while to convince him to reveal these pictures.

A closer look. This, according to him, was his “pumpkin phase.” I prefer “tomato,” but I suppose you get the general sentiment:

After leading a sedentary life, he decided to begin weight training. JR’s priority was on strength and performance, and managed to rack up some pretty impressive personal records.
Deadlift: 435 lbs
Squat: 365 lbs
Bench Press: 280 lbs
Power Clean: 234 lbs

And about a year after serious weight training, this is how he looked:

And after a year, he decided to go for a physique transformation as well. The results are quite dramatic, even just 6 months after cleaning up his diet!

Pulling a deadlift in Eclipse, despite an injured knee:

What’s great is that despite all the fat he lost, he didn’t lose strength at all!

I can take absolutely no credit for his training — his forte is really strength and performance training, and the physique came as an incidental. He’s now beginning to train other people, and looks forward in particular to training someone who wants to make the same transformation that he did.

Before and After: Lawrence

Posted: January 15, 2010 in Before and After

Lawrence is a professional drummer. That being said, he is exposed to San Mig Light and pulutan on a very frequent basis. 😀 In 2009, he looked like this, and actually was a bit heavier when we started:

Lawrence today:

He’s still working on his program. Hopefully, we’ll have after-after pictures to post soon. 🙂