Undecided? Meet Rory
1) Why did you reach out to Paul and what made you stick with his PT?
I was looking to lose some weight as I was fairly obese, living a very sedentary lifestyle with very little exercise, and a terrible diet. I decided that I wanted to try and get fit and healthy, but I couldn’t do it on my own. I tried getting fit in the past and the last time I was in a gym for any length of time was in 2012, and I was only using the treadmill then – I really hadn’t a clue on how to use the other machines and the weights room was incredibly daunting. I looked up trainers in the QUB PEC and found Paul’s information online. I think the fact Paul’s training looked to be a great mix of cardio and weights really appealed to me, as it turned out both are needed to develop strength and stamina in order to lose weight.
2) Before PT did you have any interest in training?
I had very little interest in training before PT, but once I met Paul and we decided what we would aim for in terms of losing weight, developing fitness, and building strength, then things felt more achievable and vastly more interesting.
3) At what stage did you realise you wanted to focus on powerliftiing?
When I met Paul in January 2019, I had just turned 30 years old. I weighed somewhere in the region of 150 kg with over 45% body fat; if I didn’t work hard on diet and exercise then I was probably heading for an early grave! We started working on stretching, general fitness, building up small goals (For example, maintain a jog of 6mph for 1 minute, 5 sets of 5 reps of bench press at 40 kg, supersets of dumbbell press and dumbbell rows). What really worked in my favour was something Paul said to me at the start: I had a lot of weight, which means I need a lot of strength to move my own body - it takes weight to move weight. So once I started to see my weight as an advantage, it meant every tough rep, every exercise, every ache and pain, I was all the time losing weight and building my strength increased rapidly – my weaknesses became my biggest strengths quite literally. I went from 150kg to my lightest at 115kg in the space of six months, and my interest in powerlifting was starting to overtake other training as I was lifting three to four times a week, and then doing cardio on one or two of the other days, so I decided to focus entirely on powerlifting in order maximise recovery times.
4) How important was it was you to have the PRF App along with your 1 to 1 PT?
The PRF app is amazing, Paul guides you in all of the exercises with clear examples, instructions, and targeted programming. The PRF app allows you to hit your targeted muscle groups, which means you’re getting the best out of the training session. The PRF app allows Paul to keep an eye on your progress, which means if the plans have to change, then the app is flexible. Using the PRF App with 1 to 1 PT is invaluable. I work as a university lecturer, so learning by example are crucial to learning a new topic. The same maxim applies to the PRF App and 1 to 1 PT; they both compliment each other and help you build your knowledge and understanding of the training you are undertaking. Also, it’s kind of easy to lose sight of goals: "It’s too late to go to the gym", "I’m too tired"; it’s one thing trying to fool the app with excuses, but it’s another trying to fool a PT like Paul! The PRF App combined with a great PT like Paul does wonders for helping you drive your own training programme.
5) What was it that made the PRF App a success for you compared to other online training?
The PRF App has concrete programming at its core. Whether the goal is powerlifting, Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, cardio and cross-fit training; the PRF App allows you work out the best programme that suits your goals while keeping in contact with Paul. The PRF App is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, and the instructional videos are really great, as you’re not scouring the internet trying to find the exercise you’re meant to be doing! I’ve tried other apps but the PRF App by far pips them to the post as its just really easy to use and isn’t hard to work the programming you want. What worked wonders for me was 1 to 1 PT with Paul, and then seeing how he demonstrates the exercise in the instructional videos in the PRF App.
6) What is your current goal and why will you be using the PRF App.
My current goal is to get back into some powerlifting following the last covid-19 lockdown. I’ve put on some weight, but unlike last time I’ve also got a ton of muscle to work with! The PRF App is great for working in some of the cardio routines I did with Paul when I first started training, and with enough training I am able move into the peaking programmes for powerlifting in no time. The PRF App is like working with Paul himself, but the app doesn’t have the same banter that Paul brings to the training session!!