Steve Collins

Age 37

What made you come to PJG?

I enjoy fitness but having a busy desk job meant that there was always an excuse to get in the way of training. I would regularly pay a monthly fee to not attend a gym on the basis that next week I will, absolutely, 100% start to go on a regular basis.

The curse of the desk job also meant that eating whilst working, and daily steps barely exceeding 2,000 a day, the weight would never shift and the spiral of exercise being too difficult to start would get out of control.

As such I made the decision to get in touch with PJG during 2020 to try and kick start losing weight and getting my fitness back up. There has been a long history of heart problems in males in my family and that has always been in the back of my mind in wanting to have a healthier lifestyle.

How long have you been training with PJG?

5 months.

What’s been the biggest impact on your life whilst training with PJG?

Getting a healthy lifestyle back and breaking the curse of weight loss and fitness has been the most notable difference. It is probably fairly obvious, but they really do go hand in hand – having cake after a big workout seems to defeat the object of it and so psychologically my mindset has changed. Or at least after a big workout I certainly don’t feel too guilty with the odd treat!

What’s your favourite PJG work out?

PJ has an uncanny knack of taking something you enjoy and turning it into an exercise that hurts! Blaze pods sound fun: try putting them on the floor and tapping the lights during press-ups. Squats aren’t too bad: ok, try them with weights and one leg up on a bench! I do enjoy the HIIT sessions as there is normally the ability to try and ‘win’ when halving or doubling sets, although I am sure PJ gets one over on me in the end.

Describe PJG in 3 words

Fun – The phrase that gets used often in training sessions although I think we both have very different ideas of what the word means! PJ will use a variety of different exercises, equipment, and routines to ensure that any training goals are undertaken in a varied and interesting manner. I mean playing computer games which apparently doesn’t count.

Excuses – I have them in abundance, PJ dismisses them with speed and elegance.

Challenge – Everyone will have their own reasons for wanting a trainer, but for me it is about the right level of challenge without going too far, which is exactly what PJG provides. This is from motivation and pushing to complete difficult tasks without becoming a drill sergeant which would demotivate me. It is also about steadily increasing the workload as required as he understands in detail the limits of your own capability, even when you may be unsure.

What’s your favourite thing about PJG?

PJ provides the right level of drive to get me working hard and progressing with training. I know I would not be working out as I do without it and would be sitting at my desk all day with continuing excuses. PJ provides a friendly approach to training but will kick into gear when I need pushing.

Why would you recommend coaching with PJG?

PJG will tailor training to your specific needs and knows the details inside out of what is needed to help you reach your goals. I have been worried before about trainers being for people already fit and embarrassed by my lack of ability and this is absolutely not the case with PJG. I couldn’t be happier with my own personal progress.