Congratulations to Niall R for winning!
Niall R
Toronto, Ontario
About My Transformation
A year and a half ago, I was given the all clear from my Doctor after my fractured skull and three brain hemorrhages. I felt I was given a second chance at life again, so I decided to make the most of it this time around. I took a look at myself and I weighed a whopping 270lbs. At that point, embarrassment consumed my daily tasks because of how I looked.

This is when I got training with Shane, my personal trainer in Goodlife. My initial goal was simple: to look and feel better. To look and feel good would be a bonus. What is great about my transformation is that it happened gradually over time, pound by pound shed away and I could still live my normal life while keeping motivation high. By no means was this transformation easy, but breaking habits, learning about new foods and how they are beneficial coupled with three personal training sessions every week equipped me with everything I needed to succeed.

As time went by my struggles to find clothes that fit me comfortably disappeared. This massively increased my self-confidence and most importantly, my self-belief. Now at 85lbs lighter, I am confident to walk down the street and look at myself in the mirror. This is a feeling that I have never experienced before.

I want to continue and share with the people around me that it is easy to change your lifestyle for the better when you work with your personal trainer and put your mind to it. So far, my other achievements include my first ever chin up and a 6:30 minute mile run.
From the moment that I met Shane, he was extremely helpful. He broke down the periodization programming of my training and we worked on nutrition from the start. He was always on time for sessions, always helpful with exercises and we had a great connection and friendship from the start. We tried different methods of nutrition from tracking calories to flexible dieting. His break down of how we would work within different phases over 12 months was excellent. The Foundation phase was extremely helpful by fixing any imbalances i had prior to the Build phase. Once the Build phase began, my body started to change by dropping fat and building muscle. I was growing more and more confident each week. We worked through the Burn and Strength phase by monitoring my heart rate and working through percentages allowing me to increase my squat, bench and deadlifts to heights that I never thought I would reach. I am Incredibly happy with my results and I have built a friendship with Shane. I am very grateful.