Ilkin’s transformation is nothing short of amazing. He has lost an incredible 31kg, transforming him into a fit young professional.
Tired of being drained and exhausted, Ilkin came to U.P. three years ago and has never looked back.
Before coming to U.P., Ilkin felt constantly low on energy and was unhappy about his appearance.
“I was very tired and very unhappy. I could see my belly growing and my size increasing.”
He knew something needed to change and now his whole lifestyle has been transformed. The positive changes Ilkin has made to his training and nutrition have helped other areas of his life too. Before U.P., Ilkin felt like he had no structure or organisation in his life, but training has now taught him the importance of routine and self-discipline.
Here Ilkin shares the story of his journey after training with U.P. long term.
Ilkin and his family, healthy and living their lives to the full
What were your reasons and motivations for starting a transformation journey with U.P.?
I was at a point in my life where I was pursuing and growing a career which demanded a strong mindset, personality, and a healthy physique. My body was stressed after years of uncontrolled nutrition, a lack of any proper training regime and weight gain from when I was a student.
How you were feeling both physically and mentally before starting with U.P.?
Before starting with U.P., I was completely drained of energy, exhausted and unmotivated.
What was your diet and lifestyle like before you started your transformation with U.P.?
My pre-U.P. diet was heavily based on carbs and sugar and I never controlled my portion sizes.
How did your diet and lifestyle change when you started your transformation with U.P.?
My lifestyle completely changed. My diet is now based on healthy food options and I control my portion sizes by tracking my macros. This made me pay attention to my daily calorie intake.
What effect did this have on your health, performance, lifestyle and energy inside and outside the gym?
I started to feel more energetic and motivated. I used to get tired very quickly even after a short walk in the park, and now I don’t. I would always feel bloated, inflamed and fatigued. Now I can recognise these signs and I have become more health conscious. All my blood and hormonal test results came back normal after my transformation program.
What have been the biggest benefits of doing a transformation?
Increased confidence, not only in my appearance but also in every aspect of my life. I noticed how my transformation has motivated everyone around me. I have increased motivation for work, my stamina has improved and I am able to manage stress better in my everyday life.
What were your results like after your transformation?
I dropped my body weight to 77kg on photoshoot day from 108.5kg two or three years ago. My body fat dropped to 7% from a 33% starting point.
What were the most important things you learned during your journey and what really worked for you in helping you make your transformation?
The most important things were time management, discipline and consistency. I learnt a lot on nutrition, started feeling the impact of protein, carbs and fat on my body. Staying disciplined and consistent really helped me to achieve my goals. Now I can understand my body and how different foods can impact it.
How has doing this transformation changed you and do you think it will benefit you going forward?
I have created a new version of myself with the help of my trainer, Matt. Matt looked at all aspects of my program including nutrition and training both inside and outside the gym. The process required discipline and planning, not just inside the gym, but for my whole new lifestyle. I think the main benefit for me has been my improved health.
Would you recommend U.P. and why?
I would strongly recommend U.P. to everyone who is serious about their health and lifestyle. It is the best investment I have made in my life. I always think if I did not complete my transformation at U.P., then I would spend the same amount of money on hospital bills in the future.
What makes U.P. different?
At U.P., the personal trainers are not just trainers, they are mentors, they’re part of your life. You wake up and have an email from your PT asking what your weight was this morning, how your nutrition was yesterday. It isn’t controlling — they are just trying to understand what your activity outside the gym has been like, how good your nutrition has been, and is there anything they need to modify on your program so you get results.
- We show you the best, we don't show you the worst.
- We show you people who follow the plans, not those who are all talk.
- We show you those who inspire even us with their commitment to their results.
- You cannot get results exactly like these. You are unique and that means you can only get your own best possible results.
- Your results are a function of time spent following the plan; your genetic response to the right exercise and diet program; how hard you train; how consistently you come to the gym; how disciplined you are with your diet; & your starting point.
- Oftentimes the lower your starting point (poor fitness, terrible body composition) the better your results.
- We cannot do the work for you and the results you see here are a testament to the work ethic of our clients.
- Our reputation is that we are the best trainers in the world for helping you to unlock your potential, & we can lead you to the door, give you the key, even turn the handle and push the door open, but we cannot walk through it for you. In the end the result is down to you.