Charlotte

Can you describe your top 1 to 2 goals when you started?

“Get fit for surf camp and get back into exercising and fitness generally.”

What changes do you feel good about, having completed the 12 weeks?

“Surprisingly the nutrition side was really helpful, more than I thought it would be. But also just carving time into my schedule to exercise regularly.”

 

 

When you joined the programme, you had some ideas about how you’d like to change your exercise and eating habits. Over the 12 weeks, did that happen, and if so, how so?

“I knew I wanted to eat better, but I didn’t have a specific plan or guidance. Actually setting priorities each week and having a plan made it much easier to adapt slowly and in a way I could (and do) maintain. I thought the exercise part would be much harder. Don’t get me wrong some of the exercises were tough, but actually the sessions were short (and I now realise cleverly focused) so I saw and felt results quicker than I expected to, which really spurred me on. The eating habits have actually stuck, which I’m delighted about.”

Can you describe any reservations that you had before we started working together?

“That I wouldn’t have time. That not having a trainer next to me would mean I wouldn’t actually do anything, or enough.”

How I was able to help allay these reservations?

“Just being there, helping me set realistic expectations and encouraging me to get on with them.”

In point form, can you list your achievements with training/nutritional coaching thus far?

  • “Much better eating habits
  • Increased strength
  • Toned physique
  • Felt better
  • Looked better (even other people commented!)
  • Lower cholesterol (BUPA health check at end of programme)
  • Lost fat and gained some muscle (according to the machine at my gym)
  • Arrived at surf camp and didn’t have muscle injuries or aches
  • Better at carving out time for my health, both at work and in prep time.”

In your opinion, what (if anything) makes this service/me as a coach unique in what I’m offering?

“Your expertise and past experience coupled with your friendly can-do attitude and realistic programme for a busy professional. “

Charlotte Davies, Assistant General Counsel – Heidrick & Struggles

Bhadresh

Can you describe your top 1 to 2 goals when you started?

“Lose weight and get to 11stone and tone up my upper body.”

What changes do you feel good about, having completed the 12 weeks?

“Feel leaner, stronger and eating habits have become my new normal”

When you joined the programme, you had some ideas about how you’d like to change your exercise and eating habits. Over the 12 weeks, did that happen, and if so, how so? 

“Yes, motivation was key and seeing results was the most important. Having weekly catch up and then monthly measurements all helped.”

Looking forward, over the next few months, what would you like to do better?

“I’d like to get even more variation of healthy foods and try new meals.”

What works really well?

“The ability to workout at home or anywhere when convenient for you. Also not having to spend a lot of money on equipment.”

Can you describe any reservations that you had before we started working together?

“The number of workouts and how to find time to do them. The motivation provided by trainer. Will I achieve my goals in the 12 week window.”

How I was able to help allay these reservations?

“Workouts were tailored to my abilities. Weekly catch ups provided me the motivation. Monthly measurements and pdf with details to see actual results.”

Can you list your achievements with training/nutritional coaching thus far?

  • “Lost 1.5 stone
  • Much stronger (people comment in football)
  • Upper body more toned (people commented)
  • Healthier eating (food I enjoy)
  • Can do things I couldn’t do before (push ups).”

In your opinion, what (if anything) makes this service/me as a coach unique in what I’m offering? 

“Feels that every workout, update, guidance is 100% focused on me and my goals and not a generic workout plan.”

What else would you like to add, regarding absolutely anything?

“12 weeks not only provided the desired results but it was fun along the way. Something I never thought I’d say about training!”

Bhadresh Patel, Insight Manager – Lloyds Banking Group

Vas

“Ayo’s programming had an impressive level of tailoring for my specific strength and fitness levels, which he adjusted on an ongoing basis following progress and feedback. Having been recently injured, minimal risk and maximum efficiency was important to me, so I was impressed with the level of individualisation and care. The mini videos were excellent with regard to technique. In only a few months I saw increases in size and strength, as well as a welcome improvement in posture. I am based at my desk for the majority of my time at work, and the programme and ongoing exercises have had lasting effects in alleviating my backache.”

Vas Chrysostomou, Partner – Thomas Alexander & Co.

Venessa

“Coach Ayo is great at pushing you whilst keeping it real with the demands which life brings. He is always quick to respond to messages and knows how to re-motivate me when I’ve had a bad day. I wasn’t sure how online training would work or if it would be possible to maintain motivation or get results. He has a wealth of knowledge, and gets it across when it’s needed. The home workouts were designed to fit in with my morning routine (which includes getting the kids ready!) and the nutritional ideas have helped me lose inches, get the weight down and keep me enjoying my food. Ayo’s regular contact and encouragement were instrumental in helping me continue to make good choices.”

Venessa Afonja, Director – VA Property Consultants

Sophie

Can you describe your top 1 to 2 goals when you started?

“To lose ‘baby weight’ and strengthen muscles, especially around my knees.”

What changes do you feel good about, having completed the 12 weeks?

“Building muscles overall, and getting more confident with exercises for the knee, losing a bit of weight and dropping in measurements, overall I am eating healthier and slowly changing bad habits.”

When you joined the programme, you had some ideas about how you’d like to change your exercise and eating habits. Over the 12 weeks, did that happen, and if so, how?

“Yes – I eat healthier, less sugar and more vegetables. I wanted to do exercise regularly which I now do.” 

Looking forward, over the next few months, what would you like to do better?

“Continue working on adding better habits to my day – eating slowly all the time, not just some of the time, eating a greater variety of vegetables and less sugar. Ensuring I get some exercise done three times each week and experimenting with healthier snacks.”

What works really well?

“The exercises can all be completed at home! The weekly catch up is motivating and helps to talk things through. Love that the exercises are tailored just for you and that the overall focus is on changing bad habits rather than having an actual food plan. It’s a very positive approach.”

Can you describe any reservations that you had before we started working together?

“I thought that online training would not be beneficial for me as I never liked working out at home and also preferred having a personal trainer face to face. I thought I would not have the motivation to complete this successfully.”

How I was able to help allay these reservations?

“Motivation was kept up due to weekly catch-ups and regular checks! Talking through goals, focusing, and regularly verbalising (and focusing on) why I wanted to succeed was great. Online training actually fits in very well with my lifestyle and the exercises are easy to copy and descriptive.” 

Can you list your achievements with training/nutritional coaching thus far?

  • “losing weight (and reducing circumferences)
  • eating healthier and changing bad habits
  • keeping up regular exercises
  • feeling much stronger.”

What else would you like to add, regarding absolutely anything?

Being a mum of a young baby, you often feel like you don’t have time for yourself and I found that taking some time out of my busy schedule and doing something for myself is also good for my emotional well-being. I feel more positive and confident in myself, especially as I am also noticing physical changes of fitting back into my pre-pregnancy clothes as well as getting generally stronger. The programme is very well thought through and I’ve had a very positive experience.”

Sophie Edwards, Social Worker

David

“The fitness goals we’ve set are incremental and are being taken in achievable stages. Ayo has been innovative in his suggestions for home exercise, and has made sure that my work in the gym is appropriate. He is an excellent listener and we have worked together to find ways around my health problems. I have a better understanding of nutrition and portion size, and have lost significant weight – which were my original goals. In addition, I have seen huge gains in my upper body strength and am more motivated, with better self-belief, than ever before.

Ayo is an easy and approachable guy. He adopts an individual, holistic approach to my training which works well for me. My confidence has grown, and I am spurred on to achieve even more under his expert guidance. I highly recommend him.”

David Whittaker, Assistant Director (Retired), Circuit Bench Appointments – Judicial Appointments Commission

Kelly

“Ayo is just the right balance of ‘firm but fun’. He kept me focused on the goals we discussed without making me feel like I was a failure for any missteps or changes. I was worried that he’d be either too lenient on me (as a previous trainer had been so I got lazy) or too ‘militant’ which would have totally turned me off. He stayed positive and encouraging without letting me off the hook.

Ayo is an inspirational trainer who encourages habit change with a positive attitude and great attention to detail. I was definitely the fittest I’ve ever been post training with him; the sessions changed my opinion of gym sessions which I’ve always found a chore. Highly recommended.” 

Kelly Hearn, Psychotherapist and Coach – W11 Wellbeing


Abdul

Can you describe your top 1 to 2 goals when you started?

“To look and feel better”

What changes do you feel good about, having completed the 12 weeks?

“My mobility is vastly improved and my weight loss has accelerated.”

When you joined the programme, you had some ideas about how you’d like to change your exercise and eating habits. Over the 12 weeks, did that happen, and if so, how so?

“It did happen, thankfully communication has been unsurpassed. I asked for some extra stretching exercises and some movements that took into consideration an old knee injury. Both requests were addressed and responded to in 24hrs.”

Looking forward, over the next few months, what would you like to do better?

“Simply remain consistent.”

In point form, can you list your achievements with training/nutritional coaching thus far?

  • “Improved mobility
  • weight-loss
  • confidence.”

In your opinion, what (if anything) makes this service/me as a coach unique in what I’m offering?

“Sincerity, professionalism, honest communication.”

Abdul Farouk, Chef

Chris

“Ayo is the perfect instructor with just the right balance of tone to keep you motivated. A true gent, he is a positive, encouraging and supportive trainer who can nonetheless smoothly transition into ruthless drill-sergeant mode when necessary to get you over the tougher humps in your training programme – yet he does this in such a natural and transparent manner that you hardly notice it, you just realise afterwards that he pushed you hard and didn’t allow you to let up. He also gives you huge confidence with his vast knowledge and experience. Whatever level of fitness you are, he has trained someone like you. Whatever event you are preparing for, he has probably done it, or trained someone for it, or both. Training for a Marathon? This guy ran a series of Marathons….in the desert!! You need this man in your corner if you have any interest in maintaining or improving your fitness in any way.

 My key reservation was that I had signed up for an insane endurance event that I was in no way fit enough for or prepared to do, having done very little exercise in the preceding years. Ayo carefully identified some of the key challenges I needed to focus on and guided my training to ensure these challenges were met. He also provided realistic encouragement citing experience of guiding people of similar levels of initial fitness through similarly challenging events. Completing the Tough Guy Challenge brought me to an overall level of fitness I hadn’t achieved before, as well as being an achievement in itself. It helped me to see myself differently which has motivated me to maintain an exercise regime in the subsequent years.”

Chris Peregrine, Product Manager

Michael

“I am delighted to give a reference for Ayo Williams. He is a very talented personal trainer that I have known for at least ten years. Indeed, he trained me some time ago, and although it was hard work, I can say that I benefitted greatly from his expertise in the areas of personal training and nutrition.

I now recommend Ayo to my patients and I have only had excellent feedback for him.”

Dr Michael A Beckles, Consultant Physician; Respiratory & Acute Medicine

Judy

“I have been working with Ayo for a number of years.  I find his style of training and his easy-going manner a great combination.  Whilst our sessions push me, I always enjoy them and leave with a sense of fulfilment.

Ayo has also managed to accommodate my busy schedule, and where I haven’t been able to train, he has given me programmes to work on myself; and regularly touches base to check my progress.” 

Judy Adams, Director & Global Head of Risk Management – Turner & Townsend

Andreas

“We approached Ayo to deliver a workshop and assessment day for our athletes and their supporters. His brief was to improve their strategies and habits regarding optimum nutrition, sleep, recovery and event preparation. He engaged with a diverse audience containing senior internationals as well as juniors with their supporting parents, demonstrating professionalism, humour and understanding. Any reservations the athletes had about ‘being lectured to’ were dispelled with Ayo’s competent and confident approach.

Ayo used his experience to identify areas in need of improvement with our elite squad during the practical session and passed on hugely effective mobility drills which we have since incorporated into our developmental work. Even more encouragingly, some of the simple suggestions for day-to-day nutritional improvements have been adopted by our athletes with positive results. Ayo is an amazing and knowledgeable expert in his field, and we have already booked him for a follow-up prior to the upcoming European Championships.”

Sensei Andreas Michaelides, 7th Dan
Chief Instructor & Head Coach of Ken-Bu-Kan Karate School