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Anastasia's Story

"You can’t change yourself for the better if you constantly run away from all your challenges. Go through each one; there is a lesson hidden in every challenge you encounter"

Training history?

I have been training with Simon since early December 2017. Before that, I used to be a competitive dancer. 

Favorite exercise?

Definitely squats because they are the hardest but most satisfying exercise. 

Favorite motivational quote?

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to achieve results like you?

Be patient and don’t quit. Results do not happen overnight. There will be a lot of changes and it will be a hard battle trying to change the habits that you were born and raised with. There will be sacrifices you have to make, relationships you have to cut out, new habits that you will have to create. It will take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but once your mindset has made the switch, then you will realize who you really are and what you’re really worth. You’re not just changing your body, you’re changing your whole lifestyle into a better one. The best way to become a better person and to create a positive environmentaround you is to start with yourself. How you present and feel about yourself is reflected on how much hard work and time you put in yourself. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. People will notice how much hard work you put in yourself. You will notice yourself as well. People will start taking you more seriously and respectfully when you invest the hard work in yourself. It all starts with that desire of you wanting to change your lifestyle. Once you do, don’t stop. Keep it rolling, it will be worth it.

In your opinion what is the most important aspect of a transformation?

Definitely the motivation. Once you have the urge, it is important to maintain that urge to stay motivated. Write down a list of all your successes, and failures. Realize that your success is as important as your failures. There are only two things you can do when you think about your mistakes. 1) You can live in the past or 2) Find ways to improve and become stronger. What are you going to do to change this part of yourself? What is the benefit of it? What are you going to have to lose? Ask yourself a lot of open questions. Always try to find ways to improve yourself. There is an infinite amount of ways. The sky is the limit. 

What did you learn from this experience?

One thing that I have learned the most during this experience is to learn how to forgive yourself and move forward. There will be a lot of mistakes that you will make. Realise how important those mistakes are, then find ways to avoid making those mistakes again. Looking back and feeling bad about them isn’t going to change anything. Get up. Do something about them. Move forward from them. Get over those challenges. You can’t change yourself for the better if you constantly run away from all your challenges. Go through each one; there is a lesson hidden in every challenge you encounter. 


I highly recommend Simon as a personal trainer. He’s passionate, confident, and thorough. He genuinely wants people to reach their goals and will push you towards them. He’s got an incredible amount of knowledge on health and nutrition and has an awesome energy that motivates you while exercising. He’s always positive, understanding, and patient. He understands how hard it can be to change and doesn’t make you feel bad at all. You can tell he’s in it because he is genuine and passionate, not for the money. I have made incredible changes in my life for the better, and I wouldn’t have been able to do them without the help of Simon. 

Three things that helped you get through?

Three things that helped me was my desire to change, my determination, and the supportive people around me. Without those three, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. 

The biggest lesson you learned?

Results will only come when you work for them. At the end of the day, everything comes down to you. What you want to do, and how you want to do them.