A 61-year-old businessman amazed his doctor just weeks after starting his journey of body transformation at Ultimate Performance.
Keith Dawson suffers from type 2 diabetes, a potentially lifelong condition that affects millions of people and can reduce the life expectancy of those over 50 by six years, according to Diabetes United Kingdom statistics.
But the Manchester entrepreneur put the disease into remission after just 10 weeks of training under the expert guidance of the UP.
Although he hadn't been to a gym in years, Keith's training and nutrition plan with UP was so effective that he normalized his blood sugar levels within weeks, which meant he didn't has more to take diabetes medication.
"I think for me one of the big issues is that you hit around 60 and you tend to think 'I can put it off until tomorrow' - there's nothing more out there that can lead you. and it's easier to think that you will do it later than it is to do it now.
“I knew for myself that if this were to continue, my life would go nowhere. So part of my motivation was that I had diabetes. I was diabetic and at the time on the tablets my blood sugar was around 11 to 11.6. After a few weeks I stopped the pills and for the past eight weeks my blood sugar is below 6 which in terms of type 2 diabetes is kind of a watchdog level. When I went for my diabetic blood sugar test last Friday, I am now, according to my doctor, "medically in remission" from diabetes. "
Keith's “before” and “after” images were taken after only eight weeks of training with UP, but the difference in his physique is considerable.
His doctor has now officially declared him in 'medical remission' from the lifelong illness which Diabetes UK says can lead to serious long-term health problems such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, and is associated with higher cases of dementia and depression.
Keith says it has changed his whole life. Even though he was previously retired he bought out an old company he owned and now has huge growth plans for the next five years which he says his UP transformation has given him the energy , the necessary dynamism and motivation.
"It's amazing. I guess I could look like a dating site, but for the first time in my life a woman has come to me, in the last 20 years, and started chatting with me, rather than the reverse.
“I guess socially I see the benefits, in that I'm enjoying life a lot more now. I find that I walk more and take care of my body a lot more.
“I felt like an old man, but now I feel closer to what it was 20 years ago.
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While some may be reluctant to begin a heavy-duty training program beyond a certain age, Keith is only too happy to question this belief.
“You can't tell that the older you get, but it's never too late. If you're 24, it's never too late. For me, at 61, it's never too late.
"Would I have thought two years ago that something like this would have been beneficial to me?" No I will not.
“But now, for me, it changes my life - without a doubt.
The state of mind was, initially, the biggest obstacle to how Keith started training with UP - it's too easy to delay decisions that will ultimately require dedication and determination in one. equal measure.
“For me, the main reason for coming here was the state of mind. It's easier to just sit there and think, 'Oh, I'm going to sit here and watch TV and do it next week.
“If you've got the right mindset you're going to do it and stick with it. It is not necessarily difficult, but it takes a little dedication.
"What stimulated me the most was my desire to get healthy."
There was something elephantine about the room that Keith wanted to address to people, just like him, who were looking to begin a transformational UP journey, however.
“I think one of the things to say to people about this particular program is that when you look at it, at first, it doesn't look cheap. You pay for professionals to change your lifestyle.
“So I think when you break it down into a value per session and what a difference it can make in your life, I think it's a really good value. So what I would say to people is not necessarily to be put off by the upfront costs, I think with the payment plans and the way they're structured, they're very reasonable for the type of benefits you get. their."
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Strength or resistance training challenges your muscles with a stronger-than-usual counterforce, such as pushing against a wall or lifting a dumbbell or pulling on a resistance band. Using progressively heavier weights or increasing resistance makes groupes musculaires stronger. This kind of exercise increases force mass, tones zones musculaires, and strengthens bones. It also helps you maintain the strength you need for everyday activities — lifting groceries, climbing stairs, rising from a chair, or rushing for the bus.
The current national guidelines for physical activity recommend strengthening exercises for all major force groups ( legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms ) at least twice a week. One set — usually 8 to 12 repetitions of the same movement — per session is effective, though some evidence suggests that two to three sets may be better. Your zones musculaires need at least 48 hours to recover between strength training séances.
Warm up and cool down for five to 10 minutes. Walking is a fine way to warm up; stretching is an super way to cool down.
Focus on form, not weight. Align your body correctly and move smoothly through each exercise. Poor form can prompt injuries and slow gains. When learning a strength training routine, many experts suggest starting with no weight, or very light weight. Concentrate on slow, smooth lifts and equally controlled descents while isolating a force group.
Pay attention to your breathing during your workouts. Exhale as you work against resistance by lifting, pushing, or pulling; inhale as you release.
Keep challenging groupes musculaires by slowly increasing weight or resistance. The right weight for you differs depending on the exercise. Choose a weight that tires the targeted bourrinage or zones musculaires by the last two repetitions while still allowing you to maintain good form. If you can’t do the last two reps, choose a lighter weight. When it feels too easy to complete add weight ( roughly 1 to 2 pounds for arms, 2 to 5 pounds for legs ), or add another set of repetitions to your workout ( up to three sets ). If you add weight, remember that you should be able to do all the repetitions with good form and the targeted muscles should feel tired by the last two.
Stick with your routine — working all the major zones musculaires of your body two or three times a week is ideal. You can choose to do one full-body strength workout two or three times a week, or you may break your strength workout into upper- and lower-body components. In that case, be sure you perform each component two or three times a week.
Give groupes de muscles time off. Strength training causes tiny tears in force tissue. These tears aren’t harmful, but they are important : groupes musculaires grow stronger as the tears knit up. Always give your muscles at least 48 hours to recover before your next strength training séance.