A year later since I posted my first Paragon review: I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! I have felt stronger, fitter and happier! What’s more important, Paragon has helped me enormously to go through life hardships in a more focused and objective way! Besides the best in physical exercise and training, great things happen there like teamwork, group challenge, camaraderie, trust, friendship and lots of funand jokes!
Paragon Fitness Studio is much more than a gym … it is one of thepillars of our local community … Thank you Robbie and team xxx – Tessie Dalton
I was slightly overweight, lacked energy and my overall health was below where I wanted it to be due to lack of exercise because of a long term knee injury/op.
I wanted to lose some weight, get a better body shape and have more energy without causing any further damage to an existing knee injury.
The sessions have been perfect for me, a great mix of exercise using all parts of the body as well as a focus on improving my cardio levels, the environment lends itself to friendly competitiveness and the trainers encourage rather ‘beat us into submission’ and my knee actually feels stronger, best it’s been pre-op.
Since joining 2 months ago my energylevels have increased & I have lost weight without having to go on any extreme diets!! The program has been great for me and has more than met myinitial expectations.
- Mark Irish
In June 2014 I was planning to reduce my working hours and decided I needed something to motivate me having been sobusy working ridiculous hours 7 days a week for years. I had tried going to a gym but did not enjoy the isolation of just working out on a machine. I also tried Tai Chi but the progress was too slow and boring. I already knew Robbie and I got in touch with him as I heard he had his own gym in the town. Hesuggested I came along for a trial to see if it suited me and it sure did!
I did not really need to lose weight just improve my fitness having spent so much of my life sitting in front of a computer or standing in front of a class full of pupils. The Platinum Program is fantastic as it motivates me, gives me confidence, increases my energy levels, makes me feel younger, I am certainly fitter and look forward to every session. The exercises are always varied and challenging and enjoyable (apart from the prowler!). The instructors are amazing always thinking up new exercises and circuits. I was coached through an easy to follow nutrition plan, given recipe books and now I eat good nourishing healthy food which I enjoy preparing and eating.
All in all joining the Platinum Program is one of the best things I have ever done, not only do I feel so much better but I have made the most amazing friends too. Thank you Robbie for your encouragement and support and Charlotte of course who doesn’t let me slack at all! - Julie Windley
Before I started the Platinum Program I was a member of one of the high street gyms. At the beginning I was really happy but last year started to miss classes more and more often, became very bored with them. So, I decided I need some changes. Did some research and Paragon was the most attractive to me! I started with two week trial and after the very first session I knew I would join the Platinum Program.
3 months later I’m still very, very happy! The sessions are never boring, intensive (which I like) and 6am is just perfect for me! I can do my training before the job! Robbie is very lovely, kind and encouraging. He made me feel very comfortable as soon as I came to Paragon. And I met a group of very nice people too!
As for results, I didn’t wait long for them! Three weeks after the start of the Program I noticed my coat is a bit looser then it was before (I managed to change it a size smaller!), very tight jeans are not so tight any more! And I feel happier, get more energy to carryon with my long and busy working days! Thank you!! - Olga Elizareva
I knew that I needed to start thinking about getting fit so I joined a local“standard” gym but I quickly became de-motivated so I gave the Platinum Programa try. I initially joined to help me to de-stress as I have a pretty stressful job – and if I lost weight then that would be a bonus. Thankfully both happened!
Tohelp me feel more settled in my head and deal with stresses of everyday life.
I was at the stage in my life where I wanted to start to look after myself (both internally and externally).
I love it! The people are great and no two classes are the same. The little extras that you get from being a platinum member are great too (like Core and Boot camp).
I have lost over a stone and a half in weight and it has really helped my confidence. I feel lost if I miss a class now! It’s a great atmosphere in there and the classes are so varied, I have never stuck to a gym for this long (it’s been over 18 months now), and I would be devastated if for some reason I wasn’t able to go any more. I don’t dread Summer now as I feel happier showing a little bit more of myself to the sun! - Rebecca Platts
“Before I started the Platinum Program, mymembership at a local gym had lapsed and the ear infections from the swimmingpool discouraged me from going back. But I needed to get fighting-fit formy Mayoral Charity boxing event so I started the Platinum Program with Robbie Linsell at Paragon Fitness Studio.
I had only considered swimming as afitness option before because my track record with other sports at school,except for batting, was dismal. But sometimes you do not have to have itall figured out to move forward so I started at Paragon.
With ease, Robbie trained me for thecharity event. Robbie even volunteered to be my corner-man and I wore hisboxing shorts on the big night. Once Robbie is involved in your fitness,you are in safe hands.
We all need to travel our own distance inour own time. That is precisely what happens at Paragon. It isalmost like Robbie has set-out to create a beautiful oil painting of confident,fit, happy people and he provides you with the tools to become more visible withinhis painting.
Initially, I noted no significantdifference but I could not deny that my clothes fitter better. Then, outof the blue, I noted little changes to my body that made me feel happy. Suddenly, I wished that I had taken photos of how I looked before going toParagon Fitness Studio. Thank you.” Janice Elliott – Platinum Program
I would like to share with everyone why I decided to join Paragon Fitness. For quite sometime I had been feeling sluggish, no energy and very unfit and approaching that big 50 I knew it wouldn’t get any easier.
I had tried various Gym memberships but theynever worked. There was never any support and always feltuncomfortable in large Gyms so gave up really before I had begun.
I was told about Robbie from a friend andthe Platinum Programme, she explained about the support andconfidence his classes gave you. Yes I was optimistichowever decided to go on the 2 week free trial to “give ita go”.
On my first visit not only did Robbie make mefeel welcome he didn’t make me feel like I stood out in the crowd so tosay plus the other people on the course were there for their ownreasons and no one judged each other which was straight away a positive in mybook!!
I immediately joined after my free 2 weeks andreally enjoyed the classes. The classes gave a total workout and I startedto feel like things were changing. Not only did I get the exercise but withalso went on the Detox which was for 3 weeks. I’m not going to say it was easybut after week 2 OMG I had so much more energy and felt a lot more confident in myself. 3 months on I have toned up and feel and have somuch more energy.
I would have no problem recommending Robbie to friends and family:) Thank you”, Maria Teer
“I knew that I needed to start thinking about getting fit so I joined a local “standard” gym. I quickly became de-motivated there so I left there and came to Paragon.
I was at the stage in my life where I wanted to start to look aftermyself (both internally and externally). I have a pretty stressful job and my initial reason for joining was to help me feel more settled in my head and deal with stresses of everyday life. If I lost weight as well it would be a bonus – thankfully both happened!
The people are great and no two classes are the same. I love it! I have lost a stone in weight and it has really helped my confidence and I feel lost if I miss a class now!
It’s a great atmosphere in there and the classes are so varied, I have never stuck to a gym for this long (it’s been over a year now), and I would be devastated if for some reason I wasn’t able to go any more. I don’t dread Summer now as I feel happier showing a little bit more of myself to the sun!” Rebecca Platts – Platinum Program
“After carrying baby weight for a year I was finally ready to focus on my body, I wanted my daughter to be proud of her energetic and healthy mother. I was stuck in a rut of eating the same unhealthythings and always feeling tired and lethargic.
I was concerned about how I would fit the programme into my life but the early morning sessions suit me perfectly and if I don’t make it I can always go in the evening and not have missed out!
I love my sessions; it’s like having a personal trainer but more fun and cheaper! It’s a real community and a great way to make you feel good at 6am! The sessions are never the same and the competition is only with yourself.
I have lost a stone in weight but gained some muscle (so I’m much happier with my shape) I still have a way to go but I’m much healthier than I was 6 months ago! The surprising bonus is my young daughter is now eating a much wider variety of healthy foods, as she wants to be like mummy! I always asked the question what would I eat after I had finished this diet plan and I finally feel like I can do this for life! Thank you Robbie”.Christelle Melamud – Platinum Program
“When I first met my wife 12 years ago, I was bang on 12st. trim and I thought reasonably fit, I was going the gym in London, which I had done for years but in reality I was just going through the motions and it got so boring doing the same old routines that I got de-motivated and packed it all in about 4 years ago. My weight had ballooned up to 15st 10lb and if I was late for the train I couldn’t run more than a hundred yards without panting hard; something had to change. I had wanted to do something different to get fit for a couple of years but didn’t know what I wanted, then I spotted Paragon Boxercise sessions whilst surfing the net and immediately thought this is something I want to try, it’s different, it’s local and sounded fun too.
At first I was a bit apprehensive, will it be too much for me? What if it’s too Cliquey? Will the Trainer care about me? Will I fit in?
Well I can tell you from the very first session, all those negative questions quickly dissolved, I am not going to lie it was tough after doing nothing for a few years; it certainly was not cliquey at all, easy to pair up with a partner, everyone was welcoming and encouraging during and after the session had ended, it put my mind right at ease. Best of all Robbie’s style was not like a drill sergeant he had the knack of making it fun whilst I was having the most efficient workout I had in years, he seemed to assess you in a non-intrusive manner, so you didn’t feel like the newbie. The day after I was buzzing, I couldn’t wait to go again and after the two-week taster I could already feel some difference mainly in my confidence and was convinced my belt was a bit looser. I can honestly say I enjoyed it so much that after a couple months my wife wanted to see what the fuss was all about and now she’s a regular too, in fact when we miss a session we both feel disappointed. We have also enrolled our young girls into the kids session; it’s a real family affair.
Since doing the Boxercise I had shed a few pounds and toned up slightly, and my stamina improved. In May I joined the Platinum programme, and took notice of Robbie’s advice on nutrition and healthy eating and lifestyle plan ( I admit in lapsing a few times BBQ’s and red wine are mydownfall) along with the 1-2-1 sessions I have seen a real benefit, I watch what I eat, more aware of what and how much I put on my plate and what I drink, but the funny thing is you don’t do it because you have to, I seem to bedoing this because I WANT to. I feel fitter stronger and motivated, I am beginning to see visual results, my last weigh-in was 15st I dropped 10lbs and trouser size and I am only halfway through the programme, I have 6 weeks until my family holiday and I am confident with the help and motivation of the 1-2-1 team and my session buddies I can lose another 10lb. Thank you Robbie and his team, plus all members for being a good crowd. Oh and I haven’t missed my train since, I have even run over that monster stair bridge in Elsenham without puffing and wheezing. Cheers”, Gary Raynor – Boxercise & Platinum Programme
“Before I started on the Platinum Programme I was a member of Grange Paddocks gym, where I went to circuit classes twice a weekand I did some PT sessions in the gym once a week. I also ran twice aweek.
The classes were very good to start with, but then over time with instructor changes and the classes being so busy, it went down hill. Also some of the exercises that they made you do were just so hard it was impossible to carry them out and so were of no real benefit. The PT sessions varied with instructor, they all seemed very young and were more interested in looking at themselves in the mirror!!
So I was exercising but not gaining anything,just ticking over.
The only objection I had to joining Paragon, (well my husband had) was the cost, compared to what I paid at Grange Paddocks it was quite expensive, but as it has come to show ‘you get what you pay for’.
Paragon has been really good for me, I have finally (after many many years) got to the right place mentally with myeating habits, thanks to Robbie and his eating plans (well the easy one). As I said it has taken me a long time but it has finally sunk in ‘you can’t out train/run a bad diet’.
Paragon is also a great place to train, the sessions are always interesting and varied, hard but not ridiculously difficult and although I whinge and moan (and sometimes curse under my breath which helps me persevere) I really enjoy coming to the sessions; well you would have to, getting up at 5.30am 3 mornings a week! Also everyone is really friendly and supportive, it is a great atmosphere.
I am best pleased with my weight loss and the change in my body shape since joining and I would just like to say a really big thank you Robbie, wouldn’t be where I am now with out Paragon and the Platinum Program”. Jenny Coveley – Platinum Program
“Before starting the Platinum Program I had become unfit and although I had previously enjoyed running I felt unmotivated to start again by myself. I was looking for a challenge that I could really commit to. Something structured to follow. My goal was to get fit for Summer.
I had no objections to starting at Paragon. I had read many success stories on the website and believed in the workout & nutrition method. Although the initial cost was quite high, when I worked out what that equated to per session it seemed quite reasonable.
My first 2 months have been brilliant and I look forward to going, even the 6am sessions. The HIIT is exactly what I was looking for. No long boring cardio sessions or repetitive weight routines.
By following the plan I have achieved a weight loss of over 14lbs (1 stone, all coming from fat) dropped 10cm off my waist and 17 years off of my metabolic age. This has given me more confidence and the drive to keep improving on my fitness.
The whole Paragon team are friendly and supportive. I can’t praise them enough (It really works)”. Brooke Davey – Platinum Program
I was concerned that I was too unfit to start and also that, as a night owl, 6am was very early.
It only took a couple of sessions to feel like I was part of the gang and I can’t believe I’m still training at 6am 3 times a week almost a year later. It’s the only exercise I’ve stuck at and I can honestly say I enjoy the sessions. I also ache much less, feel fitter and generally less stressed. I’ve also given up diet coke and white bread, which are two more things I’d never believed I would. 6am fits in really well round family and work too.
I now feel better in myself – both fitter and healthier, I have stopped gaining weight and have started to lose it”. Helen Wallis – Platinum Program
“Prior to starting the Platinum Program, I had spent pretty much my entire adult life on one diet or another (Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, the Atkins, Dukan – you name it, I’ve tried it!) – I would lose a stone in a few months, then stop going for a year, during which time the weight would gradually creep back on again and I’d start another one. Throughout that whole time though, my exercise regime had always been (I thought) pretty good – boxercise, cycling, gym workouts, occasional running – but whilst I thought I was being good and doing plenty, none of it really changed my body-shape in any real way and I was always exhausted and spent most of the time feeling miserable cos I was always battling with what I should and shouldn’t eat. I didn’t have any objections about working with Robbie – I’d known him for a few years through boxercise classes and had always really enjoyed them and his style of working. I liked his tough attitude to us all in class and then when I heard about the work he had started doing with groups of people on nutrition and exercise I really wanted to be a part of it – I didn’t want to miss out. Working with Robbie on this program is great. I really feel that he cares about us all and cares about what we are getting out of this. He wants us to succeed.
He is motivational and very supportive and always on the end of a phone/email to answer a question or just to listen and give us a bit of a hand (or a kick) when needed. The interval training is new to me but I love it – I love the fact that it is different every session. It is clear that he has always prepared every session in advance and have thought about what to do to make it different from the last one. I also like the fact that he was clear up front about not being interested in negative people, people who didn’t want to give it their all – that’s been a real plus point, as the group of people we have got are all great – all motivated, all supportive and it feels like a little family. I would recommend this to anyone and definitely want to carry on working with Robbie on the Platinum Programme.
The best result for me without a doubt is the change I can feel in my body – much leaner and tighter. I’ve still got a way to go before it’s how I would like, but I really feel, for the first time, that this is a regime that works and, even more importantly, I’m finally not “on a diet” !! I found the detox a challenge initially, but only as I got used to having to be more organised and think about what food to take into work etc – no more nipping over to M&S for a sandwich at lunchtime!! And now I absolutely love the food – I feel healthier – I feel that everything I put inside me is clean and good – it’s got to the point now where if I eat rubbish, my body gets rid of it pretty sharpish and tells me not to eat it again!! I feel freed from my prior existence of forever counting points or calories and life has become so much nicer”.Leila Wade – Platinum Programme
“I was feeling very tired and sluggish and carrying an extra stone or two before I came to Paragon 6 months ago. I really wanted to get fit and lose some weight but could never stick at anything that I’d tried before.
I was very apprehensive at investing so much money on the platinum program but thankfully the two week free trial convinced me that if anything was going to work, this was. In actual fact because of the cost I was much more committed and knew I couldn’t stop going after a few weeks!
I have loved every single session at Paragon and always look forward to going. There have never been two sessions the same, Robbie always manages to keep it fresh. He has a way of making you want to push yourself without needing to shout at you. The workouts are challenging but everyone goes at their own level. Paragon has an amazing atmosphere, because it is a small non-commercial gym I quickly got to recognise everyone and make friends. I have never felt intimidated walking through the door!
I am now so much fitter than 6 months ago and feel so proud of what I have achieved. I no longer feel sluggish, have loads more energy and just generally feel like a much happier person. Thank you Robbie”. - Rachel Ludlow-Elston
The platinum programme helped me to take control of my fitness, eating and weight loss goals again. It gave me the tools and support to turn around weight gain and put me on track to become a super happy new person! After 6 weeks I began to feel amazing, empowered and healthy again… combined with a rediscovered passion for exercise, a new ability to read my body and how it responds to different foods and some satisfying LBs and inches lost ! In the 3 months I’ve been doing the programme I have lost weight, my fat percentage has decreased and my muscle weight has increased. The support given with the programme is amazing, Rob is there whenever you need, and can answer even the trickiest questions, always giving solid, usable advise. The emails/fB updates that come regularly keep you honest, and really help you stick to the programme. His weigh-ins I find really helpful, and it was great to see results.
The work outs are great, I love the selection, the ease and being able to do them wherever and whenever you want and learning that weight training is as important as the rest.
Rob’s nutrition advice is epic. I have gone from eating pasta, bread, sugar and processed food to having more protein, white meat and fish, processed foods are cut out completely from my diet and refined sugar out the door…I feel so much better, and on the odd occasion when I do end up eating some of these things (and everyone knows I have), my body responds with a resounding “you’re making me feel sick”.
I couldn’t do it without the knowledge and support Rob has given me, the programme totally reforms the way you think and feel about food, to me now it’s about fueling my body so that it performs at its best, and I feel better physically, emotionally (less downs, more ups) and mentally in control.
Thank you Robbie, you’re a legend, and I can’t recommend Paragon enough! – Donna O’Neill
“I first met Robbie when he was working at another gym around 2009. When I packed up playing football I joined the gym to keep fit and try to keep my weight down as I really enjoy my food. They were doing some renovation at the gym and the dust was affecting me as I suffer from seasonal asthma in the Summer. Rob suggested that I try his boxercise class as they were using the hall at the back which was unaffected by the renovation. I really enjoyed the boxercise, so much that I stopped working out alone and only attended the classes, as Rob was doing 5 a week, which gave me a lot of flexibility to train, as I’m a shift worker. I, always knew that if Rob was to move on, I (along with a lot of other people who attended his classes there) would follow him out of the door . When he started Paragon in January 2013, I had no objections at all about going there and I cancelled my old gym membership straight away. As I said I really enjoy Rob’s classes and I enjoy working with a group. The classes are structured, varied and well organised and as I’ve been doing them for so long I’m very familiar with all the drills and routines and don’t have to think too much when following instructions. Since working with Rob I really enjoy and look forward to the general buzz and lift I get from doing the classes, plus my fitness level feels quite high for someone of my age”. - ‘Football’ Dave Battram
“Before I met Robbie I led an active lifestyle, worked out regularly, walked at least 8 miles a day most days, swam and ate a good diet. Pre Paragon I had some 121 personal training after my first child with a fantastic trainer who taught me so much and got me into great shape. I exercised throughout my second pregnancy, applied and rotated the same workouts after my second child was born which had been so effective the first time but couldn’t get rid of those last inches. We had two weddings looming in the coming month I needed some help to get me to my desired body-shape.
My husband Mike who is also a Paragon Member and is currently on the Platinum Program, got me in touch with Robbie, Mike had also had 121 Personal Training in the past with Robbie, whom he rated highly as a trainer. Personal Training I wasn’t afraid of, but group exercise was another matter, I always worried that I’d feel or look silly exercising in a group of others having tried scary group classes at a gym in the past, I also thought that despite thinking I was quite fit that I wouldn’t be up to the challenge, as it turns out I was up to the challenge! All of us at Paragon are at different stages, what binds us is that we are all highly motivated to complete whatever Robbie has lined up for us. In April 2013 I did some 121 Personal Training with Robbie and started attending boxercise regularly, and finally I could see the physical change I was hoping for.
Working with Robbie has been very rewarding, he is a highly motivated and encouraging, he has a great knowledge for giving you the very best tools to achieve the very best you! His Boxercise sessions have all the key ingredients to keep you motivated, they’re great fun (as are all the lovely people I’ve met since joining), highly satisfying (especially when partnering with your husband!), are always focused and challenging. I rate Robbie’s classes more than any others I now attend and have tried in the past. The best thing I now have as a result of working with Robbie and his team at Paragon is learning how effective the right cardio/strength interval training can be, how despite your best efforts if you don’t have that bodyshock, your body cleverly adapts and you don’t see those physical results! I am now stronger, leaner and more confident in myself than I have ever been. I attend boxercise 3 times a week, still walk my miles, swim and have now tailored my own kettlebell/body exercise workouts to have that high intensity interval base to be at my very best, I now even have the Gaul to try other classes eg bootcamps realizing group exercise isn’t so scary after all so thank you Robbie”. - Lynsey Woolman
“I started working with Robbie about 4 years ago, I was 39 at the time and although I felt pretty fit at the time was conscious that age was creeping up on me and I would need to work harder if I wanted to continue playing football and enjoying a physical lifestyle. I did not enjoy attending mainstream gyms as I found working out on machines dull and non competitive but found working with Robbie and a team of people with different fitness levels very enjoyable and very rewarding. Meeting up with team several times a week does not feel like a chore, they are my comrades and I have been very lucky to have a made a few good friends along the way even Robbie who at times over the years has really worked me hard.
The results have been excellent for me, I have lost a stone and half in weight which I have maintained over the years but the real difference is inches , 4 inches of my waist , 4 inches of my chest my double chin is no more and my legs are as fit and strong as they were 20 years ago! I am still enjoying playing football twice a week and with Robbie’s help will play for 20 more”. - John ‘Steve’ Garwood
weight going up and down like a yoyo, not being happy with myself. Starting at Robbie’s gym was easy, I was very nervous but when I got there he and all the other Ladies and Gents made me feel very welcome, and quite quickly you realise that you’re all there for the same reason, to feel good about yourself and change your eating habits and exercise.
I started with Robbie on a 8 week count down to drop a dress size. The exercise was really hard at the beginning but after a couple of weeks the difference in my bodies fitness was noticeable. After a couple more weeks I did Robbie’s 21 day detox – it was hard but managed it lost 8 pounds, load of inches and my clothes were all fitting or hanging it was amazing.
I’m still working on my weight loss, but Robbie always says its not about weight loss its the inch loss. My eating habits have changed for the better and I love going exercising on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for my Treat to myself and meet my friends its quite a little family all encouraging each other, I love it and really miss it when I cant make it.
Thank you Robbie for being patient and keeping me on track when I’m not having such a good time when life throws a spanner in the works”. - Sharon Banks
I have belonged to gyms in the past, all unsuccessfully and I just wanted something convenient and easy for me to commit to. The boxercise sessions work perfectly and the timing is fab. I can drop my kids off, go along and get home and start my day by 1030.
Robbie is lovely, he is enthusiastic and helpful. He makes you feel comfortable.
The best thing that’s happened since starting at Paragon is that I now fit in my summer clothes (which wasn’t going to happen), and I feel so much fitter. I have also met a really nice bunch of people. - Anna Jones
“Before I met Robbie I thought I was in quite good shape, with two young children I was quite busy and active in my opinion. My wife booked me up for a taster session with Robbie and I have never managed to stop!
When Robbie set up Paragon, I was very happy to carry on training with him in his lovely new space.
Training with Robbie has been great fun, he always makes the sessions entertaining and I have made many good friends through the sessions that I attend.
I am now over two stone lighter than I was when I started training with Robbie, and I realise that I was not fit at all back then before I met him. I am now happier, healthier and sometimes I even look forward to going to the classes!” - Jim Tatchell
My family and I were going skiing in the February half term and I was concerned that I was not fit enough to cope with the strenuous holiday ahead and wanted to enjoy it and keep up with my children and friends.
I knew just who to turn to as I have trained with Robbie in the past and knew if anyone could get me prepared in 6 weeks Robbie could. Robbie offered his help straight away and the hard work began.
I joined Paragon along with a dear friend as I thought it would be easier to go with somebody and she was ready for a change too. However as lovely as it is to train with my friend I should not have worried as all at Paragon gym are friendly and chatty.
My fitness improved and ‘the bench’ was banned! Although always challenging the sessions become a little easier. I train 3 times a week (when all goes to plan) and if I can’t make it Robbie is always understanding and checking when I will be in next…
Robbie was very supportive with my diet giving me alternatives as I am a vegetarian and offering suggestions and advice when needed.
So the holiday came and went and I had a fabulous time and kept up with everyone (not the teenagers down the black runs) and no broken bones!
I have continued training with Robbie at Paragon and although losing weight was not my main goal I have lost weight and inches but more importantly for me I have gained in confidence, fitness and strength. I am proud to say that I can now do full press ups which I never thought I would and have just completed a 5 K colour run with ease.
I am ready to talk to Robbie about my next goal and will I’m sure with his support smash it! So if anyone is ready to get fit, lose weight and make a life change Robbie and Paragon is your man. Thanks Robbie for all of your help. p.s I still hate get ups!!!!!!!” - Kelly Rowe
“Before starting at Paragon I had tried various diets, worked out with personal trainers at high street gyms, tried it on my own, etc. I always set goals but never quite followed through with them. I also have issues with an old knee injury and used that as an excuse to fail over and over again. I joined Paragon a couple of months ago, obese, unfit, fed up and very nervous as I had not exercised for so long. Initially the cost of the programme felt high but I started to see this as an investment in myself and decided to commit to it. I was also very nervous at the prospect of exercising with others, what if I couldn’t follow…Would I look like a fool?
Working with Robbie has been an eye opener, in learning about the right approach to both nutrition and exercise. It has been a personal experience as he tailors a plan that is specific to you, he has also provided exercises options and alternatives that I can follow despite my knee injury.
Overall it has been a positive, encouraging and never dull experience so far. The workout routines are varied and challenging, there is no yelling, no shouting or feeling like you can’t follow – just encouragement and ongoing support and motivation. The atmosphere is friendly and non threatening and you meet others that are just like you.
I have lost over 5cm off my waist and 6cm off my thighs, I have dropped a dress size in the two months that I have been a Platinum member. Although those numbers are great in themselves, nothing compares to how I feel now compared to when I first started. Whilst my body shape is still changing, I have more energy, I sleep better, I feel stronger, and overall happier. To feel this way is truly priceless and I could not have gotten here without Robbie and Paragon. If you are looking for a lifestyle change, I can’t recommend them highly enough”. - Mags R.
“When I joined the Platinum program as well as being very nervous, shy and anxious I was equally excited at the thought of getting my mojo back. Since losing my mum in 2010 I had put on 2 stone but not only this I had lost my smile both inside and out. Having two lovely children aged 13 & 9 and a great supportive husband I felt I needed to become a happier mum, wife and self. It’s not until now I can see I was suffering with depression and needed some help.
I had no objections with working with Robbie as all I had heard were excellent reports.
My first session was great, everyone was so friendly and supportive, I struggled in places but Robbie’s constant assurance and encouragement got me through. I came across the dreaded burpees, mountain climbers and inchworms. The next challenge was the next day, ouch!!! Walking down the stairs and even sitting on the loo was a struggle! But I went back for more on the Wednesday and indeed more is what I got! I’m now in my fourth month and am buzzing, my friends now describe me as having a twinkle!
I’ve lost weight, changed shape and lost inches which is fantastic but even better for me is I’ve gained my smile. My fitness has improved so much and even burpees don’t scare me now (oops shouldn’t have sad that, I will now get twice as many!).
The best result for me that I have achieved through working with Robbie is finding me again and giving my children and husband the happy mummy/wife that I was. I love my paragon training sessions and look forward to the comradery surrounding them. I can honestly say working with Robbie Linsell has given me my life back”.
Charlotte Millington - Platinum Client
“In 2010 I decided that I would take the first step and join a local gym as I was 36 years old, a smoker and over 23 stone. It took a long time before I took this first step as I was embarrassed by the way I looked and felt quite intimidated by the thought of going into a gym full of super fit people.
“I had seen Robbie around the gym and he always had a smile and a friendly word or two. After a few months (not continuously) of turning up, not really knowing what I was doing and endlessly sitting on an exercise bike, literally going nowhere. I saw a poster for ‘boot camp’ – an early morning group based exercise class, and signed up.
It may sound a bit dramatic, but that decision changed my life. This was my first experience of working with Robbie and we haven’t looked back since. I have taken part in boot camps, personal training, boxercise, circuit classes and more recently the Platinum Program.
Each time starting a new activity with Robbie is a blend of nervousness and excitement. – “can I do this, can I keep up” – “what’s next, I can’t wait”; and each time I am amazed by the results. Not just the weight loss (even though 6 stone and counting is pretty good!) but the change in mind set is most important. Good day or bad Robbie has helped me not focus on the past bad times and look towards what the future can hold.
Robbie understands that we are not all ready for the Olympics, and plans accordingly, regardless of how fit (or otherwise) we are. Robbie lives in the real world and understands that balance is important. But the best thing for me is that he knows what motivates me to get the best results, and that is a reflection of the man and the trainer.
With Robbie’s help I have completed a half marathon, mud run and the London to Brighton bike ride. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for helping me, and look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come”.
Nigel Shipp – Platinum Client
“Before I started the Platinum programme with you I felt unfit, unhealthy and was probably mildly depressed. I had met you through the ‘boot camp’ that you had run earlier in the year. When I received news of this new programme you were doing, it outlined all the things that I had been dreaming to achieve but had no clue how to get started. After I had made my commitment to the programme I started having reservations as to whether you would be someone I could work with. My feelings of personal trainers was one that they couldn’t really understand normal people like me, as in not being able to resist that one more glass of wine, or understand the lack of will power when it comes to food. But anyway, I started the programme and have met some people who are just like me in some ways, and not like me at all in others. The glue that bonded us was you Robbie. As the first week went by and the second, my preconceptions of you were blown away. Here was an extraordinary ordinary guy, who just wants to share his knowledge with us to help us look and feel good about ourselves. When I began the programme the reason I really stuck to it was because I didn’t want to let anyone down or to have to face you with a feeling of guilt, but as the preconceptions of you left me, I realised you are not determined only by results, but that you actually care and want to help us move on to a more healthy way of living, for life. By working with you, I have slowly realised I have to take on my own responsibility, if I ‘cheated’, you wouldn’t be affected by it, only me. The best result I have got from working with you is confidence, I feel that if I want to do something it is in my power to do so. I dropped a dress size the first month, and my body looks more toned than it has for many years”.
Michaela Boulton – Platinum Client
“Before I started working with you I was very hit and miss with exercise and never enjoyed the gym or classes that much. Various diets never worked long time, I couldn’t keep the weight off so got down and gave up. My only reservation about working with you was that I thought I would not be fit enough and would make a fool of myself as I wouldn’t be able to keep up, but that was not the case at all as you made me feel part of the group and never treated me any differently so I felt at home straight away (even though I was lacking you never raised the point or made a fuss) and the way you held the workouts meant it didn’t matter if you weren’t as good as the others because you could just do your best and get on with it. The whole process has been totally enlightening, it has made me realise my potential and that I can do things that I never thought I would. I have learnt so much about what you eat and how you fuel your body, I have changed my way of shopping for food and cooking. It is still a learning curve but am in it for good now. With your tips that you send me by email I always have something to look forward to and wonder what next, the programme is varied and fun so its never boring. The best thing is that it has given me self esteem and only wish that this had happened 30 odd years ago. Feeling confident makes you feel better about yourself so does exercise and looking after yourself so its been a double whammy and so enjoying it, energy levels are high and people I haven’t seen for a while say that I look great. I would just like to say that I will never be able to thank you enough for helping me bring out the true me, thanks Robbie”.
Teresa Moore – Platinum Client
After I’d had my first child back in 2006 I realised that the time had come to finally try and get healthy and lose some weight. I’d always been big, at my biggest I weighed in at just over 15st, I’d lost some but needed to lose my post baby weight and a lot more. Having never stuck at any exercise before I joined the local gym and started aerobics classes and a bit of general gym work. Someone suggested I try out the boxercise class with Robbie as it was good fun and a good workout. I was very nervous and was a bit out of my comfort zone but Robbie has a way of never making you feel uncomfortable about your weight or ability so I carried on going and gradually saw my fitness improve and I lost weight too! Early 2009 I fell pregnant again and carried on doing the classes as much as I could but eventually had to stop. When I’d had my post natal checks I was straight back into the gym and back to Robbie’s boxercise classes, hoping to lose the post baby weight again!
Robbie started a bootcamp and I was (gently!) persuaded to join by a friend at the gym and I decided to give it a go. It was 4 mornings a week (6am!!!) for 6 weeks and it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done and I couldn’t have done it without Robbie’s support. One of the challenges was running just over a mile from the gym and back and I wasn’t convinced I could do it, Robbie told me that I could most definitely do it and I did! He’d seen me at the classes and knew that I just needed that push and I could do anything! Since that first bootcamp I’ve trained with Robbie on an ongoing basis, in both group classes and smaller training sessions and I’ve always felt the need to push myself and give 100%. I’ve also taken up running, which I truly believe stems from that first ‘traffic light run’ at bootcamp! Last year I completed 2 half marathons and am running another half in March, I’m also taking part in ‘The Gauntlet’ a mud race in April with Team Paragon. I also took part in Tough Mudder last year which involved far too much electricity and water but again, I never thought I could have completed something like that without the ongoing support of Robbie.
I’ve gained so much from training with Robbie, I’ve made some great friends, confidence in my abilities has soared but most of all my fitness levels have improved and I’m still losing weight!
Sarah McNie – Gold Client
“My situation before working with Robbie was that I had become de motivated and “too busy” over a number of years to exercise or care about my diet. Thinking my diet was quite healthy i.e. lots of fruit /veg it was lacking in many nutrients and included many pre packed foods. I was attending classes 2-3 times a week at the gym was increasing in weight and size, lacking in energy, I was not seeing any health/weight/tone benefits. I needed something or someone to help me. Robbie was leading the “boxercise” class which I was attending; he was very motivating and encouraging to every one of every fitness level, age, and male /female alike. When he suggested a nutrition and exercise programme he was working on I had no hesitation in asking to be involved. I trusted his ability and commitment to his work. Working with Robbie has been very much a journey. I did the detox programme first and found it challenging but rewarding; Robbie not only taught the programme but actually joined in with everybody so he could always relate to what we were all experiencing. Once the new Platinum programme started I joined and again “very” challenged I often doubted my own ability to actually do what was being asked of me, I also doubted I should be pushing myself so hard at my age and fitness level. Thanks again to Robbie’s encouragement and participation working alongside us all the time I soon realised my potential. Culminating in being a part of the Lactic Fallout team, where Robbie was found most of the time not up front but at the back encouraging the weakest. I still keep going over that day and questioning whether I really did it! (8 mile assault course). Thanks Robbie. The best result working with Robbie is not the 1 stone weight loss or the new wardrobe (1dress size smaller) the new tone in areas I had given up on. The best result is the new attitude towards nutrition and exercise .What I have achieved so far and looking forward to the next challenge”.
Heather Ellis – Platinum Client
My situation before I met Robbie was to be honest dire. I was pushing 22 stone and having been lucky enough to have met him my life is starting to turn round. I’m not there yet but it’s getting there, the thing with me and I presume most people who tend to be heavy is you can feel intimidated by the word personal trainer but with Robbie it’s not like that, to be honest he always has time for you and he encourages you in every way possible I think I’m lucky enough now that he would call me a true friend . Working with Robbie has seen me make a steady change of habits which he teaches you in all areas mind and body. I feel a million percent better in all areas thanks to him.
Phil Maule – Diamond Client
“Like a lot of people my new year’s resolutions barely lasts to the end of January so I wasn’t pinning much hope for this year either, but started with good intentions, after listening to somebody talking on the radio that her New Year resolutions was to face new challenges rather than finding excuses to back down ,So when a colleague introduced me to the idea of a personal trainer thought that this would be a good start, although daunting. I had put on a lot of weight over recent years, and although talked a lot about doing something about it ,failed miserably at the first chocolate hurdle. I was shocked on my first weigh in, it was even worse than I was expecting and when Robbie calculated my metabolic age, he managed to tell me this and keep a straight face , so already I was impressed by his professionalism.
I’m pleased to say that I have, with Robbie’s support stuck with my resolution. Robbie keeps the workouts challenging and interesting ,has a lot of knowledge and advice both on fitness and diet plans.
The programme that was designed for me at the beginning was hard but achievable and as I’ve progressed have become harder and more challenging, so you know when you’ve worked hard. Robbie keeps track of your progress so you can measure your achievements, which is always a buzz when you know that you’ve improved .
Robbie takes an interest and listens to any concerns or requests and introduces new workouts accordingly which means that sessions are inspiring and not a chore.
Within 2 months of starting with Robbie my metabolic age is now 10 years younger than my actual age and best of all I can now wear size 12 jeans as I have lost over 2 stone”.
Heather Nicholls – Diamond Client
“I feel so lucky to ﬁnd out about Robbie and Paragon Fitness Studio. His shared passion for my success kept me going. The time spent with Robbie has been a most worthwhile investment. My lifestyle before has been a Big NO-NO! I have been a member of a ﬁtness centre before and I used to think that I was a ﬁt person. I was living on a sugar rush diet, silly things such as a mars bar and red-bull for brunch, no lunch! I was snacking on sweets and heavy dinners, mostly having them around 8pm, even later. I started to gain weight and got to 140lb … I started to panic! In the main I felt tired, weak, had no appetite, my energy levels were very low and my motivation was not there at all. As I am studying as well, I noticed that my levels of focusing were very low. I started to go to Paragon Fitness Studio, where Robbie did his magic! At the beginning
I was quite disappointed that I could not keep up with the exercises. But, everyone there is positive and friendly plus having someone like Robbie, who is caring, open and extremely supportive made the difference! I started the 21 Day Detox Plan, and this changed my lifestyle completely. This doesn’t feel like a diet and gives me a boost of energy, I am now so much more alert I feel very light, and I cannot wait to jump out the bed (before, never wanted to get up, another 5 min please …) I am amazed that I have lost over 9 pounds of fat, and decreased my body fat by 5% even more I have increased my muscle by 2 pounds in only 4 weeks, weighing now 131lb. Beside, I and my family now have a healthier diet as well as dinners are now more colourful and exciting. Thank you for all of your guidance and for helping me become a better me!!”
Oana Cozgrove – Platinum Client
I decided to work with Robbie as I wanted a change to my usual exercise routine and I wanted to concentrate on really toning up my body. I wasn’t overweight but what I wanted to do, was ﬁrm up the body that I had. Robbie was very approachable, he understood what I wanted to do and I felt very comfortable in his company and working out under his guidance. I didn’t feel self conscious or embarrassed as I knew Robbie wanted me to achieve the best results I possibly could. Normally when I felt that I had had enough I would slow down and stop during a workout but with Robbie’s encouragement he spurred me on much more than I could do by myself. Since joining his program my body has never worked so hard. I considered myself to be fairly ﬁt attending two classes of aerobics a week but working with Robbie has shown me how you need to work all muscle groups intensely to achieve a more toned look. Since working with Robbie, I have seen an overall change in my body, it looks ﬁrmer everywhere, before I started I could not get my body off the round to do a full sit up and now I can achieve this and my stomach has become more ﬁrmer and ﬂatter. I feel much stronger physically and mentally, I am very happy with my appearance and the change that I have achieved under the instruction of Robbie, which has added a little spring to my step. Thank you Robbie
Beverly Weemes – Gold Client
At 60+ with a dodgy back (parachute jump 30yrs ago) stiff left shoulder, overweight and more than feeling my age it was time to do something. I did the detox program with Robbie earlier in the year which worked and the weight stayed off but I was clearly very unﬁt and still well above my best ﬁghting weight! The gym for me is a bit boring and classes were ok but I feel I need more personal attention and motivation. Someone to keep an eye on what I am doing so I don’t overdo things but with the knowledge to push me just that bit more without causing problems. Working with a small group also
suits me. Robbie’s Platinum program came at the right time. I got to know Robbie through his detox course and felt that another detox plus exercise was well worth a try. A bit expensive but then that would make me do it. Three times a week would need planning and abandoning my man, having been out all day could be a problem. However he coped and as the weight has gone he can see that it is working. I enjoy the workouts and the variety of activities. Working with a group who are clearly ﬁtter than me, not that it matters, provided me with an extra incentive to push myself with the knowledge that Robbie has a close eye on how everyone is doing. I have lost weight, ﬁt into clothes that I haven’t worn for at least 3 years and feel much more active. I want to keep this up.
Gill Slater – Platinum Client
Given the state of my emotional and physical ﬁtness before I met Robbie, I never thought I would be sitting down to write a recommendation as well as a thank you to Robbie for the energy levels I have and the way a feel in myself today. Two years ago I could not walk up the stairs at home without becoming breathless three steps into my ofﬁce was troublesome, and yet only last Friday I climbed the stairs at
Convent Garden tube station to avoid the queues for the lifts, before meeting Robbie that would have ﬁnished me, I would have needed to take week off, not know I could have climbed them 100 times there’s a challenge in there for you Robbie. I joined Paragon as an extremely unﬁt but reasonably handsome early 40ish year old (joking), and to be honest my journey to reasonable ﬁtness initially was not easy. I had the
best intentions but suffered from; low self-esteem, continual tiredness, like all of us serious work and life pressure and mentally thinking I could be spending my time being more productive than undertaking boxing and circuit classes. Despite my early reservations it was Robbie’s personality that kept me going and as I begun to see improvements in myself in terms of ﬁtness, personality and conﬁdence I became hooked on his classes, and have been lucky enough to have genuinely enjoyed every training session I have attended, and in most cases not more than 3 feet away from, who I now consider to be a very good mate Robbie.
Anthony Price – Gold Client
I have been working with Robbie for almost 2 months. While he may seem like a gentle guy when you ﬁrst meet him, there is nothing gentle about the training he puts you through. His attention to detail and commitment to helping me make a difference is stellar. In the ﬁrst month I lost 9 pounds with Robbie’s training and dietary advice. I have stopped weighing myself regularly but the huge win for me, is clothes genuinely ﬁt better again, I have more energy and I want more sessions with Robbie! He combines cardio with muscle building exercises and the variety he uses makes the time pass quickly. I am not terribly sociable through my sessions, usually through lack of oxygen but Robbie is never deterred and wants that extra push from me. It’s only afterwards I truly appreciate that extra “push”…. Overall I would highly recommend Robbie for those who really want to be teamed with someone as committed as them to improve their ﬁtness and lifestyle.”
Karen McGurk – Diamond Client
When I ﬁrst called Robbie I noticed how interested he was in getting to know about me as an individual. I immediately warmed to him as I could see he really cares about what he does and lives it himself.
Before we spoke I was worried that he would want me to do things I couldn’t do or didn’t like or interest me . I have been training with Robbie a long time now and he has opened my eyes to lots of new
things; for the most part they are fun and I feel great when I accomplish something I think I can’t do. Of course this has all been a process and didn’t happen in one day but Robbie knows when to push and he also knows when you should rest too. What has been brilliant is that I’ve lost weight from all the right places and Robbie has introduced me to lots of new people that I can exercise with and who have become friends. Working with Robbie has not only changed my life but my families life too as they have now got the get ﬁt bug as they can see its not just about exercise but about making lifestyle changes. I’ve worked
with lots of trainers over the years but what I like so much about Robbie is that he’s honest and will only want to do right by you. I don’t know about you but in today’s day and age it’s been refreshing to meet someone that believes fully in what they are doing and is not in it purely for the money. I would like to thank Robbie for helping me have faith in myself.
THANK YOU ROBBIE
Samantha Meadows – Diamond Client
I have never been keen on gyms, I rarely kept up a plan for longer than 3 months and only when I had something like a wedding or a holiday to plan for. I thought I was naturally quite ﬁt, but if I did anything like a day of gardening or a long walk or something a bit more active than normal I would know about it the next day. I have never been fat or overweight, but I ALWAYS dieted before a summer holiday and I used to describe myself as soft round the edges. As an example I never bought a dress off the shelf, I always tried it on ﬁrst to make sure it didn’t show the wobbly bits! I have really enjoyed the variety of our work outs. I’ve worked with you one to one and in Group Personal Training and you always keep me motivated by changing the emphasis, so just when I thought I could do a type of work out you change it and give me a new challenge. I have enjoyed seeing the gradual results of all the hard work. I feel now that because the process has been consistent and gradual it has crept up on me without having to make major or dire changes to my life. Before I knew it I enjoyed working out…. Who knew!!!? The change in my shape is the best thing that has happened since I been working with you. I never ever thought I would have the ﬁgure I have now. I always imagined I would just gradually get a little bit softer as I got older. I never believed I could attain the ﬁgure or weight I had when I was 16. I would like to say that you have honestly changed my life. As
you know I was never a slouch, but not only do I now have an amazing level of ﬁtness but I have a new found conﬁdence in my own skin. Getting old disgracefully is so much easier when I have you as my PT. I feel as if I can now do anything physically if I just put my mind to it.
Kirsty Palmer – Platinum Client
Within 2 months of starting with Robbie my life has totally turned around. If I had carried on the way I had, I’m unsure where I would be right now but I don’t think it would be in a very good place. I am now two stone lighter, 100 times ﬁtter and relieved that my son no longer sees me as a ‘Fat Dad’. My blood pressure has dropped from being extremely high (169/117) to an optimal level (128/65) since working with Robbie, and the level of fat around my organs has dropped from also being in a dangerous zone to now being in the healthy zone. This didn’t happen over night but over the course of two months and I feel
like a new man. People that haven’t seen me for a few months can hardly recognise me. If it’s time you need to make a change to your lifestyle, I would highly recommend working with Robbie.
Mick Bush – Diamond Client
Before joining Paragon I was exercising a couple of times a week doing circuit training and maybe the odd run when the weather was good. I was lacking motivation as I am not the kind of person who could go to the gym and work hard by myself or push myself to the limit. I didn’t have any objections about working with you, found I was actually a bit nervous about coming to a “smaller” gym than I was used to where you can get lost in the crowd a bit, however joining with a friend (Sasha) was a good idea for me and helped me settle in, although I have found everyone to be really friendly and all of the trainers who have taken the classes at different times have also been really friendly and put some fun into the workouts and take time to make you all feel involved and part of the group.
Working with you is fun, I’ve found you to be very professional in the sessions but at the same time very amicable creating a nice atmosphere to be in. It has been a totally new experience to me as there is more 1:1 involvement as we work in smaller teams and get individual time with you and the other instructors which helps my motivation and desire to keep working hard during each session. My motivation and positive attitude to exercise has increased and I feel a lot better about myself and how much I am capable of. My ﬁtness and strength has greatly increased and I feel more toned than I ever have done.
Jackie Taylor – Gold Client
Robbie has totally transformed the way I have exercised. I wanted to loose weight but it was more than that. I wanted to prove to myself that I could really train hard and get ﬁt and Robbie got that straight away. He introduced me to boxing and from there my love of boxing took off! Every session pushed me to my limit and every session was different. I can’t explain how enjoyable it is training with Robbie and he really does care about whether you are achieving your goal. I never get bored in any session and always come home exhausted but really smiling. He never stops thinking of new ways to train and ways to keep you
motivated. I have lost weight and in one month lost 5cm off my waist which is unbelievable but aside from that its about achieving something for me which as a mum you sometimes loose focus of. I can’t recommend Robbie enough, he is highly respected, (incredibly funny!) amazing at his job and loves what he does. One of a kind.
Sasha Ryan – Diamond Client
A year before I met Robbie I had my son Felix, as a new mum looking after a baby, exercise took a back seat. With the turn of the year and my impending return to work I decided it was about time to get back to ﬁtness and lose some, but hopefully all, of the baby weight. At the start of the year I wasn’t far off 11stone, lacking in self esteem and easily got out of breath. I signed up for Robbie’s bootcamp which I found by searching for local events in my area, a friend in the North east had been doing something similar and it seemed a good method to challenge myself back into ﬁtness. After bootcamp having lost 4lbs and 24.5cm I wanted to ensure that my journey continued and therefore asked Robbie about his personal training packages. I signed up straight away and have been training with Robbie ever since. When Robbie initiated a nutritional detox class with promising results for fat loss – I signed up and after completing the 3 weeks lost another 10lbs and 20cms. I am now in training for the Great North Run and have completed two 10k races along the way, I feel slimmer, healthier and overall happier as an individual. Working with Robbie has been great and I would even say I look forward to our sessions. I always know he will push me to improve and challenge my own targets. Robbie always plans a varied routine and it is different every time which keeps the sessions interesting, he uses a large range of equipment and techniques which again keeps you on your toes! Robbie has been a great support not only in the workouts but outside of this as well, providing training plans I can complete at home and always being available (by phone/email/text) if I have any questions.
I love that Robbie not only focusses on ﬁtness but also the nutritional side and is always adapting his classes and programmes based on previous feedback. He is always enthusiastic in his communications which helps to motivate and all in all he is a really nice personable guy, who is easy to get on with, full of knowledge and makes things fun but equally challenging!
My immediate response when asked what would be my best thing I’ve achieved from working with Robbie would be to say that I have lost weight – isn’t that what all women would say? But having reﬂected I would say just generally that I am ‘Happier’. Happier in that I have lost weight (approx 1 stone to date), I have lost centimetres (over 45cm), I am more toned, I am physically ﬁtter, I am nutritionally more healthy and aware, I am more conﬁdent, I above all I am having fun and enjoying doing it.
Keren Greenall – Platinum Client
Like a lot of people my new year’s resolutions barely lasts to the end of January so I wasn’t pinning much hope for this year either, but started with good intentions, after listening to somebody talking on the radio that her New Year resolutions was to face new challenges rather than ﬁnding excuses to back down ,So when a colleague introduced me to the idea of a personal trainer thought that this would be a good start, although daunting. I had put on a lot of weight over recent years, and although talked a lot about doing something about it ,failed miserably at the ﬁrst chocolate hurdle. I was shocked on my ﬁrst weigh in, it was even worse than I was expecting and when Robbie calculated my metabolic age, he managed to tell me this and keep a straight face , so already I was impressed by his professionalism. I’m pleased to say that I have, with Robbie’s support stuck with my resolution. Robbie keeps the workouts challenging and interesting ,has a lot of knowledge and advice both on ﬁtness and diet plans.
The programme that was designed for me at the beginning was hard but achievable and as I’ve progressed have become harder and more challenging, so you know when you’ve worked hard. Robbie keeps track of your progress so you can measure your achievements, which is always a buzz when you know that you’ve improved . Robbie takes an interest and listens to any concerns or requests and introduces new workouts accordingly which means that sessions are inspiring and not a chore. Within 2 months of starting with Robbie my metabolic age is now 10 years younger than my actual age and best of all I can now wear size 12 jeans as I have lost over 2 stone.
Jane Chate – Diamond Client
I was feeling pretty rubbish before I started training with Robbie. My weight was spiralling out of control, I was struggling with depression, had little mental clarity and generally felt like I was running around like
a headless chicken! When I saw Robbie’s advert, it struck a chord, so much so that I burst into tears. I was a bit shocked at myself; I had become so good at pretending to everyone (and myself) that I was OK,
that I hadn’t realised just how unhappy I actually was. I didn’t know Robbie at all or anyone that had worked with him, so it was a bit daunting signing up for 3 months personal training on the back of a couple of emails and one phone call – his money back guarantee helped alleviate some of my worries, and my husband was very supportive suggesting that I couldn’t afford NOT to take this opportunity if I did want to turn my life around. Working with Robbie has been brilliant – I quickly felt very at ease with him and although the sessions are hard work, we’ve had great fun too. He’s such a positive person and totally committed to what he does. He’s taught me a lot about exercise, nutrition and myself. I had forgotten how fabulous exercising makes you feel, the endorphin highs, the sense of achievement, the deeper sleeps, the weight loss
and inch loss too. At the end of my 3 months I feel like a new person. I have just run my ﬁrst 5K Race for Life and loved it! Thank you Robbie.
Jane Chate – Diamond Client
I heard about the people training with Robbie but I always thought there was no way I could even try! However, as my weight had always remained the same despite attending a gym regularly, I began doing some training with Robbie, he suggested that i ‘just did what I could manage’. After my ﬁrst try of boxercise I was hooked (excuse the pun!). Thanks to Robbie I really do feel amazing but my bank balance has suffered as I have had to buy a new wardrobe, I have gone down two dress sizes! Plus for the ﬁrst time in years I wore a bikini when we went to Menorca for our family holiday. I have so much more energy and feel so much healthier now than I have done in years. Robbie has inspired and encouraged me and now training is a huge part of my life.
Mel Frost – Gold Client
I had an initial conversation with Robbie to discuss my exercise history and my aims going forward. More than six months later now, it is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Both my home and work life have beneﬁted; I ﬁnd my energy levels are higher and my stress levels are lower!
Working with Robbie has enabled me to make consistent gains to my ﬁtness. Robbie’s friendly and professional approach has made working out a much more positive experience for me. Combined with the great support from the rest of the group and plenty of encouragement from Robbie, I am making much better progress than I would have by just joining a gym and attempting to do it on my own. Robbie helped me to achieve my goal of completing the Manuden 10k run and the 13 mile ToughMudder assault course. I’m looking forward to my next challenge. Robbie gives a 100% client centred approach. He understands exactly what I want to achieve and is fully committed to giving me the instruction and support required to make it happen.
Brian Burke – Platinum Client
Before I started with Robbie my ﬁtness regime was sporadic and had hit a bit of a wall, I was unsure how to get to the next ‘level’ and really loose the weight I wanted without it creeping slowly back on.
I had always been a member of a gym in the past and used their complimentary service of building a ‘program’; however I always found the program became boring and the results were never what I wanted, that is why I decided to contact Robbie. I was initially nervous as I didn’t know what to expect but Robbie put me at ease straight away.
Robbie really took the time to understand what I wanted from our training sessions and my current situation before we started; he was very thorough at doing his research and making sure our sessions had a big impact. Every session I have with Robbie is high intensity and he really works me hard, but it is also remarkably enjoyable! I always feel great after and feel that it has really worked. In just 4 weeks working with Robbie I have lost around 8lbs and a whopping 13cms round my waist, but most importantly I look and feel better and I am much more motivated to achieving my end goal.
Kat Struthers – Diamond Client
Before working with Robbie I had not been able to train for almost 2 years due to knee surgery. I lost motivation,but when we started my conﬁdence grew thanks to him. I ﬁnd Robbie very easy to work with and I enjoy his group training sessions – I get so much out of them. Working with Robbie I have increased my ﬁtness level, reached my target weight (losing 1.5 stone) and now I have a wardrobe full of clothes that are too big for me.
Kathy McCrow – Gold Client
I have more energy now and feel cleaner inside. Finding out about the impact foods have on your body has changed the way we will eat from now on. I have dropped a dress size, my husband has gone down a jean size and between us we have lost over 19.5 inches in less than a month.
Dani & John Garwood – Gold Clients
I work in a very busy, stressful environment and I had never trained before so this was my ﬁrst experience. Since training with Robbie it has opened up a whole new experience on how to really get the best out of my training. He has high aims for his clients and determines results out of you. He makes the training sessions very pleasurable. I have lost 2.5 stones in 6 months training with Robbie. Furthermore my conﬁdence and concentration has become much sharper and I feel lighter. Anyone considering it should not be hesitant to give it a try with Robbie. I mean every word of this, thanks for everything.
Abdul Kadir – Diamond Client
Before i started working with Robbie i was 9 months post pregnancy and struggling to loose my baby weight. I’d always tried to exercise throughout my adult life but was always very sporadic in my efforts and enthusiasm and as a result, i never really got the results that i had always wanted. From meeting Robbie i could tell instantly that he has a really passion and belief for what he does, and that belief quickly transposed itself to me. I knew that with the advise help and guidance from Robbie i could ﬁnally achieve the level health and ﬁtness that i had always struggled to achieve. the whole process has been
fairly painless so far, the detox wasn’t too hard and the results certainly showed, 10lbs in 3 weeks, and i felt good for it. and for the ﬁrst time today i noticed that i wasn’t doing loads less reps than every else in the class, and i thought……………”maybe im counting wrong” but then i realised that actually i am getting ﬁtter, and i like it. Thank you, i am happy and grateful that i found Paragon!!
Hailey Baker – Platinum Client
After many years of struggling to lose weight and being too embarrassed to attend a gym, I was introduced to Robbie. After only one month of exercise and nutritional guidance, both my husband and I lost a stone each.
Our ﬁtness levels and energy have increased and we have now lost over 8 stone between us! I have got bags of energy and I feel better now than I ever have in my whole life.
Robbie’s knowledge, commitment and dedication to his clients is professional and ﬁrst class.
Amanda & Ross Rospo – Diamond Clients
When I ﬁrst met Robbie, which is now some 5 plus years ago. I was in my mid forties. Presuming with my age and occasional training I would slide into and be content at being the size 12/14 I was becoming and just blamed tiredness and fatigue on my age.
I started boxing with Robbie and found a new lease of life, an exercise that was truly fun and started showing great results. (Also an exercise I never thought I would be able to do). The new feeling of ﬁtness then took my conﬁdence to enter the bootcamps. The results from these were amazing, a struggle to get up at 5.30am occasionally, but once i was there it was so enjoyable you just knew you had to keep it up.
Over the ﬁrst few years I got much ﬁtter and far more toned, but I was still continuing to eat anything and not really concentrating on what I should be eating. I entered into Robbie’s eating and ﬁtness plan. At ﬁrst it was hard to come to terms with, but with great support from Robbie I continued with it. It taught me the value of what we put into our bodies and the way the body works to break it down.
What I have always found with Robbie is that he offers such versatile training that anyone can do, no matter what level you start at, and everyone gets such great results from it. Now at 53 I can honestly say I have never felt healthier and ﬁtter in my life. I weigh a steady 8 and a half stone now and wear a size 8. I take on any challenge that is on offer and really enjoy every minuet of them. I have more energy now Than I ever had, and sleep much better too.
Thanks again Robbie, I seriously never thought I could achieve what I have.
Carol Mather – Gold Client