You see these everywhere on social media. I am a fan of quotes now if they are meaningful and serve a purpose. Notice how I said ‘now’ – I wasn’t always a fan of them when I started PTing, I looked at them and said ‘these aren’t relevant to me’ and to be honest, they just p#*sed me off.

But they do have a place, depending on your situation and what you are looking for on social media.

Are these quotes really motivational? 

It completely depends on your own situation. If you are in a positive frame of mind and looking to be inspired, then of course they can be. 

If you are in a similar situation or mindset as I was when I began PTing, where I thought everyone was against me, then they probably won’t be motivational and may instead be likely to trigger you.

If you do like these motivational quotes make sure you find the right person or page that creates the right ones for you.

Use your imagination for my one above and please don’t take them 100% seriously all the time.

Feel too insecure to go to the gym because you aren’t sure what you are doing? Thinking you might not be able to lift the weight or even undo the lock… Yep been there! ✔ That picture is of me in 2009 loving life.

What did I do to try and ‘bulk up’? I spent a shocking amount of my pay on supplements i.e. ‘super extreme can’t believe it’s not butter mass gainer’ 💀. Plus adding in ice cream, honey and oats because that’s what I read online. I did workouts I found in monthly magazines as well. 💪

Feel like you are carrying too much weight making you more insecure? Thinking about training just tires you out and you decide to start tomorrow after your Chinese tonight? Yep also been there! ✔

In 2016 I stressed out big time with J.McC Health & Fitness trying to fit in clients anytime they wanted to train. I was serving them but I wasn’t doing anything for myself. I reduced my training and was eating s$%t food.

In 2017 I completed my own transformation. Are my pictures too extreme for some people? Yep they probably are, but at the time that’s what I wanted to do. If I wanted to get people lean then I needed to show then that I could do it and more.

What’s my point? We all start from different places but no matter what you can get stronger, healthier and fitter if you are willing to put the effort in. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I’ve made so many in my own fitness journey. These mistakes that I’ve made in the past make my business more relatable to people than any information I get from books. 

So hopefully this post helps you in some way. If you have any questions then get in touch. 👍

Matthew says “I came to John wanting to get in better shape and improve my fitness for pre-season and an upcoming holiday. Having previously trained with John, I knew I could expect quality training that I enjoyed!

“Throughout the past 12 weeks I have really enjoyed improving my fitness ahead of both pre-season and the holiday – not to mention John encouraging me to do a photoshoot just 4 weeks out. I really enjoyed this challenge with John helping me along the way – ensuring my training and diet were on point for the final few weeks.

“I would definitely recommend anyone to try personal training with John. He will make anyone feel comfortable while pushing you towards your goals.

“Training in a private gym allows John to provide brilliant one-to-one support and encouragement – ensuring you stay determined throughout whilst making training fun and enjoyable (despite the occasional poor music choice 🤨).

Without John’s encouragement I would never have considered doing a photoshoot and that extra challenge has allowed me to get in my best shape for holiday and the season ahead!”

Loss: 2 stone

Fat loss: 12.9%