Today: February 29, 2020
I called Merinda at designerbody wanting to lose weight and feel better about myself. Not being a big fan of exercise in general but particularly the gym scene, I knew I needed help to achieve my goal- a personal trainer was the perfect solution. What I found training with Ashlee was a tailored routine, outdoors at different locations. She thought about my likes and dislikes during sessions and ensured I worked hard whilst enjoying it as much as possible.
I started with three one hour sessions a week and followed the eating plan that she designed
for me diligently. Ashlee supported me the entire way and never gave up on me... even when I felt I was in over my head. She taught me to enjoy exercise and kept me motivated. I have lost 25 kilos in 6 months and am confident and happy again. designerbody was the best decision I've ever made! I'm so glad to have met Ash and now look forward to our two weekly sessions to maintain my new body! Thank you designer body!
My wife Dee wanted to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight, and at 140kg I knew I had to make a big difference to my weight, health and fitness or risk serious health issues in the near future. After a number of failed attempts to achieve this ourselves we decided to call Merinda for help. The flexibility and convenience of having personal training done in our own home, both of us training together, and with our two year-old daughter running around, left us no excuses. So Merinda assigned Grant to us for two evenings a week. Dee had a target of 25kg loss, I had a target of just over 40kg loss.
Grant tailored a food and exercise plan for us to follow, it was uncomplicated and easy to fit into our lifestyle, and has since become part of our everyday way of life. Grant's training sessions have been fantastic, and even at the start, despite being so overweight and unfit, they were done in a way that kept us encouraged and motivated, rather than feeling we had such a long way to go.
Apart from the training and diet plan, what has helped us achieve the results we have is the bond we have with Grant. He feels like part of the family, so despite the hard training sessions he puts us through, we've always looked forward to him coming. Our daughter also looks forward to seeing him, and he "baby sits" her so well during our training we are left with no excuse for a break.
I have now hit my target weight having lost 41 kg and 118cm. Its been nearly 25 years since I was the weight I am now and I have never felt this healthy and fit. Dee is close to her target weight, she's lost 20kg and 75cm. However these targets have only been just that, something to aim for, in reality since starting with Grant we have both felt the benefits week-by-week.
To put it simply, Grant has had a tremendous impact on our lives. Thank you Grant.
Darren and Dee
I started Bootcamp and Personal Training with Designer Body in August 2011. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding which is in 2 weeks (3rd March 2012).
Merinda has helped me achieve my goal of losing 10kg by doing 1 x 1 hour PT sessions a week and participating in bootcamp 3 to 4 times a week.
Not only have I achieved my goal in the way I look and how I want to look on my special day but I have also made lots of great friends at Bootcamp who have helped me stay motivated, focused and made exercising more enjoyable.
Trudi wanted to lose weight and improve her general health and wellbeing. Having high expectations of herself, and not seeing the results she desperately wanted after 2 weeks she was ready to quit.
Deciding that this was no longer an option, she dedicated at least 2 hrs per week to her training, and in a little over 12mths lost 32 kg (36 ½% of her body weight).
She has now maintained it for just over another 12mths, finding she misses the exercise when she’s unable to do it.
I started boot camp classes with Merinda 6 months before I got married and in that time I lost 10kgs.
My Husband started boot camp 2 months before our wedding and lost 8kgs.
We both still do boot camp now once a week and still really enjoy the classes that Merinda teaches.
Hi, I am Sandra and I am 58 years old
The past few years I have been suffering with a lot of pain throughout my body, due to arthritis, osteoporosis and being overweight. I kept on thinking, I have to do something about this but nothing seemed to be happening, I just could not get motivated.
I happened to be talking to my neighbour about it and she told me how much better she felt from doing two sessions of Pilates a week with her fitness trainer, so I thought I would give it a go as well. At first it was tough, but having Merinda supervise me with the proper technique, I started to feel better within a few weeks to my surprise. My lower back pain and core strength was improving and my energy levels were higher.
As my fitness level improved, Merinda suggested that I should do some cardio work with her which would really help with my weight loss, health and general wellbeing, which I found very hard at first but like the pilates, my fitness levels improved so much so that my husband decided to do the work out with me. Having Merinda supervise us, teaching us the proper techniques, gives us the confidence to push ourselves that little bit harder.
Since January I have lost twelve kilos, I feel so much happier and confident that I have lost weight, become fitter and not suffering from the pain that I used to. At present I am doing two pilates sessions a week and a cardio workout with my husband for an hour a week.
Having Merinda as my fitness trainer motivates me to do my best, which makes me feel good and confident to keep going.
I joined Designer Body boot camps at the start of 2009 with the aim of increasing my general strength and fitness and to also help with fitness levels for playing soccer." I have continued to train with Merinda 1 -2 nights a week since then and have enjoyed it so much that it is just now a normal part of my week. One of the reasons being that there is always a variety of exercises’ each week and even different venues which keeps the boot camps fun and challenging, so I always look forward to my boot camp nights.
Over this time I have seen people join of all various ages and fitness levels and Merinda really ensures that everyone feels welcome and part of the group and even adjusts the program for those that might not be able to do each excercise, which really ensures that everyone benefits from the class. In my case, as my fitness levels increased Merinda ensured my excercises matched my level of fitness which I’m now reaping the benefits, and I can now honestly say that my fitness levels and strength have never been so good.
Thanks Merinda love your work !!