I was a member of MPFiT and had attended Kim's classes. I was also seeing Chris Kitson for Biomechanics coaching after a hip tear. When I found out I was expecting, Chris suggested I train with Kim as she's a fully qualified Pre- and Post-Natal Trainer. She worked with me throughout my pregnancy and is still coaching me now that my toddler is 2!How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
It has been an amazing journey with ups and downs on the way. Kim has always adapted what we do according to what else was going on in my life e.g. Injury, illness, juggling work commitments. Without her support and coaching, it would be too easy to fall off the wagon and stay off!What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Getting back in my pre pregnancy jeans and more recently a hip bridge at 100kg.
Tauseef Akram, 31 (son of Naseem Akram and all round star!)
My son Tauseef has profound learning and physical disabilities. Kim came to 'train' Tauseef 3 times a week over two years ago and she's survived and still here! Tauseefs limited understanding means that he is not aware of the benefits of weight loss and physical fitness so the battle to achieve these goals was an actual BATTLE for Kim and me.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Well what a journey!! Tauseef (my son) has made fantastic progress in his training with Kim. I'm so proud of how Kim and Tauseef have combined training and fun activities to achieve fantastic weight loss and fitness.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
I'm a very protective mum and when a work colleague suggested I give Kim a trail with Tauseef I didn't realise she would become such a life changing (and loved) part of our lives. Thank you Kim for persevering on the days when the session is an uphill challenge and being compliant on the days when Tauseef pushes you for more! (Tauseefs mum)
Kim is very knowledgeable and professional. She always encouraged me to work that little bit harder, but I was always happy to do so in the knowledge that she was constantly checking my posture in order to ensure the best results without risking injury.
Although I always finished a session feeling I had worked hard, I enjoyed every minute.
Lesley Fowler, 51.
I started training with Kim as I had got to know her through doing her Primal Flow classes. I realised she was very knowledgeable about fitness and she was able to push me to progress farther than I had before. I have exercised all my life trying varies classes but was always interested in weight lifting.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Since starting training with Kim, I have been amazed at how quickly I have progressed, upping my weights every session until I am really noticing a difference in my strength. The nutritional side is a refreshing change to the plans and diets I have been on in the past. It's slowly changing bad habits and helping me see where I can improve my diet without going to extremes that are unsustainable.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievements came while training for a Tough Mudder event. Kim helped me find new ways to gain strength and confidence when I was mentally struggling to break some barriers and I was able to go into the event feeling up for the challenge.
I was a carer for my mum and needed to keep a basic level of fitness to enable me to ski every year.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Very inspiring and encouraging even when I get things wrong.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement was skiing every day for two weeks in Canada and not falling over or aching.
Julie Jenkinson, 54.
Although I have never been overweight I wanted to become fitter and feel healthier and to have more body confidence. I was not happy with the way my body looked and did not want to accept 'middle aged spread'. I wanted a PT to help me succeed and was given Kim's name at the gym. I knew at our first meeting that she was the right trainer for me-extremely professional and knowledgeable.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Personally, I am amazed at how my body has changed. I have received positive comments from friends, family and work colleagues and have inspired at least five people to join a gym themselves. My original dress size was 12/14 and is now 8/10. I feel confident in the clothes I wear. This success is, without doubt, due to Kim leading me in the right direction with fitness and nutrition and providing positive encouragement every step of the way.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
I have achieved so much during the 18 months I have been with Team Absolute. Pushing, pulling and lifting weights that I could never imagine doing. However, I think the rope climb stands out as my biggest achievement, so far!
Irene, over 21 but not a pensioner at 59
- Needed help to improve health and fitness
- Seen positive results from other clients
- Wanted someone to drive me, push me further
- Have a better understanding of healthy eating
- Has pushed me to do exercise that I would avoid
- Pushes the boundaries
- Expanded the ‘I can do attitude’
- Feel better
- Lost weight and inches
- Increased flexibility
- Improved recovery time
- Can box jump 21 inches
Nigel Fowler, 51
I signed up to do Tough Mudder and realised I needed help to prepare myself for what is a gruelling event for anyone, especially if you are the wrong side of 50.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
For me it has changed my whole approach to training. If I look back at what I was doing previously, I was completely stuck in a rut of doing the same thing week in week out just to keep reasonably fit. Now I have one PT session per week, plus a program to follow written by Kim and a Primal Bootcamp on a weekend. In addition to this I am eating so much better than I ever was. Kim knows and understands your limitations and works you within these – just! She ensures that the right techniques are being used at all times and constantly watches you as you train to ensure that you are in the correct positions and engaging the right muscles at the right time.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
I would change this a little and say the biggest achievement that Kim has made with me is to keep me training after I hurt my back (self-inflicted I might add!). I literally could hardly move for around 3 weeks and we then worked on a program of corrective exercises followed by introducing body weight exercises only and then moving on gradually to weight resistant exercises avoiding impact. These have gradually been increased over the past month to where I am now in full training but working completely differently than I have ever done before. I can’t thank her enough for that alone!
I was grossly obese and unhappy with how I looked and felt.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Seen amazing changes, learned a lot, grown in confidence and taken ownership of myself.What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Completing Tough Mudder and Yorkshire 3 Peaks
The gym is not my natural environment but I realised that strength training was something very much lacking in my exercise routine. When I was looking for a PT to work with, Kim came across as very knowledgeable, passionate and able to relate to a non-gym enthusiast such as myself.How has it gone for you personally and as a member of Team Absolute?
Kim has ticked all my PT boxes. I have seen my strength and stamina improve, my body shape change and amazingly I’ve found that I actually quite like working out (just don’t tell Kim!). I’ve had a few health problems but Kim has kept me on track and helped me back to fitness, giving me the confidence needed to keep me going. I feel in safe hands with Kim. I’ve enjoyed the Team Absolute sessions too – fun and informative and it’s reassuring to hear that other people have the same challenges and inspiring to hear how people have overcome them.What has been your biggest achievement to date? Finding muscles in my upper that I never knew I had! Getting back to fitness after a rather challenging time health wise.
I really don't know where to start just loved every minute of my sessions with Kim. I started at the gym and was offered a free session this was over 13 months ago and I have learnt so much it’s impossible to list.
I have gained insight into how to develop my own programme which is going to give me the optimum results without being tedious or boring no more hours on the treadmill for me because I don't know how the equipment works.
I feel I can confidently walk into any gym and undertake a circuit of exercises and get the best out of every exercise. Kim has patiently advised me on the correct technique to each exercise as well as good nutrition and supported me throughout.
Kim has been an amazing trainer friend and confidant most defiantly I will return when I need further encouragement and reminders.