This successful accountant pushed through the trials of lockdown to find optimum fitness
We’ve all been trapped in that fruitless fitness cycle. in which we get up, go to the gym, diet and come the weekend it all falls apart.
At this point, most would throw in the towel, unable to harvest the fruits of their labour. Others decide to plant new seeds.
Kully, too, was stuck in this rut. As a busy father of two running his own accountancy practice, time is precious and, as every accountant should know, it should be invested wisely.
After years of early morning gym sessions and countless PTs, Kully’s physique wasn’t changing. This is because his time and energy was spent spinning his wheels on ineffective training regimes and neglecting key transformation protocols, such as nutrition, structure, and sleep.
“I came across RNT on Facebook. It seemed as if I had been wasting my time, torturing myself by getting up early all these years and restricting foods to still look the same, I asked myself, what was the point? In the past I used many different PT’s who promise the earth with the generic “plans” then once signed up they start to change the timing of your training slots or there is no structure in the training and the diet is never re-visited.
I would use a PT to get in shape for a holiday, do a 12 week intense stint, train 4 times a week then go on holiday, and return back in the same shape unmotivated to wake up at 5am and train and go through all that again.”
Kully was trapped in short term fitness cycles, sprinting to achieve his physical fitness goals in a short period of time and then stopping when the destination was reached, resulting in his efforts unravelling and being stuck back at square one. In reaching his destination, Kully neglected the most important part: the journey.
The transformation journey is imperative to alter habits and install learned behaviours that will facilitate long term transformation as opposed to merely a physical quick fix and gradually seeing your efforts dwindle.
Kully was provided with a holistic transformation strategy that was created specifically to suit his lifestyle. Taking into account his training, nutrition intake, sleep, steps and mood, Kully was given a plan that ensured he had a structure he could rely on during the rather unusual times of COVID-19 when all daily structure had slipped away.
Facilitating a Lockdown Transformation
As lockdown hit and schools and gyms closed, Kully was suddenly faced with multiple stressors. On top of having to manage two children out of school, Kully needed to keep his business running and clients happy (especially being an accountant in a period of economic chaos), and furloughed staff meant a greater workload.
Kully did not let this stop his progression however, and we adapted his transformation checklist protocols to accommodate these changes and fit them around his hectic lifestyle.
A consistent nutrition strategy was key to facilitating his transformation. A carefully planned diet ensured he didn’t veer off the path during excessively stressful periods, especially since it is so tempting to seek the ‘easy option’.
This consistency eliminated decision fatigue, reduced the potential of making poor diet choices, and subsequently saved time which worked greatly to Kully’s advantage, especially under the current circumstances.
Ensuring he met his nutrition checklist, Kully added structure to his days which had otherwise been disrupted with the effects of lockdown. The accountability structure we provide with respect to the RNT team as well as with the RNT community kept his progress in check. While gyms may have been closed, RNT never shut its doors and while general PT plans would have fallen off the grid, Kully’s plans simply adapted to change. Taking Kully’s transformation progress into consideration and what tools he had at his disposal, he was provided with new, personalised training strategies to continue building on his transformation at home.
We kept a close eye on Kully’s progress and made tweaks and adapted his plans accordingly to make sure he never stalled and made steady progress.
Kully joined us at RNT at 70.69kg and 20 weeks into his journey, he hit his peak week weighing in at his leanest of 57.73kg, losing 12.96kg since the start of his transformation.
“From day one the support has been great. The RNT team has always been on hand to offer advice and make the relevant changes to my plan. I think this is key: the plan is mine, is tailored to my fitness level, so I can reach my goals and is constantly adapted to match to progress. In the end the results speak for themselves.”
The Longevity of the Journey
Kully will admit, he was sceptical after signing up to RNT at first. After many futile fitness plans from generic PTs, why wouldn’t he be? Expecting to experience the same results after 12 weeks, Kully thought his transformation journey would come to an end. But low and behold, it was just the beginning.
“With RNT I actually wanted to find out if the transformations were real or if it was just a fad, hence I signed up. To be honest I didn’t think I would do this for longer than 12 weeks but that’s when I started seeing the change. There is no short cut they promote or magic supplement, it is pure effort. It is simple really, they tell you what to do, you do it, you get results.”
When Kully reached what he thought would be the end of the road, everything started to fall into place. This is why nothing had ever worked out for him before, because a transformation journey isn’t a 12-week sprint, it’s a lifelong marathon.
Implementing the 3Ss (strategy, structure and systems) into his exercise regime and his daily routine, unlocked the physical and mental power beyond any ‘get fit quick’ fix.
Using the physical as the vehicle, Kully went from spinning his wheels to spinning many plates; he is running a business, is a devoted father, handling clients and managing staff, all during the added pressure of COVID-19 and lockdown.
In circumstances that many would deem too ‘taxing’, this accountant used what the transformation journey had taught him. He maintained structure in all areas of his life to come out of lockdown in the shape of his life. The next step? Fortifying his transformation.
The Journey Continues
Feeling the power of his transformation, Kully has embraced the RNT lifestyle and his scepticism is a thing of the past. Now understanding that long term transformation requires a lot more than a crash course, Kully is entering The Investment Phase of his transformation journey.
Having steadily consolidated over the last few months, Kully’s new challenge is to “embrace the fluff”, preparing himself for a lengthy period of muscle building. As Kully’s initial ambition was to improve his physique and see real physical changes, this is his time to make his dreams a reality.
With a reset mentality and an awakened sense of the bigger picture, Kully knows that his effort and his results are directly proportional. . And if his progress so far is anything to go by, he is most certainly going to give it his all.
As well as muscle building and advancing his progress Kully’s Investment Phase mastered his learned behaviours and they now run on autopilot, which means Kully is in the shape of his life, for life.
“For me this is not the end of the journey and I plan to implement a long Investment Phase of muscle building. The more you sacrifice, the more effort you put in, the easier it will be in the future. This can be transposed to all areas in life and especially in business. I have learned a lot about myself on this journey, it’s very thought provoking getting up at 4am and training on your own.
I managed to achieve these results while dealing with family life, running a business, COVID-19 lockdown, isolation, gym closure, government changes affecting my clients, and furloughed staff.”
Using The Physical As The Vehicle
Kully’s transformation journey started off with physical ambitions, but nobody could predict the months to come. Lockdown posed many strange and completely new challenges, and while RNTers use the physical as the vehicle to positively impact other areas of their lives, this has never been more prominent or valuable.
Lockdown dissipated daily structure and routines, but by applying the 3Ss to his life, Kully regained a sense of structure and control which was extremely advantageous to his professional career. The benefits that stem from the physical, such as greater energy, productivity, clarity and mental stimulation, fuelled Kully’s power and kept his momentum running (both physical and mental) at a time when he needed it more than ever.
Facing these difficulties head on, Kully applied the lessons learned from his transformation journey and benefitted from the advantages that come with the physical transformation to excel in life, and emerge from lockdown at the top of his game as well as being in the shape of his life.