OnePT blog - Stan the man

Date published: 20 April 2021

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This blog by OnePT - personal training and gym in Rochdale - focusses on the achievements of member Stan Weekes, who joined the gym in 2019 with a goal of losing 50kg.

It has been widely documented that physical activity is central to the national recovery from Covid-19 and long-term public health improvement. Indeed, regular exercise is shown to improve a person’s ability to regulate the immune system – essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of Covid-19 – and proven to boost vaccine efficacy (Professor Greg Whyte. Exercise and the vaccine. December 2020).

We already know that physical activity supports the prevention of a large number of chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and depression. Worryingly, physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of death and disability in the UK.

Unfortunately the impact of successive lockdowns on population activity levels has been dramatic.

  • 3 million fewer adults in England were classed as active between mid-March and mid-May 2020 than in the same period in 2019
  • Only 25 per cent adults were active on five days or more in the last week of November, compared to 32 per cent at the end of lockdown in May
  • 44 per cent children did less than 30 mins physical activity per day at the end of lockdown in May, up 10 per cent from pre-COVID levels

However, if the Government ever needed anyone to champion a new health campaign, then they need look no further than onePT member, Stan Weekes. Stan has surprised not only family and friends, but probably more so himself with his continued commitment and determination to achieving his goals, whereas previous ventures into joining a gym / exercising have not always proved successful.

Stan has carried on training throughout all 3 lockdowns – online training with his Personal Trainer, John Carroll; as well as committing to outdoor sessions in the freezing cold and only a few weeks ago even joined in one of the legs of the David Goggins running challenge! Stan is an incredible inspiration to many of our members.

Here in his own words, is a little bit about Stan's journey so far at onePT...

onePT: “What attracted you to onePT in the first place?”

Stan: "A good friend suggested there was a PT (Personal Trainer) who would help me get from couch to half couch.”

onePT: “Prior to the first lockdown in March 2020, you had been a member for nearly four months – what were your goals on joining and what results did you see?”

Stan: "We had set an eight month plan to lose 50kg for my son’s wedding. I wanted to buy a suit that I liked not just one that fitted! Pre-lockdown we were well on schedule - four months in and over 25kg lost. My fitness levels were much improved and other health complications were improving."


Stan continued on-line training at home during lockdown
Stan continued online training at home while the gym was closed


onePT: “One of the main things we want to promote here at onePT is sustainability and even during the lockdown periods, you carried on consistently; training on your own, on-line sessions with John Carroll your personal trainer and also some outdoor sessions even during the depths of winter! You have continued to make fantastic progress during this period. What do you think has made you carry on with the sessions over what is now nearly 12 months?”

Stan: "I have invested so much effort so far under John's guidance every step of the way, we had to keep calm and carry on. #wegotthis was our early mantra. It hasn’t all been plain sailing and during certain periods of lockdown we saw a few hiccups in my food and alcohol consumption, but we discussed, addressed and kicked in again. Without John's support and relentless ability to adapt training and guidance I could have easily undone all the good work. John's nutritional advice is invaluable, giving you the right path to follow but also understanding mistakes will be made, realise them and adjust, honesty is vital."

onePT: “You have used other gyms in the past – what are the main differences you have experienced here at onePT?”

Stan: "There is a general support and feel good factor about the gym and all its staff. John gave me belief that with hard work, trust and honesty I could achieve my goal and get “Half-man Half-couch!” back on my feet again and more importantly get my life back again. The gym is superbly equipped and the medical assessment* was also impressive."

onePT: “If someone was thinking about joining onePT – what would you say to them?”

Stan: "Be honest with yourself, your personal trainer and trust in their knowledge to help you achieve your goals. There are no shortcuts, hard work in the gym and on your diet will get you there. Trust, honesty and hard work.

"In onePT you become part of a club, all with different aims and goals but with one thing in common a determination to succeed, and an amazing team of PT’s mentoring you!"

To summarise Stan’s story, it is often said that a goal without a plan is just a dream...

And we have that plan – at onePT we believe fitness is a journey and not a destination, it doesn’t have to have an end. Results achieved are more likely to be sustainable if you make lifestyle and behavioural changes – one or two at time, which then become part of your everyday life.


onePT gym


However we know that for some people, they may need that finite time period to get themselves started – a realistic timescale that they can commit to and focus on, but at the end see some real positive results and at the same time establish positive habits that can be easily maintained.

And that is why we have created the onePT 12 Week Transformation Programme - 12 weeks of training and nutrition to give you the best and most sustainable transformation of your life.

If you would like to find out more, please click on the link below and book your FREE consultation.

12 Week Transformation | onePT

Unit 1, Albion Road Industrial Estate, Albion Road, Rochdale, OL11 4JB
T: 01706 522233

*Stan also completed a very comprehensive blood and lifestyle assessment provided through one of onePT's partners.

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