Just over 12 months ago, George Petropolous couldn’t walk longer than a few minutes without his back aching. “I was inactive for over 12 hours most days” George tells us when we caught up last week before his weekly MMA session.

“I was working 9-5 in an office job to subsidise my freelance design business, which I worked on at night. The weight kept stacking on; I was stressed & really lacking self-esteem. I had talked a lot about joining a gym in the past, but never did. It took my good mate Tom to literally drag me down to Pinnacle. That was October 2015 and I haven’t missed a gym session since!”.

Today, George is a man with unbreakable discipline. Monday and Wednesday morning he does his own mix of cardio & weights in the gym, Tuesday night it’s Soccer with mates, Thursday is MMA Conditioning and Friday it’s a one-on-one Personal Coaching session.

“The staff at Pinnacle are a great resource”, says George who credits Jonny (Head Coach) as helping him drop 20kgs through an initial goal setting session, results-oriented training plan and ongoing fitness and nutrition advice. But it’s not just the advice and guidance from the coaches that has helped George stay focused (and consistently smash PBs!). “Whether it’s Hugh (Exercise Physiologist) giving me new stretches to aid muscle recovery, or the Receptionists commenting on how good I’m looking, I feel like everyone has my back at Pinnacle”.*

So, what’s the secret to George’s success?

“If I was to sum it up in one sentence I would say ‘constantly challenging myself and readjusting for a better path’. I started this journey wanting to lose 10kgs – I’ve now lost 20 – and know I can lose another 10. I couldn’t even do an unassisted squat 3 months ago, now I’m squatting 75kgs. I’m surprising myself every day – as well as my family. The other day mum even teared up when I asked her how I looked in a new outfit. That made me feel pretty good”.*

George’s Top 3 Tips for Results:

1. GIVE TEAM TRAINING A SHOT
There’s nothing quite like the camaraderie that develops in the team atmosphere and the classes, from Mobility to MMA, are really results-driven so, although you’re working with others, the coach is pushing you to achieve your own goals.

2. DEFINE YOUR GOALS
It’s all good and well to say you want to lose weight or tone up but what does that actually look like? If it’s a weight-loss goal define how much you want to lose and then use Pinnacle’s InBody Scanner to track your progress. Sometimes you feel like you’re having a bad week and don’t see any change in the mirror but the Body Scan numbers don’t lie.

3. REALISE IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Too many people want a quick fix. You have to change your mindset. Take things one day at a time and focus on your own results – not the person running, cycling or bench-pressing next to you. I even downloaded a pedometer on my phone and any time I’m waiting for something I challenge myself to get my steps up – even if I’m just waiting for my food to cook!

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.

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