Despite my active lifestyle and attitude to work out and play sport until sweat was dripping off my eye brows, I have always carried extra weight. Eventually the hectic social life of a uni student and socialite caught up with my body to the point where I was unhappy with my appearance. So then I would begin my ‘health kick’, to me this was hours of cardio, and depleting my body of valuable nutrients until I was fitting back into ‘that’ pair of pants. Like many, I would slowly give into weaknesses and go back to my old habits, a bit of chocolate here, a few social drinks and before I knew it, I was back where I started.
I was approached by Hector at the beginning of 2012 when I got back into my ‘health kick’ recovering from knee surgery. I did a session with HK in their transformation program, but decided that I would do it my own way, the way I always did and only to achieve the same results. Eventually I approached Hector in August 2012, even then the first few times I still was not convinced. However, I persevered and dared myself to listen to new ideas.
I was now keeping a food diary, making me accountable for what I put into my body, at this stage there was still alcohol and the occasional indulgence at work morning teas. The training sessions went from one to two sessions a week, and each week I was learning about nutrition and how to keep a stable healthy lifestyle. I was intrigued and inspired by the knowledge and expertise that Karlene had on nutrition. Then there was the question…or more the statement from Hector. I’ll have you ready to compete next year, with big strong legs like that. It’s no secret, Hector needs to work on giving females compliments, because I’m sorry Hector, NEVER tell a girl her legs are big.
Well as it turned out I started to grow fond of the HK team and found myself spending more time with them. Hector and Karlene have shown commitment, dedication, and support from the beginning. They have provided individualised training programs and recently meal plans that have worked for me. I have been educated and inspired to question what I put into my body and how this will affect me. Eventually I decided that this was the journey I wanted to take. I wanted to see how much I could not only challenge my body physically but also mentally.
My training increased to four days a week and now I’m on my way to competing in my very first figure competition, something I never even imagined I would do. Friends and family questioned my motives at first, but as they began to see the changes, not only to my body, but my energy and happiness they were intrigued, and the questions followed. How did you do it? My answer, I certainly wasn’t sitting at the pub drinking ciders. I remained focused, I surrounded myself with positive people and I listened to my teachers’. I look forward to each session at the gym and am now more determined than ever to achieve far beyond what others and myself, ever thought possible. I am forever grateful for the encouragement, enthusiasm and motivation I have received from HK Champion Trainers throughout this incredible journey. You were right Hector. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
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Karlene really understands what works for different people and doesn’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach like so many trainers. Her knowledge of not only training techniques but also nutrition, supplements, competition preparation and the health and fitness industry is unsurpassed. She is truly a professional and master of her craft in every way.”
I had trained with other personal trainers and done boot camps for months in the past with negligible results, my shape didn’t change yet I was training 5 days a week doing a huge amount of cardio only to end up disappointed. I was burnt out and exhausted. After taking time away from the gym and exercise all together because in my opinion it just didn’t work for me, a friend who had been training with Karlene suggested I talk to her about what I was doing and the results I had achieved.
I started training with Karlene in October 2010, to prepare for my wedding. Initially we did 3 weight sessions and 2 cardio sessions a week and she put me on a manageable and sustainable eating plan. In just 6 short weeks she had transformed my body from a soft size 12 to a toned and sexy size 8-10. Never once was I hungry or fatigued, she managed my diet and training plan based on the results I was getting and I was thrilled with the changes in myself. I had a great body and a renewed faith in exercise and diet.
From that, I started to wonder just how far I could take this. I was happy with how I looked but knew I could keep going. I loved training with Karlene, the program suited me and my lifestyle and seeing results gave me motivation. After chatting with her about the possibilities and understanding my body I decided I would give a Sports Model competition a go.
With 3 months to prepare Karlene wrote me a new nutrition plan and training regime. Throughout the entire preparation period Karlene mentored and monitored me, was there for me whenever I needed to be propped up through a craving or emotional melt down. We trained 5 days a week in the gym. Never once did she let me down and her support and guidance kept me on track, never once faltering with my diet or training. Her commitment to me got me placed 5th out of a tough line up of 13 girls and qualified for the Natural Universe competition. I could not have got there without her.
Karlene really understands what works for different people and doesn’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach like so many trainers. Her knowledge of not only training techniques but also nutrition, supplements, competition preparation and the health and fitness industry is unsurpassed. She is truly a professional and master of her craft in every way.
Since I have been training with HK Champion Trainers I have noticed good results from training with them.
Gym is not a foreign environment to me, and I have gone through couple Personal trainers now, and I can truly feel the difference between normal gym PTs and HK Champion Trainers. A while ago, I have met a PT that he was so wasted by drinks the day before my session and he was so unfit to help me during that training session. On the contrast, Hector and Karlene, they are fun, interesting and really focused on what they are doing; they are not like those normal Personal Trainers in the gym, who just train you during that certain amount of time and then leave you alone; they train you, encourage you, and build up friendship with you.
There are few regular clients training with them, and we all feel close to each other like a big family. Plus we all learn from each other, help each other, and push each other to achieve a good result.
I started training with H&K trainers in May 2013 when my partner Ben moved to Darwin for work.
I have always been an active person who enjoyed playing many team sports. Whilst I had previously been to the gym and loved doing “cardio”, I never saw consistent results or the changes to my body that I wanted.
Around one year ago I saw a friend transform her life when preparing for a natural bodybuilding competition and this gave me the motivation to seek out assistance.
I have seen many benefits from having a balanced training and diet routine. I have increased confidence, energy levels, better sleeping patterns & an increased level of motivation.
I competed in my first bikini model competition in Perth in September 2013, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to join the H&K team to compete in Adelaide on October 20 2013! I could not have done it without the tireless support of my partner Ben, who helps prep meals, train with me and kicks my butt out of bed in the early hours of the morning for cardio.
I would also like to thank the H&K team consisting of Hector, Karlene and Kate. They are flexible, supportive and together have a wealth of knowledge & experience which they are happy to share. I would also like to thank the other members of the champion trainers team who have welcomed me into the group and encouraged me along the way.