I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to True Fitness and share some of my personal experience with this amazing business.
For nearly two months now I have been unable to run (and sometimes even walk) due to a very painful knee injury. Recently I had been feeling very disheartened and not being able to train was definitely a huge contributing factor and as we all know any type of physical activity is crucial to our overall heath and wellbeing.
My sister Diane observed me struggle with my knee and over that time tried to gentle encourage me to do something about it. Then as it tends to happen, she got fed up of the gentle nudge (as I clearly was not responding and for some unknown reason – just put up with the pain and inactivity) decided to step out of her sister role and into Dr. Diane Cooper.
Diane told me that I needed to get my knee “sorted” and I would struggle to move forward as it would never just “go away” unless we dealt with the underlying issue of the knee pain. She advised me to book an appointment for a personal consultation / assessment with John as this was clearly his area of expertise.
On a personal level….this is who Diane is….She truly and wholeheartedly is invested in the health of our national. Diane is full of passion, truth, encouragement, dedication, leadership, strength and compassion. Very few people know the extent of Diane’s daily schedule, she is a full-time lecturer in AIT, a full time Researcher, Co-Partner in True Fitness and like the rest of us – has the daily demands of LIFE! The reason I’m saying this is….I see the daily hours that Diane invests in clients and members of True Fitness and the future health of our nation, that I felt it was my duty and responsibility to let both Diane and John know how grateful I am for their service and what a huge impact it has had on my life. I also know from talking with many members that the concluding feeling is across the board!
Yesterday I arrived for my consultation with John where he asked me how he could help? Within minutes I was up on a plinth where John gave me a full body assessment of my strengths and weakness. As we all know John has a very large and confident presence, he provided a very safe, professional and reassuring space for me. I knew I was in very capable and trustworthy hands. He very quickly found the root cause of my pain but continued with a very thorough assessment. John very clearly explained “why” this pain was there and how other parts of my body were contributing to and also affected by it. Most importantly he gave me an action plan of rehab exercises (demonstrated & recorded on my phone) that would strengthen up my weaker muscles over time, which in effect will bring my body back into balance.
John is extremely talented at what he does and has a deep understanding of the body. He assesses ….then explains the “WHYS” (which is very important to me!) and provides the action action plan. Up until then I thought I had just to accept that I had a knee injury that brought pain and discomfort BUT I left my consultation feeling very positive, optimistic and truly looking forward to a new beginning.
I wondered “Why did I wait so long”!!!
Thank you John, Diane, True Fitness!!
I had the good fortune to book an appointment with John Bolton in January .. I had done no proper exercise for a long time .. couldn’t run as I had a lower back problem.. couldn’t swim .. had bought myself a bike for Christmas .. but had never really cycled .. John suggested a triathlon .. I thought he was insane … I loved the idea.. but was it feasible ?? Me ??? Really ???..Last Tuesday was my first trial full run through of the triathlon.. I was quite relaxed and enjoyed it actually ..meeting John made an enormous difference to my health and therefore my life.. John’s cycle across The Rockies was an inspiration .. and I was left in Ann’s capable hands .. she pushed me on the Swimmjng and made me believe I could do the distance .. such an amazing lady .. I just loved her .. On Friday I met Diane Cooper .. why didn’t I see her in January ?? I truly wish I had.. Diane has the same passion to help me as John and Anne did .. I am truly blessed to have met them .. health is the most important thing of all .. as a cancer survivor I am very aware of this ..So Thank you all at True Fitness for holding my hand on this amazing journey to health and fitness .. I wish you continued success .. God Bless you all.. Kate
I started with John seven years ago, having never participated in sport not even an egg and spoon race. Through positive feedback and encouragement I have achieved things I never even thought possible. I have gained confidence to now be able to look in the mirror and feel good about myself. John quietly discovered the athlete in me I never knew existed.
Personal training sessions with John at True Fitness have drastically improved my quality of life. Given my debilitating chronic nerve pain and degenerative disc condition I am only six weeks into my training with John and I have already achieved movement goals that I never thought possible. John delivered a programme to suit my needs and he is a true professional. His belief in me has greatly increased my confidence and I look forward to the continued health benefits each session brings. John is committed to my wellness and I have improved above and beyond my expectations. With John’s support and positivity the change both physically and mentally has been immense for me and I will be forever grateful to him.
I have always been interested in fitness and joined a number of different types of classes over the years. I started by attending TRUE Fitness TRX class, and it transformed my opinion of fitness classes. The class is intense without hurting and doing damage; it passes quickly, and you definitely know that you have done something at the end.
I then booked in for private classes with John, and I am so impressed with the depth of knowledge that he has. His manner is excellent, and he will explain things clearly and ensure that each exercise in done correctly. If you are interested in fitness or training for a particular event, I would strongly recommend that you check out TRUE FITNESS to prepare. It is almost impossible to find someone that understands the human body and to achieve your best result; John Bolton is certainly the person that will do this for you.
“I’ve been training with True Fitness for almost four years and I can truthfully say that you are guaranteed the results you want if you follow their advice.
Fitness classes, personal training and nutrition advice – True Fitness is the whole package. They are hugely supportive.
These trainers don’t just talk the talk – they walk the walk!”
I’ve been personal training with John for a year , and I now do 3 sessions a week. John is very passionate about what he does and it shows in my sessions with him.b He makes all sessions Challenging , Creative and most importantly Fun! He’s a perfect combination of tough (“John… Come on one more”) to warm (“well done great work Anne”). The results show i am a lot fitter and healthier and the training has given me great confidence. I have gained great flexibilty and balance and also got great new muscles I never had before, and it’s because of John Bolton
Anne Marie Colgan
Many thanks John for increasing my flexibility and quality of life through your TRX method of exercise and your indept knowledge of the human anatomy.
Seamas O Donoghue
I was one of those people, who believed that like baldness, the exercise gene was simply not in me. School was a series of successfully avoiding all sports with all forms of excuses and emergence into adulthouse continued the same pattern of excuses to myself .Of course there were certain short spurts of enthusiam, which started and stopped in the same pattern. I joined with John as a Personal Trainer in June of this year. In truth , it was a short term plan for me; to fit into a certian dress by a certain date but I am astounded by my committment long beyond the “event” date. John is a highly effective personal trainer. His knowlegde of not only the practice of training but the science of exercise makes the training for me much easier; I understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. How John manages to keep me committed is beyond me but I believe it may be down to his unpressurizing encouragement and support . His training for me is focussed on my results, not his and I find that together with the results achieved he has in his own expertise untapped into a new belief of what I am capable of doing, for me.
Dr Diane Coopers Health and Lifestyle Clinic Testimonials
Hi My name is Hilary , I am 57 years old and for years I have been trying to find a way to get fit , something or someone that would motivate me .
Six weeks ago I won a place with true True Transformation run by Dr Diane Cooper, Coordinator and lecturer BSc Sports Science, and Partner in True Fitness
I was a little nervous thinking about doing the course, after all I was a couch potato and had done no exercise for years ,
I need not have worried, the team in True Transformation made me very welcome. Diane , John , Sharon and all the team were great .
They did not ask me to do more than i was able to, we were advised to work at our own pace which was great, we were not under pressure to keep up with anyone else ,
Diane and John gave such good workshops on how to eat the proper food and how to take care of our health. Sharon did a fitness test , Sharon makes one feel very comfortable while doing it , a lovely girl!
We were never made to feel uncomfortable about our weight or how unfit we were, we were encouraged every step of the way.
Ann or John took us for the exercise classes and Diane would run or walk between us to make sure we had no problems and if we had we could talk it out with her
In the six weeks I lost a stone in weight and I did a 5 kilometer walk , I could not believe this was me, the couch potato!
My skin got better, my health improved and overall i was walking tall and feeling proud.
True Transformation has changed my life for good and I am not looking back,I am looking forward!
Thank you Diane, John, Sharon and Anne for helping me change my life style, I could not have done it without all of you.
I was lucky to win a place on an over 50’s True Transformation course for women. The course duration was for six weeks.
I joined a great bunch of women on what proved to be a wonderful motivational experience.
The course was led by Dr.Diane Cooper and John Bolton.
We were given educational talks on nutrition, the facts and the reasoning behind the information we were given. This information came from an expert in this area so we knew we were learning from the best. We were given lots of advice on the importance of making the correct choices with food for optimum health.
Many people losing weight will lose fat but also vital muscle. I found through making better choices that I lost fat and gained muscle.
We were given a variety of exercises classes, including TRX.
We were encouraged every step of the way. Everything was geared at each person’s own pace with no pressure.
I, personally feel the benefits from the course, which was not too difficult and which has motivated me to keep up my own transformation at my own pace.
We had a body composition done at the beginning and at the end of the course. The changes that I have made have made for myself have been very positive results and demonstrate what can happen with the correct diet and exercise.
Thank you Diane and to John, Anne, Sharon and all at True Fitness for this opportunity and to the lovely ladies that I’ve met on my course.
True Fitness have not seen the back of me yet!
I would encourage anyone interested in making a healthy change to approach True Fitness.
Anne Fennelly McLaughlin
True Transformation, in my experience, has the ability to inspire and encourage you no matter what level of health and fitness you find yourself at… no matter what age you are… and no matter where you are on your life’s journey.
No pressure and no judgements, just a willingness to accommodate, direct and educate, in order to improve you and only YOU!
True Transformation is based on knowledge and has the research to back it up and it is delivered in an infectious and encouraging manner by Diane and all her staff.
Even through injury, I have learned that there is always a way to ‘move’ and always a day to ‘learn’ more, so I hope to continue to ‘move’ forward and continue to learn more on my way to a healthy and fit future.
I have just completed the 6 week True Transformation course for the over 50’s run by Dr. Diane Cooper and John Bolton. It is without doubt the best decision I have ever made! The course was run very professionally but I expected that because after all Diane, John and their staff are qualified but what changed everything for me was the level of encouragement given to me by everyone, each member of staff went way beyond necessary to make me feel good about myself – it is all geared towards each person’s own goals, never was I made to feel not as good as anybody else or in competition with anyone! Support was all around me – I would highly recommend it to anyone – in actual fact I am signing up for a 4 week support course- I just don’t want it to end – and as a person who has always hated anything to do with fitness, healthy eating, exercise, etc, I myself am amazed to be able make sure a statement!!!
A big Thank you to all at True Fitness Diane, John & crew for all their support during True Transformation for us ladies over a certain age!
It was a challenge/programme that I decided to take part in when I heard it was for Women over 50 so I knew I would be with like minded Ladies and a few might be like me a bit rusty and seeking motivation.
We got great advice on nutrition & learnt so much from Diane’s talks about our bodies & how exercise is really the best medicine for our bodies & minds. John’s quiet motivation made us all determined to succeed & Annes patience in teaching us by showing us was really appreciated amongst the not so co-ordinated.
Over the 6 weeks it was amazing to see everyone progress & grow in confidence and new acquaintances were made all leading to the 5k grand finale on the 17th June.
It truly is a worthwhile programme and I wish you every success with it going forward.
I completed the True Transformation programme with Dr Diane Cooper. This 6 week programme was a new challenge for me and I have to say I had a lot of concerns at the beginning . I certainly am no athlete! I am not sporty or involved in any sports club or group. I am an ordinary working woman with 3 adult children and one younger child. I cook a lot of meals but would have the weekend takeaway and enjoy a bar of chocolate
Diane started the group early on a Saturday morning with a talk on nutrition, she delivered the talk in such a way that we all became engaged and eager to learn more. I have to say I took her advice seriously as I was shocked to learn how much sugars some foods contain and even more shocked to learn that foods that I would never have thought could possibly have sugar did contain hidden sugars. I set off that week with my bag of good intentions, armed with my food plan and drove my family crackers debating about good foods! This was the start of my new good foods nutrition daily living and I have to say 6 weeks down the road, I am thrilled with the results of following this plan. I feel better, I certainly think mentally I am more focused and my general well being is very much improved. The food plan is very easy to follow and easy to make. I now spend less money in the Supermarket as I don’t buy convenience food – nothing in a packet , box or sachet. It is like a reversal of trends. I think my generation slowly came away from the good foods and we became immersed in the fast food , convenience food that the clever marketing guys aimed at us in the Supermarket and we bought it! Diane has enormous amount of information and she is so generous with sharing, I learned so much from her and she delivered it all with a dose of good humour and had us all laughing and we were willing to try more than we ever thought we were capable of doing.
Diane emailed us the plan for the week and encouraged us out of our comfort zones, we were outside on Tuesday evenings doing circuits and Darren encouraged us to train at our own rate to work for ourselves. This I thought was great advice and I worked to this brief and found myself slowly but surely building my fitness level. We built our core strength up with Sharon who introduced us to TRX – not in million years would I ever have imagined that I would attempt something like this – but I love this now and have found muscles I never thought I had! Sharon is so encouraging and made us all feel that we were absolutely brilliant which I am sure we really were not! Sharon also did our initial fitness test to get a base level and it is so good to see how much we have improved from that day. We had other sessions with the Gym , we did intervals with Anne on one very wet Saturday morning and I think we all had the look of absolute fear when we say Anne standing at top of gym with the music on – we didn’t know what was in store for us and it was some session – I never sweated so much, it was brilliant but tough and left us wanting more. John Bolton introduced us to the dreaded plank and made us a little video to ensure that we didn’t forget…
I hope that I will continue to keep up with all that I have learned over the past 6 weeks, I personally feel that I benefitted so much in fitness and general live style renewal. This was one of the best 6 week periods of my life, I made lots of new friends and I enjoyed it and was so proud to complete the 5k last Saturday. I would highly recommend this programme and the bunch of people working at True Fitness are an amazing kind, encouraging and motivating mentors and tutors that will definitely capture your spirit and raise it . The other thing I learned is you are never too old to improve your life. We just have to get out there and do it.
I would like to say a huge “Thank You” to Diane and everyone in True Fitness. They have helped me feel very proud of myself for finishing their 6 week course for the “Over 50’s”. Diane explained in her Workshops how the body functions in terms I could understand and relate to. She helped me see how it’s never too late to make changes with Nutrition & Exercise. I found it so interesting & so much fun. I have a new lease of life. Thank you all again.
I have just finished a six week course with true fitness. The course was offered to woman over 50s . I was delighted and excited to see something for my age group so I put my self forward . I was a wonderful experience we were encouraged and supported all the way by the team at true fitness ,Diane , John, Ann, Olivia and Sharon . I now have more confidence and I feel I could go to any of the regular classes, which I never would have dreamed about before . The workshops on a Saturday were very informative on diet and some lifestyle changes which I am putting into practice, I would highly recommend the team at True Fitness and I will be continuing with the programme.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate on the true transformation programme. It was a fantastic experience….the combination of the clean eating menus with the various types of exercise was a whole new experience for me !!I was terrified at first of the prospect of all the new exercises…Trx..interval training but the instruction received from everyone really helped put my mind at ease. The concept really works !!If you eat properly and exercise sufficiently …you will feel better and lose weight !!…The weekly menus were really inspiring and the workshops on line very informative ! You definitely feel virtuous after all the exercise classes !! John, Diane, Ann, Craig and Sharon are so supportive and encouraging ! I am sorry the six weeks have come to an end but I am determined to keep up the classes and stick to the eating regime! Thanks again to all
Good evening Diane.
I would like to take a few minutes to let you know how I found my recent six week programme with yourself, John, Sharon, Craig and Anne.
Firstly, when I began I was a smoker. I had been trying for many years to quit but could never find something that motivated enough to do so. I had tried every product out there and had even attended a HSE quit programme on a one to one basis with a quit therapist where I managed 18 days.
Through the True Fitness programme I found the motivation to quit from two days after my initial fitness tests where It took me more than 31 minutes to walk a mile on the treadmill. When I was retested at the end of the programme I walked the mile in just over 15 minutes, a little bit under half of the time and with basically the same heart rate.
As I write this I have been smoke free for since then which is 55 days ago.
I find that I have more energy from learning to eat properly during the six week meal plans and learned a lot about nutrition.
As I suffer from chronic pain, cervical spondylosis and degenerative spine disease I did not take part in the TRX exercises. However, I did take part in some stretching sessions which I found to be quite beneficial.
The Tuesday evening training sessions were also great, not only for physical health but also for well-being. The group were a great bunch of like-minded people and the sessions were always fun. There was a great sense of being part of a team and the instructors/trainers are really inspirational and very positive people.
I wish to thank everyone involved for the huge health and fitness improvements that I have found through completing this programme. Above all I have improved my fitness levels and most importantly to me I am smoke-free.
Kind regards to all,
Just wanted to let you know that I am really thrilled with my results following my six weeks on the True Transformation program. I found it very easy to follow and the support from all the team was great. I really hope I can continue doing the Trx in the coming weeks. Thanks again for all the support.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take part in the True Transformation course. The 6 week programme has certainly made a difference to my health and lifestyle. I found it very beneficial to receive the course/programme information on a weekly basis, as it allowed me to view and review the content at my own pace.
Your nutrition talks were very informative, and easily understood. It was good to learn and understand the science behind how our body uses the different food groups. This science and the weekly recipes combined with the “Store cupboard essentials”has brought about a change in my food choices. The weekly recipes went down well with all the family and we will continue to use these on an ongoing basis.
I received great motivation and support in our exercise training sessions from John, Craig, Sharon and Anne. I look forward to continuing our Tuesday night training sessions.
As a result of the programme, healthy diet and exercise is a part of my daily routine, which includes a minimum of a 5k walk daily.
This programme certainly makes a difference to peoples lives, and I hope that you and your team, will be able to continue to run it on an ongoing basis.
Thanking you again,
Anne Marie Bannon.
Hi just want to say a big thank you to Diane, John, Sharon and Craig for all your help and support over the last few weeks. I had a great time doing the programme. I met some wonderful friends who all supported each other. I set a goal at the start of the programme and that was to run the 5km without walking and I am so delighted to say I did it in 28 min so achieved my goal. I learnt so much doing the programme and recommend everyone who gets a chance to go do it. Thanks again guys you were great👍😃.
Hi Diane and co, Firstly I would like to thank the team for giving me and my husband the opportunity to take part in such a great course… We were delighted to be picked especially as husband and wife team as I knew it would be easier if both of us took part.. The course was absolutely brilliant from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. We had all sorts of measurements taken. Heart rates and blood pressure monitoring to our blood tests done at the local Medicenter.. (I knew they meant business then! ) Everything was so professional..
The talks that both Diane and John gave were so motivating and opened our eyes to the amounts of sugar and processed foods that we eat. We would have eaten a lot of low fat products before this course but having learned the effects it has on our bodies we have changed over to full fat products and we can still lose weight. We try to eat as ‘clean’ as possible introducing lots of veg and fruits in our diets. We love trying out all the lovely recipes we received everything from protein bars, soups and healthy curries.
One of the things about the course that I learned is to always have a goal in place not just a slimming one but a goal such as to have a race lined up in cycling or running. John’s class on trx is a fantastic way to tone up.
We have much more energy now. We lost inches and my husbands cholesterol was greatly reduced.
We would both highly recommend this course to anyone.
Irene and Anthony
True Transformation is a fantastic course run by top professionals. It catered for everyone no matter their background or starting fitness level. The information and material provided made it easy to adapt the changes into my lifestyle and any question was answered with expertise. The programme has armed me with the knowledge and support to continue progressing towards a healthier life.
Hi, I just completed the True Transformation course. Over the years I’ve done my weight watchers and slimming world. Diane ‘re educated me when it came to nutrition. No counting calories syns points just proper food. Diane’s knowledge of nutrition was amazing. What I liked about True Transformation it also incorporates exercise. It’s for all abilities whether you are fit or not. I run and go to gym classes. I loved the TRX. It works all your muscles. The running intervals improved my pb. I’d highly recommend John and Diane. My only regret is that it’s over.
Mary Catherine Meade
I found the True Transformation programme a fantastic help due to the practical advice given on nutrition and training. Diane explained everything in such an understandable way and used everyday examples of how to improve our approach to a healthier lifestyle eg counting daily steps and having goals. The nutritional plans are also so easy to follow and easy to prepare. There was a great supportive atmosphere in true fitness and we never felt like new members as John always welcomed us and explained everything regarding TRX and calories in/calories out. I would strongly recommend this programme to anyone who wants to change their overall health and wellbeing.
I Jane Scully, have just completed the True Transformation programme, it has really taught me how to balance excise and proper nutritional eating, the nutritionist really thought me the proper foods to eat, which have never seen with any other fad diets, found the fitness instructors very helpful and professional, really enjoyed the excise classes and always looked forward the next ones, I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone who would like to learn how to eat and excise properly. I am truly grateful to Dr Diane Cooper and all the team at the True Fitness studio for all their help there and would like to see this programme continue into the near future, thank you so much.
I found the program highly informative and well thought out. It was easy to follow and understand for all clients alike. It didn’t matter what level of fitness you had or didn’t have it was tailored too everyone’s needs. The whole team was so accommodating and u really felt like u made friends for life. Thanks a lot for a lifetime opportunity of a million. I hope there will be more opportunities to be part of ur amazing world.
I couldn’t rate this programme highly enough. It is a programme which is sustainable as opposed to short term dieting which are hard to maintain. It is facilitated by experts who go out of their way to be very accommodating and supportive with the help of an excellent team of Sport Science students. If your goal is either weight loss or simply to pursue a healthier lifestyle, then I strongly recommend this programme.
I started trx classes about two years ago. It was here I learned about the True Transformation program. I have learned more doing this program about the foods we are eating and the effects they have on our bodies. I am now using healthier recipes and ingredients in my cooking at home and really feel the benefits of better energy levels and better sleep patterns. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who feels they have had enough of fad diets and roller coaster weighins. This is much more, it’s a change in life-style.
The Very best of luck with on line course, all of you are a true inspiration, and I could never Thank you eneough for all the help and support
I participated in True Fitness’ True Transformation programme and it was a real eye-opener. Diane & John delivered an easy to understand and very practical, nutrition based approach to getting fit and healthy, and more importantly, staying fit and healthy! All the diet myths we take for granted were well and truly blown away.
The holistic style really worked – it covered eating plans, exercise programmes, food science, goal setting workshops… Combine this with the fantastic support by both the True Fitness Team and the other participants in the group who ensured all questions were answered, tips shared and there was always someone there to either share the pain or witness the transformation. With this programme I climbed mountains, not only in my own understanding of nutrition and exercise, but literally as well!
I attended the True Transformation program with true fitness for 6 weeks. Although it was a mixed class I never felt conscious or uncomfortable like I usually do. Got great tips on healthy eating and lovely recipes to kick start making subtle changes for long lasting results. I also got a taste of TRX which I thoroughly enjoyed. Would highly recommend this course to everyone- not just those who want to loose weight.
I participated on a programme (Healthy Living and Weight Loss Programme) with Dr. Diane Cooper and John Bolton – True Fitness.
I was very lucky to be chosen for this great programme as it managed to turn me completely around on what healthy food and appropriate exercise can achieve at a fairly small price to all of us.
This programme is about getting all aspects of your life connected to bring about a healthy lifestyle and not just about suppressing your appetite, reducing your calories and killing yourself in the gym!
We were introduced to the programme by Diane and John and had everything explained to us. We had a physical check up with our GP’s to check everything was ok for us to commence and we had checks done on sugar levels, cholesterol etc.
Every Saturday morning we turned up to the workshops to get information on diets, get recipes, healthy eating tips and training schedule for week. These workshops also gave us the opportunity to chat with other participants and to give encouragement to one another. Diane and John also brought in motivational speakers and nutritional experts to provide us with information. I was gobsmacked to find out that a lot of the so called low calorie and low fat products were actually so bad for us and had very little to do with long term weight management! It completely changed my outlook and my weekly shopping list! I am now a proud “no processed food in my fridge woman”!!!
John and his team worked out training activities and flexibility exercises alongside the information sessions and they ensured that we were happy and comfortable with what they were asking us to do.
This programme is excellent! It provided me with such great information and has allowed me to make changes to my life based on fact and not just good sales pitches from the gimmicky get thin fast industry! Eating healthy doesn’t mean starving – I loved the food options provided to me and I actually succeeded in lowering my cholesterol levels and improving other areas of my health that was worrying me – and I did not have to resort to any pharmaceuticals to do it!
We need to be good to ourselves – and if you get a chance to participate on one of these programmes, grab it! I loved every moment and element of the programme. Both Diane and John are truly professional people who know their stuff and who were more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences with us. I will be forever grateful for them for waking me up to the power of healthy eating, healthy foods and healthy activities in a fun and interesting way. I was never hungry, felt great, had fab food and I lost approximately 10 lbs in 4 weeks – what an outcome!
In October 2015 I was in the middle of telling myself yet again that I was going to lose weight for once and for all! Not only that, but I was going to keep it off. I had tried it all, and like most people, found short term success. But it never lasted.
I was very lucky to be randomly selected to take part in the True Transformation programme being run by True Fitness. At first I was apprehensive; it was something different to what I had tried before and it involved committing myself to regular meetings and – my biggest fear – regular exercise! I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. But I knew I was lucky to have been selected to take part, and so I did it.
It was the best thing I have ever done. It’s not just your run of the mill classes of being told what to eat and what not to eat. It is education about why I need to eat certain foods. It taught me how to make the right decisions. It also taught me a new way to look at exercise – not to dread it or fear it in case I couldn’t do it. But to do my best at it at my own level and my own pace. I learned why some exercises are better for certain things, again, rather than just being told to do this or that – I was shown why. I felt like a new person, but the best part was, not only did I achieve the short term results in that I lost weight, I achieved a whole lot more which was a new way of looking at it. I found myself wanting to go to classes, and wanting to learn more. I was shown constant encouragement and support by the team at True Fitness every step of the way, and not just for the duration of the programme, but far beyond it too. I really cannot recommend this programme highly enough and I’m very grateful to have been able to take part.
Can you please add the following testimonial from Brigid Hiney to the ‘TT’ section.
The True Transformation programme completely changed the way I view food and exercise. I learned how to use the right foods to nourish my body and I’m losing weight along the way! An essential, educational, invaluable programme.
Jennifer Ryan Moran
As someone who always had an interest in keeping fit and maintaining a healthy weight, I liked to think that I knew a lot about food. After having my baby, I gained a lot of weight and decided to do something about it. I got stuck into my pre-baby exercise regime, started to diet and the weight slowly came off. However, as I did it, the injuries began piling up! I went to see Diane because my running times were getting worse, I was exhausted, couldn’t train half the time, my injuries were more frequent and I just couldn’t understand why this was happening. After the first consultation my eyes were opened. I was taught that I was fuelling my body in the wrong way for what I wanted to do. I was trying to diet to lose weight and train like I used to. This was a recipe for disaster. I wasn’t eating the right foods at the right times and my body was rebelling through injury. With a new nutrition and training programme I have dropped three dress sizes, can now run 10k ten minutes faster than I could this time 9 months ago, am competing regularly, and am doing speeds on my bike that I could have never reached before. I never knew how losing weight and getting fit at the same time is a nutritional balancing act. Getting the nutrition right for what you want your body to do is an education I badly needed and I will use what I learned throughout my training in the future. Thanks Diane, I am a new person! Sinead Quinn
Having spent a fortune over the years on dieting classes, books, fitness DVD’s etc., it is a breath of fresh air to sit in a one-to-one session with someone as highly qualified and experienced in the field of fitness and nutrition as Diane Cooper. What Diane preaches in terms of weight loss and health is not just a diet – its a philosophy! Something to apply to your whole life which not only promotes weight loss – and it does! – but affects many aspects of your well being. Diane explains everything in normal everyday language and recommends normal readily available foods which will fit into every lifestyle. True Fitness are offering the full package and it works! Sinead Dunne.
Just after Christmas 2015 I saw the advertisement for a healthy living programme (True Transformation) in True Fitness in Portarlington – the timing couldn’t have been better ! I signed up for the six week programme and expected to lose a few pounds of holiday weight . The course was much more than that – John and Diane set out an excellent programme that was very inclusive for all participants . The course explained the importance of the foods that our bodies need in addition to the exercise. Each week started with a lesson on nutrition then followed on with an exercise routine that could be replicated at home . There were wonderful handouts and shopping lists of foods that could be picked up locally . The team at True Fitness showed a positive lifestyle by example . At the end of the course we set out a goal called the Carrauntoohil challenge. This consisted of preparations over a four month period to climb to the top of the highest mountain in Ireland. Each week we tied in with a local walking club and each month we climbed a mountain with the guidance of John and Diane. This was definitely a bucket list achievement for me – so proud to have participated and can’t wait to set the next goal with the group. Working as part of a team was much more fun and social than trying to “lose weight “- I made some new friends and picked up some good habits that have become part of my norm . Great praise and admiration to the whole team at True Fitness so much more than a gym. I can highly recommend the healthy living (True Transformation) programme.
Sports Science Testing Performance Testimonials
Over the past number of years, I have attended various gyms, classes and followed programmes with very little progress. I met Diane in June ’17 and explained to her my current training programme and I was shocked to realise I was over training. However, it did make sense as we further discussed it. I was completely fatigued and my performance was actually deteriorating. I was running 5km 5 days a week but it was an absolute struggle – I was making myself get up every morning just to tick it off the list for the day. I was exhausted and really struggling by the end of the run. I was also doing spinning and circuit classes. All of this was causing my poor performance – my 5km time was increasing rather than improving as I felt it should be with all this exercise!
I discussed my goals with Diane – this was something I never had, I just kept my routine of going to the gym or running without working towards a particular target. However, I did always at the back of my head think I would love to complete a half marathon but felt I would never be able to it considering how much I was struggling with 5km. Diane suggested to me to complete a ‘lactate threshold test’ so a training plan could be developed specifically for me. I felt a bit overwhelmed – I felt this type of training and testing was way out of my league. I made the decision to do it as something needed to change for me to feel better and improve my training.
I completed the lactate threshold test under the expert eye of Sharon. Sharon made me feel completely at ease and was encouraging and reassuring throughout. A few days later I met with Diane and Sharon to discuss my results. The science backed up the reality of my training – I was exhausted, fatigued and heading fast for an injury or complete burn out. But from that day on my whole training has changed. Sharon and Diane designed a training programme specifically for me to work towards a half marathon. My sessions had variety – which I never had before. I also began the interval sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday evening in True Fitness. These sessions have made an incredible difference to my performance and again each individual can work to their own abilities. Along the way I achieved mini goals such as completing a 10km and 10 mile – neither of which I thought I could do. I trained within specific training zones which enabled my body become more efficient – I was actually getting somewhere without feeling exhausted and unmotivated.
A little over 3 months later I successfully completed my first half marathon! I was shocked but yet delighted to have achieved this goal within such a short space of time. This was all down to completing the lactate threshold test and following a training programme specifically designed for me and my abilities. I would not have been able to do it either without the support and guidance from Diane and Sharon and all the team at True Fitness. I would strongly recommend anybody to complete the lactate threshold test so you may work towards your goals – this is not just a test for athletes, I certainly wish I had heard about it years ago.
I wish to sincerely thank Diane, John, Sharon and all the team at True Fitness. It is incredible the work they do for the health and wellbeing of all – they don’t get enough recognition for it. They all deserve the highest accolade going. We are very lucky to have such an expert and dedicated service in our area and I look forward to my continued training and ‘goal-setting’ with True Fitness.
I am a member/client of True Fitness for almost 5 years. I attend TRX classes and flexibility classes with John Bolton and Dr. Diane Cooper designs my cardiovascular programme for the gym. I have been using a heart rate monitor for my gym sessions for the last couple of years and recently Diane asked me would I be interested in performing a Lactate Threshold Test, which would provide an indication of fitness level and a starting point for a new training regime based on those results. ‘Lactate threshold’ defines the upper limits of your sustainable efforts in training. The accumulation of lactic acid will hinder your performance.The duration of the test depends on when an individual is completely fatigued i.e. your threshold. The test comprises of 3minute sections where pace and load are increased incrementally for the duration. At the end of each section a blood sample is taken (painless) from the ear lobe for laboratory analysis. During the test you are closely monitored at all times. When the test is completed there are two final blood samples taken at 2 minutes and 5 minutes (post lactate). The results are now analysed and based on the information a programme is designed specific to you and your requirements. A printout and graph are provided with your results. My first test was in February’17 and my new training regime began! There are four sessions within the programme; extensive aerobic, intensive aerobic, AT tempo and maximum anaerobic. I now had certain heart rate zones to maintain for each session and then I had my second test in June’17 (using the exact same test as a comparison) and this showed the physiological changes that occurred during that period. These changes included increased stamina, increased lung capacity, increased strength and a lower heart rate during the test. At the 2 minute and 5 minute post test readings heart rate and blood lactate were lower and recovery was quicker. One major physiological change, for me, apart from the above, is that prior to working to this programme my body would overheat during intense exercise and would cause me to slow down or even stop. This is not an issue at all now and I can now train for long intense sessions with great ‘gusto’! I can’t believe that I have become so much fitter and stronger within such a short period! It has made my sessions all the more interesting and enjoyable knowing that I am getting the optimum results from each session working within my own parameters! I am so looking forward to my next test and the results that my training will produce!!!!! This test was initially designed for elite athletes and only performed in universities or specialised sports clinics…… it’s now available on your door step!!!!!! I would recommend any aspiring athlete (in any sport) and or any ageing sports enthusiast (like me) to do this test and reach a new level of fitness you didn’t realise was achievable…….. IMPOSSIBLE = I’M POSSIBLE
Having decided to run a marathon (my first) this year, I decided to commit to preparing properly with a view to achieving a challenging target. I approached Dr. Diane Cooper (True Fitness) for help in determining a target time and how to achieve it. Being a novice runner (< 18 months running) we decided that 4 hours would be a good time to aim for. Diane carried out lactate threshold testing on me to determine my level of fitness and determine the running zones (Heart rate zones) which I had to work on in my marathon program, i.e. to train smart! Lactate threshold testing involved taking a blood sample from the ear lobe as you progressively ran at increased speed on a treadmill. I’m not a fan of blood taking but the sampler for extracting blood from the lobe makes this a painless experience. The lactate levels in your blood at each speed level is determined and from this your fitness level identified. This tells how hard you can work in your training sessions. Coupled with a review of my available time, my diet and recommendations on nutrition to fuel the marathon workload, Diane prepared a detailed 14 week training plan for me to beat 4 hours for the marathon and to do it without getting injured / burned out! The plan and all training blocks within it were explained, be they recovery or high intensity sessions, and their purpose within the overall plan. The plan was a big success as I completed my first marathon in 3:56:03. It wasn’t easy but Diane made it as easy as it could be.The attention to detail and knowledge of sports science & nutrition displayed Diane was top class. There is a genuine interest shown by Diane in the client and how they are progressing. Diane was available throughout the training period for any questions or queries on the plan, & I had routine calls to see how my training was going. I will continue to use True Fitness to prepare for future challenges!
‘True Fitness’ has the formula that works for me and the science to back it up! The essential components that make up my ‘tailor made’ program are all catered for me in a workout that not only focuses on my fitness but on my nutrition requirements also.
Since becoming a client with ‘True Fitness’ I’ve lost cms and kilos with programs that are regularly changed while all the time being monitored by Diane and John. Their enthusiasm is infectious and they make ‘working out’ interesting and fun, from TRX to circuits to flexibility all their experience and knowledge is shared to ensure you get the best results with the science to back it up!