Turning Dreams into Reality By Michelle Adams-Arent
Watching her mum train and compete in bodybuilding is what started the fire in Emma Knights.
She recalls, “I fell in love with lifting weights and pushing my limits at the tender age of 15. At the time my mother was also training and competed in a couple of bodybuilding comps. I thought she was amazing and I aspired to compete myself.”
Seeking out help , and committing to the process enabled Emma Knights to turn her dreams into reality
And then…. Life happened.
Before she knew it she was 35 years old with 5 children.
With work, pregnancies and other family obligations came weight gain.
Emma said,” I was feeling pretty ordinary. I had very little energy and my weight was becoming an issue. I knew what I had to do. Also, my mum was having some major health issues and I really wanted to help motivate her as she had inspired me so much in my younger years.”
Unlike when you say you know what you need to do and you continue to do the same things that aren’t delivering the results you are after Emma actually did something.
She found someone to help her.
“I had heard there was a great gym in town,” she said. “So we popped in to see Philip Atkinson at Results PT Studio, and straight away I knew I had chosen the right place. In fact, I was so confident I had found the person and the systems to help Mum and I, that deep down I knew I would fulfil my dream of competing. I hadn’t even lost a kilo yet!”
Emma confided, “I knew this was going to take some time. I knew that to achieve lasting results I needed to make changes that were both sustainable and enjoyable.”
Sometimes when you hear the words ‘sustainable and enjoyable’ you assume that means without any challenge. However, as is the case any time you make change, there are challenges in finding balance and developing a new normal. Emma faced these challenges, too.
She said, “The biggest challenge for me was managing my already busy life–5 kids, running a business and adding in training and meal prep. But you know what? I did it.”
How did she do it?
“I refocused my time to getting the most important things done first- like family time, training time and meal prep time,” she said. “It was a bit of a juggling act, but eventually I fine tuned things and they became habitual.”
She added, ”My family adjusted really well to the changes. In fact, my husband has been following the nutrition program as well. And the kids- well, kids are great imitators. They do as we do… not as we say.”
Emma now has enough energy to keep up with her kids!
She went on to say, “It wasn’t always perfect, and some days were tough. Did I get it right 100% of the time? No. But I made sure I was pretty near close, and I didn’t beat myself up if I wasn’t.”
For someone who wasn’t ‘perfect’ Emma not only had a fantastic transformation, she also turned one of her life long dreams into a reality!
She competed in not one, but two shows in the fitness model/sports model categories. When all was said and done she came away with 3 first place finishes and a second place in her first show and a third, fourth, and fifth place in her second show.
Emma confessed, “When I watched my mum compete all those years ago, her diet consisted of chicken, rice and broccoli. That was all we knew back then, and this seemed to be what all the competitors were doing. I was convinced there was no way I could ever compete if that was the diet I was to follow! No way! I just loved food too much. I needed variety. I wondered if there was a better way, but I really had no clue. So, I gave up.”
She mused, “Looking back, at the time I don’t believe I had the motivation, dedication or even the know how to fulfil my dream.”
“The training and nutrition knowledge, skills and support I have now made all the difference in the world,” she said. “It may have taken me 20 years, but I’m glad I did it the right way.”
She laughed, “And funnily enough, my comp prep diet was not dissimilar to my usual lifestyle! Thank goodness for a variety of delicious foods.”
Emma’s tips for achieving your dreams:
- First and foremost find someone to help you. Without Phil there is no doubt that I would still be overweight, tired, and feeling ordinary. Working with someone so knowledgeable not only saved me time, money, and frustration it also inspired me to become a Personal Trainer, MP Specialist and Precision Nutrition Coach as well!
- Commit to the process. You need to first understand that it IS a process. There is no quick fix. You’ve got to focus on building new habits that will deliver the results you are after. Build the habits then be consistent with them. This is when the magic happens.
- Read your lessons over and over. Read them as many times as you have to until the concepts are solid in your mind…and then read it again. Learning new information takes time. I guarantee that you’ll see a new bit of information each time you read it.
- Don’t be frightened to lift weights! Resistance exercise will not only change your body, it will do wonders for your confidence and mental health! You will not get ‘bulky’ or ‘too muscly’ contrary to popular opinion. If only it was that easy! Instead you will look great in a pair of jeans with curves in all the right places, and things won’t jiggle as much! Winning.
Emma and her Trainer Phil Atkinson
Are you ready to turn your dreams into reality? Contact Phil or Emma and they will help make those dreams a reality.