‘I took my own advice and did the fitness program I created’

By on December 5, 2017


‘I took my own advice and did the fitness program I created’

‘I took my own advice and did the fitness program I created’

Lexy put on 5kgs in 12 weeks AND dropped two dress sizes when she completed the online transformation program she was already selling to thousands of customers. 

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Lexy Meyerson is a busy mother-of-three who owns and runs a marketing agency with her husband. It’s a handful by anyone’s standards, but Lexy also co-founded VARLAH, the ‘Netflix of fitness’ a couple of years ago, which allows you to stream your workouts anytime, anywhere. And it’s been more than just a side-hustle – thousands of subscribers from around the world workout via the platform every day.

It’s a genius idea and the results are jaw-dropping (you can check some out here and here), but where things got interesting for Lexy was when she completed one of the programs on VARLAH herself.

“Part of my business means that I see and coach hundreds of customers worldwide through their own transformations and health journeys so it was a huge wake-up call for me when I realised I was doing ridiculous amounts of cardio – think 10-20kms a day – and not seeing any results. In fact, I was punishing my body.

“I’ve always loved exercising but there came a point where I had stopped enjoying my training and that I was using it as a form of self-torture to “work off” what I was eating.

“I immediately knew it was critical for me to get back to practicing what I preach. Training should be a habitual part of life. We need to move… but it also should be enjoyable,” she says, saying it was then that she decided to make some serious changes her fitness routine, once and for all, with a six-week program she was already selling to a dedicated global base of customers.

“I started my journey with our own RAW by VARLAH weights-based home workouts, designed by celebrity trainer Luke Istomin, which only require dumbbells. It was my first experience with split training, focusing on my upper body and lower body and adding in some full body weights workouts too – and I fell in love with weights. Luke’s program was my starting point and I progressed on to lifting heavy weights and supplementing my training with other home workouts,” which was great for her fitness, but also her relationship with her body.

“Just before starting the RAW by VARLAH program I wasn’t happy at all,” admits Lexy.

“I used to define myself, my happiness and my body by an arbitrary number on the scales. I always thought my happy place was sitting as close to 55 kilos as possible. I always thought this number would impact the rest of my life positively and for a while there it did – that is until I realised that it didn’t anymore.

“I was 57 kilos (so I was close to where I ‘thought’ I wanted to be) but I was miserable and so far from where I wanted to be. I had little to no lean muscle mass or definition.

“At this point I also felt depleted from carb cutting. I struggled to maintain the energy I needed to finish my long distance running and cardio training sessions and I ended up in that awful cycle of not eating enough to fuel the sessions to overeating – over and over again – and despite what you think know about low carb or no carb diets – I almost guarantee you will eat yourself into trouble by eliminating them from your diet. I changed my shape by introducing good carbs – and a lot of them!”

In just 12 weeks Lexy went from cardio-overloading and feeling lethargic to squatting up to 120kgs. The best bit? Training went from two hours a day down to 40-60 minutes, six days a week. Yes, it’s been a better use of time in more ways than one – but it wasn’t an easy place to get to.

“The hardest part for me was seeing the numbers on the scale go up rather than down when I felt my frame and clothes shrink. This definitely took a little getting used to,” she says, but aside from that, following her own advice has been the best thing she’s done for herself – and her health.

“I slashed my training time by one third, which means means I get to spend more time with my three little kids in the mornings. I wake up in a good mood each day and I no longer have any negative associations with food, and I no longer label 'good foods' and 'bad foods'. I include everything in my diet and just make sure I have a good balance,” which is simple as all of the programs available on VARLAH come with a nutrition guide, too.

Like her clients, her results have been staggering – she’s dropped two dress sizes AND put on 5kgs – and her headspace has transformed perhaps even more than her body.

“What surprised me the most about this process is that I used to train for aesthetics – to look a certain way – as I strongly believe most of us do. I now train with fitness goals in mind – to exceed my squat weight of 120kgs or to hit a better bench press than 70kgs. I never thought these goals would take precedence over training to look a certain way. Having fitness goals as well as body goals makes it easier to stay focused and motivated with training, too, as it’s measurable and far easier to continue to see progress in strength and fitness week to week,” as opposed to stepping on the scales and letting that dictate how far along you are in relation to your goals.

It’s an inspiring place to be, and if you’re at a point where you’d like to address – or transform – the state of your fitness, Lexy has some salient advice.

“Don’t think, just start! If you don’t want to get to a gym or the thought of the gym weights floor is intimidating or you don’t know what to do, start at home. Look at doing a structured training and nutrition program where you can do your complete weights workouts from the comfort of your living room. If and when you’re ready you can mix it up by hitting a gym, get a trainer and supplement your workouts any which way you want. They key is to stop overthinking it and just make a change and choose to start today.”

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