Nico Valla // Success


August 19  

In this post I asked personal nutrition coaching and online PT client Dan to share a little about his experience working with me.

Dan was my first ever personal training client when I relocated my business from Suthampton to Bristol, and he stuck around to work with me online 8 years later when I again relocated to Pembrokeshire.

To say that Dan had achieved big things is an understatement, and his consistency, growth mindset, and humble approach to practicing the basics has paid off. I am very proud of the achievements that Dan has knotched up over the years and honoured that he trusted me to help him.

Here's Dan's 2020 interview:

Tell me about your background

47 year old active chap however i do have a habit for the sweet foods and have a job which requires either driving or sitting at a desk so my challenge has always been keeping the waistline to a minimum by exercising as much as possible.

What made you decide to work with a nutrition coach? What problems were you facing and how did you feel before starting?

I have worked with Nico before on a 'one to one' basis when he was located in Bristol. I found his honest 'non ego led' approach very refreshing and he was willing to help anywhere he could including meeting me in the park at 6am throughout winter months to deliver training sessions.

That was a few years ago and I found earlier this year whilst I wasn't out of shape I was still carrying a little too much weight and after a cycling accident wanted some help with specific shoulder strength & weight loss.

What results have you achieved since starting the program?

I've lost a 7 kilos and have improved my upper body strength - those short term goals were achieved.
Dan's Weight Loss 2020

At this time Dan's goal was to get leaner for his cycling as lockdowns eased.

What do you like best about working with a nutrition coach?

Three meals a day was a game changer. sounds easy - it wasn't allowed yourself to feel hungry is difficult working in an office with the constant tea & biscuits around the place.
My breakfast has improved. In fact I'm probably eating more fruit & veg now than I ever have! I also feel these things I need to be held accountable and sometimes the first step is just asking for help in areas I know nothing about.

What would you say to someone who is sitting on the fence about joining the program?

Be positive - take on board Nico's advice & you will see results!

If there is anything else you would like to add please do so here.
Im looking forward to next year and hoping for the best yet! maybe a tall order at 47 years old but why not?!

Personal nutrition coaching and PT client

Dan's 2014 Review

In addition to Dan's interview above which talks about his experience in 2020, I thought I would share a quick review he wrote in 2014. Here it is:

I’ve been working with Nico over the past few years & he’s helped me achieve goals towards half marathon times, qualification for London marathon 2015 by achieving a ‘good for age time’ in the 2014 Abbingdon marathon.
Also a major achievement based on my limited time to train was completing ironman lanzarote 2014 and most recently helping me achieve my highest finishing position in ‘the toughguy’ challenge.
His methods of training are ‘all about the quality & not necessary quantity, one 2 one workouts are always fun & a real challenge and designed to work the complete body.
For me personally nico has always been supportive, encouraging & very patient when things have not gone right during injury or illness and has always adapted workouts to suit.
Don’t be put off if you find him laughing during workouts he assures me he’s laughing ‘with you’ crawling around the floor not ‘at you’

Dan training for Ironman Lanzarote

Goal: Sports Performance, Weight loss
Personal training client

I share these client success stories in the hope of inspiring you to see what can be achieved with some focused attention, and a clear process to follow. Oh and of course the support and accountability of having a coach who's in your corner.

And just so you know, if you are interested in getting support from me, and you want to follow the exact process that Dan has been following, then you can learn more here.

The first step is to register your interest, get in touch, and we'll take it from there.


About the Author

I believe you can achieve success in your health, fitness, relationships and career, in a way that is unique to you.

As a business owner, teacher and dad with three children I understand how hard keeping healthy can be. We’re in this together, and I want you to know I am here to help you.

Having been a personal trainer and nutrition coach since 2008, as well as navigating parenthood since 2015, this past few years I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients improve their self-confidence, self-image, stop feeling judged when they walk into a room.

I believe you can solve all these problems and start making these changes a reality this year, and I'm looking forward to helping you!

Nico Valla