PTs practice what they preach

Our team of Personal Trainers took part in their own 8 week transformation challenge. Here’s an interview with Sasha Temaru about her personal experience.

What inspired you to do this 8-week challenge?

It was an awesome way to show my clients that even PTs struggle from time to time to find balance, to set goals, to exercise and to stop with the excuses. After helping my own clients with their transformations, it was time I applied the same process to myself.

I wanted to be held accountable to someone, and as a trainer, I strive on competition so I asked the other PTs if they would like to take on the challenge. Sure enough, we soon had a competition on our hands!

Did you need to mentally prepare yourself for this challenge?

Although this didn’t require as much mental preparation as my body building competitions, I still had to be prepared to change my current training and nutrition plan. I set myself achievable goals and stuck to them – I wanted to find ways to maintain my changes even after the challenge had finished.

What was the easiest part of the transformation?

Exercise! I love to test my limits and push myself to the max to see what my body is capable of doing. Don’t get me wrong, like everyone there were days when I didn’t want to train because I was tired, was too busy, or wasn’t motivated. But you just have to push through and carry on with the plan. I always felt a sense of achievement afterward. 

I enjoy doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), weights and boxing. My tip to you is to find exercises that you love doing. Get your heartrate up and your endorphins flowing!

What was the hardest part of the transformation?

Coming from a bodybuilding background – the hardest part was not restricting my diet. Once I got to the halfway mark and saw my progress photos I was extremely hard on myself but I constantly reminded myself that I wasn’t competing in a show and shouldn’t compare it to that.

My ultimate goal was to find balance – and I found it.

What did your diet consist of?

I eat pretty healthy to begin with so this was a great opportunity for me to test new recipes and try something new like Quorn mince (yum!) and chicken as it was lower in fat and high in protein. I didn’t take out sauces or salts, and I still had a high amount of carbohydrates in my diet. I made sure I was eating everything in moderation and eating wholesome meals.

When I did indulge myself I chose better options like sushi, kebabs, salads, salmon and a donut here and there! But I knew if I worked hard enough during the week I would be able to treat myself with something sweet, so it’s just about being more disciplined. Easier said than done I know! I did give in a few times, I won’t lie…did I let it get me down? Absolutely Not! I ate it, and then I moved on. Food is not the enemy.

What’s the best advice you have for someone who wants to do their own challenge?

Be sincere about your motives, and set yourself realistic, attainable goals…Of course having a PT to help you doesn’t hurt either! Excuses will try to get the better of you, life will throw you curveballs, and sometimes you will occasionally give in. Don’t punish yourself for having a treat! It isn’t called a CHALLENGE because it’s easy, and your discipline will definitely be tested.


Intakes for Sasha’s next 12 week challenge No Regrets starts 23 January. Contact Sasha for more info:

Mobile: 027 222 7660


Click here to view Sasha’s Personal Trainer profile.

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