Below you can hear from some of the guys and girls who have experienced the coaching process first hand, both as online clients and as in person 1-2-1 personal training clients.
"I started working with Dan at the end of last summer, when I decided to join his online coaching program with the hopes of taking my physique to the next level.
I have always trained in the gym and eaten well, however I've just lacked the structure and guidance needed to get me into the kind of shape I wanted. When Dan was recommended to me by a mutual friend, I decided to get in touch and I haven't looked back since.
I'm so happy with the progress I have made so far, and I'm excited to see how much more we can achieve together. He gave me 24/7 guidance, was always available to talk and always knew how to get the best out of me - in the end becoming a friend as much as a coach."
"I came to Dan with the goal of getting stronger, building some muscle and going on holiday feeling better and generally more confident about my physique. I already knew how to follow a diet and get leaner, but never felt completely happy with the overall package at the end of a cutting phase.
I play high level semi-professional football, which provides its own challenges as the physical and nutritional requirements and time commitment are conflicting and can take away from a physique orientated goal.
Dan helped me devise a plan that married the two together and allowed me to maximise my performance both on the pitch and in the gym. While I knew that the progress could be slower, I'm really happy with what we achieved in 20 weeks and I'm now going on holiday feeling more confident than ever about my physique"
"I was unfit, out of shape and not happy at all with the way my body looked. A number of factors, both mental and physical, lead to me losing my desire to stay fit and healthy. This is when I decided to get in touch with Dan.
After meeting for a consultation, I decided to hire Dan as a coach with the goal of getting back into shape and regaining my body confidence for an upcoming holiday. He provided me with a strict, structured plan which was tailored specifically to suit my needs and work around my work schedule and lifestyle.
It certainly wasn't easy as there was a lot of work to do in a relatively short period of time, and it was tough for me to initially make the mental transition required to be strict again. Dan managed to help me find my focus though, and in just 16 weeks I feel amazing both physically and mentally, just in time for my holiday."
"I can't thank Dan enough for his help through this process. His knowledge and understanding of his craft is incredible, and I feel blessed to have had him guide me through this transformation.
I'm back to feeling like me again as well as being in the best shape of my life. Not only that, the sense of achievement and improved drive through setting goals and targets has given me a buzz and hunger again to work for even more.
The knowledge you have empowered with me with is priceless, and I will continue to utilise it for the foreseeable future.
Having been so ill previously and struggled psychologically, you have got me back to being Reece again and that is so special for my wife, kids, family and friends.
"I reached out to Dan after deciding that I needed some extra guidance with my nutrition and training. After sitting down and discussing my goals and explaining my lifestyle, Dan came up with a tailored plan built specifically to work around my every day life.
The end result was excellent. It surpassed my initial expectations and the knowledge I've gained and lessons I've learned will make a massive difference to the way I train in the future. Not only did he improve my physical appearance, but I now feel mentally stronger too. I realised that I'm capable of achieving more than I originally thought.
I will definitely be using Dan's services again in the near future and I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about making huge changes to their body.
"I have always been into keeping fit and have trained for many years, but a lack of solid structure and understanding meant that I was not seeing any real changes.
I hired Dan as an online coach and it was definitely my best investment of 2020. He provides such an extensive amount of knowledge around the exercise plans and nutrition that within just a few short weeks I started to notice the difference.
I can honestly say that Dan is a great trainer and unlike many other online coaches, he is always there at the end of the phone to answer any questions.
I'm in the best shape I've been in for a long time, I feel more confident and I look forward to seeing where we can go in 2021.
"I got in touch with Dan via Instagram, mainly for help with improving my body shape and diet. From Day 1, Dan was so helpful in helping to guide me in the right direction based on what I wanted to achieve.
I had always struggled with knowing what exercises to do and how to improve my overall diet. The plan helped me massively, it was really detailed yet really easy to follow.
Every session was well planned and enjoyable, which previously I had always struggled with. He was always on hand to help with any questions I had and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get in shape.
"I started with Dan in that awkward stage of not knowing whether I had to cut or bulk and not really having any idea on my caloric needs. From the moment I hit him up and explained the goal I had in mind physique wise, Dan helped me get clued up on how to approach both my exercise and nutrition.
Day or night he'd be available to help with any questions I had, providing weekly video updates covering what I did well and what I needed to improve on that week.
I made a tonne of progress and I honestly couldn't recommend him anymore, he's easily one of the most knowledgable and professional PT's out there, and the knowledge he's given me is invaluable.
"At the beginning of 2018 I suffered a back injury whilst training for a half marathon. After steroid injections and physiotherapy, I felt no vast improvement and so looked for an alternative. Research and discussions with my consultant led me to look for a PT in a bid to strengthen my core, my back and my body as a whole.
I've now worked with Dan for 10 months and not only am I now completely pain free, but I have also gone on to successfully complete a half marathon and several other distance events with the help of my tailor made training program and running schedule.
Once I began to move and feel better, our focus turned towards looking better too. At this point, Dan introduced a nutrition plan for me to follow which has resulted in me dropping 2 stone in weight and 3 dress sizes, leaving me with an increase in confidence and new drive to stay healthy."
"The diet plan he gave me was brilliant and I didn’t feel like I was dieting at all. In fact I felt I was eating more food and a lot more carbohydrates, even just before bed leaving me always satisfied and never hungry or feel the need to snack. As the weeks went on and my weight started to balance out, he reduced carbs ever so slightly, still keeping me satisfied.
The gym plan was also great, knowing I could only go 4 times a week. The plan hit every muscle and gave me a great pump after every session. He taught me new ways to contract the muscle better and improved my form all over.
The best thing about my experience was the interaction with Dan. Making himself available at all times and adjusting my food when I had work do’s or nights out. His attention to detail with any questions I had were spot on. I couldn’t be happier with my cut."
"In January 2018 I took the decision to change my life for the better. Having gone through a difficult divorce over the previous 4 years and allowing myself to spiral put of control with bad drinking and eating habits it was time to make a change. I chose Dan as my coach and that single decision has totally changed my life.
I've worked with personal trainers in the past and this guy is totally in a different league. He has helped with a nutritional plan that has never made me feel hungry or deprived. Within 15 months I surpassed 30 kilos (4 stone, 10 lbs) of weight loss and I feel like a totally different person.
The impact this has had not only on my professional life but also on my personal life is amazing. His approach to his clients is one of total commitment and he is an absolute professional at what he does."
"At the beginning, I was sceptical about the whole personal trainer thing: surely nothing will change, I’m too fat anyway. What I did not anticipate 10 months ago was that, if willpower and determination are complemented by high professionalism, knowledge and dedication, the results can be utterly impressive. And they were.
Dan proved to be highly engaging, extremely motivating and managed in the end to help me achieve a goal I’ve never thought I could ever achieve – a body I am proud of.
I now believe investing in a personal trainer should be a priority for every person who cares about their health and self-esteem and I have no hesitation in recommending Dan Gibbons as he is THE one to invest in. I can’t thank him enough for all his support and guidance, for stretching my limits and allowing me to believe that miracles can come true."
"I started training with Dan having previously worked with 4 other trainers beforehand. As someone who has always struggled to gain weight, while I enjoyed training I never really achieved the results I wanted.
With Dan there was more structure and everything was tracked and recorded which really helped to keep me focused and motivated. We began making some good, consistent progression and as my strength increased, so too did my weight. I feel stronger and more confident with my body than I ever have before, which has only helped to further increase my motivation for training.
My posture has also dramatically improved which is not something I expected to happen solely through weight training. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dan to anyone in Essex looking to hire a Personal Trainer."
"I have trained with Dan on and off for 4 years now, which in itself speaks for his ability as a coach. His knowledge, work ethic and reliability keeps me motivated from session to session.
After a long break at uni from training with Dan, I returned with a serious joint condition which totally altered our style of training we'd developed over the years. However, from day one I was reassured with his encouraging personality, patience and his ability to be flexible and creative with my training.
My strength and condition consistently improves week by week and he is always introducing me to new methods and ideas to keep things interesting. I cannot thank Dan enough for all his help over the years and would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their health and fitness."
"After a few years of going to the gym and eating well (sporadically), I was fed up of seeing no results. This had a negative impact on my mental health as I felt conscious about the way I looked, and felt sluggish with little motivation to train.
This is when I decided to contact Dan in order to get some guidance with my nutrition and training, and the end result was even better than I could have expected. I never thought that I could weigh the weight I do, and look the way I do!
The knowledge I have gained has been incredible. It was not only my physical appearance that improved drastically, but also my sleep quality, social life and mental health too. I'm now in a really good place, and I would recommend Dan to anyone."
"When I started training with Dan, I was a complete beginner and too embarrassed to step foot in the gym. He instantly made me feel at ease and taught how to exercise correctly and effectively based on my goals. He always kept my programs interesting and challenging, and I actually enjoyed my training sessions and enjoyed the gym.
My fitness and strength have both noticeably improved and I was able to learn a lot about nutrition and how to eat appropriately based on the look I wanted to achieve. Dan created and adapted my nutrition plan based on foods I actually enjoyed eating, preventing me from getting bored or feeling like I was 'on a diet'.
Dan has helped to motivate and push me to a place where I am no longer uncomfortable stepping into the weights section of the gym."
"As a keen runner, I started to train with Dan off the back of completing my first London Marathon in 3 hours 37 minutes. As a complete beginner in the weights room, I was looking to leverage Dan's expertise in strength training in an attempt to improve upon this time.
I trained with Dan twice per week, structured in a manner that allowed me to increase my strength without hindering my ability to complete my runs. The result was a time of 3 hours 7 minutes, meaning we'd shaved a full 30 minutes off of last years effort! The added bonus was that I also managed to drastically improve my physique in the process.
Dan is always willing to help which is a breath of fresh air in a very competitive environment, and his knowledge and versatility have been influential in me exceeding many of my goals."
"My goal this year was to get into the best shape of my life in time for my 30th birthday, which I was celebrating in Ibiza - and it's safe to say we achieved it.
I have always enjoyed to train hard, however I had never really followed a program in the past and would train based on what I felt like doing. I knew that to really change my body that I'd need a plan with more structure, and that's just what Dan provided me with. The sessions were really tough but always extremely rewarding.
He taught me how to track my calories and gave me advice on what foods to eat and at what times in order to get me into the shape I wanted. Learning this method allowed me to eat more of the foods I enjoyed whilst still losing body fat, which made the dieting side a lot easier."
"I came to Dan in the New Year with the goal of losing some weight and feeling a little healthier. My busy work schedule had led me to lose sight of my health and I was unhappy with my body shape.
I trained with Dan twice per week and very quickly began to feel the fittest, strongest and healthiest I had in years. He always made sure that the sessions were structured and planned in advance, and while they were always hard work they were always enjoyable.
We made some very small and manageable changes to my diet, which had always been a problem for me when working on site and being on the move a lot. It was once we teamed these changes with the training that my body really began to change for the better."
"If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would be having regular personal training sessions, going to the gym and enjoying exercise I would have laughed. Dan's firm and encouraging approach to fitness always leaves me feeling sore, yet energised and looking forward to the next session.
My workouts are always adapted based on my personal needs and preferences, utilising a wide variety of exercises keeping things interesting and enjoyable. As a result I have seen a definite change in my body, my strength and my confidence.
Aside from the exercise, Dan gives me excellent nutritional guidance keeping me looking and feeling healthier than ever - I even notice the difference in my skin. I can't recommend Dan highly enough, and what started off as an 8 week challenge to tone up has now become a lifestyle."
"I initially came to Dan with the goal of losing some body fat and building my general fitness levels. I played football and had boxed competitively however my gym experience was minimal. I also had a very active social life which involved lots of eating out and drinking, so these habits were something that we initially looked to improve.
During the time I've been with Dan, we have worked towards numerous different goals. We have trained for fat loss, muscle gain and also incorporated more sports specific methods of training when I began boxing again, and he has shown his knowledge across all three areas.
As you can see from my photos, we achieved some great results and I was looking and feeling in the best shape of my life. We're still working together now with the goal of further improving upon these results."
"As a Personal Trainer, I think it's extremely important to show your clients that you're willing to walk the walk and do everything that you'd expect from them. It shows that you understand how to manipulate training and nutrition variables in order to achieve a desired result and allows you to fully empathise with clients, particularly when things get tough during dieting phases.
I would never ask a client to do anything that I haven't already tried and tested, or that I wouldn't be willing to do myself. This is something that I feel instills an added confidence into my clients, making it easier for them to trust the process and trust in the advice I give them along the way.
These photos were taken exactly 12 weeks apart, following a dieting phase in the build up to a summer holiday."