Name: Katie Agles
1. How long have you been working with Zac?
2. Describe your biggest “A-ha” moment?
Realizing that I couldn’t wait to get to the gym the next day! Also, thinking that flexible dieting is sustainable. I love that there are no “good foods/bad foods.” Getting rid of the goal of “eating perfectly” took so much pressure off.
3. What were your goals when starting with Zac? Have you achieved any of those goals?
I’ve put a lot of work into eating well and working out over the years, and I wanted it to show. In 4 months, I’ve lost 15 pounds! I’m also seeing muscle definition and feeling leaner.
4. What has been different or more successful about this approach to diet/exercise than what you have done in the past?
Diet – Tracking macros to make food choices seemed like a lot of work at the beginning, but Zac is a great teacher. Actually, my meal prep is about half the time it was before we started together! And, the results make the planning ahead worthwhile! The freedom to make food choices feels amazing. No one wants to eat chicken and veggies over and over. Zac has shown me that if I want to enjoy some pizza, as long as I can make it fit my macros, it’s okay! No more guilt over eating something “naughty”. THANK YOU, ZAC!
Exercise – Lifting weights has always been my favorite, cardio (burpees, running, a million thrusters) not so much. Zac tailored my training program to my likes and goals. I’m enjoying the time I’m in the gym, and feeling proud of my gains.
5. Do you feel like you have learned skills with diet and training that will benefit you in the future?
As I mentioned above, the flexible dieting has completely changed the way I think about food. Before, I’d shoot for so many days of “perfect eating”, and reward myself with a cheat meal. It was boring. And the cheat would turn into me eating all the crap I could get my hands on. Then, I would feel guilty. And the cycle would continue. Now I have more fun choosing what I’d like to eat. And not feeling bad about it.
Every time Zac works with me in the gym, I leave and take notes on everything we went over. I’ll just say it… Zac Turner is the gym guru.
6. What is your favorite meal?
Healthy – zoats (zucchini protein oats) for breakfast, lemon pepper cod on a huge, colorful salad for dinner
Delicious – Tobin’s pizza and pb cup/cookie dough concrete from Culver’s (with a shot of hot fudge and a shot of pb)
7. What is your favorite exercise or workout?
Benching makes me feel like a bad b. And I’ve been digging working on my shoulders.
8. Anything else you want to add?
I wish I would’ve started working with Zac forever ago!
Note from Coach Zac:
I started working with Katie 4 months ago after her final weigh-in of the Body Re-composition Challenge, she was tired of spinning her wheels with diet and exercise and was ready to make a change. Previously Katie had experimented with the Paleo Diet and Whole 30 and her training consisted of attending Crossfit classes ~4x/wk. She experienced some changes, but it wasn’t something she could maintain for the long-term, so we implemented flexible dieting and started tracking her macros to give her the freedom to enjoy foods that she loves in moderation while still making progress toward her goals- something sustainable, a lifestyle change, so to speak. We coupled this approach to her nutrition with a strength training program and through hard work and consistency Katie was able to achieve fantastic results- over the last 16 weeks Katie has lost 14.8lbs (169.9lbs to 155.1lbs), 11.4lbs of those 14.8lbs were pure body fat while only losing .4lbs of muscle mass! Absolutely fantastic results, especially for someone who has training experience! I am extremely proud of her for all of her hard work, dedication, and consistency and cannot wait to continue making progress as we shift our focus toward building more muscle mass, stay tuned because the best is yet to come!