Client of the Year 2020 – Jonathan Cansdale

Peter GaffneyBlog, Health & Wellbeing

It is often thought that while running a business or growing a successful career, you have to accept fitness and health will be affected. We see it every day with the clientele we work with; they are where they are at the expense of their personal wellbeing.

However, for all of our clients and one in particular this year, this was not a fate that he would accept.

Jonathan Cansdale is a 59 year business owner and after his first of two 12 week programmes this comment said it all: “I’m 59 years old and I feel like I’m 29. I feel fitter than I did 30 years ago.”

When we met Jonathan earlier this year he was 240lbs and after being shocked at his latest passport photo, he was driven to get in touch with us online. Initially we had to get his weight and eating habits under control. So we created a nutritional plan and workout programme that fitted his lifestyle, but pushed him, which is what he wanted!

His commitment and attention to the detail within these plans really made our lives as coaches a lot easier, as from experience we knew we could turn Jonathan’s life around. The results after the first 12 weeks showed this, as he lost 52lbs! However, this wasn’t at the expense of hunger and lack of energy; he felt truly incredible and the compliments came rolling in.

As you can see from the transformation image below, Jonathan’s hard work was paying off. So he wanted to keep going and asked if we could then help him sculpt his physique slightly by adding a little more muscle.

12 Week Transformation

At this stage Jonathan’s diet plan was altered and we added a little more strength training to his programme. Once again, Jonathan followed our guidance impeccably and managed to achieve his goal by adding 6lbs of muscle while continuing to lose body fat (5lbs). Here are the results to date:

24 Week Transformation

In a recent interview, here is what Jonathan had to say himself about his journey so far:

What made you start your fitness journey with PGPT?

Feeling lethargic, and looking horrendous in a passport photo!

How were you feeling before making the change?

Lethargic, physically under-par,  and had no energy.

What’s your routine look like now?

Regimented. My evenings consist of meal prep for the following day. I look forward to my training days with vigour and enthusiasm.

What were 3 things about the programme with PGPT which helped you to change your lifestyle?

Accountability.
Dietary advice.
Calorie count.

What would you say to anyone thinking about starting personal training with PGPT?

Do it. Having PGPT on board will change your life.

Do you see yourself keeping your new look for ever?

For sure. My world has changed immeasurably thanks to PGPT, my outlook on food is eat to live, whereas before PGPT, it was live to eat. Now I eat only the healthiest of foods.

A footnote. The knowledge and professionalism of the trainers, especially Peter Gaffney is second to none. Anyone thinking of taking on personal training shouldn’t think twice about enlisting the help of Peter and his team. Money well spent.


Jonathan has been a complete pleasure to coach and our team have enjoyed working with him throughout his journey. So we all felt his dedication more than merited the title of PGPT Client of the Year!

Well done Jonathan – your new life has started and it’s looking great!

Peter Gaffney

Peter has had fitness running through his veins his whole life. Having grown up in sunny Australia, sport was instilled from a very young age. Now living and owning a personal training company in London Peter combines his love of fitness with his proven methods to get client results every time.

Peter has had fitness running through his veins his whole life. Having grown up in sunny Australia, sport was instilled from a very young age. Now living and owning a personal training company in London Peter combines his love of fitness with his proven methods to get client results every time.