When I contacted Lorna after seeing her website, I had no idea that she would become what I call my“ Guru”! I have a daughter Daisy with a rare condition called adams olivers syndrome, and I had to get fit and lose weight for the 3 peak mountain challenge to raise money for her.
My diet was appalling and I was crying daily, eating lots of chocolate and feeling stuck in an angry bubble that I didn’t know how to get out of. Living with my daughters condition is draining and you need to have lots of energy to cope.. and I wasn’t coping, I was using caffeine to keep me awake. Giving up caffeine was a huge benefit for me, and I now can’t believe I even used to drive with it in my body as I feel so much more alert after giving up.
Lorna helped me all the way, I lost 19lbs of fat in the first 8 weeks and came off my 40ml anti depressants and now feel I have a much more balanced lifestyle, and can now even wear Lycra!! I love it! I even find myself choosing to wear it over other clothes just so I can work out when I need to! My kids have started to respect me, especially my little girl Izzy who is on the larger side, its good for her to see that I now look after myself. I feel less stressed and have so much energy and am a more organised person!
With Lorna’s help, I now know how hard I can push my body and I will never go back to how I was. She was always there for me, even with little things that I felt I didn’t understand about food. She never made me feel uneasy or embarrassed and if I fell off the wagon, she was there for me and got me straight back on track.
What I have been saying to anyone is, if you feel your life is coming to a standstill, go and see one of the team at Lifestyles for Living because if you add up everything you would spend on faddy diets, stupid pills and shakes, advice that doesn’t work, or gym membership where you would only find yourself sitting in the sauna, this PT is sooo worth it!
Thanks so much Lorna, I don’t cry anymore, and you helped me get fit to climb the mountains for our Daisy. Oh and one more thing.. I don’t even visit the chocolate Isle anymore.. not even when penguins are on offer in tesco!! ;)
"Training with Mark was great fun and really educational. In my first 12 weeks I lost 17lb of body fat and gained 10lb of muscles, Damn!!! I lost 3 inches off my belly, gained 2 inches on my skinny thighs and added an inch of muscle onto my guns, even though I lost all that fat. The dieting and exercise tips Mark gave me fit into my life-style really well and I now have much more energy to play with my little girl! I feel much more confident about my body image and now know what to do to keep it off. Cheers Mark."
Ben Connelly (Norwich)
"My daughter Gemma was absolutely amazed with her weight loss with Lifestyles for living and she was worried about me and said I really needed to have a consultation to see how it could help me and from that moment on it has changed my whole life. Lorna made me feel 100% comfortable, understood and at ease and I started training three days a week in the studio. I have so much fun and I love how we always go from one thing to another, I’ve just not been bored in 3 months! I can now see a massive change in my shape and am now nearly 2 stone of fat lighter and happier! The main thing though is that I’ve also lost a whopping 8.1 inches of fat from my tummy measurment! My motivation is still the same from the very start and it’s been over 3 months training and I still see results every single time because these guys know what they are doing and know how to mix things up. I can’t wait to get in the studio and the personal touch and friendliness of all the other trainers and the other clients, makes me enjoy every minute. I’ve been to all the other gyms and every diet out there, but I’ve never had this kind of result and been so happy to carry on! When I leave I am truly buzzing and have so much energy! I say to anyone wanting to lose weight and get fit and healthy that this would be the absolute very best thing for you to do. Lorna has given me her inspiration, energy, confidence and time. I will NEVER go back to being fat or eating the food I used to eat. I can see now how big I really was! Lorna came just at the right time of my life and she is an angel, I can’t thank her enough for turning my life around. I just can’t wait for the spring to come so I can finally take my coat off and feel super toned! "Thanks Lorna!" (Sue Restieaux)
"Someone recently asked me what the secret to my ‘weight loss’ success was, I replied it’s no secret, his name’s Mark Bone; he’s been the support, the driving force behind what I’ve now managed to achieve! The day I met Mark I had incredilbly low self esteem but was truly the real turning point for me! The result, to date I have lost about 3 stone of fat and my shape has totally changed. To my delight I have lost an incredible 7 inches from my waist, and the pounds/inches are still coming off! I am much fitter, my confidence has increased leaps and bounds and I feel fantastic, better than I have done for years! He advised me on diet and exercise but most importantly for me it was the use of his NLP techniques which helped address my inner feelings, fears, previous disappointments and helped me focus on what I wanted for the future. That’s the big difference with this style of programme; that’s what has made the huge difference to me and has enabled me to achieve the weight loss and fitness I have today. Mark is a great guy, he’s the whole package, we have such fun working together, he’s making the whole process such an enjoyable one, and I can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank's so much!"
Debbie Wilcox (Norwich)
I decided to start personal training with Lorna after she successfully transformed my twin sister prior to her wedding day. Having been a keen runner triathlete and cake eater,I found Lorna's diet tips easy to follow. The homework she gave me to do when I wasn't with her was straightforward to complete and I soon began recieving comments from friends as I became leaner within the 10 sessions I had booked. My goal was based on losing body fat and was realistic. Lorna was always there to help with my queries via email.
I looked forward to the sessions as we always seemed to do something different! Its now great to fit into my old clothes and the weight loss and strength from the weights program has really improved my running. I am now looking forward to this summer & the London Triathalon... Thanks Lorna!
Sarah Lake - (Thetford)
"I have been training with Lorna for 3 months now and have found her very professional. Each week her motivation inspires me. Workouts are never boring, each session has lots of variety. Lorna has a great knowledge of not only training and exercise but nutrition too, which has been an enormous bonus for me being vegetarian. I have also had some Sport massage with Mark. My posture is now better than it has been for years. A true professional with lots of good advice along the way! Thanks Lorna & Mark. I have come a fair way in 3 months but still have a bit more to do! You have both been such a great help to me!"
Angie - Horsham St Faiths
"I love the way that Mark pushes me through my workouts and always shows me what can be achieved and where I can improve. I now know that it is possible for me to get down to my target shape as I never used to feel like it would be possible. I'm so much more positive now that I know that I'M WORTH IT! :) My measurements are coming down fast, I'm gettting to the gym and going outside for small runs (which I never thought I would be able to) and I'm now in control of my food and alcohol which feels great. I have lost over a stone and am half way there which should take me another 9 or 10 weeks and I know I will do it. I used to feel sorry for myself, get stressed at little things and never speak my mind but now i'm a very different person. I would recommend Mark and Lorna to very highly because if they can do this for ME then I think they can do it for anyone."
Joy Emms (Norwich)
Mark really helped me realise that to improve my shape, fitness and health I would need to make my exercise and diet a life-style thing. I soon realised that I could not out train eating naughty snacks and drinking lots of beer and that I needed to train consistently to get the results I craved. I found the goal setting, nutritional and motivational techniques Mark uses very beneficial and set me on the right path to the great shape I am in today. I have 16lb of fat less, I have lost my moobs and toned up nicely. I now know what to do to keep myself in good shape and I like going back to see Mark every now and then to get my stats re done and see where I am at.
Alex Alexander (Norwich)
"I came to Mark overweight, unfit and miserable, especially since I had just turned 50.....Mark didn't just design a programme for me; he helped me work out why I had not managed to reach my weight and fitness goals in the past, and why I had repeated patterns of behaviour that clearly were not effective. We worked together on mobility and agility, slowly building up my fitness level in order for me to be able to safely start the exercises which make all the difference. Along the way I have had times of incredible energy and achievement and others where I have felt I am literally dragging myself uphill and not getting anywhere, but throughout it all Mark has been positive, supportive, encouraging, available, strong, bold and determined. He has taken me so far outside my comfort zone that I have hardly believed some of the things I have done. Mark had a vision for me and also a solid belief that what I needed and what I wanted were actually attainable, something I didn't really believe myself.I am now 10 weeks into my regime, I have boundless energy, I sleep well, I have lost 20lbs, I'm changing shape and am the most fit I have been for decades.Having Mark Bone in your life is a breath of fresh air, a burst of energy and an excellent investment in the future"
Catherine Hall - Norwich
I have used gyms on my own for years and tried a couple of other personal trainers in the past but neither of them come anywhere near close to the results I have gained working with Mark and Lorna. Lorna helps me with my very specific dietary needs and takes my measurements and Mark puts me through my paces helping me get fitter and stronger and looking and feeling good about myself. I had a couple of bad sports injuries in the past leaving me with a bad shoulder and hip which used to really get me down but Marks exercises have been very personally tailored to what I need and I now have to confidence in my body to go ski-ing for long periods of time and also get my arms out in public! Mark is very motivating even though he can be a cheeky bugger sometimes. :-) My over all shape has well improved and people tell me that I look great and I can now actually accept the compliment!! My legs have always been a problem area but even they have improved a great deal. I feel listened to and understood and I feel more focused on what I need to do. What more can I ask for. Marks sports massage treatments have also been a great help to me when I have injured myself ski-ing. I would say to anyone thinking of using Mark or Lorna's services to just go for it!
Maureen Boxer (Norwich)
"I went to see Mark over 2 years ago now with a long standing calf injury that I could not shake off. Mark took the time to look at how my body was (or more to the point wasn't) working and explained how other muscles were not working correctly, which in turn was putting pressure on elsewhere. Since then, he has developed a training programme which allowed me to return to football fitter than I had been for some time, and also helped to sort out poor body posture, which had contributed to various strains and injuries over the years. As I am now 50, I feel confident that with Mark's knowledge and continuing guidance, I can continue to play sport for a few more years. Mark is clearly passionate about what he does, and I only wish that I had visited him before, as maybe some of the problems I have had over the years could have been prevented. Mark doesn't look to just offer short term solutions, but to work with you on developing long term plans, to prevent future re-occurrences, and also to make you feel better about how you look, and how you feel. If you have a problem with poor posture, an injury that you can't seem to shake, or just need some personal training to tone up that tired body, then look no further, Mark is the man to go to."
Ian Carter - Norwich
“The coaching and training advice I received was exactly what I needed. I was so bored with exercise making annoying excuses after excuse not to train, and boy do I hate not training! I needed something new and to see some real results badly as I had become stale and was about to give up completely. After gaining some support and vital new exercise and nutritional tips I quickly regained my love for exercise. I could never previously get over the 13 stone barrier building muscle but soon packed on half a stone of strong, lean muscle along with the energy I once had. I now train harder than ever and an occasional monthly review and programme update gives me just the edge and motivation I need. Trust what these guys say, stick to it and you will get the results.
Jason Delaney (Norwich)
I had Polio when I was a child which left me with "dodgy hips" and I was quite worried about starting an exercise programme at the start. I'm an independent so keeping my mobility is very important to me and I also wanted to shift some excess weight which has crept on and improve my confidence. Mark trains me hard and shows me that I am capable of more than I am which has made me a stronger person mentally as well as physically as I believe in myself now. I have lost over a stone of fat so far which for me is amazing as nobody thought I would get anywhere close to that. Mark has kept me going through the hard times improving my mind set and helped me concentrate on me for once rather than everyone else. I now stick to my guns and am more confident in conversations as I don't dodge questions anymore. And I am now coming off my anti-depressants which I am REALLY please about.
Iris Edney (Norwich)
“It’s so easy to stray off course and make excuses not to train, but I am now so focused and really enjoy every training session. I can see and feel addictive results in the mirror, in the clothes that I wear and seeing the results in the gym and the 15lb of muscle I gained in my measurements gives me a real boost. I never felt that trainers in the past listened or took any real interest in what I wanted so ended up with a one size fits all program to follow which did not motivate me at all. Mark really does listen and understand exactly what I want then helps me get it! Staying focused means achieving my goals and if I achieve my goals then I am happy. I just know that this is the best shape I have ever felt in my life! Thanks Mark”
Daniel Kindrid (Suffolk)
"I had been training for 2 years with minimal visual results. I got to a stage where I was severely unhappy with my size and shape and my self confidence was non-existant.
I was aware of Lorna from seeing her working with clients in the gym but had not spoken to her. One day I was in the gym and Lorna overheard a conversation i was having about my poor diet and my ongoing problems with my hamstrings. She was polite and interrupted by offering some friendly advice. It was then that I asked about their nutrition support. I was surprised by how reasonable the price was, so I booked an appointment.
The initial consultation included going through my current eating habits and having my body statistics measured. I was unhappy to find out I was slightly over 17 stone with 17.5% bodyfat - probably the biggest I have ever been! Lorna assured me that she can help me turn this around and provided me with a diet plan and advice which was easy to follow, cheap and easy to prepare. I left feeling slightly sceptical as to whether diet alone would help me improve my shape and lose bodyfat. 2 weeks later I returned for my review and had my body stats remeasured.
I was astounded at the results!!! I had lost 15lbs and my bodyfat had reduced to 15.2%! I have now been following the way Lorna has advised me to eat for 2 months and I am 15 stone and 13.1% bodyfat. Still a way to go to my sub 10% body fat target, but I have faith that Lorna will guide me all the the way.
In addition I have joined Lorna's 'Freestyle Fitness Yoga' class. Yoga is hardly renowned for being the most 'Macho' form of exercise, and for a 17 stone lump like myself I felt a tad embarrassed. However Lorna and all the guys that attend the class made me feel very welcome and comfortable. The Yoga itself is AMAZING, I have never worked up such a sweat and at the end of a class I feel totally re-energised and alive. I am gradually progressing week by week and my issues with my hamstrings have reduced dramatically. I feel that Yoga has significantly helped me in my battle to lose weight and has also improved my strength and posture.I have nothing but praise for Lorna, and owe her my success."
Adam Kent, 22 (Norwich)
"A friend recommended Mark to me nearly a year ago as I was having persistent trouble with my back despite treatment and also my personal life. In that time Mark has worked some minor miracles! He gave me some specific exercises for my back and now it only gives me trouble if I forget to do them. My personal troubles have not been so easy to cure but Mark is always there with excellent coaching to get me back on track when I feel I have hit rock bottom. Even when I ignore his sound advice he still gives me his support, which has been invaluable to me, and I know I will soon be living the life I deserve. Thanks Mark".
Martine - Norwich
“I had never really worked out before so was very new to exercise. I tried joining a gym but I clearly didn’t know enough to make any real difference to my body shape. After just 6 weeks into my programme I had lost an inch and a half off my belly and increased my muscle mass by 8lb! I was amazed at the improvements I received in such a short time and found that having my measurements and body fat taken was really inspiring. I loved learning all the new exercises as I can get bored easily and I felt I was getting a real personal service rather than an hour a week with a trainer. My trainer’s availability to answer questions via email or phone was great and that call to see how I was getting on between sessions made a real difference. I would recommend anyone who was in my position to go for it and use these guys and girl’s, you will have a great time as well as get the results you want.”
Yoram Halberstam (London)
“Lorna’s motivational sessions and praise have built my confidence dramatically. I used to spend hours on a treadmill doing boring cardio but Lorna showed me that a specific exercise and nutritional programme for my body type and personality could give me far greater results than I expected in the 5 months of training with Lorna than the previous 10 years of training on my own! I went from 28% bodyfat down to 21% and it was so much fun finding out the answers to my questions and watching the weight seemingly fall off!! She is a great role model and knew what I needed to do. This new approach has given me my life back as I work out for half the amount of time. I also used to be totally obsessed with my food, counting calories and getting really frustrated with doing what I thought was right, but now i'm much happier and more relaxed in my relationship with my food as I now know how to control my results. These skills really have changed my life.” "Thanks Lorna" :)
“Before I started training with Mark I was frustrated with my work out attempts getting left to my own devices, I used to put my work first and was full of excuses which made me feel guilty, unhealthy and uncertain about my future. Even on the initial consultation I felt much better about myself and had a clearer way forward. I now make sure that I finish work on time, I have conquered my old excuses and now miss my workouts if I can’t make one. I feel more confident in the gym, the support is excellent and my fitness and flexibility is the best it has been for years.”
John Reynolds (Forncett saint peter)
“I have so far lost over 2 stone and gone from a size 22 to 14-16 so far and feel great about it! I love seeing results when we do the measurements and if I don’t then it’s just the kick up the butt I need to get going again and work harder. Mark is very entertaining and we have a great laugh. I was very nervous about walking into a gym but Mark making me laugh on the phone and in person made me feel more at ease to try new things and meet new people in the gym. I used a gym before but had no support and felt let down as they were not genuinely interested but now I know I have the support I need to tackle challenges, focus on my goals and can now get excited about achieving them. The initial first step is the hardest but getting the right help makes it so much easier. Mark understands me and is genuine, reliable, honest, easy to talk to and importantly humorous with it.”
"I am 55 years young and in the best shape of my life! I have been training on and off for 25 years but I could never lose the stone of fat around my tummy! And I used to train for half an hour and think "thank god that's over"! But now I have abbs and my workouts with mark are like a drug, I wouldn't do without them. I never feel like i'm doing the same workout twice and he always knows just how far to push me. My diet and exercise sessions now give me more energy for my very demanding roofing business and hobbies such as scuba diving! I'm at least 20% more confident than I used to be and I never get the aches or injuries I used to get before! Mark is a must to try and great value for money. It takes time and you have to keep it up but the effort and money is worth it!"
Peter Futter (Norwich)
Training with Lorna has been the most positive, life-changing experience!
Well into my fifth decade I could hardly climb stairs without getting out of breath. Running was a total no-no. Right from the start Lorna has been amazingly supportive, never being judgmental or making me feel bad. She tailors workouts to how I feel on the day and can always find fun alternatives. She puts 100% into what she does and is always ready with friendly, encouraging emails and texts.
Two months down the line on the Gold Package, I've dropped several dress sizes, feel so much fitter, more cheerful and find that exercise in the gym and at home has become a natural part of my daily routine. Their motto says it all: "Together, we'll do it"
Back in 2004 I was trying to get back on track after some trauma in my life and I was struggling to improve my time for the race for life. Since then I decided to try a personal trainer and after receiving such great support and fantastic results I’m now a very different person. I have gone from 28% body fat to just 18% and I now run half marathons regularly and just completed the London Marathon at the age of 50 eh hum something… I enjoy a more balanced approach to life, thinking more positive, eating healthily and using exercise to raise my energy levels which in turn makes me feel like a stronger person inside and give me that feel good factor too!
My sessions are great fun, the service I receive is always consistent and my whole visit feels really worth while. It’s not just the exercise knowledge I need it’s the real understanding and supporting nature that makes me feel better about myself even when I come off the rails. I have been so inspired working with Mark that 7 years on I am now a qualified Personal trainer myself and now take group exercise classes to help inspire others to improve their lives as I was."
Sally Ann Protheroe (Lowestoft)
"Lorna has been amazing. Never judgemental. Always positive, friendly, welcoming, professional. I've lost nearly 2 stone since I started working with her 4 months ago and I look fantastic from the outside (so people tell me!) and have regained my previous figure. More to the point I feel fantastic inside and know that I am fit and strong as well as slimmer, which is what I wanted. And I now have a new man and was delighted to wipe the floor with him when we went cycling in Suffolk last night with my new super fit thighs - I think I need to book him in for some sessions with Lorna :) Although an injury has stopped me from running in competitive races planned, I am positive about this, and easily transferred this to some cycling challenges instead - positive life coaching approaches are so important with all of this. Thanks Lorna!"
Natasha Santos - Norwich
"As a frequent gym user I started to go through the motions, standing around chatting too much and leaving the gym feeling unfulfilled. Well I tell you what, that was 9 years ago and I have never looked back since. Having someone take a genuine interest in you and you’re goals is such a motivation. The coaching I receive gives me that try harder boost I need for my own self respect but also to make my trainer proud. A regular sports massage also ensures I don’t pick up any injuries and keeps me feeling ache free. If I am totally honest my trainer being, friendly, entertaining and faceable also helps. Hey let’s face it guys and girls you have to like and respect your personal trainer as you need something to aspire to and Mark and Lorna have bodies to die for.”
Maxine Bye (Olton Broards)
“Training with Lorna has been great fun! I have so much more energy, feel much fitter and I can’t believe how much keener I am to willingly exercise on my own at home now. I used to dread training at home always finding excuses or going to the gym because I didn't know what to do and found things so boring and not to mention intimidating! Before I started with Lorna, I disliked my body shape in particular my arms and tummy. I marjorly needed to tone myself up and lose a few pounds and really wanted to feel a much healthier person who was confident looking in the mirror and socialising. I always felt like giving up in the past but Lorna really encouraged and inspired me to keep going naturally. Lorna is a great motivator and she is not just a pretty face as she helped me to understand the way my body works and believe in myself so that I could achieve my original goals of fitting into a size 8 losing 6 and a half inches from my tummy within 5 months!” "Thanks soooooooo much Lorna"
"I quickly felt very comfortable and confident with Marks ability to help me and I find his sessions very motivational always focusing on targets and just doing things with much more vigour! I really feel as though Mark is committed to my goals and really helps encourage me to achieve them. I love the variety in my workouts and the advice out of the gym is just as if not more than important. If I had not have started working with Mark then I would still be in lots of pain with injuries trying to ignore them and plodding along doing the same old exercises and only doing enough to not make me feel guilty. I'm so much further along now over the past few months and I would gladly recommend that anyone thinking of training with these guys just get down there to meet them."
Ciaran Mccrum (Norwich)
"I couldn't even walk 5 steps since my stroke a couple of years ago. I can now walk using a stick and am much more mobile. I am much fitter than I used to be can actually enjoy doing most normal things. Obviously I wont be playing rugby anytime soon but I feel so thankful I found Mark. He is a life saver to me!!."
Ricky D (Norwich)
"I signed up with Lorna for 10 weeks of Personal Training and 10 sessions of Yoga. And I must say she is incredible. I've always been healthy, but a tough year or so meant I'd put on some weight and was feeling really low in self-confidence. Thanks to Lorna, I am now in the best shape of my life and feel super sexy.
She makes it really easy for you, helping you with nutrition and exercises to do at home and I saw incredible results after only 4 weeks of working with her. I've never been a runner, but with Lorna's help I can now run for miles and really enjoy it. She is incredibly supportive of you, and has loads of tips and ideas to keep you motivated and make things a little easier for you if you're finding it hard.
I've not only seen changes in myself, but also in some of her other clients that I know, and her results are unbelievable. If you want to lose a little weight or completely overhaul your body, Lorna is your girl. If you can imagine it, Lorna can get you there."
Kathryn Jones - Norwich