Cheryl’s Body Transformation Journey - TSquared Lab

At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with hypertension. That was my wake-up call to start paying more attention to health.

Cheryl’s Body Transformation Journey
“I feel the training program was designed and tailor-made, just for myself and to suit my fitness goals.”

Read Cheryl’s Transformation Journey

What is your name, age, and profession?

Hi, my name is Cheryl. I am 41 years old this year. And I am a fundraiser with the museum.

What made you sign up for the TSquared Lab program?

Well, when I signed up, there wasn’t so much focus on weight loss as opposed to just gaining muscle and strength. That was my main goal when I joined the gym.

Cheryl saw internal growth when training at TSquared Lab
“In my fitness journey with Afshan, I realised that you could overcome anything. I saw internal growth when training at TSquared Lab.”

Were there any challenges or struggles related to health or fitness before starting the program?

Yes, the turning point that made me sign up was when I went for my full-body check-up when I turned 40. And I realised that I was at a hypertension level of blood pressure. So that was the turning point and the push factor to sign-up for my journey to getting healthier and stronger. And knowing that Afshan was going to be my coach pushed me even further.

What is the best takeaway, either fat loss or muscle-building-wise?

I think there has been internal growth for me. Because I never stepped into the gym before this in my entire life. And I think it was primarily due to being intimidated by the machinery or the environment. But having done this and going through the journey with Afshan, I realized that you can overcome anything.

we focused on strength, the core, arms, and legs
“I am proud of my overall fitness and strength that I have achieved. But more than that I am proud of my arms and arm strength.”

How are the workouts at TSquared Lab?

My workouts are customized. So, they depend on your strength level, fitness level, and areas you want to improve. So, that’s the kind of customization we work with Afshan.

Can you describe the program your coach designed for you at TSquared Lab?

We meet twice a week. It’s a one-hour session with each other, and we focus on strength, the core, arms, and legs.

Which body part are you most proud of?

All of it, I am proud of my overall fitness and strength that I have achieved. But primarily more in the arms.

How long before you started noticing the changes in your strength and in your body?

I think I started noticing changes after two or three months. You could slowly see the changes starting to take place then.

My Coach is awesome. I think she is the reason why I agreed to take on this program in the first place
“I put in my head that I will do the fitness thing later, but it is imperative that we take care of ourselves to stay stronger from an early age and not wait till 40’s to take the first step.”

How has your coach helped you along in this journey?

My coach is awesome. I think she is the reason why I agreed to take on this program in the first place. Her life speaks volumes; in terms of, overcoming challenges and just doing the impossible. I wanted to work with someone experienced and walked the journey herself. So that really gave me the push to keep going for the last six – seven – eight months.

What is next for you in terms of health and fitness?

After going through this journey, I think the goal is to maintain, to keep on getting strong and healthy, and even watch what we eat and keep up the active lifestyle so that we don’t go back to the old ways that we started with.

Would you recommend TSquared Lab to others?

Oh yes, definitely. I think a lot of women, especially in my age category, like mothers; or women who are very busy working. And do not prioritize fitness, which I also put in my mind. But I think women in their 40s must take care of themselves early on, so they can have strength and last longer.

Any final words for your Coach?

I want to let Afshan know that I don’t think this journey would have been possible without her guidance and stories. It is more than just working out, it is also building a relationship, and I think the only way true transformation can take place is when you have trust; with the person you are working with. And I am so glad that I have that with Afshan. I want to thank her for that.


1. Cheryl educated herself:

Cheryl has great trust in her trainer. She has heard her trainer’s real-life stories and has learned a life lesson that one can overcome in any situation. That has been her takeaway besides the knowledge gained on training, recovery, and nutrition. She conditioned her mindset before learning any other aspect of fitness.

2. Cheryl was consistent:

Cheryl trained at TSquared Lab twice a week for one-hour sessions. She knew her program and she had support from her trainers. All she had to contribute was her dedication and determination to complete the program, which she brought along every time she stepped in at TSquared Lab facility. And the program did what it was supposed to do, transformed her.

3. Cheryl had support from her Personal Trainer:

Afshan and Cheryl have a deep conversation about health and Cheryl’s goals. Afshan was aware of the motivation required to get Cheryl to take the path of transformation. She pushed Cheryl to her limits and patience. She helped her understand the correlation between nutrition, mindset, and training. Communication was a key factor in providing the necessary support to Cheryl.

4. Cheryl drew inspiration from her coach’s life:

Trainers should be an inspiration to motivate clients and make them do what they think is impossible. At TSquared Lab, we have trainers who have overcome some challenging issues and have become who they are today. Cheryl drew her inspiration from her coach Afshan, who had a massive spine injury where she couldn’t stand for months. With her strong will and never-give-up attitude, she rose and pushed every bit of herself to get stronger and fitter. Today she is a trainer at TSquared Lab, and no one could say she has gone through such pain in the past.

5. Cheryl followed her program to the ‘t’:

Cheryl had a customized training program based on her strengths and body limitations. She knew the program was result-focused if she followed it step-by-step. With the help and guidance of her coach, she followed the program and achieved the desired results.

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