From I was a young lad, I was always that over weight kid. I had very low confidence and never had many friends.
It wasn’t until I was in my teens,sitting at 14 stone and my parents got me into a local boxing club. I trained 3 days a week and met a lot of new people who didn’t just brush me off as the fat kid who wasn’t going anywhere, 2 hard years later, sitting lean at 66kg, I won my first competition and became champion of Mid Ulster. Although it doesn’t seem like much, it meant the world to me.
I continued to train and won more fights only to be diagnosed with epilepsy and was no longer allowed to fight for medical reasons. This left me with depression, being in and out of hospital and having my life ripped away from me. My doctor had me on food supplements as my appetite was gone and as a result of this I became seriously underweight, and had no strength to go about my daily life.
Over 4 years I suffered from seizures and was afraid to leave the house in fear of something happening. Thankfully I no longer suffer from epilepsy. I woke up one day and realised things had to change.
I started a gym and spent everyday studying exercise’s and form going from having little to no strength I set my self a goal to bench, squat and deadlift certain weights and found myself over time smashing the goals I had set and kept new ones. Over the space of a year,I trained hard and tried eating as clean as I could. Friends and family began complementing me and inspired me to keep at it.
I’m now sitting at 95kg and the strongest I have ever been. it wasn’t until my friends and family began asking me to train them and asking me for tips on lifting that made me realise I wanted to be a personal trainer. I have always wanted to help people, I just never knew how I could apply this in life.
I have worked the 9 to 5 jobs and it just wasn’t for me. I was never happy and refused to believe this was all life was offering me. I was told something as a kid and it has always stuck by me –
“Find a job you love doing and you will never work a day in your life.”
I want to help those who feel like they can’t gain muscle or loose weight or maybe just need that friend I needed as a young over weight kid.
The hardest part is starting but once you do, you will realise that people do care,and you’re not alone.