Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Scott McMartin

Meet Scott McMartin, Aged 47, from Larbert, Stirlingshire, and his amazing transformation story.

Before Scott’s Transformation

I was mentally and emotionally in a place where I kind of accepted the size i was, as that was what I was supposed to just be.  I wasn’t happy with how I looked and didn’t like looking in mirrors or seeing my reflection in shop windows etc.  I tried every diet going, some with some success than others, but always only lasted a few months, maybe for a holiday, then put weight on, on holiday and then struggled to get the weight off.

Physically I suffered from a sore back, sore right knee, and sore feet, looking back most of these were weight related.  I also had severe high blood pressure that I had to take medication for, but it still wasn’t getting into the normal range.

My main sport was playing golf, but being severely overweight meant that my back, knee and feet would get sore, and my game as affected for the last 3 or 4 holes due to being tired.

Transformation - Scott McMartin

Scott’s Amazing Transformation Story

In January 2015 I started ‘Slimming World’, I lost 1.5 stone till February but then the weight slowed down but I was only going to the gym maybe 2 times a week, but not training hard and doing the same old routine I had done for the last 15 years or so.  In March I decided that with a holiday to Tenerife in the April that I needed to increase my gym time and started for the first time in my life going to the gym in the morning before work and at lunch or after work too.  I also did my first ever Circuits class, after a 2 weeks of increased gym time I had lost 3 lb, and know that this was the answer.  I even went to the gym when on holiday every second day!

On return from my holiday I decided that it was time to get a Personal Trainer on the 13th June I had my first initial assessment session with Jane Ainslie of Xercise4less Falkirk.  I had always been sceptical of Personal Trainers as felt “I didn’t need some fit person to me I was unfit, I already knew that”.  How wrong was I? I have never looked back since started with a personal trainer.

I started with one PT session a week along with my new PT Program, I also started gradually attending more classes, like HIIT, as well as Circuits.  In June I increased my PT Sessions to 2 per week.

On 10th August my PT took over my Nutrition and I stopped Slimming World and moved to Macros. Along with myfitnesspal for my food logging. I also started Using a FitBIT Charge HR to log my calorie burn, so now I was logging calories In and out.

Mentally I had completedlt altered my attitude to food, exercise and weight loss. Although weight loss per week was my goal, I was now measuring body fat% and muscle %, as well has how my clothes felt on me ( I am now onto my 3rd wardrobe!).  I have averaged 1.5Lb lost per week during the whole 51 week period, (incl wee blips for holidays), some weeks more some week less.

Keeping Consistent

I managed to keep consistent by a complete change in my mind set to health, fitness and food.  The success was breeding success, I didn’t want to let myself down, or my PT.  Jane was and still is a constant help 24/7 with support and help when I need it.  I feel that without Jane no way would I have achieved so much.

I recognised that alcohol was wasted calories with n nutritional benefit, I wasn’t that much of a drinker before, but I completed have cut out all alcohol in the home and even if out socially I still drink but cut down and limit my intake.

Consistent gym session with a mix of Weight, PT Session, HIIT/Circuits and Cardio work works and helps me to keep the weight coming off along with the body fat% and the muscle growth. I go to the gym in average 8 to 9 times per week, 6 days a week with a Saturday as my rest day.

Using myfitnesspal and my Fitbit also keeps me consistent by measuring daily what goes I verses what I burn.

Scott’s Amazing Results

I am not finished yet, as still want to lose another 1.5 stone and get rid of some wobbly bits around stomach, chest and thighs, but I have lost 5 stone 2 lb in 51 weeks.  Went from 46” waist trousers to a 38”, chest from 52” to 46”.  My Blood pressure is now consistently in the normal range, although still on medication my Doctor and practice nurse are delighted.

I am starting to get muscle tone on my shoulders, arms and calfs which I never ever thought I would see.  This now drives me to keep going into 2016 and get to my target weight (14 Stone 2 lb) and then keep working on getting muscle definition on chest and abs!

It makes me feel proud of myself for the first time in decades, I used to feel that I was the fat husband/dad to my wife and 2 boys, and an embracement to them. I wasn’t in their eyes I was just their dad. But to me I felt bad. I now enjoy buying normal clothes and was delighted when could buy clothes without an x anywhere on them!

Comments from people I haven’t met in ages are the best motivator to keep working hard, as they got a bit of a shock!  Also my gym pals at Xercise4less in Falkirk keeps me on track and also others at Falkirk who are working hard to improve themselves for the better.

Scott’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

Believe in yourself, start slowly and don’t give up when nothing happens some weeks, just believe you are doing the right thing and the weight will start to come off.  Exercise AND diet are key. One on its own won’t work.  I’m honestly not sure if it really is 80% diet, 20% exercise I think it’s a closer balance than that if I’m honest.

Do weights as well as Cardio, Cardio alone I don’t believe will work long term. More muscle means more calorie burn doing your everyday job/life.

Try classes they are hard but good fun, and good comradery in them.  The classes help make friends who all help each other with their personal challenges ahead.

Use a food logger/databse as well as a fitness band. To track food in and calorie burn

Enjoy yourself gym variety will keep you from getting bored.

If you can invest in a Personal Trainer, they are worth the weekly charge over and over again. They keep you motivated, on track and ensure you are training safely.

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Jesse McClure (Storage Hunters)

You may recognise Jesse McClure from the TV Show Storage Hunters, but you haven’t seen him looking like this. This is Jesse McClure’s transformation story!

Before Jesse From Storage Hunters’ Transformation (…perhaps not his real name)

“I was drained all the time. I was definitely lazy and had really erratic sleeping patterns.”

Jesse McClure’s Amazing Transformation Story With Prestige Fitness

“I trained with the best!

I started getting personal training at Prestige Fitness. We looked into every aspect of my life style and goals. We made a clear plan how where I wanted to be and how to get there. I changed my diet from I eat just for practical, to a structured bespoke eating plan designed entirely to drop body fat and build muscle.

Mentality – I enjoyed exercise for the first time in years and this is only a credit to the personal training. I also did a lot of running, approximately 2 long runs of 8 miles a week.

To keep consistent, I kept making appointments with my trainer.”

Jesse McClure Storage Hunters Transformation Prestige Fitness

Jesse’s Transformation Results

“I’ve lost over 60 pounds
I’ve changed the way I look completely
I’ve changed the way I feel about food and training
I’ve improved my fitness and strength levels to the best in my life.

I just can’t describe how it feels right now. Everyone I meet says: “Wow, you made a serious transformation dude!”

Jesse’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

“Work your ass off. Be constant, be disciplined and find out what works for you. It isn’t a race, you should enjoy the ride.”

Thanks,
Jesse McClure

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Kirsty Cains

Meet Kirsty Caines, 23 years old, from Bristol. This is Kirsty’s transformation story!

Before Kirsty’s Transformation

I felt very down about my physical appearance and had no self confidence. I gained weight over a long time so didn’t notice at first. It wasn’t until I saw a picture of myself I realised I needed to do something.
Booking a holiday was my goal. I wanted to lose first, before I left.

Kirsty’s Transformation Story

I started by reducing my portion sizes and increased my cardio. Once I’d lost some weight it gave me the determination to carry on. I started running which really helped with my weight loss. I didn’t follow any diet plans i.e slimming world. Just maintained a healthy diet and exercise. Now I’ve got my weight off, I’ve started to have a personal trainer (Selina Scott) which had changed my body shape again.
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Seeing a noticeable difference in my body was enough to make me want to keep it up. Mentally I was in a good place.
My start weight was 10st 10lbs. My current weight is 8st 6lbs!
I felt so much more comfortable in myself and had more self confidence. I feel I can now wear what I want rather then think am I’m too big too wear this. I’m mentally in a good place now and still very committed to training.

Kirsty’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

Set your goals to a realistic goal so you don’t get fed up. You need to want to loose weight to stay committed.
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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Stephanie Best

Meet Stephanie Best, 35 years old, from Whitburn, Tyne and Wear. This is Stephanie’s amazing transformation story.

Before Stephanie’s Transformation

Before my transformation I was really unhappy and extremely lacking in confidence.  I stopped going out with friends and family and instead hibernated in the house because I felt like everyone was judging me for my size.

Clothes shopping was my worst nightmare – I felt humiliated having to go to the plus size section and would quite often get really upset afterwards.

My health also suffered, just walking up the stairs would leave me breathless and eventually a health scare forced me to see how dangerously overweight I actually was.

Stephanie Best Transformation Story Athlete Nutrition SFN EXPO

Stephanie’s Amazing Transformation Story

I created a physical goal of walking to the summit of Ben Nevis. I researched using social media accounts of athletes for supplements that would help my weight loss goal and for healthy recipes.

I used a combination of a healthy nutrition plan supplemented with the Athlete Nutrition (insta: @an_supplements) Shred Stack and kettlebell workouts.

I then started on a training and nutrition plan by Liam Holder from Urban Training PT (insta: @urbantrainingpt).  Liam put together a full training and nutrition plan for me which is now not only helping me to lose weight but to transform my body in the gym and at home with kettlebells.

I had my heart set on being able to walk to the summit of Ben Nevis – I put pictures around the house of Ben Nevis to remind me what I was working toward.  I also had an extremely supportive family who helped me by keeping junk food out of the house.  It hasn’t been easy but every struggle has been worth it.

I’m still working on my overall body transformation but I am now at a healthy weight after losing 9 stone. I attend the gym 4 times a week and use kettlebells at home twice a week.  I also achieved my dream and reached the summit of Ben Nevis.

I feel fantastic now that I have lost weight.  My confidence is returning and more importantly I feel like myself again.

Stephanie’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

Be patient – transformations take time, effort and consistency – they don’t happen overnight or within a few weeks.  Use social media to your advantage.  Without the help I had from social media to begin with I know I wouldn’t have achieved half as much as what I have done.  I would also recommend if your budget allows finding a coach – my coach Liam has been amazing and supportive and has really helped me when my weight loss started to plateau.

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Shani McDonald

My name is Shani and I am 15 weeks out from my first bikini competition.

Shani’s Amazing Transformation

I started my fitness journey november 2014 after I quit smoking to prevent further weight gain.  I never intended on being committed to fitness as it was never something that stuck.
When I started seeing progress I became addicted.  I lost 2 stone in one month.

I didn’t have a lot of knowledge so I was a cardio bunny, never lifted any weights and thought carbs were the devil.
I didn’t start lifting until around April, thats when knowledge of food and supplements started to kick in.
Since then I became a massive fan of lifting weights. My favourite day is back day because of deadlifts.

Shani’s Accountability, Support & Results

A massive band of support followed from the team at Athlete Nutrition when I joined them in July.  It was actually a fellow ambassador that referred me to the transformation of the year.

Shani McDonald Transformation Story Fitness SFN EXPO
Also family and friends are singing their praises which is overwhelming and means so much.

Since November I am 36 kilos down and building muscle so i expect my weight will go up slightly but i honestly don’t care.
For the first time in my life I feel happy within myself.  I feel healthy.  I have a MUCH better relationship with food.  I don’t run out of breath running for the bus anymore.
I want to help spread the good word about healthy living so in the new year I plan on getting a personal training qualification so I can help others because it CAN be done.

If someone would have told me mid november last year that I would lose so much weight and become a fitness enthusiast who would be prepping to step on stage in a bikini, I would have laughed in their face and turned over in my bed.

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Nathan Peel

Meet Nathan Charles Peel, 35yrs old, from a small village called Waddington which is in Lancashire. This is his excellent transformation story!

Before Nathan’s Transformation

To start with, I was not in a very good place emotionally.  I had all intentions of taking part in my 2nd successful USN 12 week challenge in the January.  However, suffering the death of my best friend’s fiancé on Boxing Day 2014 and then also losing my Grandma (who raised me from the age of 7) shortly after, the start of the year was dreadful.

Having been in some kind of reasonable shape the year before, I disappointingly let myself go, and despite signing onto the 12 week challenge, I disgracefully kept letting my coach down and found myself back in the pub more than the gym.  It had got to the point where my wife was dragging me to classes and I was starting to ruin everything I had previously worked toward in my 1st USN BMC at the start of 2014.

Physically, my BF% was creeping back up to the 20% mark, my complexion and self-esteem had dropped right off.  I was doing little or no activity.

It was only one Friday evening around March time, when I actually dragged myself to the gym at which point I met Kerrie Donaghy.  The meeting totally changed my life, and from that day forward, my main aim was to get in the best shape I could ever be.

Nathan Peel USN Body Makeover Challenge Transformation SFN EXPO

Nathan’s Amazing Transformation Story

To start with, I wasn’t clear exactly what my goals were.  This was because I didn’t have the knowledge to know what my body could be; I didn’t know about correct form and extremely little knowledge about what it would take nutritionally to achieve what it was I didn’t know I was aiming for!!!!

Luckily, my coach Ben Dewhurst was amazing.  He guided me nutritionally, and taught me a lot about using correct form and about pushing myself physically and also mentally.  I worked hard in the gym, and prepared myself mentally for each session as if I was taking part in competition.

I even started running, and took part in a 10K race for a charity in aide of my mate’s fiancé.  This was something I had never done before; I posted a <50nin time which I was quite proud of.  Another achievement was breaking the world record for the most amount deadlifted in 12 hours.

I started to use carbs as a tool and really worked on eating more, which until that point I didn’t realise was the thing to do.  I also began to base my training around the Neil Hill Y3T methods which was extremely helpful as it forced me out of my comfort zone.  The strength and size gains were amazing, and also my fatigue levels were improved.

Portion management and calorie counting became a staple part of my routine, and towards the latter half of the year, really began to learn what macros were and how they affected me physically.

Finally, as it was approaching November, I was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in a USN photo shoot.  I had to get my body prepared for this, so started to reduce my carb and calorie intake.  I also started working on an area of my body that had previously been left redundant; my abs and core!!!  It was hard work, but eventually, they started to show, and come the time of the photo shoot, I was relatively happy.

How Nathan Stayed Consistent

I kept my focus on the photo shoot, and made working out a priority outside of work.  My wife was, and continues to be the most supportive person ever.  Knowing what I was like prior to being so involved in fitness, it makes us both happier; eating cleaner and not drinking so much.  It made me a better person, and if I ever had a bad day, I would bottle up all my energy and use it in the gym.  I started to go to the gym religiously, and as such, everybody around me started to become really encouraging.  They even tagged on, and since I have really got into it, we started up a member’s forum and now I constantly share with others what I have learnt……knowing that other people are taking notice of your change is massively encouraging, and as such, there was a drive to remain consistent even from them.

Locally, people were mentionin my change in physique; people who before, had never even known who I was…..it was an amazing feeling, and one that spurred me on even more.

What Was The End Goal You Achieved?

I managed to get my relative Body fat from around 17-20% down to about 7%.  I also managed to develop my physique so that it was more defined.  In the end, I wanted to look good, and for me, the final result was something that both my wife and I was happy with.

It still feels amazing to have transformed.  It has changed my mind set totally.  I have changed from a person who looked in on the fitness world and didn’t understand why people were so into it, into a person who wants to focus on fitness and fitness related goals moving forward.

Nathan’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

For me, the USN 12 week challenge is definitely a starting point.  The help and guidance I received from the team at USN was mind blowing.  I have to just say to people, that if I could do it, then they can.  People already ask for nutritional advice now, what products to use and best techniques to use in the gym, so in essence, I am feeding them the advice they need to transform.

The biggest thing I would say to people though is that it takes hard work and dedication; it doesn’t happen overnight, and to not feel too dispondant when things don’t change as quickly as you want.  The end goal is what matters, and if they work hard enough, they will achieve their goals!!!

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Naomi Johnson

Meet Naomi Johnson, 30 years old, from Bristol. This is her amazing transformation story!

Before Naomi’s Transformation

I was very over weight which affected my confidence in work and outside work. I was very shy, quiet and insecure

I wanted to lose weight and feel good about myself and needed help on how to eat the right things. I turned to a personal trainer for some help and guidance.

Naomi Johnson weight loss transformation story

I managed to keep consistent with the help my personal trainer and help from family and friends to keep me motivated.

My aim was to lose the weight and help to keep it off, which I achieved.

It made me feel more confident, happy about myself and less quiet.

Naomi’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

Go and get help and guidance it does work because they do not judge on what you look like.

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Jennifer Underwood

Meet Jennifer Underwood, aged 32, from Edinburgh. This is her amazing transformation story!

Before Jennifer’s Transformation

I had been through a period of significant stress (work related) which had taken a massive impact on my health. I was suffering from gallstones, a stomach ulcer and bad anxiety. I was lucky to find a new job which put me in a great place emotionally. Feeling happier in some ways, I suddenly realised my weight was a problem. I was always an active person but I found myself struggling with things that I previously found easy. I also began to feel invisible appearance wise and had to “make do” with clothes that fit rather than to suit my tastes. The last straw came when I found myself panicking if I would fit into aeroplane seats.

I came to the realisation that I couldn’t deny that I was far too big. My body was holding me back from the fun seeking, adventurous life I wanted to lead.

Jennifer’s Amazing Transformation Story

I had always found the idea of bodybuilding transforming the female physique fascinating. Previously a cardio queen, running and cycling regularly, I had a feeling lifting weights would be the way forward for me. I felt shy to say this as it seemed ridiculous for a female several stones overweight..

I also had to address my diet as I was increasingly filling my body with junk and too big portions! I would run 10k and then stuff my face with sugar filled food for the rest of the day!

Desperate to change, I would then try starvation diets to lose pounds fast.

In January 2015, I joined a friendly functional gym near my house. They had everything for the nervous but aspiring bodybuilder!

I decided straight away that I needed proper assistance so I hired a personal trainer.

I tried one trainer initially but finally came across Sheona Lindsay, who joined my gym in March. A competing bodybuilder herself, she immediately understood my goals of building muscle and stripping fat. She writes my programme every month and adapts my macros as necessary. The plan I follow allows me to enjoy life and meals out but also see changes.

I quickly built up a group of friends at my gym who were genuinely interested in helping me improve. Hearing their praise each week really kept me going.

Someone told me a quote- “you take on the lifestyle of the people you surround yourself with.” With that in mind, I surrounded myself with people devoted to fitness and lifting.

I also decided against taking small steps- I threw myself into bodybuilding style training four times a week and read everything I could on the subject. I begged people to constantly check my form as I couldn’t bear the thought of wasting my effort doing it wrong!

Jennifer Underwood Inspirational Transformation Story

Jennifer’s Transformation Results

From January to November, I went from 15 stones and 7 pounds to 10 stones 10 pounds.

I am able to deadlift more than my bodyweight, bench press at least two thirds of my body weight and do high intensity sets of sprinting/burpees and other horrible things!

It’s taken me several months to work on my squatting technique (involving a lot of frustrating unloading to improve technique) but I can now back squat around 50kg. This seems a massive achievement to me as I couldn’t seem to even manage the bar for such a long time!

It sounds corny but it feels absolutely amazing! I am now living the adventures that I dreamed off. I can now count freestyle wrestling as one of my favourite pastimes. I have also recently plucked up the courage to try professional wrestling and Olympic weight lifting!

Instead of waking up bloated and hungover on a Saturday morning, I rush out of bed to grapple with fully grown men on the wrestling mats or I head to the gym to try to beat my lifting PBs! Lifting weights and wrestling does wonders for confidence- every woman needs to try this.

I have even bigger goals for 2016, this is just the beginning and I’m making up for lost time!

Jennifer’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

Find something that sparks your interest fitness wise- for me it was bodybuilding and it still fires me up now a year on. You need to love something to get out of bed at 6am for it!

Do your research on gyms.  I knew I needed a community of like minded people where I’d look forward to going. Some people prefer an anonymous setting. Find what works for your personality.

I kept it in my mind that today was the worst I was going to look (weight/body wise). It may sound negative but it really helped me put my choices into perspective. That box of cookies today will make your future self look worse. That heavy going lifting session will make your future self look better!

Personally I need structure for improvement- plan your meals carefully in advance, plan when you will fit in your gym sessions and constantly look to improve your performance (ie lift heavier!)

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Joanne Hetherington

Meet Joanne Hetherington, Age 36, from Newcastle Upon Tyne. This is her incredible transformation story!

Before Joanne’s Transformation

To be honest before I began my journey I was in a really dark place I had just broken up with my boyfriend and had my heart ripped out, so I just turned to food and alcohol every day to numb the pain and try and get on with my life as best I could.

I was at my heaviest at 11 stone and size 12 but bordering on a size 14 and for me being a short girl at 5’4 I didn’t carry it too well. I was always conscious of my arms and photographs taken, so if someone did take a picture of me I was always saying ‘give me a look at it do I look fat’. I hated that and was so disappointed in the pics.

I had let myself go. I wasn’t always that big I was a size 8 right up until my 30’s and I had 3 kiddies by then too.

Joanne Hetherington Transformation Alcoholic Fitness

Joanne’s Amazing Transformation Story

The drink and alcohol did work for a while but I knew deep down I needed to sort myself out I just seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. I used to sit and look at other fitness models and think id love to look like that but even saying that when I began my journey this wasn’t my plan to look like one. I just wanted to lose the weight and get back to the old me.

First year of my journey I did very well, I cut out the alcohol and changed my eating habits.

I lost all the weight I had planned to do so by training most days and eating clean. It wasn’t easy and still to this day I will advise people it’s a battle and its true. To control what goes on your plate 24 hours a day and  To drag your back side out of bed 4-5am when its cold and dark and go to the gym alone 5-6 days a week that takes dedication, and that’s what I became. Dedicated.

I got myself involved with various groups on Facebook and Instagram and because of my own personal results I found that helped inspire others like myself. The fear of going back to how I was helped me stay consistent and kept that driven within me, it was therapy for me also I do believe that helped me a great deal and still does.

Then one of the guys who works within the bodybuilding industry messaged me saying ‘Jo now u have the weight off why don’t u go for it, start weight training, dial in on your diet more and those fitness models you look up to could be you one day’, and that’s what I did I started weight training with other people in the industry, I absolutely loved the change that began over the next year.

I looked and felt so much better for it, I went abroad to turkey in Oct 2015 and some local guy seen me walk past and he shouted ‘hey I have seen your pics on Instagram u look great’, that will live with me forever that moment, it was funny as hell and surreal. A total stranger thousands of miles away recognised me walking along the road for what I have done with my transformation… I felt fantastic. No words.

Joanne’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

The best advice I would give somebody who wants to transform their body is to keep pushing every day, try and always remember the reasons why they have chosen to do this, as you don’t know who is watching you and who your inspiring. Keep going.

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Transformation’s of the Year 2015: Mankit Cheung

 

Meet Mankit Cheung, 25 years old, from Glasgow. This is his incredible transformation story. 

Before Mankit Cheung’s Transformation

Before my transformation I was emotionally neutral in day to day life, I didn’t feel too much either here nor there, but I had desires to accomplish bigger things, things that I could never do in that current state. I had a feeling of ambition inside me, but felt I lacked the power to do them. Above all else, I wasn’t where I wanted to be physically. I was over 300lbs and felt horrible in everyday life. 

Mankit’s Amazing Transformation Story

I changed my lifestyle from one of excess and gluttony, to one of swimming, and gym-going. I took up many things like food prepping, and nutrition and exercise researching. My personality allowed me to be very calculated and precise with my plans to go forward, so in that sense I had a head start.

I started by using the MyFitnessPal app, and by writing down all my numbers in the gym and during my swims, and I would also do regular weigh-ins and again, write down all my stats.

Mankit Cheung Transformation Story Personal Trainer PT Glasgow

The end result is to be able to do a half marathon, the great scottish swim, and also a tough mudder. I am also now a Personal Trainer trained by Bodycore, where I can apply the knowledge I’ve gained to help other people.

I felt unstoppable, now I can finally say I have the ability to do whatever I want. If I want to go for a run, I can, if I want to go to the gym, I have the confidence and knowledge.

Mankit’s Advice For You & Your Transformation

You have one body, and one life. Don’t let it go to waste. You owe it to yourself.

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