It’s been a while since we have written a body transformation feature, so we were delighted when John Hodgson contacted us last week.
His story may seem familiar, but it’s all the more impressive when you realise what he went through.
Life threatening illness? PAH!
We’d LOVE to hear your story too. So if you have a tale we’d be interested in, make sure you send us a message, either on social media, or in the comments section below.
What is your fitness background?
I’ve always been involved with sport, with football being my passion, but after an injury to my knee in 2008, I could no longer continue and just kept active through cardio based activities. It wasn’t until January 2012 that I picked up weight training and bodybuilding.
Why did you decide to transform your body?
After some very serious health problems that left me on life support, I gained a lot of weight and it wasn’t until I saw a picture on Facebook where I said “enough was enough”, and I’ve been going to the gym ever since.
What was your training like?
Originally I was fairly clueless and spent all my time on the machines, doing an hour of cardio a day to lose the excess weight. It took me a good six months to start hitting the weights and now I do a six day split and train intensely for one hour at a time.
What was your diet like?
Just like my training really. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was doing at the start. I began by eating healthily and cutting carbs out of my diet. Once I got qualified to be a personal trainer my diet and approach radically improved and started using macro-nutrient timing to the best I could.
What supplements did you use?
I use a range of suppleness at different stages of dieting, BCAA’s, protein powder, multivitamins and fish oils are a staple all year round. When I’m cutting down I use L-carnitine and when I’m bulking I use creatine, pre workouts are used sparingly as and when I need them.
How has your lifestyle changed?
I used to spend every weekend in the pub with my mates drinking and eating nutritionally poor food from takeaways. Nowadays, I structure my day around my gym sessions, it gives me energy, consistently and a sense of achievement that keeps me going day to day.
What challenges did you face?
Back in 2011 I got a very bad infection that spread to my vital organs and nearly killed me, I had pericarditis of the heart, pleurisy on my lungs, my liver functions were off the chart and my kidneys were failing. The doctors gave me a 20% chance of making it, but here I am. Still giving it everything!!!
How do you feel about your transformation?
I’m really proud of how far I have come, not only physically, but also mentally. I’m now a fully qualified PT and have an advanced diploma in nutrition, and I spend my days changing people’s lives through health and fitness.
What are your plans for the future?
My main aim is to open my own personal training studio so that I have a permanent location to help people, and going forward I would also like to step on stage and compete, although I have no idea when haha!
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