A BOOTCAMP has helped an obese man get into the shape of his life by shedding a staggering 14 stones.
Armageddon Fitness has transformed Anth Hughes, who weighed in at a life-threatening 34st.
Stu Roper, 31, is the driving force behind the bootcamp and has been whipping his members into shape at his gym in Queenscourt Business Centre, on Southwick Industrial Estate.
Stu, from Seaburn, puts the success of his fitness protègés down to the group’s team mentality.
“It’s the team,” said Stu. “In the bootcamps, and even the one-to-one sessions, the clients buy into the team ethos and they support the new ones.
“There is a real sense of camaraderie and it’s their lives outside of the classes. It’s had a huge impact on these people.”
Stu utilises his background in kickboxing and martial arts to mix up each workout and keep the group on their toes.
The gang are currently planning their next physical assault – a 10-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces.
Stu said: “There’s about 14 of us signed up to do Tough Mudder. It’s basically awful and a lot of the team have never taken part in a run before, but they are all up for the challenge.”
Anth, 27, has been the fitness camp’s biggest success story yet and will be taking on Tough Mudder with Stu.
The EDF worker from Seaham weighed 34 stone just 18 months ago and now tips the scale at 19 stone and 12 pounds.
Anth’s inspiration to shed a whopping 14 stone was his impending nuptials to partner Vicky.
“I’m getting married in four weeks, so starting a new life with my partner, I want to be healthy for the future, for our family and, ofcourse, look good in my suit when I walk down the aisle,” said Anth.
“I’ve been working out with Stu for 18 months now and none of the workouts have been the same.
“You go to a normal class and it gets boring after a while.”
When Anth first joined the class he couldn’t even make it up the stairs without getting breathless, but the newly-converted workout fan is fighting fit and plans to shed a further three stones to reach his 16 stone goal weight.
“I’m not apprehensive about my honeymoon, where as I would have been in the past. I can shop in a normal store now and choose clothes because I like the way they look, not just because they fit,” said Anth.
Sunderland husband and wife team Allison and Anthony Dennis are working together to change their unhealthy habits.
Allison, 43, who works as a police officer, and Anthony, 49, a heavy goods driver, have embraced the Armageddon workouts and turned their lives around.
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