SHEDDING stones has given Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon a new lease of life and passport to a new career.
The Sunderland man, who was earlier this year crowned ITV’s Biggest Loser, when millions tuned in to see him lose more than 12st in just six months, has set himself a new target to open a business as a fitness instructor.
Kevin, 39, was the show’s heaviest ever contestant when weighing in at 32st 2lb, but, through hard work and determination, he shed 40 per cent of his body weight to win the show and has continued to lose weight.
The Seaburn man vowed he would never again go back to his old eating habits and sedentary lifestyle and is now going one step further to making health and fitness his job.
Kevin has been studying with Houghton-based Absorb Fitness, which provides training for fitness instructors and is working towards his Level 2 qualifications in both gym instructor and circuit training.
Kevin said: “The support and advice I’ve been given has been fantastic. Ultimately, I want to work with small groups of people who, like me, have a desire to change their life.
“I firmly believe that everyone has the ability to change their lifestyle if they really want to.
“The training that Absorb Fitness is providing is giving me the tools, qualifications and techniques to professionally help other people and if I can help just one person to turn their life around I will be happy.”
The former property developer has also roped in his 24-year-old niece and partner on the Biggest Loser, Amy McLernon from South Shields, who was runner-up when she shed 7st.
Amy said: “I’m doing a gym instructor course and also hope to have a career in the fitness industry. The course is fun, hard work and very educational. It’s helping me to prepare for my future at the same time as keeping me fit.”
Absorb Fitness course director, Kim Wells, who runs the business with fellow instructor Stephen Smith, said: “Kevin is definitely not a loser, he ’s one of the most inspirational people that we have worked with.
“We consider him a winner and his determination, focus and drive will make him an excellent fitness instructor when he qualifies.”