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Sergio da Costa, 30, Joburg
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As a teenager I was always active. I participated in a lot of different sports and found it difficult to gain weight, but when I left school I started to slack. I ended up living off junk food, and inactivity and boredom took the place of fitness. I joined a local gym and embarked on a weight training programme, but I didn’t change my eating habits and I didn’t see the results I wanted. I was careless with healthy living and I made fun of myself. I would focus on my personality more than my looks.
By 2011 my weight had spiraled to 132kg and my health was totally out of control. Simple tasks like tying a shoelace or getting up from a chair, were done with great effort. Climbing stairs was a defintite “no” (I would opt for an escalator), and I had difficulty being mobile. I made a decision to employ a personal trainer, Beulah Strydom from The Winning Edge Gym. I asked her to transform my body, to change my bad eating habits, to train me to get fit and most of all to restore my confidence and appearance. Being a hardcore trainer, she said she would train me on one condition: that I didn’t fail her and disappoint myself, or waste her valuable time.
Our game plan was on. We shifted our focus to corrective eating: six to eight smaller meals daily, drinking lots of water and training five days a week. I also went to Marc Herhert, owner of Gorilla Warfare, for some high intensity interval Tabata training, Olympic lifts and some boxing training.
I have become a spokesperson for fitness, health and nutrition. I can now, with personal education, help others who are experiencing what I have been through and guide them on a healthy lifestyle. This is the best I have ever felt in my life and the best I ever looked, and that has boosted my confidence.
I lost 40kg in 10 months and my body fat dropped from 28% to 11%. This process restored my confidence and has motivated me to become a CrossFit coach/trainer. I hope to compete in the CrossFit games in 2014 and to be the Face of Fitness. I am not embarrassed and I am not the fat guy with the great personality anymore!