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Personal Trainer Gains Weight On Purpose To Understand Clients Struggle

July 15, 2015 2 min read

Drew Manning is a personal trainer and, until recently, has never struggled to lose weight. Drew grew up in a family that was fitness focused and he had always been in great shape. He played sports, ate well and perfectly fell into his fitting career as a personal trainer. But when he couldn't figure out why his more overweight clients couldn't commit to making the needed lifestyle choices in order to shed pounds, Drew became confused. His clients insisted he had no idea how hard it was to make a change because he had never been in their position. So Drew decided to put himself there. He gained weight on purpose so he could finally understand the struggle of his clients. Drew began consuming a fairly average American diet of fast food, processed meals, added sugar and soda. Over six months, Drew saw how the weight packed on and he gained 70 pounds. He also experienced a heavy emotional toll in which he had not prepared himself for. His self-esteem plummeted, he felt judgements from people and began to hide his naked body from his wife. Drew lost the weight again after his experiment, but it was much harder than he assumed it would be. He used to feel like working out was easy and natural, but this hurt and exhausted him. As a personal trainer who now understands what weight loss is like, Drew recommends finding a support system through your journey. From a friend group to an online community, having support is his number one key to success. What do you think of Drew's experiment? Share your thoughts with us! Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_98507" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat snapcode @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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