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Jason Hensley McDonald

Jason Hensley McDonald has lost an unbelievable 21 stone in just two years.  Here’s what he had to say:

“I joined Lifestyle Fitness in Manchester when it first opened but never went. I'm sure many people can relate to paying every month for a gym membership that never gets used. I eventually started taking my diet, exercise and general lifestyle seriously on the 17th February 2014.  In the first year I lost 14stone, in year 2 so far I have lost a further 7 stone. At my biggest I had a 70 inch waist, now it’s 36 inches. When I started at Lifestyle Fitness I was massive. I couldn't walk very far before my back would seize up and I would be in absolute agony but I just had to stick with it. My workout routine was simple - I split my sessions in half. Half weights, half cardio. I didn’t follow any programme; I just stuck to the basics - lifted some weights and walked on the treadmill. I walked on the treadmill for as long as I could every session. When I first started it was 5/10 min before I couldn't do anymore, then eventually it got longer and longer, the pace got faster, the incline got steeper and now I will run for over an hour no problem. I did Manchester 10K last year and I intend to do it again this year.

It’s about small continuous improvements. Little by little you get there; you just have to keep going. No matter how hard it is keep going. Yes you're in pain, yes it hurts, but you can't stop. You have to keep going. You have to remember why you started and constantly remind yourself why you're putting yourself through so much. I think that applies for anything in life!

When I look back at where I have come from and where I am now, I feel proud above anything. Proud of myself. Losing weight as cliché as it sounds has helped me gain confidence, pride and happiness which all lead to me finding the girl of my dreams. I didn’t realise how much everything is made harder by being overweight. My life is completely different now, everything is so much easier. I wanted to prove to myself I had the will power and motivation to turn my life around, it was a challenge I set myself. I thought if I can do this by myself then I can do anything.

If I may I would like to give a special mention to the personal trainer John in the Manchester branch. Even though he has never trained me he has ALWAYS been more than willing to help me the past year or so. He has given up his time to chat over a few ideas with me and give me little pointers to help me. He has helped me a lot. I would also like to thank the members of Lifestyle Fitness Manchester. People have this stigma of a gym that its full of muscle men who intimidate new members or stare and make people feel uncomfortable and inferior. That’s not been my experience at all. In my experience people have ALWAYS been very encouraging. Complete strangers came up to me when I first started and told me to stick with it and to motivate me.”

David Harris

“After suffering from a TIA mini stroke at nearly 29 stone, I was told I had no choice but to lose weight. I took on a healthy diet and joined Lifestyle Fitness, doing lots of cardio and managed to lose a life-changing 16 stone! I was incredibly happy, however my dramatic weight loss left me with a lot of excess skin. After consulting my doctor, they told me the NHS could not help me unless I kept my BMI at 25 for a whole year- for me this meant I had to maintain my weight at 12 stone 6lbs. I did manage to maintain my weight for the year and they took all of my excess skin.

A year later I have kept off all the weight and I am addicted to the gym! I train every day, sometimes twice a day, and I love it! My advice to anyone starting out is just to make that step of joining the gym. Start off with just 30 minutes of cardio a day and gradually increase your time the more you go. Look at what your eating habits are- cut out bread and fried food and just continue to motivate yourself.

I suffer with severe depression and anxiety and was really nervous about going to the gym for the first time- but I had no choice. I was morbidly obese and when I had my TIA mini stroke that was the wake up call for me. I wanted to be around for my children. My daughter was only 7 years old at the time and I thought I would love to be able to run around, kick a ball and play games and now my life has actually changed for the best. Onwards and upwards from here!"

Rebecca Simms

"I feel great, I have lost 4 & a half stone in just 5 months at the gym. I go to the gym and do my own workouts 3 times a week and do 3 classes a week. I feel more confident as a person but most importantly to me I feel healthier and fitter, along side with a great eating plan I seem to be achieving weight loss I never ever thought I would. I have battled with my weight my entire life & never seem to lose the weight. I would always lose and little then pile it back on, but I really feel this time is different and I am so happy and proud of how far I have come. I still have a long way to go but I am definitely getting closer."

We asked Rebecca what exercise she does each week;

"I do 1 hour cardio and about 25 mins weights, and 3 sets of 20 sit ups everyday at home. In the gym I do 15 mins on the stepper at level 8, 15 mins on the treadmill at 5.5 speed and 8% incline (no holding on) 10 mins rower, 10 mins on the arm machine and 10 mins cross trainer, I just work my arms and legs on the weights."


"My fitness journey started during my second year of university when I joined the riding club and sadly discovered that I was too heavy for the available horses. In the hopes of losing some weight, I joined Lifestyle Fitness.

From the beginning, I decided to get a Personal Trainer because I knew weight loss would be extremely difficult without proper guidance and discipline. I started working out with Sally 2 times a week and then increased the frequency to 3 times a week.

On top of that, I also went to the gym every day of the week by myself in an effort to sustainably achieve my goal. Maintaining focus, I kept to this workout schedule without fail. All along, throughout the journey, Sally helped not only perfect a dietary plan to follow but also put me through incessant various intense cardio circuit workouts coupled with weight training. We worked on improving form, technique, and mobility.

As the months went by the desired positive changes didn't fail to appear. Not only did the body fat decrease but I also started to become leaner through weight based training sessions.

With time passing by I started to care less about the number on the scales and more about the number of the weights. My long-term goal became about increasing strength and building confidence in my workouts. [Cristinas Transformation!]

None of this would have been possible without the unlimited support and guidance of my PT. I am very happy and grateful for having had the opportunity to discover a talent and build a passion for something I didn't know anything about prior to joining the gym. As well as getting me in shape it got me feeling good about myself, looking healthier and also improved my posture.

Looking back now I realise that being able to sculpt your own body is the key element that empowers and provides confidence; therefore I will continue in the pursuit, with the horseback riding postponed indefinitely."

Stephen Heron

"Scary to think that this time two years ago I was 32 stone weight, a wheelchair user from birth suffering from type 2 diabetes, my eyesight was starting to fade and I was suffering from very bad pressure sores which had already caused me to be bed bound for two stints of six months in bed, with a very bleak/short lived future ahead of me. If I hadn't taken myself in hand when I did it would be safe to say I wouldn't be here writing this short biography as we speak. I did the unthinkable for someone disabled in a wheelchair and against all odds and against what all the naysayers and doctors were saying I overcame and achieved."

"I became very knowledgeable in nutrition and trained hard with lots of blood sweat and tears at times in the gym to the best of my ability, adapting exercises to suit my individual strengths and needs accordingly. Taking a very strong interest in the industry I then took it upon myself to become qualified in the industry and now work full time as a Personal Trainer in a brilliant gym Lifestyle Fitness in Ballymena, Northern Ireland specialising in Obesity and Diabetes. I have since helped numerous others to shed their own fat and detract their Diabetes Type 2.”

Abbey Blackburn

At my heaviest I was 19 stone - the challenges were not even being able to walk without stopping to catch my breath. Looking in the mirror at myself getting bigger and feeling how am I ever going to lose this now.

Being a 'big mum' to Elliott and worrying I will lose my boyfriend Zac was my motivation to start on my fitness challenge!

  • I can now chase my little boy Elliott around the garden and not feel out of breath
  • When I go out with friends I am no longer the 'fat one'
  • I can run 10k and I'm so so proud of that

The enjoyment I get from exercising and feeling that buzz is just amazing!

I have been a member of Lifestyle Fitness Stoke for just over a year and have achieved amazing results - thank you, thank you, thank you...

Liz Fleming

I joined Lifestyle Fitness Burnley and met Rumer (Personal Trainer) in January.

I was very unhappy and overweight having piled on 2 stone in 12 months.

Rumer showed me that dieting / fad diets weren't the way forward and instead a lifestyle change was. I now love the gym! - especially weight training - deadlifts, squats etc. which I would have never have dreamed of doing before.

I still have a way to go but that 2 stone is back off! - and I am so much happier and more comfortable in myself.

I would definitely recommend Lifestyle Fitness Burnley and of course Rumers Personal Training. There's so many things I've learnt about myself and my training and it really has been a lifestyle change.

I couldn't of done it without Rumer x

Cara Johnston

“A few years back, sitting around 67KG. I was quite chubby, had loose fat and just didn’t feel good about myself at all. The problem with being chubby but not fat is everyone tells you that you don’t need to lose weight. 

I started to eat healthily, all I’d eat was chicken and rice at the beginning. I thought that was the key to losing weight and gaining muscle, surely it had to be, everyone on Instagram done it.

I stayed the same and didn’t lose anything, wondering if it was anything to do with the amount of rice I consumed. I probably tried about 5 different ways of ‘healthy eating’ but none of them worked, because I always ate too much ‘healthy food’.

Iain then introduced me to calorie counting and weight training, I counted my calories (on and off to begin with). The more consistently I tracked what I was eating, I’d notice that my body was changing the way I wanted it too, I was losing fat and could start to see muscle. The scales still didn’t move at all though.

My body changed a lot between these two pictures, I’ve been consistently tracking my calories for a couple of years now and I’ve been resistance training most of that time too. I imagine you’ll be shocked to know that there is only 1KG (2.2lbs) between those pictures.

I sit around 66KG on the scales now on average, but my body confidence is higher than it has ever been! I barely even track scale weight anymore!

I also gained a bum in the process and for that I’m grateful that I never lost weight.

Don’t always focus on the scale, losing 10KG won’t make you happy if you don’t look and feel how you want by the end!”