Fitness instructor is now half the man he used to be after losing 16 stone and an amazing 30 inches from his waist
15:00 GMT, 11 October 2012
An obese man who lost more than half his body weight has become a fitness instructor and is now helping others to get fit through kettlebell training.
Steve Worsley from Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside once weighed 30st and needed trousers to fit a 62-inch waist.
The father-of- two was shamed in to slimming after watching his children wolf down too many fattening takeaways, and after four years of hard work he has shed more than 14st and now fits in to a healthy size 32-inch waist.
Fitness instructor Steve Worsley is half the man he used to be after once tipping the scales at 30st
The 34-year-old is even running his own exercise classes.
Steve is a kettlebells instructor and has launched his own classes in South Shields.
He said: 'Losing the weight has given me a new lease of life and I want to help others who have found themselves in the position I was.
'I have also started personal training for people who want to lose weight but lack the confidence to come to an exercise class.
'When you are overweight, it can be really daunting to join an exercise class.
'I know because I’ve been there, but I am proof you can do it.
'I know everything they are feeling. I know where the pitfalls are and how tempting it is to give up.'
Today the father-of-two runs his own fitness classes twice a week in a bid to help others get fit and lose weight
Steve says he had always been overweight as a child and, although he slimmed down during his teenage years, the weight soon crept back on.
He decided that enough was enough one night when he was watching his children, Kimberly, 10, and Thomas, six, eat a takeaway.
Steve, a funeral service worker, said: 'It just happened one night. We were all sitting down with a takeaway. I was watching my children eat, and I was so ashamed that I was setting such a bad example.
'I sold my car and bought a bike, and that was the start of it.'
In the first year, Steve made small changes to his lifestyle which eventually saw the weight start to fall off, and the more he slimmed down, the more exercise he could take part in.
Eventually he was persuaded to join a kettlebells class by his wife, Angela, and enjoyed it so much he looked into how he could become an instructor.
He said: 'I had done a few sessions and really enjoyed it. I approached the instructor about how I could become a teacher and he put me on a training programme.'
Today Steve teaches classes twice a week at his local South Tyneside Kettlebells group.
WHAT ARE KETTLEBELLS AND WHY ARE THEY SO EFFECTIVE
Kettlebelll, 14.50, John Lewis
Kettlebells are bowling ball-sized
cast iron weights with a single looped handle on top. They range
in weight from two pounds to over 100 pounds.
strength training aids in Eastern Europe, kettlebells are taking off in
the West thanks to fitness programs like CrossFit.
Kettlebells are a favorite item in most CrossFit gyms, along with some other basic training items like weighted medicine balls, pull up bars, jump ropes and lots of free weights.
The reason for the boost in kettlebell training it that it gets back to basic training that requires functional, whole body fitness.
Kettlebells require an athlete to focus on whole-body conditioning because lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, and specifically the core, to contract as a group, building both strength and stability at the same time.
Kettlebell workouts engage multiple muscle groups at once. In this way, they are a great option for getting a whole body workout in a short time.
– Elizabeth Quinn, Exercise Physiologist