‘It’s hard work but so worth it’

Josh Whiteley, fitness trainer at Pure Gym, Halifax, is doing a Sahara trek next year.
Josh Whiteley, fitness trainer at Pure Gym, Halifax, is doing a Sahara trek next year.

A man who was formerly classed as obese has given his life a radical overhaul - shedding over five stone and becoming a personal trainer.

At his heaviest, Josh Whiteley, weighed in at 17-and-a-half stone - which on his 5ft 11ins frame gave him an ‘obese’ BMI of 34.2.

Josh Whiteley, pictured before his weight loss

Josh Whiteley, pictured before his weight loss

The 21-year-old, of Copley Avenue, Sowerby Bridge, lived on a diet of crisps, chocolate and takeaways, and was so heavy he was left shattered by walking up up stairs .

But now he is a shadow of his former self, having transformed his life with healthy food and exercise. He also quit his job at a timber merchants and re-trained as a personal trainer, working at Pure Gym in Halifax. He said: “It’s massively changed my life - in everything. I have so much more energy. I just knew I wanted to try and help as many people as I can and make a difference to someone else’s life.”

Josh’s transformation began when he joined Halifax Amateur Boxing Club, where coach Robert Paradise worked on his fitness and took him out running. Josh said: “The first time it absolutely killed me. But I just kept going and going and got better at it. It’s hard work. everyone hopes for a magic pill to take but it’s really hard work to start with. But it’s worth it so much.”

Josh is now training to do the 4Deserts Sahara race next year - a 250km run in the baking Egyptian desert over seven days, carrying equipment. Visit www.sahararace.co.uk.