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This guy lost 10 stone and entered a physique competition

If his Instagram wasn’t canada goose outlet black friday sale peppered with the occasional ‘before and after’ shot, you would never guess that, nine years ago, Mark Ludlow was anxious, insecure, and canada goose uk weighed 23.5 stone.

His feed might now be filled with shredded photoshoots, canada goose outlet germany technique tips and inspirational quotes, but the 36 year old personal trainer and life coach is all too familiar with the challenges transforming your body can bring. Why? Because he’s done it twice.

At the age of 21, Ludlow was “anxious, socially awkward, and very overweight”. Breakfasts were typically of the full English variety, piled high with sausages, bacon, fried eggs, tin of baked beans, toast, hash browns and mushrooms, putting his canada goose outlet official heart and his health at risk.

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Ludlow caught wind of the Atkins diet, and was attracted by the idea of being able to eat many of the canada goose jacket outlet uk same foods, providing they were protein sources and no carbohydrates. He began exercising, first walking around the block, and then, as he became fitter, started to complete “very basic bodyweight circuits at home 30 seconds of exercise, 30 seconds of rest”.

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“Although I was slim, I lost a lot of muscle as well as fat,” explains Ludlow. “And because I lost the weight very quickly I had quite a lot of excess skin. In a t shirt I looked skinny, but if you pulled it up I was like a loose balloon.”

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canada goose clearance sale With the transformation complete, Ludlow was more motivated than ever, and continued a six month cycle of bulking and cutting. His ripped new figure caught the attention of his colleagues, who suggested he enter the Miami Pro physique competition. “I thought, ‘I’ve got nothing to lose’,” says Ludlow canada goose clearance sale.

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