Man of the Match
Brad Mitchell became a rugby role model after shedding his belly
THE GAIN I played rugby for many years, including three years of junior rugby for The Sharks. It kept me fit, strong and lean (as lean as a frontranker can be). Unfortunately I tore my ACL ligament in a game and my career was over. I didn’t play for 2 years and managed to balloon up to 122kg.
THE CHANGE Rugby was over... Now what? I started to enjoy the finer things in life. I wasn’t training 5 to 6 times a week anymore and the weight piled on. One day I was wondering why my knee was giving me so much trouble, always popping out of place while doing simple things like standing or walking or swimming in the sea. I spoke to a few people to see what their thoughts were, all in all we came to the same conclusion: I was a fatty.
THE STRATEGY I’m a firm believer in 80% diet and 20% fitness. I started to eat clean and control my sugar cravings. Plus, I’d fallen in love with functional fitness. It reminded me of my rugby playing days. I joined Huba Fitness in Cape Town. Johry Batt and Franco Flach were huge influences in my change. They kept pushing me and made sure I didn’t sell myself short. I’ve recently moved to The Train Station (a new gym which Franco Flach has opened). My addiction continues and I’m still getting impressive results.
THE REWARD Since fatty has left the building I’m more confident, have more energy and am generally a happier person. The ladies have started looking at me again; I hadn’t had that in a long time. Today I can
proudly say I’ve got a gorgeous girlfriend who supports me and my lifestyle.
THE RESULT My pants size was a 42 and I wore XXL shirts. Now I’m now a size 34 and 32, and I can fit quiet comfortably into a medium shirt. The last time I was at that size, I was 15 years old. My goal for the future is to inspire people to make the change. My conditioning trainer at The Sharks (Andre Volsteed) said something I’ll never forget: “Would you put sand into the petrol tank of a Ferrari? So why do you put crap into your body?”