Man of the Match

Brad Mitchell be­came a rugby role model af­ter shed­ding his belly

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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?”

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