Body transformation in just 12 weeks is very impressive for anyone, but for 22-year-old Ollie Jowett it was an amazing feat as he was also suffering from a cancerous brain tumor.
Ollie Jowett was told that he may only have five years left to live and even struggled to walk upstairs.
But this didn’t stop him from taking on an extreme challenge of going through intense exercise and strict dieting to transform himself into a bodybuilder.
In just 12 weeks Ollie lost 10kg and built up his impressive muscles.
Ollie is originally from Cornwall but moved to Belfast for his job as a personal trainer, but the 22-year-old’s life took an unfortunate turn when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
He told Cornwall Live, “It was a bit of a shock to say the least.”
“There’s only so much crying you can do. I was 100 per cent from the get go that I would turn a negative to a positive. Life does not stop. I don’t feel sorry for myself because everyone has problems they have to deal with.”
“As a personal trainer, I know how hard it is for people to lose weight and the excuses people come up with – the lack of motivation, the lack of time, the lack of willpower.”
“I wanted to use my illness to inspire people as well as get myself in the best shape of my life.”
The young personal trainer is unsure of what future awaits him as he said certain tumor treatments are so risky.
“I’ve been given five years but this is real life so it can go one of two ways. My condition could worsen in the next year or it could stay stable for 20 years. You just don’t know,” he said.
“The likes of chemotherapy and radiotherapy aren’t really options because it’s just so risky and I’m just so young.“
But he hopes that if others see his story they’ll be compelled to take on their own challenges and overcome the obstacle that they may be facing in their life.
He said, “The 12-week transformation was the hardest process of my life. To be honest, there wasn’t a day I didn’t think about giving up. Without a doubt, it broke me.”
“Trying to find the energy just to train and trying to find the energy just to work is horrendous.”
“But despite my health being the problem, it was my health that was my motivation in the first place. I had to constantly keep reminding myself of this when I wanted to give up.”
“It wasn’t just to get a six-pack. That wasn’t the purpose. The purpose was to get to the end so that I could inspire other people with my story.”
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