Andy loses 30kg, now wants to help others do the same
WHEN Andy Bailey decided he wanted to lose some weight he was 127kg and knew he was unhealthy.
"I was working in Brisbane at the time and spent an awful lot of time in the car," he said.
"I ended up having a seizure-like event at work where I was unconscious for 20 minutes. I had an MRI and an ECG and the doctors couldn't find anything and because I wasn't epileptic they put it down to stress and obviously my health had played into that.
"It was a bit of a wake-up call."
After that incident, the Meridan Plains resident signed up at Ezyfit Health and Fitness Club in Birtinya.
"I started at Ezyfit in June last year," he said.
"I'd tried the gym and going on my own and going with a buddy in the past but it never lasted for long.
"This time I started doing the Les Mills group fitness classes and found out that it worked for me and I loved the experience.
"There was so much motivation from the other members and trainers on the floor, I had such a good time and it kept me coming back.
"I don't miss a class now I'm hooked."
In the nine months since Andy started he's shed 30kg, and now currently weighs 97kg, but he's not done yet.
"I'm still not where I want to be," he said.
"I still have to lose another 10 or 15 kilograms but I'm working on it."
Kicking those last few kilos shouldn't be too hard though, after Andy took his love for the Les Mills classes to the next level.
"I was thinking about going for the Les Mills instructor course for a while," he said.
"In the last two or three months I decided I wanted to pass on what I'd learnt so got myself trained to be a Body Pump instructor.
"The staff were really supportive and mentored me through the process and now I'm qualified."
Andy encouraged anyone wanting to make a change just to aim on taking the first step through the gym door.
"It's going to sound a little cliché but the hardest part about going to the gym and losing weight is just turning up," he said.
"A lot of the time it's just getting into your gym kit and getting out the door. Once you're there the other members and instructors keep you going."
He said the benefits of working out definitely out-weighed the effort of turning up.
"It's helped me mentally as well as physically,” he said.
"The gym and everyone at Ezyfit has completely changed my outlook on life."