Man completely transforms his body and becomes bodybuilder after friends come up with cruel nickname for him
A man decided to completely transform his life and become a successful bodybuilder after his pals came up with a cruel nickname for him.
Dominic O’Connor, 23, used to live on takeaways and spent a lot of his time out partying without ever thinking about his health.
He was so self-conscious he didn’t want to go to the gym and felt very out of place while enjoying time at the beach during a year studying abroad.
He said: “I was obviously very self-conscious about my weight and I would wear baggy clothes whenever I left the house.
“I wasn’t confident enough to work out in the gym, and so my recreational hobby became to drink and party rather than something more productive and healthier like working out.”
Dominic, who lives in Leeds, believes he was about 17st at his heaviest, but admits he rarely weighed himself.
The PhD psychology student’s friends and family even started to comment on his weight.
He said: “My brothers pointed it out and it was pretty brutal.
“My friends actually nicknamed me ‘Potato’ as that’s the shape I was.”
So during a year studying abroad in Hong Kong he decided enough was enough.
He said: “I felt like I stood out as a big guy on the beach and I didn’t like it.
“Once I was Kong Kong, in a different environment, it became easy to stop drinking and partying so much and I started to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
He dropped 3st in a year and upped the exercise plan when he got home by joining Xercise4Less in Leeds.
He said: “I’ve always been very self-driven. I believe if you’re motivating yourself then you’re destined to succeed.
“All the work I put into the gym and the food I eat every day is for my own benefit, so I feel healthier, look better and so I’m just generally happier.”
He’s now working as a fitness instructor and has started competing in bodybuilding competitions.
He said: “I love bodybuilding. You’re held accountable every second of the day.
“Nobody else is going to push the weights for you, and nobody else is going to make sure your nutrition is on point.
“If I don’t work hard then I don’t get the results and it’s my fault. Equally, if I do put the work in then I see the results and it’s all down to the hard work. It’s fantastic seeing the results of your hard work.”