Well, the – ‘2013, Seb’.
The pictures below were taken a few weeks after Seb had left hospital. He’d been diagnosed with blood cancer in July 2013 and was about to experience a completely new way of living.
After being bed bound for several months, and gaining excess of 30 kilos, he decided it was time to get his life back on track. He wanted to shift the weight and get healthy again.
As you can see in the images – Seb’s completely bald (kinda’ looks like a big baby). He’d only finished his inpatient chemo treatment two days prior to these photos being taken.
A bunch of stuff happened between May 2013 and March 2014 but below is a brief outline of Seb’s journey. Everything from getting diagnosed, through to contacting myself (Jerome) and starting up with us here at The Performance Project.
Here’s Seb once his hair started to grow back:
Seb’s training has changed a lot over the last 3 years but I’ll sum it up briefly for you below.
Year 1: Full body split – three times per week.
Year 2: Full body split – three times per week. Occasional cardio on non-training days.
Year 3: Upper/Lower with additional HIIT/cardio sessions and big focus on daily activity (step count).
Nothing crazy complicated. Just hard work and consistency.
Seb hasn’t had restrictions as such in terms of food choice and he’s never had to follow a super strict meal plan.
Whilst he’s got a ton of flexibility around food choice, he has got an incredible amount of control around the amount of calories that he consumes. Seb spends roughly 10 months out of 12 religiously tracking his calorie intake.
|Measurement||Start (March 2014)||Current (June 2017)||Difference|
|Bodyweight||135kg||86.5kg||– 48.5kg (106lbs)|
Note: 106lbs is almost 8 stone!
- Squat – 190kg x 6
- Deadlift – 180kg x 6
- Bench Press 100kg x 6
As you can see above, Seb’s strength stats are pretty impressive. Why? Well, we’ve put a huge focus on getting him stronger. Partly because we know this is a great way to maintain muscle mass whilst losing fat, but more importantly because this is what he enjoys. Seeing the numbers in the logbook go up is what keeps him interested and motivated.
I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to enjoy the training you do. If you loathe the gym and the workouts that you do, it will never last.
Before / After Photos
Below are the comparison pictures of Seb (March 2014 – March 2016).
Below are the comparison pictures of Seb (March 2014 – May 2017).
Here’s myself & Seb just smiling and enjoying life:
Keep your eyes peeled as Seb has a photoshoot booked for the end of July.
For now, keep up with Seb’s Instagram.
A final word from the man himself:
‘Looking at the pictures above and reading through my story the biggest change I’ve noticed about myself is my confidence. When I approached Jerome, I was literally at rock bottom in terms of how I saw myself and generally my conditioning. I was aware that the journey ahead was going to be a long and difficult one but I had been given such good feedback (through friends and seeing other results online) that I was sure he was the right guy to see.
We started slowly, gradually introducing new exercises and tweaking the nutrition plan, but this was exactly what was needed for me personally as I had become used to sleeping when I wanted, eating what I wanted and really only concentrating on not feeling sick over the previous 10 or so months…
Aside from his knowledge and expertise, the main thing that has made my journey work is the patience that Jerome has shown me. At first I was embarrassed about not sticking to the plan and hid things from him, but as time went on I realised that in order for this to work I had to trust Jerome completely to keep mixing things up and find a solution that worked for me. Safe to say this is the reason I have stuck to it and lost the weight that I have so far. Every journey is unique and Jerome has personalised my plan in a way that it has kept me focussed and made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
In terms of advice to other people – I would say stop putting it off. I was extreme and started my journey with Jerome on the day I left hospital but I knew that was the only way I would get back in shape and healthy again. Be realistic and never compare your journey with anyone else’s but be inspired by what they have achieved. I weighed 135kg when I started so clearly this wasn’t going to be a 12 week transformation! See a PT and get professional help – it’s the quickest way to accomplish your goals in the long run.
I’m absolutely amazed at what we have achieved so far and I’m really excited about what lies ahead. I can’t recommend Jerome any more highly, so if you are serious about losing weight or getting in shape then give him a call. I have set goals for myself for the first time and my two big aims for this year are to be competing at a powerlifting competition in November and getting my bodyweight down to 90kg. Bring it on!!’
“People think they hate exercise and the gym but that’s not true. What they hate more than anything in the world is not being able to do what they want” – Seb Broster, February 2016
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