This Personal Trainer Gained 69 Pounds So He Could Lose Weight With A Client
There's dedication to a client, and then, there is gaining nearly 70 pounds in order to inspire someone to lose weight.
Brooklyn's Adonis Hill may be the most appropriately-named person on the planet.
The 35-year-old personal trainer has the body of a Greek god with abs that look like tiny human-sized hills. He wasn't always this jacked, though.
Hill, who stars on the A&E series "Fit to Fat to Fit," used to be 100 pounds heavier and less like a large rock-man. He told BuzzFeed he started to gain weight when he was 27 after his business failed.
That's when the weight packed on. My dreams and everything I hoped for were gone.
Six years ago, after losing the weight, Adonis switched professions to take up personal training and weightlifting. The regimen of diet, exercise and a mentality to always keep moving kept the weight off and helped him maintain his FOYN physique.
And then he gained a little under 70 pounds back… on purpose.
As part of A&E's show, Hill gained the weight over four months in order to lose it alongside a client of his named Alissa.
In order to pack on the weight, Adonis stopped exercising completely and started taking in 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day.
Then, to lose the weight again, Adonis did an hour of cardio and an hour of weightlifting five to six times a week, in addition to dieting.
The weight didn't come off easily, though. He said, "I was putting in a lot of work in the gym, but eating right was hard this time because I was coming off an old addiction…I had to wean myself off unhealthy food."
After four months, Hill lost 57 pounds while Alissa shed 58.
Since the show ended, Adonis continued working as a personal trainer and preparing for his next big project: walking from New York to California in order to "increase access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.”
Citations: Personal Trainer Packs on 70 Pounds to Help a Client Get Inspired to Shed Some Weight (Complex), This Trainer Intentionally Gained 70 Pounds So He Could Help A Client Lose Weight (BuzzFeed)