The modeling industry is rapidly growing in 2016, With that comes the Fitness model; Fitness models are becoming widely popular over social media especially on Instagram, everyone is transforming and sharing there stories all over the world look on social media. I got to interview Blake Beckford on his transformation and focus on beating his Bowel Disease to become a Fitness model.
Read further on Blakes journey!
Meet Blake Beckford, 33, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2003. In 2014, he underwent surgery to remove his entire colon and was fitted with a stoma (colostomy bag). Today he is a personal trainer and fitness model. The painful condition causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon, triggering symptoms such as diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Within 10 years, the devastated 33-year-old was treated with a variety of drugs, But his condition meant he was constantly tired and needed to go to the loo up to 20 times a day. He was also forced to give up his strict training regime for being a Fitness Model– which had included two-hour gym sessions, six days a week – and lost two stone in weight as his muscle wasted away. By 2014 October, his health had deteriorated so much that he required surgery. Mr Beckford was admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for a sub-total colectomy; his involved removing his entire colon before doctors performed an ileostomy where the small intestine is diverted through an opening in the abdomen. He was fitted with a stoma bag on the outside of his body to collect waste. Doctors also warned the father-of-one he would never be able to train at the level required to be a fitness model.
This is what he said when we interview him about how he beat his disease
Blake Beckford: ‘They said to start lifting weights and training to be a physique model would be very unattainable and unlikely. I was warned there was a risk of hernias and other problems.’
When did you begin a training regime?
‘I began my training regime in January, at a weight of 11th 12lbs. Over the last six months, I bulked up to 13st 2lbs so I could appear in ‘Men’s Fitness’ magazine.
As a personal trainer and Fitness Model, how do you inspire others with stoma bags to have more confidence ?
‘I am determined to show people and society that having a stoma doesn’t change who you are. It doesn’t mean you’re not normal. You can achieve anything you want to do, you can be attractive, and you can lead a normal life. When I came out of hospital, I had to get used to having a stoma, I knew it was there.’
How did you ‘accept’ the new you?
I found it hard to accept the fact I had this bag on my stomach and what it did. It was strange because I didn’t even want to show my family at first. It took a while to build my confidence again, to talk to people openly about having a stoma, to show anyone what I had. But over time I realised “this is me”. Also The operation had also made me feel like a new person. My energy levels were much better and I could enjoy life more.’ After the surgery I remember thinking if I would be happy even if I could just potter around the garden or spend time with my friends and family. I never thought I would be able to get in this shape and be competing for the first time.’
This is Blake Beckford now!
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