Exercise has always been part of my life. At school I was a member of most of the sports teams and when I graduated and started working, it felt natural to join a gym.  I used to spend hours doing cardio, not daring to step in the ‘men’s area’.

For many years I struggled with my relationship with exercise and food.  I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder but looking back I can say that my eating and approach to exercise was certainly disordered. I would follow crazy diets. I would eat very little during weekdays, run for hours and binge on food and drink at the weekend.  And if a holiday was coming up I’d be more strict, cutting out certain food groups completely!

My confidence has always been fairly low and I have never liked being the centre of attention but when I was first introduced to weight training by my husband around 4 years ago, things started to change.  I started using weights and my confidence grew. I could see my body changing and others could too. I loved it.

The idea of a challenge and a great physique was something that had always appealed so I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and do a photo-shoot. Anyone who knows me will say how much I love food but I forced myself down to ridiculously low and unhealthy calories as it was the only way I thought I could get lean enough. Yes I got results but my mind and body were so fatigued and it was in no way sustainable.

Leanne Hurst Leg Raise

I needed a new approach.

With the support of Joe, my new coach, I began to build foundations to support a healthy and balanced approach to getting the body and lifestyle I wanted. Initially this meant increasing calories which, mentally was very tough as it went against basic instincts. Throughout the process I developed and matured an education of fitness and nutrition that fuelled my love for training and food. I am in the best shape of my life. I feel strong.  Healthy. Fit. I finally have body confidence. So much so that I have competed in three muscle model and bodybuilding fitness competitions this year and I am currently prepping for the UKDFBA British Finals! Something a few years ago would have been unimaginable.

I lead a very busy lifestyle and can often by out of the house for 15 hours at a time so I choose to plan my meals in advance.  One less thing to think about and tasty and healthy food to hand.  That being said I have learnt to be flexible without guilt. I can go out for food and I can have a social life.

I had spent 13 years of my life training to become a solicitor but when that drive and enthusiasm started to dwindle and I wasn’t jumping out of bed in the morning I realised it wasn’t for me. Fitness is where my true passion lies. Educating and supporting others to use training and nutrition to support a healthy, balanced and enjoyable lifestyle is what continues to inspire and motivate me.

Leanne Hurst Open Figure Champion

 

Achievements to date:

UKDFBA Caledonia Classic Figure Champion 2016

UKDFBA UK Figure Champion 2016 & 2017

INBF International Figure Champion 2016 & 2017

INBF World Championship Figure 3rd Place 2016 & 2017

Pure Elite North West Figure Champion 2016

Pure Elite North West Muscle Model 3rd Place