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

INBF International Figure Champion 2016

INBF World Championship Figure 3rd Place 2016

Pure Elite North West Figure Champion 2016

Pure Elite North West Muscle Model 3rd Place