This Personal Trainer Gained Weight To Help Motivate Client

by : Tom Percival on : 18 Feb 2016 10:31

An expanding waistline’s a battle we all have to contend with, but one personal trainer came up with a novel way of helping his clients shift their weight.


Putting on a few pounds is something Adonis Hill, a 35-year-old personal trainer based in New York City, knows a great deal about. Hill began to put on weight after the failure of his business at age 27 caused him to spiral into depression.

In a recent interview with BuzzFeed Health, Hill claimed he was in a dark place, saying: “That’s when the weight packed on. My dreams and everything I hoped for were gone.”


However, thanks to the support of a close friend he was eventually able to shed 100 pounds, and turned his newfound passion for fitness into a career as a personal trainer.


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Now half a decade after his own incredible weight loss, Hill’s helping his client Alyssa lose a drastic amount of weight by once again putting on 70 pounds.

The idea comes from the A&E show Fit to Fat to Fit, a ground breaking television show where the trainer helps inspire a client to lose weight by working closely alongside them to lose some weight of their own.


Although Hill fell short of his 70-pound weight gain goal, he got close enough to join Alyssa for one of the hardest – but most rewarding – experiences of his life. After months of gruelling training, Hill was able to help his client lose 58 pounds.

Hill’s not finished though, and now plans to walk from New York City to California to promote walking and ‘increase access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.’

Hill is calling this Adonis Moves America, and you can support the project here.

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Health


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    This Trainer Intentionally Gained 70 Pounds So He Could Help A Client Lose Weight