Firefighter almost unrecognisable after losing 4 stone and gaining toned six-pack

A firefighter who wanted to look like firemen calendar models is now unrecognisable after shedding four stone to reveal a ripped six-pack.

Antony Baines, from Beverley, Hull, said the key to his weight loss was cutting out pizza and biscuits.

The 35-year-old says that he looked in the mirror one morning and was unhappy with the reflection looking back at him.

He was conscious of the fact he wasn’t as fit as some of his colleagues in the fire department.

He said: “I realised just how miserable I was with the way that I looked. I stepped on the scales and I weighed 17st 8lbs.

“I wanted to have a body like the guys on the cover of Men’s Health magazine or like the muscular men that you see in firefighter calendars.

“Being a firefighter means that I need to be as fit as I can possibly be now so that I can last throughout my career until I am 60.

“I need to be able to run up and down flights of stairs, carry people and all of our heavy equipment. As a firefighter, we all eat together and we eat big meals.

“So I just got used to huge portion sizes and I just started eating big meals all of the time and the weight piled on.

“I’d never struggled to pass the fitness test at work but I was very unhappy and was losing confidence in myself at work.

“We’d have rowing competitions and I would shy away because I knew I wouldn’t do as well because I wasn’t as fit as the other people at work.

“I became miserable in my job and I knew I needed to do something about it to turn my life around.”

Within six months, Antony lost an impressive four stone, but he knew he wouldn’t be happy until he had a visible six-pack.

After the lockdown hit and gaining a few pounds, Antony decided to start an intense boot camp with others to motivate himself and achieve his dream body once and for all.

He said: “From February to June I ran and took part in a body transformation camp to finally achieve my ideal body.

“I dropped pizzas for protein shakes and some days exercised around three times a day. Pizza and biscuits were my downfall.

“I’d wear clothes that were too big for my to hide my body because I was so miserable and lacked confidence.

“But since turning my life around and completing my transformation I am so much happier. I can wear whatever I want and feel comfortable.

“I am in a far better place mentally too and I am fitter than I have ever been in my life.”

Since dropping four stone and gaining muscles, Antony is far more confident at work.

He says that his day to day performance at work is infinity better since his transformation.

Antony added: “I am not afraid to take part in the rowing competitions and I know that I won’t be struggling with tasks as work.

“I can run up flights of stairs in high rise buildings whiles carrying the equipment on my back without the anxiety of being slow.

“Recently at work, I was the first one of us to make it to the 13th floor of a building and I even went back down a couple of flights to help the others carrying the equipment up.

“It made me feel great and so proud of myself. I just feel far more in control of my life and I have learnt better coping mechanisms for when things get tough.

“I’ve learnt that I don’t need to turn to food and eat my feelings anymore.

“And my confidence has skyrocketed knowing that I will be able to withstand the length of my career as a firefighter.”

BEFORE DIET

BREAKFAST: Slices of toast with peanut butter or 800g of cereal

LUNCH: Breaded chicken sandwiches with crisps and biscuits

DINNER: Large pizza

SNACKS: Biscuits, cakes and crisps

AFTER DIET

BREAKFAST: Porridge with almond milk

LUNCH: Protein pancakes with chicken and vegetables

DINNER: Fish with vegetables and rice

SNACKS: Protein bars, coco pops and at least 3L of water a day