Meet the man who transformed his life when he turned 50 and became a poster boy (or should that be man?) for over fifties fitness.
After a lifetime of burgers, takeaways and fish and chips, at the age of 50, Chris decided enough was enough… It was time for a change.
‘I was in very different shape back in those days. I was pre-diabetic, obese in fact, at 17 and three quarters stone. The doctor told me “if you’re not going to get fit, you may not have many years left on this planet".'
And get fit he did. At 60 years old, Chris now spends his days as a personal trainer, helping other over 50s get into shape and lose those extra pounds.
‘I want to help as many people as I can and to make a difference to as many people in my age group as I can… Most personal trainers are in their 20s or 30s and they can’t really relate to those younger guys and they don’t really have the same life experiences as a fifty year old or a fifty plus would have.’
As we wander round his home, it becomes clear how much of a transformation he’s made, as past photos of his younger, rounder self sits next to fitness magazines with Chris on the front cover. The physical contrast is astonishing, but how has this changed his mentality?
So much so, Chris has a cabinet full of trophies and photos from the fitness modelling competitions he’s been taking part in – ‘it’s like body building but nicer… Smaller muscles, bigger trunks! (grins) Going onstage for the first time in fitness modelling was something I never thought I’d do.’
So how does someone begin the journey he’s been on? Well, it’s down to a combination of things.
As a result, Chris is looking forward to living a much longer and healthier life, but that hasn’t stopped him thinking about how he’d like to leave this world.
‘I’ve given some thought to what happens when my days are over and made some funeral plans for both my wife and I. We both want to be cremated and, with any luck, that cremation will be in a furnace or device that will generate power so there’ll be some use from the burning activity as well.’
But before all that, Chris plans to spend his time discovering country pubs and nice restaurants, and travelling the world with his wife, Jenny.
Posted on 10 March 2017