A young hospital worker who shed eight stone in two years after joining a gym has landed a job as a fitness instructor.
Lewis Hinds weighed more than 21 stone when he became a Choose Fitness member with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) in 2012.
But thanks to a combination of regular exercise sessions and a healthy, balanced diet, the 22-year-old now weighs just over 13 stone and has worked his way up to lead the fitness classes himself as an instructor.
Lewis, who lives in Carcroft, said: “I joined Choose Fitness in 2012 because I was planning a holiday to Ibiza and just wanted to lose a little bit of weight.
“I took it slowly and started walking on the treadmill at the gym but then began really getting into it.
“Changing my eating habits so I had a healthier diet also helped boost my fitness and wellbeing, too, and the weight really started to come off – in just a few weeks I had lost half a stone.
“I took up running as well as going to gym classes, like body pump at The Dome, and really enjoyed them. It inspired me to become an instructor and last year I completed training in disciplines like body attack and body pump so I could teach the classes I love so much.”
Lewis now combines his work as a fitness instructor at DCLT venues including The Dome with his role as a hospital discharge co-ordinator at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Leisure centre bosses have held up Lewis as an example to those fighting the bulge of how to lose weight.
Kraig Kelly, head of leisure at Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “Lewis used to take part in exercise classes at sites throughout DCLT.
“Now he is the instructor and really is proof that hard work pays off.”