Personal trainer given just five years to live undergoes an incredible 12-week body transformation while battling brain cancer
- Ollie Jowett, 22, was told he had a malignant brain tumour in September 2017
- The personal trainer from Cornwall refused to let this keep him from his goals
- He lost 10kg in 12 weeks and shared his incredible story to help inspire others
A personal trainer with brain cancer has told of his incredible body transformation after a 12-week intensive programme.
Ollie Jowett, 22, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and told he may only have five years to live.
But Ollie, from St Austell, Cornwall, refused to let the diagnosis stop his ambition, and underwent an astonishing 12-week body transformation to get his body in the best shape possible to fight the disease – and to inspire others not to give up hope.
Ollie Jowett, 22, was told he may only have five years to live, and underwent an incredible body transformation in only 12 weeks
Ollie’s experience as a personal trainer had taught him all the excuses people come up with not to train – including lack of time, motivation and willpower – so he shared his transformation through his Project Beat Cancer Instagram account.
‘I was 100% from the get go that I would turn a negative to a positive,’ he told Cornwall Live.
‘Life does not stop. I don’t feel sorry for myself because everyone has problems they have to deal with.’
Ollie’s shocking diagnosis came in September 2017, just months after he took a job in Belfast and moved to Northern Ireland to pursue his personal training career.
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His main goal has been keeping his body in the best possible condition, through training and eating a nutrient-rich diet, to give himself the best possible chance of beating cancer
He had dreamed of being a personal trainer since he was 14 years old.
By the end of 2017, his health was at its lowest point. He struggled working long hours and had to scale back his personal training with his 168 Coaching business.
It was at that low point that he began sharing his battle with cancer through social media, partly because he wanted to be honest with his clients.
But his main goal has been keeping his body in the best possible condition, through training and eating a nutrient-rich diet, to give himself the best possible chance of beating cancer.
Twelve weeks ago he started his body transformation journey through Ultimate Performance, utilising one-to-one online personal training, and his training saw him shed 10kg and build an impressive physique.
Ollie’s battle with cancer and incredible transformation is now toted as a success stories on the Ultimate Performance website.
On a page headed ‘what’s your excuse?’, the page details how Ollie used his diagnosis ‘as fuel for his fire to get in shape, inspire his clients and show what is possible, even in the face of cancer’.
Ollie’s battle with cancer and incredible transformation is now toted as a success stories on the Ultimate Performance website
‘Twelve weeks of hard graft and determination in the face of fatigue and sometimes-debilitating symptoms and Ollie has come out smiling, with a result even he often doubted might be possible,’ the page says.
Ollie described the 12-week transformation as the hardest process of his life, and he thought of giving up every day.
He said some days he would feel so weak he would struggle to walk up a flight of stairs or take a short trip to the shops.
Sometimes his illness would leave him bedridden all day and he would explain this to his trainer Umar, who Ollie said was completely empathetic and understanding about his situation.
‘I’m a believer in that we all have a purpose,’ Ollie said. ‘I know I’ve been dealt a bad hand with cancer. I now have a purpose to inspire and bring awareness about cancer.’
Now the physical results of the training are a sight to behold, although Ollie says it could be the mental payoff of challenging himself and rising above adversity that has been most rewarding.
Although, he added, looking good has helped him earn more likes on Tinder.
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