Weight loss is sometimes an uphill struggle when getting the gym seems like the ultimate chore, and comparing yourself to beefcakes and fitness models makes you want to throw in the towel.
Now one personal trainer is aiming to revolutionise exercise in a way he claims can help dieters get the weight off, and keep it off, permanently.
Tom McClelland, 35, born and bred in Shepherd’s Bush, London, believes there is one tip that can help Britons lost weight once and for all – taking up boxing
Now he is bringing a new wave of boxing workouts to the capital with Glove.
“I’ve seen people through boxing lose hundreds of pounds, but whether you lose 100lbs or a few pounds or tone up or whatever it is, the success stories for me are people who tell me “I never liked working out before until I started boxing and now I feel good, I feel great on the inside, I feel like a strong woman, like a stronger man”, those are the success stories,” Tom said.
The fitness expert, who was also a professional boxer, grew up around boxing before moving overseas to set up his own gym in Salt Lake City in the early 2000s.
“It’s more than just a physical release, it gave me a mental release. Besides it being a really good workout, it’s a work out where you really learn something about yourself.
“It allows you to release aggression and it allows you to push your boundaries.”
Not only does Glove focus on physical fitness, the classes have another purpose, to promote positive mental health.
Tom said: “I think that everybody holds little bit of anger inside of them, even the most placid people in the world. If it’s your morning commute or your boss that is troubling you, you hold it inside. Some people let that out during meditation but the release of pounding a bag for 45 mins and letting all the frustration out, I think there is nothing else out there that allows you to do that, that allows you to release that tension and stress.
“It takes you to a different place when you’re hitting the bag, it can be very personal. It’s just you and the bag, the moment of you pushing through that extra round, it gives you a different form of release.”
Tom’s focus on how exercise makes you feel promotes a holistic wellness that emanates from within.
The trainer said: “It’s about being mobile, and physically feeling better about yourself. The benefits of doing all this stuff is you lose weight and you get in shape.
“If you live a healthy life and your enjoy exercise the other stuff will come, and you will get the body.”
Glove is designed as an antidote to the image focused world of fitness, hoping to break down the flawless fitness image promoted by many influencers on Instagram, and by celebrities in glossy magazines.
Tom said: “The image of fitness that is portrayed these days makes it harder for people to feel as confident.
“Fitness portrays that we have to look a certain way to be inside of a gym. If you are a guy who finds it hard to get to the gym, the last thing you want is to be standing next to personal trainer who works out three times a day with his top off.
“I think the gym seems an intimidating place and I want to break away from that.”
Tom’s top three tops for weight loss and fitness
1) Find a work out that you enjoy. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t enjoy it will only make you feel worse. Dragging yourself to the gym is no way to live.
2) Don’t compare yourself to other people. If you are looking at people with chiselled bodies all day just remember that it is not the reality. Cast your eyes away from Men’s Health and Women Health which focus on how to get a six pack or how to get a bigger a**e and concentrate on how you feel.
3) Ditch you scales. If you are playing a numbers game it’s not something you are ever going to enjoy. Stop beating yourself up about everything you put in your mouth. Eat a healthy balanced diet, enjoy the things you want to enjoy in moderation. If you feel like you have done really well eaten really well and worked out everyday, don’t step on the scales and worry about the count, just enjoy yourself, life is too short for that.