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Becci Brisland transformed her lifestyle and found love when she joined boot camp classes
WITH a string of dropped gym memberships and failed attempts at establishing a fitness routine behind her, Becci Brisland decided to try boot camp exercise classes.
And a year-and-a-half later, she has gone from spending her free time watching TV to working out as much as seven days a week and training for a fitness and beauty competition.
What’s more, she also met her fiancé at the boot camp classes, which he ran!
The 28-year-old from Eastleigh works as an administrative assistant, but says that after falling in love with fitness and nutrition since joining the classes, she is looking to follow a new career in that field.
“If you had told me that going to the classes would give me a fiancé, a new career direction and a new body, I wouldn’t have believed it,” says Becci.
She has been delighted in the transformation in her physique and fitness levels. “When my quadriceps and triceps first came out I didn’t like it,” she says of her body becoming more muscular.
“But then I started to really like it and had a weight training programme worked out for me.”
As well as learning to like her own muscles, Becci also started to admire those of her instructor at Essential Fitness Camp in Eastleigh, Dan Mitchell.
“I didn’t like him at first,” she admits.
“He was this scary muscly man who was shouting at me!”
But romance blossomed and the couple are now hoping to tie the knot in 2015.
Though, at the moment, Becci’s attention is focused on doing her best in the Miss Galaxy Universe competition, which takes place in Crawley on Saturday.
The competition focuses on athletic ability, physique and grace.
Becci describes it as “GI Jane meets Miss World.”
She is entering the Bikini Diva and Newcomer categories.
She signed up to give her a goal to help her maintain her new fitness regime. But as the competition has drawn closer, she has become increasingly interested in becoming a sponsored professional fitness competitor.
It has certainly become her passion. Becci admits that she has a string of failed gym memberships behind her and used to spend her free time slouched in front of the television.
But now, rather than rolling out of bed just before 8am and dashing into work, she gets up at 6am, so that she can fit in an early morning workout.
She does four weight training sessions a week, a boot camp session and, in the build up to the competition, one or two cardio sessions.
“I am so full of energy now,” she says.
“I didn’t have any motivation before. I wanted to be fit but I could never be bothered.
“I could never resist things like processed snacks. Now I wouldn’t dream of eating the kinds of things I had before.”
Becci has become so interested in health and fitness that she has taken a course in nutrition and is considering training to become a nutritionist.
She hopes to do well at the competition this weekend as it would be a big step towards her new career goal – as well as justifying all her hard work.
“If I win, which is extremely unlikely, it would be unbelievable,” she says.
“To me, it would mean everything.”
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