Leanne Holder – Transformation Interview


What is your fitness background?

I don’t really have a fitness background as such. I have always danced, and so this has kept me fit. I did a BTEC Extended National Diploma in dance at College and I am currently doing a BA (hons) in Dance at Coventry University and study Yoga and Pilates there also.

Why did I choose to transform my body?

imageFrom a very young age I was bullied for being skinny. I was born slim, wearing children’s clothes right the way into adult hood, and never being able to fit into size 6 clothes! I used to have people at my school call me names, such as anorexic rat – despite me eating everything I could to put on weight! They would tell me I would snap, especially in dance and said they didn’t want to lift me. Doctors would ask my parents if I was eating correctly and it even got to the point where a teacher at college said that if I turned sideways I would disappear. When I got to university two years ago, and I felt boyish compared to my peers, I decided enough was enough.

What was your training like?

To start with, I didn’t train. I gathered that if I did exercise I would lose weight, and that of course was NOT what I wanted!! Then when I started to put on weight, I realised that I wasn’t really getting the strong shape that I always desired and looked up to. image-3I was always scared of weights, thinking that it was only for men. But I gave it ago, and last year I started my journey of getting strong, not skinny. I have never looked back! I learnt that by lifting weights, using my own body weight and training 6 days a week, I was starting to get the muscle mass and definition that made my body less skinny, more athletic. I was starting to get compliments and had my first bikini catwalk on a pageant stage!!

Now I have had a few bikini modelling catwalks and am competing in my first fitness competition in November!!

What was your diet like?

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 15.45.09My diet was awful! All throughout school I would eat anything and everything to put on weight. I remember when I went through a stage of taking extra packet of crisps from the cupboard the night before to put in my school bag, and of course one to eat that night! Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 15.49.04As I started to get older and make my own lunches and dinners I would have pot noodles, rustler’s burgers and take aways. It’s only been the last few years that I have learnt that my body needed the right nutrients. It needed healthy carbs, lots of protein and tons of greens! I eat little and often, keeping my body full of everything it needs and I have a cheat meal once a week.

What supplements did I use?

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 15.43.40I never used to take anything at all, until I started researching. I now take whey protein, l-glutamine, BCAA’s, pre-workout and vitamins. I keep my supplements simple as I am very conscious of what I put into my body, but the ones I do use are amazing! I get them from BodySupplements (@bodysupps1) who I am an ambassador for (which is a huge life achievement in itself!) and they are fantastic! The change I have seen since using them is brilliant!

How has your lifestyle changed?

imageMy lifestyle really has changed dramatically. I dedicate everything to getting the body that I have always wanted and to make it as healthy as possible. I train 6 days a week, and eat super super clean. Meal prepping the night before always helps and I never need to snack as I have everything set out for me. My friends must get so fed up of me constantly going on about the gym, progress and clean food… but I absolutely love it and I would never look back! I have started to make a name for myself for doing something I love! I am confident and the happiest I have ever been and I have met some amazing people along the way that are so supportive and I hope will be friends for life.

What challenges did you face?

image-1I think the main challenge was at the beginning when I felt like I could never put on weight. I just felt ugly and like a child… when I was an adult! And then when I did put on weight, I had no muscle. So then I just had an odd shape. I also think an ongoing challenge is getting friends and other people to understand why this means so much to me, and why everything that I go on about is about my fitness lifestyle. But eventually they will see that this is my life now, and I’m only going to keep going on about it… It’s my love and passion!

How do you feel about your transformation?

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 15.43.01I will be graduating in June 2015 and then I want to pursue my fitness model dreams. I want to be a big name in the fitness industry and inspire others. I dream of being in fitness magazines alongside athletes that inspire me! I want to continue to get stronger mentally and physically, and of course to try to place in November in my competition and any others that I take part in!

What are your plans for the future?

image-2Well a part from finish my university degree, I’m hoping to gain a lot more muscle within the next few months with the help of my comp coach which is going great, my comp November!! I am entering a body transformation and a bikini comp (amateur). I’m silly nervous but it’ll be a great experience and if I get placed that would be an amazing achievement and bonus for me!! I would love to do professional eventually but, I don’t want to run before I can walk!! I see big things though and I hope to become a fitness model in the future (fingers crossed it’s my dream!)

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 15.49.50I’d just like to say that you really can transform yourself, even when it’s from skinny to strong! If you want something in life, believe in yourself and go for it! No matter how many dips, and down moments you have… it will get better and you will get there!

I am always available for any help, and would love to hear people’s personal stories also, to continue to motivate and inspire me!!

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