Whenever us regular folks try to change our lives for the better, stop eating bad foods and start exercising more, we hardly ever think of taking up serious weight training. Because Siobhan Hyland did, she is now Britain's strongest woman.
Once addicted to takeaway food, fast food and beer, Siobhan is now the proud owner of two national titles and, what's more important, she's also healthy, happy and stronger than ever.
As a student, Siobhan weighed 238 pounds (107.9 kg) and had a very hectic and decidedly unhealthy lifestyle.
Speaking with the Daily Mail
, she recalls hanging out with the rugby team, drinking and eating to their heart's content.
“It was just down to my lifestyle, I binged on takeaways and booze all the time. I was a member of the rugby club, we used to go out on a Thursday night to start drinking and not come home till Sunday. It’s a great life, but it plays havoc with your body,” she says.
When she graduated, she realized she must do something to overhaul her lifestyle, or face the consequences.
Even so, not even in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would, one day, be crowned Britain's Strongest Woman.
“I never imagined that trying to lose a bit of student weight would end up with me being Britain’s Strongest Woman,” she gushes.
However, she didn't just try to lose “a bit of student weight,” she went all in for it. Though she would initially get about 2 hours of exercise a week, when she decided to make a change for the better, she started working out 3 hours a day.
The results did not fail to appear in almost no time. Now that she's found her vocation, Siobhan says she plans on winning even more titles.
“I still can’t believe it to be honest. It is something I have always dreamed of - it is great. I used to watch World’s Strongest Woman on TV and it was always a dream of mine to do it. I never thought I would,” the 29-year-old says.
“At school I did strength sports. I used to throw hammer and I did discus and shot-put. Then I went to university and left it for so long, but I decided I needed to get fit,” Siobhan recalls.
“I never thought from picking up that first atlas stone for fun this is where it would lead me. I just thought I’d have a go, but I love it,” she continues.
Siobhan's incredible transformation saw her lose 70 pounds (31.7 kg) of fat and gain 42 pounds (19 kg) of muscle.