Hi, my name is Barry and I have been training myself for 30 years and have been a Personal Trainer for 16 years.
I started lifting weights in my dads shed when I was a kid which escalated me into playing sports at school. I was on the rugby & basketball team as well as representing the school in shot put. Outside of school I boxed as a teen and started to lift weights more seriously which filtered me into competitive bodybuilding for many years.
On January 4th 2015 I woke up as normal, but could not see out of my right eye. Within the space of a few days, I was struggling to talk, swallow and walk. I was sent to a neurologist and they confirmed I have Myasthenia Gravis which is a neurological disease.
As part of the illness I had to have a thymectomy to remove a large tumour from my chest (common side effect of myasthenia gravis). From there I was put on a lot of medication that made me mentally & physically unwell. Thankfully due to my lifestyle, I was able to improve my symptoms & now lead the best quality of life I can, obviously with restrictions but health & fitness have been a MASSIVE part of keeping well now on a daily basis.