Stephen’s Why | Owner & Head Coach at PrimalX Fitness tells his story and discusses the importance of keeping your health in check

by Health, Inspirational

What’s my “why?”

Your “why” is the purpose behind everything that you do. It is what drives you to achieve amazing things either in you personal or professional life. It can change your life…

My “why” goes back to 2012. I had been feeling a little off for a few months and had observed some worrying symptoms, so I decided to consult my GP. My doctor assured me that there was nothing wrong with me, but I knew I had to get a second opinion. I was sent for a routine colonoscopy. Much to my shock, they found a cancerous tumour in my colon. Two weeks later I was sitting in a consultation room in St Vincent’s hospital awaiting my procedure. Luckily, the procedure was successful, but I didn’t get the all clear. I was told I will have to undergo more tests and examinations to ensure the cancer was fully removed and had not spread. My whole life crumbled. I was 34 years old and relatively healthy, I thought.

I never smoked but, when I think back to this time, I was quite a heavy drinker. I was out partying most nights of the week and my diet consisted of chipper food and processed meals. I believed, that playing football and doing martial arts a few times a week would compensate for my poor lifestyle. In my mind I was out-training the bad diet. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I was angry. I was angry at god and I kept thinking why me, a good guy who goes to work every day and looks after my family. I decided to keep it a secret from my family as my mother had her own serious health problems and I didn’t want to worry her.

I went about my daily routine, avoiding any conversations about my health.

“When you tell people that you have cancer, they treat you differently, almost like you’re a victim – and I wasn’t going to be a victim. I was going to beat this!”

I can’t deny that I have cracked up and cried a few times thinking about the possibilities that faced me…
The only thing that kept me going was my fitness training. I was training in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga at the time, showing up to every session even though I felt like crap after all my daily procedures and examinations. There, I could release all that anger and negativity in a productive way.

As the months progressed, I took the time to reassess all aspects of my life from my marriage to my job. I came to conclusions which led me to ending my marriage as I didn’t feel my spouse was supportive of my goals. I also realized I wasn’t happy in my job as a barman. I hated it and how it was sucking the life out of me. I decided to quit it and pursuit my passion for fitness training. I wanted to help others avoid my fate. It had soon become apparent that this was my calling in life as I was getting great results from people.

With this new focus in my life came a change in lifestyle and diet. No more parties, takeaways or processed food. I also went on a well-balanced nutrition plan. In October 2014, I finally got the all clear with routine check-ups every 5 years.
Looking back, I realise I was a completely different person prior to my diagnosis. I blame my old lifestyle for my illness, but I have also learned a lot about myself, my resilience and the power of the purpose.

“During this time, I have found a truly amazing woman in Dora who supports me in my dreams, goals and aspirations. It was her support that drove us to start our own business, PrimalX Fitness. We have gone from renting a room in a community centre to train two clients back in 2014, to opening our own gym with over 100 clients in 2017.”

Now, whenever I have a tough day, I simply look back to those dark times and remember to be thankful for where I am now and what I have achieved.
My life needed to change, but it took cancer for me to realise that and to make changes for the better. Through work, I aspire to help others before things get out of hand. My aim is to help my clients avoid my mistakes and live happy, healthy and long lives.

Change is good, so don’t be afraid to take a plunge. No dream too big or task insurmountable if you truly want it. Just a few months ago PrimalX Fitness won an award at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards for the Best Fitness Program. Something I wouldn’t have ever thought possible. So, find your purpose, let it drive you and never give up. It has the power to not only make your dreams come true, but even fight off serious illness and save lives. It saved mine.

I hope my experience can help you in some way.
If my story resonates with you and you’d like a chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call me on 087 064 5527, email me on tribe@primalxfitness.com or request a free consultation using the form below.

Stephen

Are you ready to join the tribe?

 

If you would like to find out more about our group classes, personal training, fitness programs or nutrition and lifestyle coaching simply fill in the form below to book a free consultation, or you can call us directly on 0870645527. We look forward to hearing from you.

2 + 11 =

Are you ready to join the tribe?

 

If you would like to find out more about our group classes, personal training, fitness programs or nutrition and lifestyle coaching simply fill in the form below to book a free consultation, or you can call us directly on 0870645527. We look forward to hearing from you.

15 + 6 =

Welcome to PrimalX Fitness

Let us know how we can help we will reply ASAP. Just tap the chat icon to collapse this chat Thank you, Stephen & The PrimalX Team

Social Media

Can we help?