This teacher uses his amazing weight loss transformation to inspire his classes
One of the best things a teacher can do for their students is lead by example and this applies to all aspects of the job. For example, if your English professor encourages you to read, you'd expect them to be able to recommend a ton of books that they've already enjoyed. Likewise, if your guidance counsellor says you need to be more confident, then you would hope that they could demonstrate confidence in their own actions.
It goes without saying, then, that a health and fitness teacher should be able to demonstrate their own clean living habits. After all, who's going to take the advice of a health professional who is overweight, unfit, or has a poor diet?
One man who really does practice what he preaches is Robert Browne, a health teacher and football coach who pretty much lives and breathes fitness. As you can see from this cheeky gym selfie, Browne is basically the epitome of "gainz"... but it wasn't always this way.
Back when he was in high school, Browne loved playing football. However, he was forced to quit after he sustained a debilitating knee injury. As a result, he was forced to abandon the sports scholarship he'd been offered, which left him feeling depressed, lethargic, and, ultimately, completely disillusioned with playing football. He tried to maintain his enthusiasm for the game by becoming a coach, but it just wasn't the same.
Unfortunately, this took its toll on Browne, and his weight soon rocketed to 355 pounds. Even though he was teaching other kids to become expert football players in peak physical fitness, he was neglecting his own health. At his worst, Browne was warned that his blood pressure was so high that he risked having a stroke.
“My job as a health teacher and football coach, we try to tell kids how they need to live, but I wasn’t practising it myself,” Browne confessed. “I was telling my athletes that they had to be the strongest versions of themselves, but I wasn’t practicing that, so I started practicing what I preached. I started working out with my athletes.”
And, wow, did it work.
Through a combination of football training, weightlifting, and powerlifting, Browne exchanged his fuller figure for a chiselled physique.
The health teacher uses his personal story to inspire the pupils he teaches. “I’ll tell my kids: I have done it, I will do it, or I won’t ask you to do it, and I mean that,” he said. “I live by that.”
Browne has some wise words for anyone else who needs to make a lifestyle change, too:
“Whenever I get bored, instead of snacking, I’ll go and just walk around the beach. I’ll go do something, even if I just go wash my truck. Physical activity doesn’t need to be contained to the gym. Go help your mom with her garden. Go wash the dishes. Constantly moving burns off extra calories. It’s all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
It just goes to show that, with the right attitude and commitment, people are capable of achieving anything.