While most people go to the gym on a weekly basis to stay in shape, others go daily to really build their bodies. Then, there's Ben Mudge, a fit 25-year-old personal trainer from Belfast, Ireland. He goes to the gym five days a week, and it's not for the same reasons as most other people. He goes to the gym to stay alive.
Ben was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just 7 years old. It's an incurable genetic condition.
Due to his disease, he had trouble putting on weight. It affects his lungs and digestive system, making it hard to breathe and maintain a healthy weight.
People with cystic fibrosis take medication to keep their bodies alive, and the median life expectancy is only 30-40 years.
Ben decided to change his lifestyle and take control of his body. This is his before and after photo.
He goes to the gym five times a week. That allows him to keep his lung capacity at 98 percent, unheard of for people with cystic fibrosis.
Ben told the “Daily Mail,” "Exercise forces me to use my lungs, which helps beat mucus build up."
It's also the reason behind his amazing physique.
The body you see is from dedication, hard work, and an amazing attitude, regardless of his condition.
He is a constant inspiration to his physical training clients and helps them to overcome their own illnesses, such as anorexia.
Ben makes it clear that his way of life is not a cure in any way. It only helps him fight the disease but it won't be suitable for everybody.
Through all this, his dream is to one day become a Calvin Klein model, which is surely to catch the attention and hearts of everyone around the world.
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