Well-defined muscles in a lean and ripped body: you can tell what Ben Mudge is doing in the gym each day file view. But it doesn’t tell you why. Mudge, 25, works as a fitness model and personal trainer, but that’s not the reason he’s putting in the hours shedding sweat at the gym – he’s doing it to stay alive.
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis from birth, Mudge should be battling to breathe. At age 20, long hours and working outdoors as an assistant producer saw Mudge’s lung-function drop to 60%. He knew he had to change something. He realised that exercise forced him to use his lungs, which helped to decrease the build-up of mucus, so he made a career change. Spending 5 days a week in the gym now sees Mudge’s lung capacity clocking in at 98%! This is remarkable for someone with Cystic Fibrosis!
Take a look at his body in this video clip (from 3:24 minutes), from his YouTube channel:
That beautiful body? It’s just a healthy side-effect.
What is cystic fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that impact various systems in the body – mainly the lungs and the gut. The digestive issues mean that sufferers battle to digest proteins and fats. However, it’s usually the repeated lung-infections that can eventually lead to death.
We often encourage people to exercise to avoid heart disease, stroke, and other long-term problems. However, fighting Cystic Fibrosis with a gym-routine is a new, and impressive feat.
Having a strong motivation – survival – definitely helps Mudge to stick to his routine. How about you? What motivates you to do exercise?
Read more about Ben Mudge’s story here
Video Clip: Ben Mudge – YouTube