every year, mike hind, a successful personal trainer from middlesbrough, the united kingdom, takes on a person for free and turns his life around in one year. as the best personal trainer in the uk, this year he picked darren mcclintock.
darren, 27, also known as dibsy, struggled with his weight all his life — he can't find a job or learn to drive; he must order clothes in special size at a high price; he also has to take up two seats if he wants to travel on a plane. some time ago, he started having heart problems and ended up in the hospital.
mike wanted to help him after dibsy got a wake-up call from the hospital. one of the first things was keeping dibsy away from fast foods, as they may kill him. dibsy's friends handed out his photo and put up posters in fast food restaurants around his hometown, saying "save dibsy ... do not serve this man".
"he made a great start. the next six or seven weeks is going to get difficult for dibsy," said mike, but he wanted dibsy to come to him for support and advice.
"i just want to be healthy so i can go out on a run and live my life," dibsy says. "now i need to face up to my problem. it's now or never."