By Rebecca Drew
MEET the woman who went from super skinny to ripped, gaining more than a stone-and-a-half of muscle in just two-and-half-years.
Personal trainer, Izzi von Kohler (31) from London, UK, has been a vegan for six-years now and decided to get into fitness after she discovered a new lease of life after ditching eggs, dairy and meat from her diet and decided to get into weights after not feeling like she was reaching her full potential.
Before changing her regime, Izzi weighed 7st 1lb, she ate ready-made, processed vegan foods and worked 40-hours a week in retail, only doing yoga for exercise. Now a super sculpted 8st 9lbs, she eats a diet which is packed full of whole foods, grains and vegetables.
“I decided to get into weight training because I loved the idea of building muscle and being able to do things like pull ups and press ups,” said Izzi.
“Cardio is still great and I do incorporate it into my training but because gaining muscle is my goal, I don’t do it as much as weight training.
“Weight training allows the body to get stronger, and helps with your posture and increasing core strength which I recommend everybody should be working on.
“I feel so strong and empowered, I love inspiring others to get active and fit. I do love to train lower body as that’s my strongest area but shoulders are always fun too.”
Izzi hits the gym six days a week and can front squat 100kg, deadlift 100kg, bench 50kg and press 30kg. When people see her incredible before and after pictures, Izzi says they don’t always recognise her.
“People just can’t believe how skinny I was before, they are so positive and supportive about my transformation,” she added.
“Lots of my clients have found me through seeing my transformation.
“My advice to others is to decide what your goal is and sign up to a gym that you feel you can train comfortably in.
“Look for a personal trainer that you feel has the same values as you and understands what you want.
“Don’t give up and be patient with your mind and body.”