Tom Fahy Story
Dropping from 23 stone to 16 stone and becoming a Tough Mudder, Tom Fahy from Corrandulla, Co. Galway is definitely an inspiration to us all - but he isn’t finished yet.
Tom, aged 52, made a decision last January that his lifestyle needed to change. He was extremely unhealthy to the point that he struggled to walk up the stairs and when he did reach the top he would have to pause for a breath. Regular day to day activities such as getting in and out of his car was also cumbersome.
Tom wanted to become healthier not only for himself but for his five very active children who craved his inclusion in their play and activities which was most definitely an arduous task at best.
Watching his children from the sidelines is now a thing of the past for Tom as he started his training in January 2016 in the Unit Gym in Claregalway.
“I Remember that day with mixed emotions - although my daughter was happy that I was able to walk with her on a pony, my son in the background was disappointed with the fact that I was too heavy to play ball with him and his brother. Thank God that has all changed due to the help I have received at The Unit. Feeling good, onwards & upwards” - Tom
As he progresses through the weeks, Tom and the personal training team at The Unit constantly moved the goalposts and set new targets. By the time they had reached April, they albeit ambitious, put a plan in action to work towards getting Tom a Tough Mudder finishers t-shirt and headband.
The prospect of becoming a Tough Mudder finisher really helped to motivate Tom and he added a Tough Mudder training camp every Saturday to his regime.
On the 9th of July 2016, Tom along with 20 other members of The Unit including three of his children arrived in Loughcrew, Co. Meath and achieved what six months previous to this would have been literally impossible.
This Tough Mudder course was the toughest one that Ireland had seen yet. It was made up of a 10 mile course featuring 30 obstacles such as the world famous Arctic Enema (A skip filled with ice), Electroshock Therapy (that shocks you with 10,000 volts when it makes contact with your skin) and the big and bad Block Ness Monster. Not to mention the extremely harsh weather conditions on the day did not make it any easier for Tom, his two sons, Darragh (19) and Shaun (17) and daughter, Niamh (16) and the rest of The Unit team.
His Training at The Unit Gym
Some of the aspects of Tom's training programme that he found beneficial were:
- The flexibility of the personal training times. This allowed him to fit his training in around his work and other commitments.
- The amount of time that went into tailoring his nutrition, from his first one hour assessment to ongoing adjustments throughout the course of his training plan, taking out foods that did not suit and adjusting portion sizes etc.
- The initial time that was given to teaching him the correct form and technique for new exercises which has given him the confidence to use heavier weights along with speeding up recovery from workouts.
The personal training team at The Unit gym in Claregalway are slow to take the credit for Tom’s transformation. ‘It was definitely a team effort – We knew Tom needed goals and not just the weight loss target, by booking the tickets to Tough Mudder months in advance and getting the support of his family the goal was more tangible. Then the Tough Mudder Team from The Unit joined forces with Project Impact so there was the new goal of completing the event and raising money for three very worth Charities. The trick is to keep the momentum going so Tom’s training now is geared towards doing a reasonable time at the Galway Bay Half marathon and raising some funds for Cancer Care West. We’ll get a team from The Unit to run the Half Marathon with Tom – we’re very proud of him’.
The facts about Tom’s progress:
- He started personal training at The Unit in January 2016 weighing 146kgs.
- He started Tough Mudder training in April weighing 121 kgs.
- He completed Tough Mudder in July weighing 109 kgs.
- He started Crossfit in August weighing 103 kgs.
**Although that is an amazing weight loss of 43 kgs in a mere 8 months this alone is not a true reflection of the progress that he has made as he has put on a lot of muscle weight.**
‘For years I thought about getting fit but did nothing – I really want to encourage anyone who can relate to my story to just go and do it. The rewards outweigh the effort so much that I don’t know why I left it so long. Not only do I feel better, my business is benefiting because I have more energy but most of all being able to take part in something like Tough Mudder or the Galway Bay Half Marathon with my three teenage kids is just amazing’ says Tom.
Tom is in a much better place but as he says he’s “still not there yet”. He has now taken up crossfit 3 times a week with two of his teenagers as he wears his Tough Mudder Headband with pride. While he is considering taking part in the Run Galway Bay half marathon on the 1st of October this year - you never know he might be up for the Full Marathon in Galway next year.