An overweight and unfit man who developed a passion for fitness will be taking part in this year’s BodyPower Expo show in Birmingham.
Papp Laszlo, known as Laz, was spurred on by the death of his father in Hungary two years ago to come to the UK and find a better life for himself.
Since then the 31-year-old chef has found a new partner, joined Westside Gym and is currently in training for the men’s physique competition at the 2014 BodyPower Expo at the National Exhibition Centre from May 16 to 18.
For the past six months he has spent around two and a half hours a day in the gym and as well as pumping up the muscle has lost almost four stones in weight.
His girlfriend, Louise Rudkin, contacted the Mercury to tell us how proud she is of him.
“He has never taken steroids but has just worked really hard.
“I am very proud of his dedication. For months he has managed to sustain his own tough daily routine while at the same time helping others to improve on theirs.”
Laz is acting as personal trainer for Louise herself who is intending to take part in this year’s Midlands Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle course.
In just a few months Laz’s weight has dropped from 107 kg or 16 stone 12lbs to 82 kg, or just under 13 stones.
The couple live in a house belonging to Louise’s parents in Western Avenue, Easton-on-the-Hill and Louise, 25, works at The Exeter Arms in the village. They met last May in Stamford’s Lord Burghley pub.
“I was intrigued to know why he was more interested in looking at me than the football match he was there for. On our first date he asked me if he could cook for me and i was very impressed with his cooking skills and with his general efforts to win me over,” Louise said.
Laz said he was looking forward to the Birmingham competition.
“I’ve worked very hard to get where I am now but never really thought about competing until other gym members encouraged me.
“The training has been my passion and motivation since my father’s death. It’s been very challenging but I hope to achieve something and to be part of motivating and encouraging others.
“Anyone wishing to follow my example must be dedicated, passionate and have a lot of willpower - cutting out all temptations is more challenging sometimes than the training itself.”