#39 - The Tales of a Sniper (Part 2) - Dean Adkins Former British Soldier and F45 Oxford Circus Member

This episode meant so much to me that I have split it into TWO parts.

AND…. This is part TWO.

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The day I meant Dean Adkins was a day I will look back on fondly.  It was day two of opening F45 Oxford Circus.  I was running on pure adrenaline and down the stairs came this guy who I could tell was lacking confidence in his fitness ability.  Tristan and myself took him under our wing and made a conscious effort to get this guy going in the right direction.  

What I was unaware of at the time was that Dean was struggling with injuries.  He never mentioned them to me when I met him initially and he have 1000% effort in every one of his early sessions in the gym.  He did mention he struggled with certain leg movements but apart from that nothing was really mentioned.  

It was only after 4 weeks, during a consultation I had with him, that he told me he had an incident when he was in the army. I’m not going to elaborate on this now, as this is his story to tell.  What I will tell you is that after hearing this story I have never been so proud of another human being.  At the point of hearing this story for the first time Dean had lost 5% body fat and he had put on 3% skeletal muscle mass.  More than anything his confidence had increased x20 and he was loving his training again.  

I hope this doesn’t sound like a sales pitch for F45 Oxford Circus, but hearing Dean’s story was the best moment I’ve had since opening the gym.  Knowing what is going on down at our studio in regard to helping other people in a positive manner reinforce my love for what we do.  

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His approach to life after everything he has been through is phenomenal.  His positive outlook is an inspiration to be around and he has become a really good friend of mine.   I absolutely love the fact I get to see him most days and to see him putting in 1000% effort and being a major part of our community is huge.

What we talk about In this episode badgers:

  • Dean tells us about his IED incident that changed his life.

  • Medics ‘unsung heroes’ of the world.

  • His memories of the hospital in Camp Bastian after his accident.

  • How & why he refused to go home without his platoon.

  • What drove him back out into the field with his platoon 1 week later after his incident & how his body is still suffering now because of that decision.

  • The impact of a sniper in the field. Dean tell us why that impact is one of the reasons he stayed in the field with his men.

  • It’s okay not to be okay. However as a soldier coming back from a war zone it’s also okay to be okay.

  • Dean tells us his personal mental journey after getting back from Afghanistan.

  • Dean Tells us a frightening statistic about his battalion.

  • How it is so easy to blame everything and everyone around you for the issues with your personal health and fitness.

  • Why group training can be the answer for those people.

  • How F45 Oxford Circus has changed his life.

There is no sponsor on this episode today because I want to get straight into it.  Crack on.