Man mocked and ridiculed as scrawny teenager has beaten bullies to become triple bodybuilding champion

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Adam Badat was laughed at when he joined a gym at the age of 16 after he told people his goal was to be on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine

Adam has transformed his body after being bullied as a teenager

A man who was mocked and ridiculed as a scrawny teenager has finally beaten his bullies after being crowned a triple bodybuilding champion.

Adam Badat, 27, was laughed at when he joined a gym at the age of 16 after he revealed his dream was to be on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine.

He was made the butt of several jokes about his lanky body shape – standing at 6’2″ but weighing just nine stone.

Super-toned Adam says his anxiety was hit hard after bullies mocked him and said, ‘There’s more meat on a sparrow’s knee cap’.

Adam, hell-bent on making a change, spent eight years trying to shake off his slender frame and reverted to a meal plan in the last 18 months to turn his ambitions into reality.


The Walton-le-Dale resident said: “I was 6ft 2ins and only nine stones. I was a very self-conscious person – I didn’t like eating in front of people and so if nobody else at the table was eating, then I wouldn’t either. My teenage years were filled with comments such as ‘you need to eat more’ and ‘there’s more meat on a sparrows knee cap’. “Obviously it affected my self-confidence and hindered my development – I was quite a shy person.” Adam has now set up AK Athletic with his partner Kimberley Grant, from Darwen, who also suffered from the mean words of others during her school years.

Adam Badat was bullied as a child for being so skinny

Adam, of Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, said: “My teenage years were filled with comments such as ‘you need to eat more’ and ‘there’s more meat on a sparrow’s knee cap’.

“When I first got to my first gym session I remember it as clear as day, I just jumped on a treadmill for 45 minutes and that was it.

“People used to laugh at me in the gym saying what’s he doing here, he can’t lift that.

“I was a very self-conscious person – I didn’t like eating in front of people and so if nobody else at the table was eating, then I wouldn’t either.


Adam was self-conscious as a child and didn’t like eating in front of people

He has now picked up awards for his physique

“Obviously it affected my self-confidence and hindered my development – I was quite a shy person.

“I didn’t even dare go near the weights area – my anxiety was that bad.”

During his high school years and from the age of 14, Adam became extremely insecure and said he didn’t like to eat in front of people – so would go hungry.

He joined the gym aged 16 as a way to show defiance against those laughing at his body shape.


Adam joined a gym at age 16 to help build up his confidence

Adam is now a bodybuilding champion

Adam’s experience with bullies has been one he has turned on its head to wear as a badge of honour – and he is now a bodybuilding champion .

He now indulges on a chicken and broccoli diet over eight times a day to keep his multi-award winning physique.

But even when he clinched his first trophy at a IBFA Mr Lincolnshire First Times bodybuilding category in 2016 – he thought it was a fluke.

He then collected his second and third first places at the GBO Mansfield (Male Model) and GBO Leicester (Men’s Physique) in the space of just six months.


Adam indulges on a chicken and broccoli diet more than eight times a day

Adam is now eyeing up the world bodybuilding champions in Italy next year.

Adam, who works as power train programme leader at Jaguar Range Rover, said: “I just thought it was a fluke, but after claiming a second one it was enough to settle my demons.

“I just kept on with the gym during my teen years, using the negativity to fuel the positive change.”

Adding: “I’m not on the cover of men’s fitness magazine just yet – but I am still trying.”

Along with his girlfriend Kimberley Grant, 30, the pair have set up their own personal training business AK Athletics to help other people going through the same situation.


Adam and his girlfriend have now set up their own personal training business


Adam is determined to help others who have struggled with their weight

Kimberley said following the birth of her two children to a former partner she had ballooned in size due to high oestrogen levels.

The pair met at the gym and became each other’s support as their weights quickly balanced out – and ‘met in the middle’.

Adam said: “We’ve been through all the extremes to establish what works.

“We can help other people because we’ve been both sides of the scales – a lot of personal trainers have always been big bodybuilders and know no different.

“With us we help people who are in the same situation and have never been to a gym before – like we were when we first started out.”

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