Fitness trainer inspires William Woods students with weight transformation story

Drew Manning
Drew Manning

Drew Manning, a fitness trainer who gained and lost 70 pounds in a year to understand his clients’ struggles, inspired William Woods University students with his story Tuesday evening.

As part of WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series, Manning talked about his unusual weight transformation and then brought four student-athletes on stage for a demonstration of exercises that do not take much time, but are effective.

Manning told the audience he had been losing his personal training clients because he didn’t understand what they were going through. He decided to embark on a yearlong journey during which he gained and lost 70 pounds in one year—on purpose.

His book, “Fit2Fat2Fit,” describes his path and what he learned of the physical and emotional issues that come with being overweight. A NY Times best seller, the book was the stimulus for a new TV series that initially aired Jan. 19 on the A&E network. Manning is the producer of the show.

Always passionate about fitness, Manning gained knowledge and experience through sports and college courses. This inspired him to become a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

He began training clients on both proper nutrition and workout plans. The goal of the transformation was to inspire people to get fit, teach them how to do it and give them hope that it IS possible to get fit and stay fit.

WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers and top entertainment to campus for the enjoyment of students and the community.