Feeling happy and confident with your body is priceless for any woman – that’s exactly what model and pro gamer Chloe discovered at Ultimate Performance.
Even as a model, Chloe says the natural body confidence that comes from feeling comfortable in your own skin was always lacking.
Being in front of the camera lens every day on gaming streaming platform Twitch, where she has nearly 3 million views, meant her appearance was scrutinised more than most.
Chloe, who appeared on Britain’s Next Top Model, had always seen her weight fluctuate wildly and didn’t know how to change her ‘skinny fat’ body for good.
A committed vegan, Chloe has always been health conscious but wanted to really be able to understand her body, control her diet and shape her figure the way she wanted.
That’s exactly what she achieved in 10 weeks working with her trainer, Justin, at Ultimate Performance Manchester – an incredible new figure, a new-found confidence and the satisfaction of proving vegans really can build muscle.
“I think this is the fittest I’ve ever ever looked. I’m completely different confidence-wise.
“In general, I’m just happy with myself. In the beginning I wasn’t. I was self-conscious and worried about what people thought.
“That’s the main thing – being who you are and embracing the way you look.
“I found a way I can sustain a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy things.”
Before starting her transformation at Ultimate Performance, 23-year-old Chloe says she had always been slim.
Not your stereotypical gamer, she was also very active and mindful about her health and fitness.
But her weight was always up and down and she felt like she had no control over it.
Her figure even earned her a nickname by her followers on her Twitch stream.
“If you know who ‘Slenderman’ is, they call me ‘Slenderwoman’ because I’m so gangly and have very long arms, long legs and have always been kind of slim.
“Even when I felt more chubby, I was never really big. I was more skinny fat.
“I have never really had a fixed weight. I’ve always fluctuated.”
Life in the spotlight hadn’t always been easy for Chloe and live streaming and gaming for up to 10 hour a day can take its toll.
“It’s a tough job. You’re constantly having to put a smile on your face. You want to make people happy so you constantly have to be happy.
“You don’t want to go on there and make people sad. They come to your stream to have fun.
“Some say it’s really hard when you’re having a down day and you have to go online and make sure you’re entertaining.
“You get a lot of critique from people too. You can get a lot of horrible comments. You also get nice people too, but you have to be thick-skinned.”
Chloe’s motivation for starting her transformation came from wanting to look and feel great ready for summer and a trip to Las Vegas.
“I have so much going on in the summer, I wanted to feel good. I didn’t have the biggest self-confidence.
“For me, I gain fat in my stomach area. I can’t pick and choose where I gain it. That’s always made me self-conscious from wearing a crop top or a vest top.
I looked bigger than I was because I gained all the fat in that area. My legs were skinny. My arms were skinny. But then I would have a belly.
“But now I’ve actually been able to get my stomach and I’m proud.
“If I wear a swimming costume, I’m not self-conscious at all. I don’t care. That’s the first time I’ve ever felt like that.”
Chloe came to U.P. to get accountability from a trainer to achieve her goals but also learn about the training and nutrition that suited her best.
Particularly on diet, Chloe wanted to fine-tune her vegan diet and get the balance of carbs, proteins and fats just right.
“It was hard to find what balance of carbs to have with fats and proteins. But now I’ve found a way that works for me.
“My diet hasn’t changed that much. I eat more protein, a little less carbs and more fat.
“I’m not used to eating as much fat. I’ve been things like nuts and chia seeds. I eat more fat now. It helps balance your hormones.”
Chloe’s trainer started her off with an elimination diet which helped her pinpoint foods that were causing her bloating.
“The other issue is I get IBS. I can’t have high FODMAP vegetables.
Justin has helped me figure out what foods my stomach can digest and I haven’t been bloated or had stomach pains for like two months now.
“First month was trial and error with what worked and didn’t work for me. Now I’ve found a balance with my diet where my stomach is fine.
“It’s insane that I’ve been able to do that and find out the foods that work for me.”
Chloe really stepped up her training under the guidance of her U.P. trainer.
The intensity and precision of the sessions was something she’d never experienced before.
“Yes, I had weight trained before, but it was never as intense as it was here (at U.P.).
“Here they push you through those last reps and it makes a massive difference.
“You get through those last two reps that you physically wouldn’t have been able to do on your own.
“I had been going to the gym for about two years, but this is where I have seen a massive transformation.”
Chloe always used to just focus on her glutes and lower body – but here the full body workouts hit every muscle group going.
It wasn’t long before her workouts and nutrition were bearing results and developing impressive definition in her arms, shoulders and abs as well as her legs.
“The first month I didn’t feel like I was changing. I was getting a bit slimmer here and there.
“But all of a sudden, around week 7, I suddenly got leaner and my abs started to show. Everything came at once! Then on from there, every day and every week it changes!”
Chloe is amazed by the new look she has been able to achieve – and her audience on Twitch have noticed too.
“I’m not used to seeing myself with muscles. My shoulders pop the most.
“Everything on my body has really leaned out and even people on my stream have noticed it. ‘Oh my gosh Chloe, you’re ripped!’ ‘Can you flex for us?!’
“People from Twitch are like ‘wow, she’s done it and she’s a gamer.’ People are saying ‘can you tell me how you do abs?’ Or ‘what exercises do you do?’
“I’ve even had guys messaging me saying ‘you’ve got my dream physique, and you’re a girl!’”
It’s had a huge impact on her confidence. And she now has the tools to easily maintain it – hitting her steps, training three times a week and enjoying a balanced diet.
“I don’t think I could go back to the way I was before. I’m way more confident.
“I can wear clothes. I’ve even had to change my clothes up because they’re all too baggy on me now.
“If I went to Las Vegas now, I would be totally happy to wear a bikini and not care what people thought.”
It has also opened up new doors with her modelling career too.
“When I started modelling, it was more ‘be skinny. Be slim.’ But I would also appeal now to more fitness brands.
“You can still have a fit physique and do modelling.
“There are a lot more people accepting women for how their bodies are rather than just being skinny. There’s more plus-size, more fitness and more petite models.
“At the end of the day, I would rather have a body I am confident with and feel happy in my lifestyle and not do modelling as much than force myself just to be skinny.”
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