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'My brother's death fro m Covid shocked us all... I knew I had to lose weight to survive for my kids'

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Muhammad Isa and his brother Ahmed had been meaning to join a gym and get fit.

Ahmed was clinically obese and had been diagnosed with type two diabetes, and his younger brother weighed around 14 stone and had worryingly high blood pressure.

But before they were able to put words into action the family, from Bolton, were rocked by tragedy. Having spent months shielding, Ahmed contracted coronavirus whilst holidaying in Dubai in November 2020.

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After his condition deteriorated he was transferred to intensive care, where he sadly died. Muhammad and his family were left shocked by Ahmed's sudden death. He was just 39-years-old and had two children.

Muhammad, now 33, saw his brother's death as a warning that something needed to change in his own life, if he wanted to be around for his wife and four young children.

Speaking to the M.E.N, he said: "His death really hit me. I thought maybe if he did live a healthy lifestyle things could have been different. Before his death, my family and friends were saying I was starting to look like him in terms of my weight.

"I was around 89kg at that point. A lot of my weight was around my stomach area. My blood pressure was very high and my BPM wasn't great either. I was eating takeaway every night.

"All that triggered this and I wanted to make a change. I have four young children full of energy and I needed to make sure I am alive for them so I thought let's go for it."

In January 2022, Muhammad decided to sign up to a 12-week course with Ultimate Performance Manchester, embarking on a high-intensity training programme and calorie-deficit diet. "After my brother’s death a friend showed me a

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