Personal trainer James Smith is encouraging men to embrace their "soft bellies."
Smith posted a video on Instagram showing him with fellow trainer Diren Kartal in swim trunks.
He said he's gained weight, but doesn't mind because he's "had a really good time."
British personal trainer James Smith is encouraging men to embrace their "soft bellies."
Smith posted a video on Instagram where he and fellow personal trainer Diren Kartal played with a soccer ball while wearing tight swim trunks, with the hashtag "teamsoftbelly."
The clip got a huge response, he wrote, with people thanking him for being transparent.
Smith said that he currently weighs a bit more than his normal weight, but he's embracing and owning it.
The trainer, who has 865,000 Instagram followers, wrote that he'd been enjoying picnics and travelling, and even though he's fit, he's been consuming more calories than he's burning off, "and that's fine."
Smith is showing what most personal trainers don't, he said
"Most people use social media to hide these situations by reposting old photos or using clever angles and lighting," Smith said on Instagram. "Most personal trainers would cry into plain chicken and broccoli instead of allowing themselves to gain a bit of thiccness. Most personal trainers would use a still image vs anything considered a wobble on their instagram," referring to how his video showed his stomach wobbling.
Smith said this doesn't take away from their abilities as personal trainers.
In a video posted two days earlier, Smith said that although he isn't feeling his most confident with his top off at the moment and slightly worries he's "let himself go", he doesn't mind because he's "had a really good time."
"I get set back with booze, alcohol, partying," Smith said, even as a personal trainer.
After a month out of the gym, Smith is now trying to get back into it, but stressed it's important to do so gently.
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