JOHN HIGGINS has lost an incredible three and a half stone in weight – thanks to spinning classes.
Scotland’s four-time snooker world champion has dropped his weight to 12 kilos this year after sweaty training sessions on his stationary bike.
The 46-year-old father of three felt he had gained too much weight during the lockdown and decided to change his lifestyle by reducing his food, cutting out alcohol but exercising more.
And he will look and feel a changed man when he returns to the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast – the third-tier event of the season.
Higgins said: “It doesn’t help me catch balls, but it helps me lose weight.”
“I just seem to be a bit addicted to them. I go three or four times a week.”
“I enjoy getting up in the morning and training for an hour.
“It will be difficult because when I travel to tournaments again I have to find some spinning classes there or ride my bike to the hotels.
“A lot of guys run and it’s easier. I need to send a scout to different cities to see if there are any spin classes there.”
“I lost about three and a half stone. At the Crucible I had 15.5 stones, now it’s down to about 12.”
“A lot of people ask if I’m feeling better, I don’t know. I feel a little better, but I’ll wait and see.”
“That’s not going to be the reason why I’m going to hit balls better. It’s basically for my overall well-being.”
“I was too heavy for the little guy I am. You can’t see it in yourself.”
“It is amazing. I couldn’t see that I was steadily getting bigger.”
“You are happy with your life and who do you have to look good for? I have my wife and my children. It’s good that I started this.”
Higgins reached a professional maximum of 12th at the British Open in August and is now just three away from rival Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record.