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Man’s astonishing weight loss leads to six-pack and huge reward

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It's amazing what a bit of work in the gym can do: not only for someone's physique, but for their bank balance.

Well, that's if you are Matt Manning from Ohio in the USA, that is.

He transformed his body in dramatic fashion by dropping 40 pounds and sculpting a six pack, but that wasn't the best bit for him.

What followed his bodybuilding efforts was a grand prize of $50,000 (£36,500) in a competition.

Manning’s motivation to change stemmed from some developing health issues and the realization that he had stopped being active with his kids.

"I had had a few health scares, where I passed out, had to go to the ER by ambulance," he told WDTN 2 News.

"Then also had some chest pains like six months later and then my dad had to have a heart valve transplant. So that really woke me up."

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The 45-year-old father and engineer had decided to enter a 12-week fitness competition called the '$100,000 Transformation Challenge' held by fitness website

One male and one female with the best body transformations would each win $50,000, so Manning took the competition very seriously and drastically changed his lifestyle.

He told the station that it was not easy but he had the support of his wife and family.

"They said I look like a superhero now (laughs) which is, when they saw the after pictures," he said.

"My daughter saw the after pictures she’s like, 'Man you look miserable. I’d be miserable too if I looked like that'."

The hard work paid off handsomely for Manning, who received his cash prize in a dodgy-looking gym bag, while Robyn Koolen from Canada won the female equivalent.

Manning encourages others who want to make a change in their body, giving the advice.

"It has to come from within," he said. "You have to have that want to. It has to be internally driven. But then you can do things to build support around you."

Manning wisely attributes a big part of his transformation to his wife and said he’ll use the prize money to treat her. We just hope his 'gift' to her isn't his six pack.

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