6 darts stars whose weight loss led to mega body transformations

It has been no secret over recent years that some of darts' biggest names have made more of an effort to keep fit and healthy.

As time has gone on it seems a number of the game’s modern stars have adopted a more athlete-like style of living in order to compete at the highest level.

Take world champion Gerwyn Price for example. The fiery Welshman has no doubt broken the mould of the stereotypical appearance of a darts pro, sporting a muscular physique that would not go a miss in a professional rugby team.

Whilst Price has also showed off his athletic build, some the sport's other big names have undergone their own body transformations mid-career.

From Andy Fordham to Rob Cross, here are some of darts’ most impressive weight loss transformations.

Andy Fordham

One of the sport’s most miraculous body switches came from 2004 BDO world champion Fordham.

The Englishman was one of darts’ most loved stars, and whilst he proved an entertainer on the oche he no doubt had his struggles on it.

In an interview with MailOnline Fordham openly admitted he struggled with alcohol and his diet, resulting in him weighing a whopping 31 stone, which of course took its toll on his body

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However after a health scare with his kidney the Viking lost an incredible 10 stone, as he looked a completely new man following his transformation.

Fordham struggled with further health problems in the latter stages of his life, and sadly passed away in 2020.

Luke Humphries

One man who is out to break the stereotype that the life of a darts player is ‘easy’ is 2019 PDC world youth champion Luke Humphries.

In order to get himself into shape, to aid his effort to get to the top of the darts world, Humphries began to get himself into shape by adopting a new fit and healthy lifestyle.

The 26-year-old revealed this year that his recent efforts to eat healthier and exercise more has only had a positive impact on his darts game, and he hopes it will only help him improve in the near future.

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He commented: “Everyone thinks being a dart player is easy, it's not. You have to put a lot of hard work in and for me.

“I thought losing a bit of weight and gaining a bit of extra stamina is going to be extra and it's going to take me further. Losing a bit of weight is a healthy life and a healthy mind. I feel really good, I feel full of energy.”

Rob Cross

Cross became a darts sensation overnight in 2018 after becoming world champion just 11 years after turning professional.

However, the year that followed his crowning saw him pile on weight, and the Englishman was more than ready to drop it back off in an attempt to ensure he remained one of darts' leading players.

A year on from his remarkable title win at the Alexandra Palace, Cross found himself on the end of a shock, as his title defence ended in just the second round after losing to Kim Huybrechts.

Following this the 2018 champion made it his mission to transform his body, and in the space of six managed to shed over two stone in weight.

Jermaine Wattimena

The COVID-19 pandemic seemingly paved the way for a number of the sport’s biggest players to kick off a weight loss journey, and arguably one of the most impressive came from Jermaine Wattimena.

Wattimena’s incredible transformation saw him lose an impressive four stone, and his aim is to not stop there.

Earlier this year he revealed: “I will keep going with it [weight loss] and hopefully lose some more weight.”

Michael Smith

Michael Smith has announced himself as a real force on the big stage in recent years, and this success with darts in hand has also been matched in his effort to shed the pounds.

In an interview with Sporting Life last year Smith spoke openly about how he felt self conscious about his body, and therefore put in the work to put in an impressive body transformation.

In 2020 he admitted: “Two years ago on my honeymoon I was about 20 stone and embarrassed of myself.”

Fast forward two years and Bully Boy impressively dropped nearly four stone, and even Smith himself revealed he was amazed with his transformation as he added: “Now, I’m 16 stone four but I’d not weighed myself all the way through this…

“I still think I’m fat but when I saw the difference between photos I was amazed how much I’ve lost.”

John Henderson

The final man on the list is Scottish fan favourite, John Henderson.

Like many Henderson worked remarkably hard to ensure he lost weight throughout 2020 in order to aid and extend his performance on the oche.

The Highlander revealed at the end of last year that he hoped to play at the highest level into his 50s, and his best way of doing this was to shed some pounds.

He commented: “I knew I needed to do something about my weight and I have done something. I want to be playing this game into my late 50s, so health comes first. I need to look after myself.”

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