Fitness star Tiffiny Hall has taken a big step back from training and hosting workouts online – not because she wants to, but because she has to.
The former Biggest Loser coach and mother-of-one has been battling with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) – a blood pressure condition which in her case is genetic.
This has seen her go from training most days of the week to just 10 minutes of physical activity per day.
It’s a huge blow, especially for someone who’s life revolves around living and breathing fitness.
Tiff opened up to news.com.au, revealing the dramatic change to her life sparked depression, describing her mental health battles as “rock bottom”.
“Mental health is just so important and I make sure I speak to my psychologist every Thursday as I’ve had to work hard on my mental health in dealing with this illness,” she told news.com.au.
“My body has changed, I don’t have muscle tone and I have have gone up a size and that’s never been the case for me. Not even after having Arnold (who is now three).
“I put on 30kg during my pregnancy but lost it – so this is just so different for me. I puff just going up the stairs now.”
The 36-year-old, who is the founder of health and wellbeing program TXO LIFE (formerly TIFFXO), said her health struggles came on fast after a busy period at work last year.
“It happened so suddenly off the back of a few big shoots and I just couldn’t walk or get out of bed,” Tiff said.
Doctors ran what felt like never-ending tests before eventually diagnosing chronic fatigue and POTS.
“That searching for a diagnosis triggered depression and it was the biggest mental health challenge I have ever been through,” she said.
“It was scary and it was rock bottom for me.”