“If I can do the same thing without an arm, that means we are both able. I am not disabled for having less.”
Often, the first thing that people see when they look at Xabier Osa is his missing limb. They think it’s a problem — a physical impairment that may have been due to an accident or illness.
But for Xabi, his physical health was never the thing standing in the way of his success. It was his mental health and attitude towards life.
“It was me thinking that I couldn’t.”
After discovering exercise, Xabi’s outlook on life completely transformed. He is now a thriving functional fitness athlete and coach, with a mission to inspire and help others to achieve greatness.
Watch the final episode of The Locker Room series now to hear more of Xabi’s incredible story.
At Myprotein, we truly believe that looking after your mind is every bit as important as taking care of your physical fitness, and we recognise how important it is to keep the conversations around mental health going.
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness, for each week of October we shared an episode of The Locker Room — a series of candid interviews with our ambassadors and athletes that give their experiences with mental health a platform. Because we are #StrongerTogether.
Battling An Eating Disorder & Living With PTSD | Emelye Dwyer: The Locker Room – Episode 1
In this incredibly powerful interview, our athlete shares her struggles with mental health — and how she’s now using them to help others.
Coping With The Pressures Of Competing | Abou Konate: The Locker Room – Episode 2
In this honest interview, pro-bodybuilder Abou Konate shares how constantly striving for perfection led to a breakdown.
Why Aren’t Mental Struggles Treated Like Physical Injuries? | Vicky Fleetwood: The Locker Room - Episode 3
Professional rugby player, Vicky Fleetwood, opens up about how being injured felt like losing part of her identity.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this video, the following organisations may be able to provide help and advice:
Mental Health UK: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/information-and-support/
Samaritans: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Shout (a 24/7 crisis text line): text SHOUT to 85258
Lauren is an English Literature graduate originally from the South. She’s always loved swimming, has discovered the power of weight training over the past few years, and has lots of room for improvement in her weekly hot yoga class.
On the weekends she’s usually cooking or eating some kind of brunch, and she enjoys trying out new recipes with her housemates – especially since shaking off student habits, like mainly surviving off pasta. Above all, she’s a firm believer in keeping a balance between the gym and gin.
Find out more about Lauren’s experience here.