Sean Tierney began training under Mr Universe after spotting people in the gym who he wanted to look like.

On instruction, Sean started a high protein diet in order to build muscle.

The 34-year-old claims he was in the best shape of his life when he started getting abdominal pains.

After coming 4th in a bodybuilding competition in 2017, Mr Tierney was advised to lower his protein intake.

“They had to take everything out and sew it back up again”

Sean Tierney

He told Hull Live: “The doctor said the protein was an issue because I needed to increase my fibre.

“It was to do with the amount of protein I was having and the fact I was on a strict diet for the first time in my life and my body was not used to it.”

But after agonising pain, Mr Tierney was rushed to hospital.

He added: “After the competition I was having really bad contractions and pains in my stomach and I had to call an ambulance.

They thought I had appendicitis and said because of all of the bodybuilding they could make a small cut above the appendix and when they put me to sleep they found out I had a twisted bowel.

“They had to take everything out, sort the mess out and sew it up again. 

“I had to have 43 staples but the doctors said I was vert, very lucky not to need a colostomy bag.”

The incident caused him to lose 2 stone in two-and-a-half-weeks.

But despite this, he is back into his bodybuilding and even entering strongman competitions

He also said: “I was very, very lucky though.

“They told me I wasn’t allowed to do any heavy lifting or go to the gym until after six months.

“Before it happened, I was in the best condition I’d ever been in in my life and I didn’t like the way I felt and I was body conscious so I started doing a bit of light exercise.”

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