It is very hard to express in words the way HWTC has changed my life!
I have worked in the Offshore Oil & Gas field for the last 7 years and doing so I have made excuses as to why I couldn’t go to the gym and stay fit and healthy. When I first got my job I weighed in at 190lbs, but in January 2013 I weighed in at 230lbs. It made me sick, not to mention the fact I hated the way I felt and looked. I have always had low self-esteem and have been struggling with depression for a while and when I saw 230lbs, it took the wind right out of me. I was sick of feeling down all the time, sick, depressed, looking at my ever growing stomach. My extra weight didn’t help with the back injury I had suffered in high school either causing me to lie in bed for days at a time. As a former athlete, this killed me on the inside! How could I have let myself fall so far?
I decided it was time…I am in charge of my fate and I made the decision to join the HWTC. In January 2013, I enrolled in my first 42 day program. It was tough, but I was determined to be the best and I made a vow that I wouldn’t give 100%, I was giving it everything I had in me. The program and coaches changed my life, opened my eyes to see how unhappy I truly was, how depressed I had become, it still amazes me. I had heard all about “The Cult” that I had joined, but this is just people who are in denial and don’t understand. I have tried to explain…we are not just a gym, we are all a TEAM…a FAMILY! The people there love and respect each other so much. They want nothing but the best for each other and make sure that if they can help, they do! Upon finishing Ripped, I had dropped 33lbs and lost 10.25” off my waist. I was a whole new person, with a new outlook on my life.
While making the decision to do another program, I continued to train for the next 3 weeks. I then decided to keep training and continue with my coaches and training partners and joined the Built in 42 program. The results that I had achieved in the Ripped program only fueled my desire to be the best. I stuck with my goals and helped push my training partner’s every day. We work harder and harder, get labeled as the “freaks” of the Ripped class. We laughed and continued training together for the next 42 days. At the end I was again leaner, healthier and happier than I had ever been in the last 7 years. I lost another 21lbs and 5.5”. I was beyond happy with my success.
Then my life changed again… I had been in a place in my life where things were always made me more and more depressed. HWTC was the only place where I could go and feel alive again, feel happy and where my work was appreciated and respected. I had met a special person at HWTC, a person that helped me to see that I am capable of great things. She means the world to me and I am so grateful to have her in my life. With her wisdom and encouragement along with my coaches, I destroyed the next intersession between classes and dialed in my nutrition and training. At 36 years old with a bad back and some old injuries, I managed to become this…
I didn’t see it while training and I was told “One of these days you will get out of the shower and look in the mirror and be like…WHO IS THAT???”, guess what…IT DID!
I value all the time and experiences I have had thus far with HWTC. I have continued with my second Built in 42 program and will graduate on August 17th, 2013. Rob and his team gave me the courage to step outside of my comfort zone and enroll and successfully complete Training For Warriors, Level 1. It helped me with my self-esteem issues, Martin Rooney was unbelievable! I was able to use this and all I had learned from my coaches and I helped coach a Built class, I was on top of the word.
My most recent accomplishment was last night, August 13th, 2013 and I owe it to everyone who has supported me through this journey…a 515lb trap bar deadlift!
My journey continues…and I can honestly say I have no intent on leaving…thank you for everything!
“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”