In late 2013 I was at my heaviest weight at 266 lbs. I went through a few “medical adventures” since 2010 that really took a toll on my over health and my body’s ability to function and recover. I was extremely unhappy with my overall condition and with the way it impacted my life and my family’s life. I wasn’t able to even take part in the simple, less strenuous events without back pain and issues. After a position change at work, I was able to be home much more and on fixed schedule, so I started to go to American Family Fitness every day after work. After months of solo cardio training, primarily running and some elliptical, I had lost 25 lbs and felt significantly better. Also, my wife, who is always very supportive also worked with me on this journey by agreeing to try living on a semi-vegetarian diet.
However, I was still having pain in my back. At this point I consulted a local physical therapist who told me I needed to stop running the 3 miles a day that had helped me drop all the weight. She told me the running was only making my disc narrowing worse. This news hit me really hard since I felt my health had really turned a corner.
In search of a new way to change my routine and but still get the cardio I needed, I decided to give spin class a try. I had been a member of American Family Fitness for 15 years, but had never participated in a spin class prior. Nonetheless, it always seemed like there was a tremendous energy in the cycle room, so I wanted to give it a shot since it was low impact on my back and joints. Eight months later I have lost a total of 65 lbs and am down to 201lbs, most of it due to the phenomenal cycling and boot camp instructors at American Family Fitness Colonial Heights!