When I joined Anytime Fitness nearly four years ago, I weighed more than 570 pounds. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, was borderline diabetic, and was on medication for all three. Then my wife and I had a newborn son, so it was time to make some life changes; I was now living for my family, too.
Three years later, I am a healthy 265 pounds (at 6’6”) and am on no medication! With many local and out-of-state clubs and 24-hour access, Anytime Fitness made that change possible. Trainers are always there to help out, and at the smaller sized clubs, compared to big box gyms, there is always a sense of family.
Losing 300 pounds was simply not possible without a good workout routine. Anytime Fitness is the place for me; I even have my favorite out of town locations when I travel.
Chris’ Diet Changes
I make sure to eat at least 100g of lean protein every day, drink a ton of water, and eat several small meals throughout the day (staying around 1,500 calories). One of the most important things for me was to make sure to eat a healthy breakfast every day—a protein shake every morning right after my workout.
I eat little to no sugar and almost no processed foods. I haven’t had any fast food or soda in more than three years!
Noticing Positive Changes
Having a consistent workout routine means actual visual physical changes, like being able to see muscle definition and no more fatigue, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, and blood sugar problems. I have lots of energy now! I went from 570 pounds and more than 50 percent body fat to currently weighing 260 pounds and about 12 percent body fat.
Chris’ Tips + Tricks
Favorite healthy snacks: Greek yogurt, Quest bars, venison jerky, organic granola, and water.
Favorite beginner workout: It was about 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill and a little weight training. I was done within 30 minutes.
Favorite workout now: I train 6-7 days a week. After a 15-minute cardio warm-up, I do about an hour of weight training a day, rotating different muscle groups throughout the week. I also do an hour of high-resistance cardio three days a week, as well as core work daily.
Advice to someone considering starting a fitness program: To start! That’s the hardest part. And whatever program you decide on, just stay with it; being consistent is the most important thing. You don’t have to have an amazing workout or eat perfect every day, but the more you make it a habit, the less the bad days will impact your plan.
- My favorite cheat meal: Pizza.
- Number one on my bucket list: Travel to Europe.
- Not many people know that I: Hate working out! I do it because it’s necessary and for the way I feel after, but it’s not my favorite thing.
- On a perfect weekend, I am usually: Boating or snowmobiling.