Gyms and Why I felt like a yoyo
Over the last 5 years or so I have gained weight. Not enough to be unhealthy, but enough to not feel good about myself or how I look. During this same time frame I always belonged to a gym or some type of health club. I guess, in my mind, I thought that if I exercised “somewhat regularly” I could lose weight and get back in shape. Needless to say, that never really happened. I would lose a few pounds, and then gain a few pounds back. I felt like a yoyo.
By December of 2012 I weighed 233 lbs. One night in December I was out to dinner with my girlfriend and we had the pleasure of meeting a famous former baseball player. I had a chance to take a picture with him. A few days later I got the picture, and frankly, I was disgusted by how I looked. I knew then that I had to do something about it.
Soon enough I found the Groupon deal for Precision Kettlebells. I signed up for a package of classes with Mike. Once I started going to PK I got hooked pretty fast. Everyone at PK, instructors and fellow members, are nothing but friendly and supportive. Initially I was going to 2-3 classes a week. The variety of classes and instruction is what really kept me motivated. Mike, John, Lena, and Michelle all run very challenging kettlebell classes, while at the same time keeping it fun. Every class you go to is different. I have never felt like I was hitting a plateau, like you tend to feel sometimes with weight training or cardio exercise.
During the next few months I increased the amount of classes I was attending to 3-4 per week. I started feeling that my body and level of strength were changing for the better. The only problem I was I didn’t seem to be dropping any weight. I had a discussion with Mike about this and he proposed the 6 Week Slimdown. Mike went over the program with me and gave me a very aggressive goal; lose 20 lbs. in 4 weeks. At first I was not sure I could do it, but guess what, I dropped 21 lbs. in the first 4 weeks!! I am still going strong with the program and so far I have lost 27 lbs. in a little over 6 weeks!! A real high point for me recently was when I had to buy new clothes. I dropped from a 38” waist to a 34” waist and from an XL in shirts to a L.
I continuing to attending classes each week and maintaining the healthy eating program. Hopefully I can drop another 20+ lbs. in the weeks to come. I can’t say enough good things about Mike and the PK Crew for their support and motivation in this endeavor. PK has me on the right road, now I just need to stay on it.
Greg Davis- Exton, Pa