Russ Hunter: His journey to success

Russ is a Fitness Plus client who trains with Rob Sweet. Here is his story, in his own words:

Ever since I was in the 3rd grade, I had always been on the larger side. I may not have been “fat” but I was definitely chubby. I was chubby until about the end of 8th grade, where I stopped playing lacrosse and just dropping exercise in general.

After this, I started gaining massive amounts of weight and eating a lot more food. I was incredibly unhappy. I tried multiple times to lose weight, but they would all only go for a day or two before I quit. Once I went to the doctor, and saw that I was weighing in at a whopping 330 pounds, I knew that I needed to make a change or that I wouldn’t be around for much longer, and couldn’t live a happy life being so heavy.

I texted my trainer Rob, and told him that I was serious about losing weight this time. I was lucky that he would take me back to train because I had always been making up excuses to not have to go into training before. In my first week of attempting to lose weight, I lost 6 pounds. Even though it was only one week, seeing that 6 pound difference really instated in my mind that I had the power to conquer my weight, and I was going to do just that.

As the months progressed, I started getting thinner and thinner, and as I was losing weight my general attitude increased as well.

Whenever I felt like  I couldn’t do something, Rob just kept pushing me and reinforcing me telling me that I could do it, no matter how hard it was. I never had any mako slip ups on my diet, but some foods were tempting, but my end goal was just as tempting.

Now, 7 months and ten days after sending Rob that text message telling him that I was ready to lose weight, I am weighing in at 220 pounds, and am happier than I have ever been in my entire life. Even though I still have a ways to go,  my BMI went from 45 to well under 30. I have seen results and know that with hard work anything can be accomplished.

I now have the energy and confidence to do and try things that I have never been able to do before. I can’t thank Rob and Fitness Plus enough for what they have done for me, because without them, I feel like I may still be where I was 7 months and 10 days ago.

I am now leaving for college at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana in a few days, and even though I won’t have Rob 3 times a week every week, I know that I have everything that he taught me, and will continue to live a healthy active lifestyle.

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