SUCCESS STORIES

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2015 Success Story: Paige

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I have consistently been training with Relentless for the past year. I started years ago in 2009 and saw great success, but then took some time off and lost my confidence and gained weight. I slowly made my way back to boot camp, but struggled with consistently attending twice a week. I had to work my way back up to a 25lb kettlebell, and I was usually the last one to finish the workout, which was very humbling, but I didn’t quit and now I’m so thankful because of the great results I’ve seen.

Boot camp has given me a newfound sense of confidence that I never knew was possible. I also never thought I’d wake up at 5am excited to start my day with a morning boot camp or leave work excited to end my day with an evening boot camp. Pushing myself in my workouts and tackling challenging movements gives me the energy and confidence I need to tackle a challenging day. I’m ready for whatever may come my way. I also discovered how passionate I am about fitness and nutrition and my goal this new year is to start taking courses to expand my knowledge so that one day I can help others find the success I’ve found. I struggled with food my entire life, but through the nutritional support boot camp offers, I’ve learned how to meal prep, how to find balance in my meal choices, and how to listen to my body and eliminate foods that are harmful.

Since last February, I’ve lost 15 pounds and gone down 2 pant sizes! I can now shop in the medium/small sections of stores which was never possible before and I feel comfortable and confident wearing fitted jeans and dresses.

The 3 keys to my success have been the following:

  1. Meal Prep Monday
  2. Increasing my workouts
  3. Cleansing once to twice a year to reset my body
  4. Competing in local 5Ks or a team event.

My new found confidence in my workouts, my career, my dating life, and my personal life; looking lean in my clothes, and seeing drastic improvements in my boot camp benchmarks are all the changes that have taken place over the past year.

My advice to each of you out there is to never stop pushing yourself.  I believe you must find balance. Allowing myself to enjoy some of my favorite foods and drinks on the weekends has been such a vital key to my success; work hard; play hard, baby. Lastly, my amazing coaches and nutrition gurus (Megan, Lucy, Richie and Lynnsey); I couldn’t have done it without you all. You’ve truly transformed my life.

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SUCCESS STORY: TY

Ty has been attending the corporate wellness class at Statoil for only 4 months and has LOST 25LBS! Ty writes–

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The camp is very convenient in a busy life. Being able to work out during lunch helps me force myself to go, because I have no other excuses. It also makes my work day go by faster! After a long day of work the last thing that I really want to do is drive to a gym and spend another hour of my day that I can’t get back. I have other obligations after work majority of the time. Lastly having friends working out beside you and a coach pushing you definitely helped me reach my goals. I mean honestly I don’t think you could pay me to do 75 burpees in a day if I wasn’t in this class.

 

The following have been keys to my success:

  • Be conscious of what you eat. It’s not always calories in calories out. It’s the macros in those calories that play a big role. Cut sugar down!! Up protein intake!
  • Stay consistent in your workout regimen. Doing so will make you continuously think about your food choices and lifestyle.
  • Get around people that motivate you to be a better person. The wise say “always surround yourself with smarter people than you are,” working out is no different.
  • Drink a lot of water….Soft drinks are bad! And really not even that good besides for DP.
  • Educate yourself on food, and always have cheat meals in your week. It will keep you from getting worn out.

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2014 Success Story: Meetesh

unnamed4In June of 2010, my wife Barbara and I were living in Budapest, Hungary with our then 2 1/2 year old son, Danny, and we were expecting our second son, Kelen, in July. I was training with my Hungarian team for the WFDF Ultimate Frisbee World Championships that were to be held in Prague, Czech Republic.

One morning, I suddenly came down with an illness. It caused me to pass out and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance. After six days in the hospital, the doctors discovered I had pneumonia in my entire right lung, an infection in the lining of my heart, and every organ in my GI tract was inflamed and shutting down. The doctors told Barbara they were worried that my body was shutting down and I was going to die.

After ten days recovering in the hospital, I lost 10-15 pounds, had a fraction of the lung capacity I previously did from the pneumonia, and wasn’t allowed to exercise for six months because of the infection in the lining of my heart. I essentially lost all the muscle I had built up and couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without pausing to catch my breath. Competing in the world championships was out of the question. As I got back to my normal life, I put some weight back on in the form of fat. I was still thin, but my body composition changed dramatically.

When we returned to Austin after Kelen was born, I was finally allowed to start working out again. In addition to getting healthy, I wanted to get back into playing shape for ultimate frisbee. Jennifer Lee, whom I had worked with previously, mentioned that I should come out to the Relentless Boot Camp Lisa Thiel was coaching. My first time at boot camp, I made it 15 minutes before I had to stop. That was almost 4 years ago now!

As a very young kid, I was always super skinny. I didn’t have much muscle or athletic ability and as my parents weren’t athletic, it wasn’t emphasized. I played baseball and soccer, but in late elementary school and junior high, I discovered computers and video games. I stopped playing sports altogether and put on some weight. During my senior year of high school, I decided I wanted to get in shape and get myself ready for college. I started running with the long-distance track team (> 25 miles per week), cut out all red meat, sodas, and at better in general. I lost 40 pounds in 4 months (190 to 150) and my athletic abilities started showing up. It energized me and changed my mindset in such a way that I never wanted to be out of shape again.

I started lifting weights, running, and played ultimate frisbee my freshman year in college. From then on, I was hooked. I looked at working out as a way to be in shape for ultimate, but also as a way to look and feel the way I wanted to. I lifted based on what I had learned from friends and from P.E. classes in college and ran the workouts designed by the coaches of the teams I was on. I was in good shape, but I was over training: training in the wrong ways and injuring myself. I was constantly sore and I couldn’t perform at the level that I should have been able to perform.

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Put on 15lbs of muscle and has 7% Body fat

Since joining CrossFit Central, I have not only able to get back into shape for ultimate frisbee, but I am in better shape than I have ever been in in my life. I have played elite, competitive ultimate frisbee for 15 years, but now I feel like I can truly perform at the level I expect of myself. I started a master’s ultimate frisbee team, Tejas, with a friend of mine and after 4 years together, we won the USA Ultimate Master’s National Championships this past July!

My body composition is better, I am stronger and faster, and I am able to avoid injury. Doing the Relentless Boot Camp has allowed me to keep from overtraining but still gets me ready to play ultimate frisbee. I got my body fat down to 7% last year (the lowest since I was 21) and I ran multiple 5:16 miles. I’m stronger and leaner than I’ve ever been, or ever expected to become.

But, I think the biggest thing the workouts have done for me is better allow me to structure and prepare for my day. With two kids, a demanding job and family life – my previous habits of working and staying up late weren’t going to cut it anymore. I’ve now come to enjoy being up early and working out before work gives me energy for the day.

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2014 Success Story: Susan

I have been working out with personal trainers for several years, but was ready to try something new. I like the small class size at CrossFit Central, the friendly competition and always doing more than you thought you could physically do.

Growing up on a farm in rural East Texas, I learned how to work hard, to treat others with respect, and that there is nothing you cannot achieve if you set your mind to it. Those lessons have served me well in my career and in my time at CrossFit Central. After graduating from college early and spending a few years working on political campaigns, I got the opportunity to start my own political consulting and fundraising firm. It was a fit. At the start, I was young and inexperienced but I never let that deter me. I always believed that if people gave me a chance, I would exceed their expectations. Today, I have a statewide firm with over 12 employees and the opportunity to work with some of our nation’s best and brightest leaders.

I work hard at everything I do. I always try to set goals, reach them, and move on to new ones. In my experience, other workout training programs I tried seemed whimsical. The trainer may or may not show up, be late, or have issues. What I love about CrossFit Central is that the coaches are always there at 5:30 a.m. and they are as committed to giving a good workout as I am to getting one.

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Since joining CrossFit Central, I’m stronger, leaner, mentally tougher and have a lot more endurance. The workouts help me mentally prepare for my day. For one hour, six days a week, I’m getting to do exactly what I want to do. All I have to focus on is getting through the workout and there is something purifying about that.

The people at CrossFit Central are really great and I have loved getting to know them. My husband has now joined CrossFit Central as well and loves it. We compete against each other, which adds another fun dynamic to the workouts!

In general, I’ve seen how exercise helps me clear my head. When I don’t workout, my mind feels like it’s filled with cobwebs. Even when I’m traveling and may not have much time, doing ten burpees in the morning helps. Getting some exercise, no matter what it is, makes the day better.

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2014 Success Story: James

unnamed7I started Relentless Boot Camp at age 49 in hopes to get healthier. After a year of going to my boot camp classes, I dropped some weight and toned up – but then an injury derailed me both physically and mentally.

The loss of my dad on Father’s Day a little over a year ago started the downward spiral to my health. After weighing in at 298 lbs and having a flight attendant ask if I needed a seat-belt extender I knew I needed to get back to my boot camp classes. I rejoined Relentless Boot Camp and finally started working on my diet, which had been an elusive process in the past.

I had played rugby since college and at a decent level when I was younger, but now I’m in the “Old Man’s” rugby league. Before my weight loss I was big and slow. Now I’m more agile able to play the sport I have always enjoyed with more stamina and strength.

Just a year ago I weighed in at 298 lbs. I’m now at 225 lbs with only 10 more to go until I reach my goal! I have also toned up quite a bit. I recently bought a suit jacket that was a 48 regular – my last suit I bought last year was a 56 regular. I’m going be broke if I continue to buy new clothes! Also, this past summer, my physical concluded that my blood test levels were back to normal for all categories. I was even able to play in a rugby tournament with men 20 years younger. I held my own and had fun!

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2013 Success Story: Jessica

I initially started Relentless Boot Camp through their Coporate Wellness program with my employer, Statoil. I was 28 years old, a newlywed and just moving back to Austin. I wasn’t happy with my weight or fitness level but wasn’t sure how to really make a difference on my own. Growing up I have been active but never played team sports and didn’t consider myself an athlete.

I wanted to make a change in my life physically and enjoyed the opportunity to do it during work hours. Prior to boot camp, I was very happy, but disappointed in my physical appearance. I was at a high point emotionally and mentally as I just got married and started a new job. I knew I wanted to make some changes physically to be at my best.

Relentless Boot Camp challenged me from Day 1 and I started feeling stronger and more fit every week. I have been able to work up from a 15 lb kettlebell to a 35 lb kettlebell (lifting heavier will not bulk you up girls!) Since joining Relentless, I have gained confidence and am a happier person in my day to day life. I see myself as an athlete. I love to challenge myself physically and truly enjoy working out. Since joining boot camp, I have ran several 5K races, won my age division several times, and competed in a couple CrossFit Central competitions. Emotionally, my new confidence and love for myself has helped my life feel more complete. Relentless has helped me think of myself as an athlete. I have never had that feeling before but now truly see myself that way. After working so hard on my physical goals, my husband and I were ecstatic when I became pregnant in August of this year (picture with the kettlebell is at 5 months pregnant).

Lost 25 lbs., 120 inches, 11% body fat and 2 dress sizes.

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2013 Success Story: Eric

EricBeforePhotoI started Relentless Boot Camp about three years ago. It was the first time I had a purposeful, scheduled exercise program since high school, and I didn’t really want to go (my girlfriend won a gift certificate). I do like to run, but my running was without direction or goals. For years, I ran for six or seven months, every single day. I would get a little faster and be able to go a little further, then I would get worn out, take a few months off, and almost be back where I started. Originally, I was going to give boot camp about 3 months to see if I liked it and to get a jump-start for starting to run again. I was about 245 pounds.

After three years I am ready to admit that the “trial period” is over and the “Kool-aide period” is in full effect. I love this stuff! I love the time and place. I love my coach and other coaches. I love my new friends, the support I get, and I love what it has done for me in many different areas of my life. My conditioning, training, and diet is more deliberate and goal oriented. Even my running is purposeful thanks to my coach, Megan Parsons. I’m a Showout kid. I like what I’m doing, and I am going to keep on doin’ it!!

Two years ago I was down to 225 lbs, then to 210 lbs last year, and now 190 lbs. Two years ago I ran a timed mile at max effort at 8:20; this past July I did it in 6:20.

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Lost over 20 lbs., 13 inches and 8.5% body fat. Improved mile time by 2 minutes and has gone from swinging a 25lb kettlebell to a 55lb.

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2013 Success Story: Karen

Karen_BeforePictureI am over 50 and a self confessed workaholic. I was stressed out with a new job and multiple new responsibilities coupled with a quick move to Austin and with numerous family issues. I internalize stress and my way of dealing with it was two glasses of wine every day after work. Running was at one time my former passion but no longer feasible due to compressed discs in my back. The muffin top around my mid-section was getting bigger; I felt bloated and was tired all of the time but still had difficulty sleeping. I was exhausted mentally and physically, and I needed something more physically challenging than walking my old labs around the block. I had recently transferred to Austin from Houston and was being lazy about finding something to keep me active and engaged plus I had no idea where to start. I had got out of an exercise routine due to my daily 2+ hour commute in Houston. The Austin office offered a workout on my lunch hour at the office so I decided to give it a try.

Since joining our corporate wellness boot camp, I have a more positive attitude, more energy, and I sleep well. I am more relaxed and seek balance in my life. I made it through personal issues with grace and sensibility and have more professional and personal confidence. The biggest difference I have seen is in my nutrition. Coach Jeremy Thiel introduced our group to the paleo-zone diet. Food logging the first time around was an eye opener. My metabolism is not what it once was, but the combination of diet and exercise are key to maintaining the results I have achieved thus far.

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Lost 15 lbs, 8 inches, 5% body fat and went down 3 dress sizes!

I used to run marathons but boot camp challenges me physically and mentally on a regular basis in a different way. I look forward to lunch Monday through Thursday and enjoy pushing and exceeding my self-imposed limits.