Member of the Month – April 2017
Name: Nick Gehring
Member Since: February 2016
What are your fitness goals for 2017?
In 2017 I want to lose some more weight until I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. After I hit that weight, I want to cut fat and work on my endurance. This year, I want to compete in a Warrior Dash.
My main goal this year is to fix my diet and eat much healthier foods, consisting of more protein and veggies and less cookies and sugar.
What is your weekly workout routine?
I like to start my workout each day by going into the gym and shooting around for about 20-30minutes to get my heart rate up and get my muscles pumping on all cylinders. After that my workouts switch between upper and lower body every day. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I work on my upper body and lower body on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I don’t spend a whole day on one specific muscle, but I do work some muscles harder than others depending on what needs more attention. After I do my workout I finish with some HIIT abs training. Some days I will go back down to the gym and shoot around for a cool down, but I usually run out of time.
What keeps you motivated?
My motivation comes from a picture that I took on my phone when I decided to change. It was after I finished my “first” workout. When I look at that picture I get ashamed of what I used to be and I know that I will never allow myself to become that person again, and since that day I have never looked back.
Do you have a success story to share?
When I first joined The Center I weighed nearly 270 pounds, I always ached and pained and the farthest I could go was from the couch to the fridge, where had to take a break before making it back. I finally decided one day that I had enough. I decided to join a gym and I HATED IT! I would go in and get out in an hour and a half or less but I forced myself to do it. Then I started to see results. I will say the most satisfying thing a person can witness is watching their own body change for the better after putting in hard work. Now I weigh less than 200 pounds, my body feels a million times better, and I go to the gym to escape my everyday thoughts and end up staying for hours because there is no other place I would rather be. It has changed my life with such impact that I can never see myself taking my foot off the gas.