100 Pounds and Counting

Engineer, John Martin, didn’t set out to be a role model, but that’s what he’s become. Next month will mark his one-year anniversary with 9Round and he’s had quite a journey.

“I was on the edge of being morbidly obese. I’ve always been overweight, starting in elementary school,” says John. Now, 11 months later, John is down 100 pounds, he won the fitness challenge at 9Round in the spring and he’s in the gym six times each week (He started with two or three times per week).

“At first, it’s really, really hard. But it’s 120% worth it,” says John.

This wasn’t the first time John had tried to drop the weight. He says that 9Round took away all of his excuses. In the past, he’d start but stop because he didn’t know what he was doing, would go on vacation or even because of an injury. He credits his success to the ease of 9Round. He says he doesn’t have to know what he’s doing. It’s all written on the board and the trainers encourage him the whole time. Plus, it’s not intimidating, he can get in and out in 30 minutes and it works around his schedule. John says before he started coming, he was worried that others would judge him and expect him to quit, but he says the environment at 9Round is very different. He’s never felt judged and he feels supported and encouraged every time.

In the spring challenge, John dropped 30 pounds and 4 percent body fat. “It’s great, but not sustainable. It’s slowed down, but I’m still going. That’s not discouraging.”

John is within about 30 pounds of his target weight and he says he’ll never go back. “Now, I have a lot more energy. I don’t get tired walking up one flight of stairs anymore. I play ultimate Frisbee and go hiking with friends. I did a 5K in June. I never would have thought of doing that before. It’s really improved my quality of life,” says John.

Plus, John says it’s improved his self-confidence, he’s making friends more easily and he goes out more. “It definitely gave me a new interest in life. I like exercising. I absolutely love it. It’s definitely changed a lot and definitely for the better,” says John.

9Round is about to start the next challenge. Are you up for it? Do you want to change your life? Just look at John and know that you, too, can make the changes you need. To sign up check out [WHAT]. And make sure to say “Hi” to John. He’s always in a maroon Texas A&M shirt with a headband at the Timberwood gym.

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