August Member of the Month John D. (Kirkwood)

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Age: 44
Occupation: User Experience Design for Sports Technology


When did you first start FitWiting?

Two years ago I believe

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

Playing competitive soccer my entire life has been about 90% of my sporting/fitness background. The younger me played at a very high level and fitness had a huge role in allowing me to do that. After my life in soccer ran its course, then I just ran a lot and tried P90X/Insanity-type workouts previous to starting Fitwit.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting FitWit

Previous to Fitwit I had multiple serious injuries from soccer but a persisting old knee injury kept giving me problems until I made it through a few months at Fitwit. Since then I’ve never had another issue with it. I have definitely gained a ton more strength and lost some body fat although weight loss would be more if I could say not to chocolate chip cookies 🙂

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected?

Other than super serious real life stuff like carrying in 18 bags of groceries or opening the occasional un-openable bag of chips kale, I would say just learning I can push the limits and work harder. I thought I worked out hard in my basement or on a run before, but being in a group setting made me realize that I tend to push my limits more than I did before. It’s kind of hard not to when you see everyone else going when you want to stop or hearing someone cheering you on for one more rep. I just like pushing myself and working hard, what can I say. I’ve gotten a little better at pacing myself (as Ethan tells us to) but I kind of like just going as hard as I can sometimes thinking of the day I’ll be able to keep that pace the entire time.

Why do you FitWit?

To help make me a better me (physically and mentally). Hopefully a better me enriches others’ lives around me.

Favorite workouts?

Runner/Rower team workout, HIIT workouts, TRX Burn classes, and starting to like some bike workouts….i know, that last one is crazy talk right?

Least favorite workouts?

Timed 100 burpees…but my alter ego loves the challenge

Three words to describe you:

Humble, Optimist, Persevering

Any favorite FitWit moments?

My favorite moment will be the day the 90/90 stretch doesn’t hurt. Outside of that, I love how accomplished I feel after every class (even if I didn’t do well) just for showing up and doing it. And then there are so many small moments from being a part of a great community of people working hard together trying to make some improvements in their lives (one calorie on the bike at a time).

Fitness Goals?

Be better than I was yesterday

Words to live by?

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.   – Conan O’Brien

(and yes I saw last month that Kristina B has almost the same quote but I just had to go with it since it’s pretty much my life motto)

My other one is excerpts from a Marcus Luttrell quote:

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I am never out of the fight.

Something cool we don’t know about you?

Don’t know if this is cool, probably falls into kinda weird, but I used to think a lot about what my obituary would be and was scared there wouldn’t be much to write about. So a long time ago, I made the decision to try to get out and live more and more to experience life. All these little life experiences have and continue to shape me into a person that will hopefully have compiled enough stuff that’s worthy of a good obituary. Told you…kinda weird.

Anything else you’d care to share?

Fitwit has truly been a life changer for me. At 44, my body is getting better at breaking down all by itself (although I usually speed that process up with some of my dumb ways of getting injured) but the benefits I get out of Fitwit will hopefully help me combat that for a long time to come. I truly appreciate all that the coaches do in an effort to help change our lives for the better.