Kirkwood Member of the Month: David L.

One year ago, our November member of the month, David, decided to take on the FitWit journey! And since then, he got his wife to join FitWit AND became a dad. With his determination to be consistent with his workouts and his motivation to be consistent with his nutrition, he’s lost almost 50 LBS!

He’s done that all while also being an awesome and super friendly member of our community! Next time you see him take a moment to high five him for all his hard work and the progress he has made in his health journey!

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Age: 34

Occupation: Digital Marketing Analytics Manager @ Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, SkipHop

When did you first start FitWiting? November 5th, 2018 – almost one year!

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

I’ve played tennis pretty much my entire life, still, do, but have suffered different injuries over time which have made it more difficult to stay in shape.

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

Aside from losing almost 50 pounds since joining FitWit (we’ll see how the next body scan goes), I’ve seen a big change in how my body looks and feels. Although I’m not at my goal weight, the way my clothes fit has changed drastically, including being a 38 waist for the first time since graduating high school 17 years ago. When I joined FitWit, I was wearing jeans and pants in the 46-48 waist range, so that’s been a very exciting change. I’ve had to donate a lot of clothes, including last year’s winter jackets. I’ve also seen a great improvement in my BMI, body fat %, and love seeing the progress on my InBody Scans.

When I first joined, 30 seconds of planking was torture, but during the plank challenge month, I was able to plank for 3 full minutes! I’ve also reduced my 2k row from around 9 minutes down to 7:15 at the most recent assessment, which was my new personal record!

 

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

I have more everyday energy, which probably comes from the consistency of working out, along with the motivation to eat better. I’m also less stressed, and even use the FitWit workouts as stress relief, which is definitely better than some of the alternatives.

 

Why do you FitWit?

To live a better life and learn how to set goals outside of weight loss. Even though I talk about my weight loss number or my goal weight, FitWit has educated me on how to think about it differently. From the InBody scans where I can literally compare my arm fat loss, to the nutritional things you simply don’t think about, FitWit has helped me identify different goals than the number of pounds lost. On top of that, it’s helped me repair injuries the right way, through hard work, slow progress, and consistent training. I’ve never felt pressured to push an injury past its limit, and am constantly helped to go in a different direction if something isn’t feeling right!

 

Favorite workouts?

I really love the erg, but to be honest, when I first joined, I hated it. I hated the erg so much that I forced myself to go to the gym and work on my 2k row time (outside of class times), and I even went to a few of the early morning classes with Liz to figure out how to get better. Now, if I see the erg on the schedule, I plan my workouts accordingly to ensure I can go on that day. I’m even considering buying one, but we probably need a bigger house so that I have somewhere to store it.

 

Least favorite workouts?

Air bike, because it never quits. No matter how hard you press on that thing, it pushes you harder. Even though it’s my least favorite, I also kind of love it, because I know the air bike is such a good workout and is probably the reason my lungs feel so good now when I play tennis. When everyone else on the court is breathing hard or looking tired, I think about those tough days on the air bike and am glad I don’t skip those workouts.

 

Three words to describe you:

Motivated. Goofy. Tenacious.

 

Any favorite FitWit moments?

When I first joined FitWit, I kept hearing people talk about the “urm”, and my boss at the time who was a member also had warned me about the “urm”. I had no idea what everyone was talking about. I even googled it and couldn’t find anything. Then finally, one day, I showed up to a class where we were going to be spending some time on the “urm”, but it was written on the board as ERG, so I finally figured out it was the rowing machine.

 

Fitness Goals?

  • Break 7 minutes on the 2k row
  • Get down to 220 pounds (also need to figure out a good goal for BMI and % body fat)
  • ten non-assisted pull-ups (I know this is going to be a ton of work, but it’s going to happen one day).

 

Words to live by?

I’m not sure they’re words to live by or my favorite quote necessarily, but one that I am into is, “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen” and “Never miss Mondays.” Those are the two I’m trying to continually remind myself to make sure I get my butt into the gym. If I go to a workout on Monday, I’m way more likely to get there twice more during the week, and I feel like my entire week is more productive.

Something cool we don’t know about you? 

I went to school originally to be a pilot, but because of some changes to Delta Airlines and other factors, I ended up changing my major.

 

Anything else you’d care to share?

FitWit has been the most consistent fitness program I’ve ever participated in. I’ve tried to lose weight several times in the past, but every program or gym I’ve been part of, has caused me to lose interest for different reasons. FitWit and the coaches at the Kirkwood location are so great at keeping it fun, mixing up the workouts, and making sure everyone gets personal attention. Every single coach at Kirkwood has left an impression on me, from small things such as saying “good to see you, you’ve been making great progress,” or taking the time to send an individual email high fiving me for a new PR.