When I first starting training with Rowan, I was 46 years of age, and at the heaviest weight I had ever been in my life. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin, and wore baggy clothes to “hide” as much of myself as I could. I felt shy and embarrassed when I met new people, and so I went out of my way to avoid those situations, and to stay as invisible as possible.
As my son, Rowan had been on at me for months, if not years, to get in shape and lead a healthier lifestyle, so that I’d be around for him and for my other children in the future – but like all people who want to lose weight, I needed to get to a place in which I wanted to do it for myself before I could actually commit to a program and be successful. I finally did get to that place two years ago and that was when Rowan and I finally began to work together.
I will be the first to say that the program was not easy; it was brutal. Especially in the first few weeks. Among many other excruciating exercises, Rowan had me pushing the prowler loaded down with weights, and then pulling it up a hill. He had me doing situps when the tire of fat around my middle stopped me from actually being able to move upwards. He had me doing military presses until I couldn’t feel my arms; and leg presses until my legs were shaking beyond control. All the while, he monitored my diet, checked the inches I lost, and the weight that I shed. Above all else, though, he kept encouraging me, motivating me, and reassuring me that I could do it, even when I didn’t quite believe it myself.
Two years later, I can now say the work has paid off. I have lost over a hundred and thirty pounds and kept it off. My life has changed in every way. I now feel confident to be me, and to be seen by any and all whom I meet. I can look people in the eye and smile, rather than avert my glance. I wear clothes that fit me, and that show off my new shape, and the muscles I have developed. I can wear a bathing suit or shorts, and feel confident and proud. I am also stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I can lift more weight than most men, and want to start competing in weight lifting competitions this summer.
I feel as though I have begun a new life – one that is healthy and active and full of promise and hope. I can say, without any hesitation, that this would not be the case without Rowan. It is because of his vision of me, his patience, understanding and belief in me…his program, and the way in which he changed and developed it to meet my own personal needs and realities… that I am who I am today.
Squatting 195lbs x 6