I’m sure you’ve seen them…..they actually jog to the gym. They are sweating before the warm-up begins. And then they jog home. Or bike…or whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Who are they? And why are the working so hard?
Meet the self-proclaimed “Fat Boyz of Rising”….Tom Riga, David Brewster, Nate Clements, Eric Gibbs, Ben Carson, and most recently, Damione Lewis. Rising members for several months, these athletes became friends while sweating it out during their daily workouts and ultimately decided they wanted to form a group to provide support and accountability for each other with regard to reaching their individual weight loss goals.
According to Brewster, “I was coming [to Rising] 4-5 days a week and finally got past the point of ‘surviving’ the workouts, but I still weighed more than I wanted to.” “I justified my bad diet by the fact that I was working out 5 days a week. It was a mindset I developed as a college swimmer and I carried it through to my adult life.”
Enter Coach David Borrelli, who helped create a six week challenge and set some measurable and attainable goals for the group with regard to exercise intensity and a healthy diet. They set a goal to each lose 2 pounds a week, with weigh-ins every Monday. They agreed to a physical challenge type penalty for the group if anyone fell short of the goal. For example, one week, the entire group, including Borrelli, had to complete a 400 yard farmers’ carry with kettle bells after the workout because several members of the group did not meet the 2 pound requirement.
In addition to the penalties, rewards, such as a cash prize and a few rounds of golf for the ultimate winner were thrown into the mix. But what started out as a six-week commitment to improving their health and supporting each other has now been extended through the summer so that the weight loss, and perhaps more importantly, the camaraderie can continue.
When asked if the group was open to new members, Tom Riga exclaimed, “of course…anyone who is interested is welcome!” And what’s not to like? Hard work, support for each other, friendship, clean eating, accountability, and feeling comfortable in your own skin…..sounds pretty darn good to me. Congratulations to all the present members of the club, as well as any future members, for taking control of their health and working hard to achieve their fitness goals!