Bill's Story: Overcoming the Setbacks
As a finance professional with two children, Bill has everything but time. He was also raised in a family that never put an emphasis on exercise, so he didn't know where to start. At 45, he found himself stuck. The situation became even worse after he was grounded with a terrible illness following an international trip for work. Doctors warned that he couldn't exercise for six months.
After a slow recovery process, Bill knew it was time to make a change.
"My body was at the point where I was ready to finally do something," he recalls. His weight had fluctuated throughout his entire adult life, starting in his college years. At his heaviest, he weighed 230 pounds.
When he finally recovered from being sick, Bill joined a program at his local gym and dropped down to 193 pounds for the first time in years. "For me, it wasn't so much about the weight loss as it was about being healthy," said Bill.
After finishing the program, he wanted to accomplish even more. That's when he decided on a new program using the Bowflex Max Trainer®, and he lost another 25 pounds.
Beyond losing the weight, Bill felt better-he said the difference impacted his daily life. He recalls going on an eight-mile run with his wife with absolutely no formal long-distance training and was surprised at his ability to keep up.
"If I would have tried doing that run six months before, my legs would have been spent for two weeks afterwards," he said. A regular exercise routine, including the Bowflex Max Trainer, helped push Bill to a new level of personal fitness.
With his weight loss and improved health, Bill felt a sense of individual accomplishment—even his kids and peers praised his transformation. But at the end of the day, the most important part for him was the ability to enjoy activities with his own kids that his parents couldn't do with him, such as hiking the Grand Canyon or skiing in the mountains.
"Fitness for me means being able to live a healthy and active lifestyle with my family and friends for many, many years to come," Bill said. "And now I can do that."
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