Luis' Story: The Importance of Discipline
For Luis Tijerina, finding time to be active was a challenge. As a computer programmer, the 58-year-old spent eight hours every weekday sitting at his desk. By the time he got home from work, he lacked the energy to work out.
After seeing pictures of himself and not liking what he saw, Luis knew he needed to change. The Odessa, Texas resident realized that if he didn't take his health into his own hands, he would end up like his father—who suffered a heart attack at the age of 61. Determined to live a long, healthy life, Luis started incorporating fitness into his daily routine and reevaluated his diet.
Luis' first step was to stick to a strict 2,000 calorie diet, which consisted of healthier foods—such as lean protein, nuts, vegetables and protein shakes. Next, Luis wanted to find a place he felt comfortable working out. He purchased a storage unit and transformed it into his dream home gym—complete with the Bowflex® TreadClimber®, Bowflex Max Trainer®, Bowflex® SelectTech® dumbbells, Bowflex Xtreme® home gym, a Jacuzzi and a sauna.
Today, Luis has lost more than 50 pounds and gained a significant amount of muscle. He credits his continued success to his strict fitness routine.
"Every morning, I wake up at 5 a.m. and I'm in the gym by 6 a.m.," Luis explains. "At 5:30 a.m., I normally take a pre-workout solution that will help boost the workout I do. By 7 a.m., I'm normally done with my workout. I do strength training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On the opposite days, I do cardio. Working out starts off my day very well."
Luis continues to find motivation through his family. "I just want to keep healthy and live beyond the point that my father did," Luis says. "I have children and grandchildren. I want to be able to see them grow up and have a good life. I want to be a part of that."
Thanks to Luis' transformation and new healthy lifestyle, he now has energy that he lacked before. Luis enjoys spending his newly found energy working around his house and playing with his grandchildren.
For people just starting their fitness journeys, Luis recommends starting slow. "Don't try too much at once," Luis says. "Increase your workout a little bit at a time based on what you think you can do. Just keep moving."