Long standing member of Strive Life Athletics.
Rod became a Strive member in July 2015 when he made the decision to go out of his comfort zone and join this group of people, whom he saw every day on his dog walks, working out in Coronation Park. Rod thought they were way out of his “physical fitness” league.
“I WAS TRYING TO EMBRACE THE PHILOSOPHY OF, “…DO ONE THING THAT SCARES YOU EVERYDAY”, AND BELIEVE ME, THIS TERRIFIED ME.”
Rod had reached out to Strive via email to make sure this was something he could do and they made no hesitation that he was welcome.
Although Rod felt a little clumsy and uncoordinated after his first class he was energized. He admits he was tired and sore for a few days afterwards, and still wasn’t sure if he was capable of keeping up with this group.
The coaches were so encouraging and supportive, and the people he met that first time were inspiring and friendly that he knew he’d be back.
It wasn’t long before his coordination improved… thanks to the ladders! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and needless to say neither was he. Rod constantly saw gains in his overall strength week after week and his conditioning got to the point where he even completed his first half marathon last fall; not bad for someone who couldn’t even run 5KM a few years ago.
In April of 2016 he took advantage of the Nutritional Program Strive introduced and over the next 6 months he saw a drop in almost 30lbs and shed over 16” off his body.
On the anniversary of his first year at Strive he received the “Strive Cup”. This was a turning point for him; not because of a trophy he won, but because he realized he had achieved more than just a physical transformation. It has been a complete transformation of body, mind, and spirit. The new found confidence has been life changing.
“JOINING STRIVE WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER MADE. IT IS A HUGE PART OF MY WEEKLY ROUTINE AND HAS BECOME MORE THAN JUST AN ATHLETIC TRAINING CENTRE…IT’S AN AMAZING COMMUNITY OF LIFE ATHLETES AND FRIENDS WHO CONTINUALLY MOTIVATE, INSPIRE AND PUSH ME TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF MYSELF.”
Today, Rod is down 32lbs since joining Strive (major chunk of the weight loss was during his time with Additional Nutritional)
Also, Rod has lost a TOTAL of 15 inches! ( both lbs and inches are net as he has put on muscle )
- Increased Confidence
- Completed his first Half Marathon
- Progressed from the Boss Chain
- Increased Strength & Conditioning
2018 Biggest Obstacle:
Rod still has a sweet tooth and likes his chocolate and ice cream but he reminds himself that the lifestyle changes he’s made are long term so he indulges once in a while but it’s the long term goal that counts.
Rod continues to work on his fitness journey & The Strive Team can’t thank Rod enough for his energy, dedication & support since stepping into the Athletic House… Keep Striving!