Fitness

Member Success Story: Alex K.

Why Alex is KILLING IT at CFP (and how you can too!)

 

Alex has been a member at CFP since October of 2015. In that time, Alex has embodied consistency, positivity, belief, desire, and work ethic, which is why he has been so successful in his progress. In that time, Alex has prioritized his training and recovery (through proper hydration and making sure he gets the quality rest and nutrition his body needs to perform regularly at a high level).
If you're reading this and you have physique goals of your own you're working towards, look no further than to Alex's story for motivation! He is living proof that with consistency, dedication, patience, and belief that anything can be accomplished, and in relatively short order, too.

As much as we would love to say that just exercising here 3 days per week has created and sustained his changes, it's been a total lifestyle shift for him that has made him so successful, and his training at CFP spearheaded the change. No magic pill, just "grit" as Alex so simply puts it. 

Alex is the type of person who is willing to try just about anything, and has been such a joy for Megan and I to work with. Alex has also become a great friend, and we are extremely thankful to have the privilege to work with him as often as we do! 


--Bret

If you knew me a year ago, and told me that I would be able to do a full chin up and would be super excited about it, I probably would have shaken my head and walked away in disbelief.  I hardly cared about fitness; I couldn’t be convinced to do sports in high school, and I worked out very occasionally.  I had the semblance of a goal to lose weight, but no real passion to implement it.  However, things changed when I was rear ended in Tualatin at a stoplight, causing me to suffer a whiplash injury.  I started doing physical therapy with Advance Sports and Spine to heal my injury, and afterwards I enrolled in a physical training program with Constant Forward Progress.  Over the course of under a year, Bret and Megan, the owners of Constant Forward Progress, have helped me develop my fitness passion, which has strengthened my body and my mind.

The first difference that I started noticing was the change in my body composition.  I was always self-conscience about my weight, especially when my pant size got to its record high of 40; I was edging close to 270 pounds in the summer of 2014, and I knew that I wanted to make a change.  Once I went back to college for my senior year, I tried to make some changes, but they were only somewhat effective.  When I started working with Bret at the beginning of October, I weighed in at 233 pounds, with very little muscle mass.  Now, I weigh in at 194 pounds, and am able to single-leg deadlift over 50% of my bodyweight and do a single chin-up from a dead hang.  I am far more flexible, and I am able to run without any pain!  I never thought that I would be able to run a mile without getting winded or getting shin splints, but now I can run a 5k without pain!

As my body composition improved, so did my mental capabilities.  I work as a software engineer, and I started noticing that my ability for solving problems has improved.  I am able to ruminate on a problem more proficiently, turning it over and over in my mind, exploring the different facets of a particular design approach.  This gives me the ability to think through a problem thoroughly.  I also feel like can communicate my thoughts more effectively, which also benefits my social capabilities.  I’m much more confident and comfortable around other people, despite being an introvert at heart.

With these two foundational changes, people have asked me about my secret to success.  I like to answer that question with a simple word: grit.  It’s not a word that gets used much, but I feel like it fits perfectly.  I had to change the way that I was eating and also increase the amount of exercise that I do.  It wasn’t something that happened overnight; it took grit.  At times, it was a grind.  Other times, it was a blast.  After a while, it starts becoming second nature – a way of life.  Was it easy getting to this point? No.  Was it worth it? Absolutely.

In short, Bret and Megan have helped change my life.  Generally, I wouldn’t go around telling people that car crashes are good for you, but this one was great for me.  It really sparked this change in my life, and has helped start the most exciting chapter of my fitness life.  Going forward, I aim to continue working with Bret and Megan.  They have taught me a lot about fitness and nutrition, and have made a lasting impact on my life!  When I’m not training with them, I run around Canby, training for the Canby Dalia 10k run, taking place at the end of August.

Remember, when the going gets tough, “Pay attention to the TENSION!”

Left (above): Summer 2014, approx. 260 pounds, and don’t like my picture taken. ☺

Left (above): Summer 2014, approx. 260 pounds, and don’t like my picture taken. 

Gym selfies: Best active recovery...ever!

Gym selfies: Best active recovery...ever!

Right (above): August 2015, approx. 240 pounds, finishing up working with Advance Sports and Spine, before Constant Forward Progress.

Right (above): August 2015, approx. 240 pounds, finishing up working with Advance Sports and Spine, before Constant Forward Progress.

Right (bottom): May 2016, approx. 195 pounds, and just scored a personal best in double single leg deadlifts – 50% body weight for 5 reps!

Right (bottom): May 2016, approx. 195 pounds, and just scored a personal best in double single leg deadlifts – 50% body weight for 5 reps!