What is the most significant change – whether social, physical, mental…you have experienced since you have been here?
Mental- everyone (coaches and members) are supportive so working out/ changing lifestyle habits isn’t a lonely journey.
I lost 51 pounds a year and half ago, gained back 25 and am now getting back on the band wagon.
The support makes it so much easier.
What is your favorite thing about Reign?
Everyone here is there to work out and take care of themselves. There are no pretentions, no divas, etc. I like that we have every body type, size and shape and all get along.
I have to add that I really like the focus on technique as well. We’ve all heard stories about workout injuries due to bad form and I didn’t want to aggravate old injuries acquired throughout my life.
What are your goals or aspirations leading into the New Year?
✅ Survive the holidays with my family
✅ Get a new job on the client side instead of the consultant or contractor side.
✅ Lose weight and strengthen my lower back
✅ Mix up my workouts between Reign Fit and Barbell.
✅ Get some XXL Reign swag (I swear its my shoulders and not my belly)
Share your favorite memory so far at Reign.
Going to have say it’s Sam and the challenges.
She made me do my first challenge, called me out on the second when I was “indulging” on a Friday night and generally gives me a (smartass) push along so I don’t get away with much.
Plus, between Sharmy, Hillary and now Roneida, I don’t stand a chance as they all know my wife…
What would the title of your autobiography be? Why?
“Confused Alien” because I get asked a lot “Where are you from?”
I was born in the UK, lived in Australia from 3 months to 13, visiting the UK from 1 to 6 months at a time, and moved to the US in 1981 (some of you weren’t even thought about then).
I’m a UK citizen that was never quite Australian when living in Melbourne, an Australian citizen when I was in the UK referred to as a “wild colonial boy” and a Permanent Resident Alien in the US. When asked where I’m from, I don’t really have a straight answer. All three countries are red, white and blue and very similar, very different, and have had major influences on me.
My accent changes depending on where the person I’m talking to is from and I’ve been know to switch words in the same sentence (lift : elevator, hood: bonnet, etc) if multiple accents are present. And it comes out a bit more when drinking…
There’s a St. Paddy’s day story involving a booze cruise, a kilt and a naughty nurse in there for another time.
Who is your Hero? Why?
Watching him struggle along with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for the last 6 years of his life with as much dignity as he did was impressive and inspiring.
“I didn’t realize how difficult losing that confidant, mentor and support would be while he was still alive but unable to communicate, He passed away in May, 2016.”
Both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s scare the hell out of me so working out, nutrition and lifestyle changes became pretty important the end of 2013 when Dad really started going downhill.
I don’t feel like I’m 48 but you also have to eventually come to terms that your body and mind aren’t going to bounce back like they used to.
What are your hobbies outside of Reign?
Skiing, fishing, boating, tinkering on my cabin, trying to golf, Seattle Sounders.
I had more prior to marriage but…
What’s in your most frequently used emoji tab? (Send us a screen shot)
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their fitness journey?
Don’t do it on your own.
Get some professional help so you can exercise correctly for your level and body type, maintain form, etc.
✅ Find some support to keep you going.
✅ Look at more than just exercise. Realize that working out by itself isn’t going to lose weight so make the lifestyle adjustments needed for your nutrition, sleep, etc.
✅ Every injury you’ve ever had will come back to haunt you. You need patience to work through, re-align and strengthen those old injury areas. It took me a year to strentghen a knee and my lower back. Now I need to work on ankles, a shoulder… and the dreaded belly.
BONUS: Share something we don’t know about you….
I absolutely hate cottage cheese because it makes me think of baby vomit. I won’t talk about it or look at it and don’t try to get me to eat it.
Fill In The Blank…
Water. Swim, boat, ski, dive, salt or fresh, if there’s water, I’m in.
A twin. My brother is the ugly one
Burpees didn’t exist. If I ever meet whoever came up with those…
All the healthy stuff all the time (lol). Actually, I usually do pretty well from Sunday night to Friday noon. Friday night and the weekend are up for grabs but much better than they used to be.