My name is Brandon Cox and I am a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad) or I as I like to call myself a “domestic engineer” with a wonderful wife, Monica, and 2 small children (Molly – 4; Evan – 2). I live in Coppell, TX and have been in the GYIS program for a little over 2 years.
Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I was an athlete in high school and college. I played college baseball and coached collegiate baseball while attaining my master’s degree. After graduate school, I was a golf professional until deciding to stay at home after my wife and I had our first child. Even though I had always been an active person, I was starting to become less and less active as I got older. I tried to work out, but was unsuccessful at sticking with it. I would work out for a month and then stop for two months, which was not doing much good. Keep in mind that I used to think “working out” was going to the gym to lift weights or playing golf (while riding in a cart!).
Why you decided to join the Get You In Shape Program?
My wife’s sister started going to a boot camp in Atlanta and immediately she and everyone else starting seeing results. After she explained the class to me, I thought that a “boot camp” workout would be something I would enjoy. I started looking into boot camps in the Coppell area and found Get You In Shape on the internet. In addition, my family has a history of heart disease and I had recently been put on cholesterol medicine and my wife who is an avid exercise enthusiast “strongly encouraged” me to pursue a healthier lifestyle. So, I talked my brother into signing up with me for the GYIS program thinking that we would only join for a month at the most and I am still here working out with GYIS over two years later.
What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
I was impressed with the organization, knowledge of the trainers, and their confidence in the program giving you results. I have to admit that I was thinking how can I possibly get a good workout with 5 pound dumbbells and stretch bands; Boy, was I wrong about that! I also liked how the program stressed quality and not quantity. Not everyone is at the same fitness level and the GYIS program allows you to go at a pace that fits you.
What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
The food journals really made me realize everything I was putting in my body and held me accountable for my eating habits. The 24 Day Challenge is also a tool that I have used multiple times and have gotten great results. My wife and I use many of the Advocare products on a daily basis.
What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
Accountability. Get You In Shape pushes me in my workouts and gives me the tools to be successful in reaching my fitness goals, but, ultimately I know it’s up to me to put in the work. I have also made many friends at boot camp and I know they would give me a hard time if I missed a class.
Challenge. The variety of workouts always provides challenge and I am never bored with the ever changing and new workouts. I am amazed that I continue to be sore even after doing this for 2 years.
Star jumps. Just kidding!
How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I have lost 30 pounds. And most importantly, I have maintained my weight for over a year. Maintaining weight loss and keeping a healthy diet were my biggest challenges before joining Get You In Shape . I am definitely more conscious of everything I put into my body. I’m not always perfect, but I feel GYIS has given me the tools to easily get back on track. The weight loss has enabled me to clean out my closet and buy all new clothes!
I have become an avid runner (I hated running before Get You In Shape ). I ran my first half marathon in March of this year and a second in October. I am running my first full marathon this December. My wife is an avid runner and now that I am running, we are able to run together. Training and running together has enriched our relationship.
Before Get You In Shape, I always felt lethargic and complained about being overweight. Now, I have more energy and just feel better. In addition, I never thought I would become someone who would wake up early to work out. The morning workouts are a jump start to my day and really make me feel so much better throughout the whole day and week.