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I Lost Weight: Jarvis Googoo Fell In Love With Group Fitness And Lost 81 Pounds

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Lost Weight: Jarvis Googoo Fell In Love With Group Fitness And Lost 81 Pounds
Name: Jarvis Googoo
Age: 32
Height: 6’2″
Before Weight: 260 pounds
After Weight: 179 pounds

How I Gained It: While I’ve been an on-again off-again weight-lifter and runner since junior high, my eating habits were not the best, which usually kept my weight up regardless of how much I exercised. However, my weight shot up to 260 pounds in my second year of law school. My best friend from back home committed suicide, and this sent me into a depression. I hardly exercised and ate a lot of unhealthy foods (often deep fried, sweets and soda) to cope. Soon, my regular-sized clothes were no longer fitting properly and my studies were difficult to keep up with.

Breaking Point: After attending counseling to help deal with the depression, I began to feel a bit better emotionally. But when looking in the mirror one day, I realized that I allowed my health to slip away by gaining so much weight. I knew that I had to get back on the fitness wagon and stay with it no matter what.

How I Lost It: I joined a gym in order to get back into exercising and also started eating healthy again. I cut out a lot of sugar, virtually stopped drinking soda and hardly ordered out anymore. Instead of three large meals a day, I started having several smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. I began eating more fruit and vegetables and drank lots of water.

I also began to calculate calories in and calories out. Knowing that a pound was roughly 3,500 calories, I would count how many I was burning on the cardio machines, along with how many I would eat during the day. I started to make good progress with the treadmills and step climbers and weight lifting. Soon I was feeling better, more active and able to get back into some recreational sports. My clothes even started to get a bit too big for me. However, I eventually plateaued. I became bored with what I was doing. I needed something different. Then I finally took notice of the exercise classes at my gym.

I tried BODYPUMP, and quickly became a regular and then a hardcore participant, going to as many classes as I was able to all over the city. Then I started going to BODYCOMBAT and other classes, but it was BODYATTACK that was my favorite. I broke out of my plateau (as an average class burns more than 700 calories) and climbed, and continue to climb, a new mountain of healthy living and fitness. My instructors were motivating, encouraging and a lot of fun. Classes became a passion and a part of my life. Then one day I saw auditions for potential instructors. Given my acting background, zeal for classes, abundance of energy and desire to help others achieve their fitness goals and healthy lifestyles, I auditioned. After a weekend of training that was the most physically and mentally demanding experience in my life, nearly three months of practice and filming, and then submitting my video, I became a BODYATTACK instructor in fall 2011.

I thought that being a participant in a great class was one the best feelings ever, but being an instructor takes it to an incredible new level. I’m absolutely in love with what I do.

Source: Huffington Post

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