What prompted you to join the 6 week challenge?
I saw a post from Coach Mike Orta on Facebook recruiting for his weight loss team. I was clueless to what it was, but I immediately replied to his post not knowing it was a challenge for the entire box. I was at my heaviest weight ever so when I saw his post; it was like a sign from above. I started to hear more about it days after and how everyone was forming their own teams. This was bigger than I thought and it seemed like everyone was doing the challenge. It was exciting for me but at the same time I didn't know what to expect.
Coach Mike quickly set the tone with us from the very beginning and it made a huge difference in my attitude and approach. He was not going to put up with any nonsense and he expected the best from us. I never saw this side of him before and I knew I was in for it. It was good wake up call for me and I took the challenge more serious.
What is the best result from the challenge for you individually?
The knowledge I gained from this experience is priceless. Coach Mike provided us with the tools and motivation that we can apply even after the challenge.
I notice my body actually has muscle under all my flab. I really saw a difference in my body definition, something I didn't think I could attain at my age. I know if I continue to follow Coach Mike’s plan, I can someday look like him. Sike!
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
For me, it was cooking my meals. I don't cook so it forced to start cooking and that's what probably what helped help me in the end. My meals were so basic, there's no way I could gain weight.
Words of advice to other athletes wanting to work with Coach Mike Orta?
If Coach Mike told me to jump off a bridge because it would help me lose weight, I would probably do it. My advice is, follow every single detail from Coach Mike. You may not like it but believe me it's a game changer.
Final words of wisdom?
The challenge did keep me more focus because I didn't want to let my coach and team down. I started to workout more frequently and started to really challenge myself during the workouts. I have to say that my teammates were also a good source of motivation. They were part of the struggle and they constantly made me laugh, making it a lot easier for me. We had a great bond and that's something that will never change. I made some good friends and I enjoy working out with them whenever I see them in the box.