Belly-Off Club: Michael Thomas
When Michael Thomas joined the CrossFit movement, he didn’t know how much his life would change for the better
Name: Michael Allan Thomas
Occupation: Cad Operator
City you live in: Joburg
Weight before: 127kg
Weight after: 92kg
Time to goal: Two years
In my mid to late 20s, exercise and eating right were very low down on my list of priorities, to be very honest I didn’t even own a pair of takkies. I was going to pubs and clubs four times a week, drinking and eating anything that came my way. Life was just one big party and worrying about my health and the future didn’t cross my mind at all.
As a result my weight spiraled upwards, at my heavist in 2009 I was 127kg. I was only 29 at the time, and the potential health risks were too great to ignore: I realised it was time to lose the weight and get healthy. The obvious (and conventional) way to lose the weight was to hit the gym, where I did some weight training and very little cardio. But in the gym I was doing very little plus I had no idea what I should be eating. I was then introduced to Crossfit at a gym called FightFit Militia in 2010. It was a strange concept for me as I never believed you could train your whole body in one workout. But I stuck it out, sweated through the various WODs (Workout Of the Day), and in just 12 weeks I broke the 100kg barrier.
As you can imagine I was excited, motivated and determined to lose the remaining eight kilos to reach my goal weight. I went to a dietician and got set-up with a great eating plan. I cut my four days a week out to one. I also started reading more about healthy eating, and filling up on more protein and cutting down on carbs. I made a deal with myself that I would do something everyday that would make me sweat, and I’ve stuck to it. I run, swim and just try to be an active person in general.
That’s easy, I am so much happier with myself in general. So much so, my confidence shows in everything I do: at work, socially and most of all, in my relationship. In short, I am loving life at the moment and things are just getting better and better.
My total weight drop was 35kg. My body fat percentage went from about 30% to 13%, and my pants size went from a very tight 38 to a loose 34.