Belly-Off Club: Michael Thomas

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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
Age: 32
City you live in: Joburg
Height: 182cm
Weight before: 127kg
Weight after: 92kg
Time to goal: Two years

The Gain

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.

The Change

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.

The Strategy

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.

The Reward

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.

The Result

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.

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