Meet Richard, our I AM Behemoth for the month of October! Richard rarely ever misses a class, always shows up early and ends up staying late to get in as much work as he can. In addition to his progress in the gym, his physical transformation due to bettering habits outside of the gym has been awesome to see. Learn more about him below:Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself or something that would surprise us.
I'm Richard, or as Aja says Richaaaard. I was born in Ohio but raised in Clear Lake. I was in several sports including football, lacrosse, track and cross country. After high school I enlisted in the Navy. It was always easy to stay in shape while in the military, but after I left, I never changed my eating habits and stopped working out. Needless to say, I gained weight quickly. I tried to workout on my own, doing everything from gym memberships to P90X. None of it ever held and by the time I started Behemoth I was at a lifetime high of 300 lbs.
How and when were you introduced to Behemoth?
I first saw the sign about two years ago and checked it out online. I went to the free class, and almost threw up, Aja wanted me to get the full affect and asked me back the next weekend. Unfortunately the timing wasn't right and I had to wait almost a year to be able to start up on a regular basis.
What are you most proud of, physically, mentally or both since beginning with us?
I am very proud of both my physical and mental improvements. The weight loss is a HUGE plus, but the ability to push through some of the tougher workouts has been absolutely wonderful.
At first it was location, being the closest box to me. After my first few group classes I was quick to find out that this was a great find. The coaching staff is outstanding, and while THEY won't tell you about their accomplishments, they are well documented, and it shows in their dedication to their gym, and members. As the months go by, the fellow Behemoths and Bshemoths make this a wonderful place to get fit.
What next? What are you excited about pursuing here in the future?
As most people know, I have been trying to get into shape to rejoin the military as an officer. I am currently waiting for word back, so I am working out and trying to stay out of trouble.
“3, 2, 1…Go” Mad Lib section
My favorite lift is…
My most frequent class I come to is…
9:30 IN THE HOUSE!!!
I have always wanted to…
Do a Spartan run
When I’m not crushing weights, my favorite thing to do is…
Hang out with friends, shoot my guns, build stuff with my welder
Favorite “application of fitness” outside of the gym is…
Being able to keep up with my niece and nephews, and while it's not a favorite, helping people move... I have noticed it's easier.
Favorite Pandora station…
AC/DC- Back in Black
Beast mode engaged when this song comes on…
Atreyu- Becoming the Bull
Avenge Sevenfold- Scream
Flo Rida- GDFR