Athlete of the Month
September 1, 2017

September 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for September 2017 is:

Jillian Turner!


When my family and I were working at a camp and conference center several years ago, the head life guard was from Hixson and introduced my brother and me to Crossfit exercises. He was doing Crossfit workouts to prepare for the Navy in hopes of getting into the Seals program. As a kid who always got picked last in PE… Crossfit helped me understand how to get fit. I live in Dayton, and when I accepted a job in Chattanooga, I passed the Crossfit Hixson gym every day and decided to join.

My favorite workouts include anything with box jumps, air squats, overhead squats, handstands, kettlebell swings, and situps.
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I would love to be able to do rope climbs, pistols, double unders, handstand pushups, pull-ups, and a handstand walk!
Crossfit has impacted my life because working out is no longer something I have to make myself do. It is part of my daily routine, and I honestly look forward to this part of my day! I love the people I have met at Crossfit Hixson. Working out with the people here is so much fun!
August 1, 2017

August 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for August 2017 is:

Todd Grainger!


What led you to CrossFit?

My wife, Teresa let me to CrossFit. She did it for about 2 years before I joined, and I got to see how much she enjoyed it.


What is your favorite WOD?

Honestly, I like Murph. Yeah, it’s an ass-kicker, and yes I have to scale, but when I am done, I feel really good


What are your CrossFit Goals?

My goals when I started, and are still the same are to get stronger and lose weight. I’m not trying to compete….my competition days are way behind me, but I want to get stronger and healthier. I want to be able to enjoy living for as many years as God gives me!


How has CrossFit impacted your life?

In the 11 months that I have done CrossFit, I have seen small subtle changes in my health. I have lost a little weight, but I have seen more changes in my body composition. I weigh about the same, but that weight is in different places, now!! I have seen the biggest impact in my Cardio fitness level. I went mountain biking a few weeks ago on trails that I hadn’t ridden since joining CrossFit Hixson. The difference was noticeable! I love CrossFit, it is the only gym/fitness program that I have stuck with consistently. I love the coaches, and the people who work out with me. The personal relationships and positive feedback are what keep me going. I Love CrossFit Hixson!!

June 3, 2017

June 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for June 2017 is:

David Barto!


What led me to CrossFit?

Being able to do a pushup and pullup was, I think, one of those things my father was absolutely going to pass down to his children.  I remember us doing pullup competitions in the basement and him saying, “do as many as you can and then I’ll do one more”.  At the time I hated it and of course now as an older gentlemen myself I see the wisdom of knowing how many you have to do to beat some youngster.  At five I just thought what, common Dad, you go first.  Naturally I got pretty good at pullups which was good because we couldn’t lose to the Lewis family at our yearly pullup pushup competitions at Christmas.  We even had a 25 ft rope in the backyard which must be climbed without the aid of legs lest you be deemed forever a wuss. I’ve been active ever since.  So these type of workout disciplines kind of guided me toward wrestling and pole vaulting.  Push pull baby.  Don’t get me wrong I loved all sports.  My sweet mother took me tirelessly to baseball, football, tennis, and cross country as well.  For the sake of my mother’s sanity, time and cost of gas we had to dial it in a bit for high school.  In College I kept staying active playing intramural sports.  Not working out so much but loving the competition.  In Dental school I transitioned into the whole Beach body workout scene.  You know.  You don’t need a gym, just a DVD player, some space and some weights.  P90X I II and III, Insanity, and Beast.  And I did them all, just ask my lovingly patient wife.  BURNOUT.  Got a little tired of working out at 10:00 at night, but I did.  Can’t do morning before work garbage.  Bless all you AM badasses.  I’m a mess prior to sunlight.  Then my sweet wife introduced me to CrossFit about five years ago.  Instant new best friend.  Loved it.  First workout I couldn’t even finish.  You know something like snatches, burpees and then go run for fun.  Sweating with labored breath, I knew that this was definitely my thing.  All those pullups, pushups and rope climbs are paying off Dad.

What is my favorite WOD?

CINDY baby.  Push pull squat repeat.  Just embrace the suck and breath through it. Definitely my wheelhouse.

What are my CrossFit goals?

I would like to build more strength in my dynamic lifts.  Snatch and Clean.  Ofcourse that means getting better at front and back squats.  Urghh.  Not my favorite lifts.  Keep those knees out David.  That also means I got to eat better, someone keeps reminding me.  I’m getting there coach.

How has CrossFit impacted my life?

Life impact is huge.  The overall quality of life aside, the quality of people you get to hang with is the real treasure.  I’m not just talking about the coaches (who rock), but all the fellow athletes as well.  Maybe I still got those rose colored glasses on, but I have yet to meat anyone I dislike, even mildly.  Except maybe Trainor.  Joking of course.  He’s quality.  He’s the one who introduced me to CrossFit Hixson. Look it, I’m a guy who loves working out and you’ll never have to force me to run jump or pull, but on days when I’m feeling a little off, I’m still coming in if I can get there on time-ish.  The reason is because I’m looking forward to the people I get to spend a few minutes of my day with bustin our butts together.  We workout individually so to speak, but in a shared space with shared goals together helping each other along.  Such a cool thing.  When I walk or run through the door I’m looking forward to seeing who else is there.  To the coaches, thank you.  I’m a bit intellectually challenged thinking I can do more than I should and I greatly appreciate the occasional nudge I need to not be stupid.  That aside the attention to detail and the knowledge each coach brings to a workout with technique tips and WOD strategy and the constant encouragement is priceless.  The positive environment y’all have created is amazing.  You want to come back again and again just to be part of such a place.  I love God, I love my family, I love my friends, and I think I love CrossFit.

May 1, 2017

May 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for May 2017 is:

Morgan Howard!


What led me to CrossFit and CFH?

My first experience with Crossfit Hixson was a few years back with the family Christmas workout in the Sports Barn.  My dad talked about Crossfit *all* the time and so my siblings and I decided to go see what the fuss was all about.  For the Christmas workout, we did the 12 days of Christmas and we had a blast! It was fun pushing ourselves and encouraging each other as a family, as well as meeting the other athletes.  We returned the next two years to do the Christmas workout again.  When I graduated college and decided to come home for a year, I realized that Crossfit would be a great way for me to get back in shape and stay active.  I knew from the family workouts that I liked the environment and the people so I signed up for On Ramp and haven’t looked back.


What is my favorite WOD?

My favorite WODs are the Saturday WODs.  I enjoy the partner style workouts as it is always a fun time challenging my dad and pushing each other to do better.  The people at CFH are what make it so much more than just another gym to me, so being able to see everyone during the Saturday WOD working out together is a highlight of my week.  The benchmark WODs are also very important because they bring out my competitive side to move faster/lift more than I could before and push myself to the limit.


What are my goals?

When I first was looking to join a gym, my original goal was just to work on getting rid of the college weight gain.  However, as time has progressed at CFH, I have expanded my goals.  Now, I am working on finding the right balance of working out and food to be strong and fit.  I also have new motivation, after the start of ROMWOD and Tammy’s yoga classes, to improve my stretching and stay flexible.  In terms of specific aspirations, I am practicing stringing double unders together as well as progressing with my pull-up/push-up.


How has CrossFit impacted my life?

CrossFit has impacted me much more than I thought it would.  My family used to mock my dad due to his incessant comments about CFH, but now I am probably worse than him.  In terms of physical fitness, CrossFit has done exactly what I was looking for it to do at first: build my strength and endurance and help me lose weight.  But, it has also done more than just that.  Working out with the 5AM fam ensures that I start my days off happy and motivated.  Although getting up at 430 isn’t always the easiest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.   The friends that I have made at CFH are some of the sweetest people and they have made this fitness journey such an exciting adventure.



April 1, 2017

April 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for April 2017 is:

Chris Trainor!


What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
I met Jason and Amber in 2013 because my company was building  them a home.  I had some friends who enjoyed Cross Fit and I was interested but I had never experienced it.   Jason and Amber challenged me to give it a try.  Jason looked at me from across the closing table and said, “Do you even lift BRO?”  I think they were shocked when I actually showed up on the following early Monday morning for my first AmRamp class.  I have loved it since and the rest is history.


What is your favorite WOD?
I don’t think I have a favorite WOD.  I do prefer the WOD’s that are “chippers”.  I think that is what you call them.  Even after three years I still do not have my CrossFit vernacular down.  I like it when there is some heavy weight and cardiovascular involved.  I like CrossFit because it challenges every athlete to be faster, stronger, and work on your endurance.  There is no hiding from something you do not like once you enter the “Box”.  I try to hide from snatches and overhead squats but they always seem to find me.  I do like the filthy 50 and “Helen” WODS too.


What are your goals?
My original goal was to slim down and work on my love handles.  I have been somewhat successful at trimming down but I really need to commit to a better diet if I want to lose the handles all together.  The beer and pizza usually find me too.  I love CrossFit but I can’t say I have the same affection or discipline to try a Paleo diet.


How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CFH has been of great impact for me on a physical and mental level.  I certainly have gotten fit, stronger and thanks to Tammy’s insistence on YOGA stretches I have become more flexible.  I still need to work on my flexibility.  CrossFit and CFH has probably benefitted me even more on the mental side of things.  I have made great friends at the BOX and it provides a huge stress relief for me.  My wife can definitely tell when I have not worked out for several days and I become a grumpy old man. Although I enjoy a fine glass of red wine and I consider myself a cultured and open-minded man, I am a meathead at heart.   The Box is the only place I know, that not only allows, throwing around heavy weight, spitting, sweating, and swearing, but encourages it.  Jason and Amber have created and developed a special place for folks to get fit, be healthy, and meet different people.  I am thankful I met them and I appreciate their labor of love.  Amber loves saying “no rep”’ but you can tell that she and Jason truly take a great interest in all the athletes in the gym.  Their hard-work and genuine personality is what sets the CGH apart from other gyms.


March 1, 2017

March 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for March 2017 is:

Marie Beasley!


What led you to CrossFit and CFH?
I initially found CrossFit by happenstance. There was a box (Spartan CrossFit) in the warehouse next to my husband’s warehouse in Michigan. I kept seeing these crazy people flipping tires and pushing prowlers in the parking lot and thought it looked like fun. I really missed a more competitive sport after my softball days were over and after some research thought CrossFit was a perfect fit. I was so scared for my first WOD but fell in love immediately.  I moved to Tennessee in July of 2015 and after trying several boxes I just felt so at home at CFH.  I’m so happy I stuck around!


What is your favorite WOD?
Despite my LOVE for deadlifts, my favorite WOD is Grace. It’s simple and quick. Not a lot of thinking. Just move the weight quickly. I love it.


What are your goals?
Right now I’m working on getting leaner and quicker.  I love lifting heavy weight, but I’d like to be less intimidated by running and bodyweight movements when they show up in a WOD.


How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Wow, it has impacted my life in so many ways.  I know that I’m stronger and more confident with my strength than ever before. I was a pitcher in college and wore out my shoulder. I used to feel like I was limited, but I feel stronger than ever now.  I still have days when it bothers me, but I’ve learned how to work around the aches and pains.  I have also just learned how to take care of myself better–more stretching and mobility, listening to my body when it tells me to rest.

Most recently I was able to keep CrossFitting throughout my last pregnancy. This was the most active I had been through any of my pregnancies and felt so much better postpartum.  I was motivated and able to start moving again right away. I am very grateful to the coaches at CFH for helping me keep active while pregnant!

As a mom, I love that my kids know that mom is strong too!  My kids expect me to lift heavy things when needed, and they absolutely know that girls can lift weights and be strong. I love this!

CrossFit has also affected how I talk to patients about activity. I have always been an avid proponent of movement with my patients, but I feel like I have learned so much about how to find activity that meets people where they are and how to motivate them to just think about one minute of movement at a time.

I am so thankful for CrossFit and CFH!

February 1, 2017

February 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for February 2017 is:

Brad Lumley!


What led you to CrossFit and CFH?

Kaylie and I were active Sports Barn members. We’d both been endurance and trail runners for a few years but training for long distances requires huge amounts of time away from home and family. I wanted an exercise routine that would allow me to keep running but also add some muscle mass and overall strength. I checked out CrossFit Hixson on a whim because I wanted structure and instruction in my next pursuit.


What is your favorite WOD?

My favorite WODs vary based on what I’m targeting at the time. But I always like picking up heavy objects. And I LOVE dropping them. So really, any WOD with deadlifts, cleans, jerks, and/or snatches, I’m going to be excited about.


What are your goals?

I want to be monstrously large and strong. Right now I’m focused on reducing body fat. Once I’m down to a comfortable body fat percentage, I’ll shift my focus back to increasing muscle mass. I also have a couple of goats I’m targeting: pull-ups and double unders.


How has CrossFit impacted your life?

CrossFit Hixson has really given me a new extended family. Coming in, I expected most folks to be friendly but I didn’t really understand just how close we’d become and how many true friends I’d gain. CFH always feels like home. So it’s really less like having to “go to the gym” every day and more like going somewhere I’m supposed to be. It’s part of my routine –part of what makes my day complete.

CrossFit has also improved my immediate family. Kaylie and I work out together as often as possible. Rylie attends teen and family programs and WODs. And Brewer is already talking about how much he can “wift” because he’s “SO STRONG!”

Finally, it has changed my overall health in ways I couldn’t imagine. When I started, I could barely squat the bar. When I could walk out the door and run 20 miles, I assumed I was healthy. But I didn’t realize that I was pretty weak at the more functional and fundamental movements that everyone needs. CrossFit has helped me become stronger all around –because I probably will never need to run 20 miles but I might one day have to pick up my 100 pound daughter and carry her somewhere, or put a heavy box on a top shelf, or move a piece of furniture.

January 3, 2017

January 2017 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for January 2017 is:

Erika Yost!


What led me to CrossFit and CFH?

I had been actively working out attending Lisa Blevins classes with Amy, Luke and Stacy. Luke checked out CFH first, then the ladies went to the WOD & wine. I was a holdout for another 8 months. As programming schedules changed at SB North, I was seeking a high intensity workout with plenty of variety in the Hixson area. I checked out CFH and haven’t looked back. I am a competitive person so CrossFit really fuels my competitive spirit. I am able to compete against my own goals and abilities while continually challenging myself. I am always trying to push myself to that next PR or faster time.


What is my favorite WOD?

I really enjoy WOD’s with running as I feel like they play to my strength. I like to keep track of my benchmark WODs to compare my times so I can see how far I have come and improved. As well as where I am now in speed and strength.


What are my goals?

When I first started doing CrossFit my goals were to continue exercising and get a good work out in. Since then, I have shifted those goals to advancing my strength through PR’s, continued improvement / learning the Olympic lifts, and having a much better understanding for my health and wellness. I would really like to be able to do kipping pull ups so I am working to string 5 pull ups together.


How has CrossFit impacted my life?

Before CrossFit I was working out to stay in shape, now I’m working out to gain speed and strength. I really like the functional movements of CrossFit and how getting stronger will help in my day to day life. Since joining Crossfit I have lost 10 pounds and am the strongest I’ve ever been in life. I continue to impress myself and challenge myself each time I am at the gym. I have also made some great friends by joining CFH major added bonus! Shout out to my coach advocates Lisa & Luke- That’s right I have 2!


December 1, 2016

December 2016 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for December 2016 is:

Ed Emerson!



First of all, thanks to all the coaches for everything! As far as my CrossFit story goes, I had a co-worker named Simon Duffey who was in his 20’s at the time who kind of challenged me to consider getting involved in working out at Rush Fitness. This was in 2006. At that time I had absolutely no form of exercise happening in my life. I found myself working lots of hours and my eating habits were not so good to say the least. I made the decision to do something about it and began going to the gym with Simon. I was getting results and started to notice some changes in appearance that made me continue. The thing I didn’t realize was that there was way more to being in shape than just lifting weights! The same guy, Simon, comes to me in 2008 and says, “hey man, you need to go with me to try CrossFit, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done working out”! This was 2007. So I take Simon up on the invitation and go to “Get-Built Chattanooga” off main street. That was one day I wouldn’t forget. We had a trainer named John who at the end of the WOD, had me throwing up in a garbage can. Needless to say, I didn’t go back right away. I realized that I was NOT IN THE SHAPE I THOUGHT I WAS! That day challenged me in a new way. I realized that I had to incorporate cardio in to my workouts. We began to meet downtown and run. I went from struggling to do a mile to being able to run several miles and compete in different events that take place in our area. I found myself falling in love with the way I felt and looked vs where I used to be. My time with my daughters was quality, being outdoors more often and passing that influence on to them. In 2008 I made the decision to go back to “Get Built” off main street and joined up. I was able to hang and found myself being extremely competitive with a much younger group of guy’s and girl’s! Two years later I was not only in the best shape I had ever been in, but was addicted to CrossFit! We relocated from East Brainerd to Falling Water where we moved in to The Canyon’s. At that point I began to train at Volunteer CrossFit having no idea that they were associated with CrossFit Hixson. Of course I made the move to CrossFit Hixson where I found out that Jason & Amber were my neighbors! I love these guy’s and all the coaches and members. It’s my family and the greatest box there is period! I like the way Lauren challenges me by saying, “you could have got that”. She’s usually right. I try again and get it! As far as my life outside the box goes, I enjoy being with my family & friends. I’ve been married for 20 years and we love to have people over and just kick back by the pool. Occasionally, we even fire up the smoker. I am the GSM @ Capital Toyota and work lots of hours so my time off is very important and how I spend it is also important. I have four daughters, two that are still at home. I think maybe somewhere along the way I prayed and ask for patience AND God surrounded me with females! The dog is even a girl! I love watching my girls play sports. Sydney is on a select Fast-pitch softball team and plays for the CCS high school team also. Taylor runs track for CCS in middle school. My family and I attend church at Calvary Chapel downtown and love to travel! As you can see, I’m an extremely blessed man with both family and friends that are 2nd to none! Did I mention that I was addicted to CrossFit Hixson and love Jason’s treats! I’m 53 years old and still feel like I’m 25. Jim’s my man @ 6:05 and his commitment to the box inspires me.


November 1, 2016

November 2016 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for November 2016 is:

Kasi Pilinko!



What has led me to CrossFit and CFH?
I have never been one who enjoys working out. My husband tried for years to get me to work out with him but I never wanted to. I was always one of those people who was just naturally skinny and I was happy with that. It hit me one day that I was I not a skinny little 20 year old anymore and I was not living a healthy lifestyle or setting a good example for my kids. Knowing myself and knowing my lack of motivation I decided I needed to be a part of a group to work out and have a coach tell me exactly what to do since I had no clue. My daughter goes to gymnastics at the Sports Barn and I just happened to see the CrossFit Hixson sign one day and decided to check it out. The first class I went to was nothing but rowing and I thought I was going to die, but I loved it at the same time. I joined that day and have loved it ever since.


What is my favorite WOD?
I don’t know that I have a favorite. Every night before bed I get excited to check and see what the next day’s WOD will involve. I really enjoy the way CrossFit is different every day. I have a tendency to lose interest in things easily so the combination of different exercises keeps my attention and helps to keep me motivated.


What are my goals?
I really want to do a pull up without jumping! I want to be able to do the sport workouts. I want to lose fat. I want to have nice arms where you can see a muscle even when I’m not flexing! I want my butt to looks like Lisa’s ☺ Wow, I didn’t realize I wanted so many things until I started answering this question!



How has CrossFit impacted my life?
CrossFit has not only impacted my life but it has impacted my entire family. I have learned that I would rather be strong and healthy than be skinny any day! I am not yet where I want to be physically but I know I will get there and the coaches at CrossFit are the reason. I feel like the coaches genuinely care about my success and that means a lot. All 3 of my kids love CrossFit and love being involved when they can. My daughter, at three years old, told my 85 year old grandmother that she needed to be going to CrossFit “to be healthy”! I love hearing my 11 year old say his favorite part of the day was going to CrossFit Kids. My husband has recently started coming to class when he can and is also loving it. I really enjoy the fact that my entire family can come to the gym together and everyone leaves happy and sweaty!


October 2, 2016

October 2016 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for September 2016 is:

JP Nerbun!


What has led me to CrossFit and CFH?
Like most individuals I do not enjoy the traditional “gym” experience and I sought something new and different. Before CrossFit I was blindly designing my own metabolic workouts, as I desired intensity in my workouts and needed them to be brief. I knew I needed a change and stumbled upon CFH and was instantly captivated by Amber’s enthusiasm and high level of coaching. The feeling after my first workout was addicting, the coaching was at a high level, and the culture at CFH was apparent after being in the BOX for only 15 minutes.

What is my favorite WOD?
Murph was a game changer for me as I wanted to quit 45 of the 48 minutes, but upon completion the feeling of success was exhilarating. I have trained at high levels and intensities as a basketball player in college, but never at that high of intensity by my own choice. Every day you walk in the gym you have a choice to work your hardest or not, and it is you that lives with the decision.

What are my goals?
I have no goals in CrossFit or any life goals for that matter. Around a year ago I just started to make commitments instead of goals. Goals are not controllable, but my commitments are choices I can make every day. My current commitments are to WOD 4-5 times a week; eat to perform 5 days a week, Yoga 2-3 times a week, and extra lifting 2 times a week. The Olympic lifting class has been phenomenal and the Wendler definitely improved my strength.
I plan to reassess every month based upon other commitments in my life, but my focus for now is to continue to grow towards the best CrossFit athlete I am capable of becoming. The sport aspect of CrossFit definitely has become more appealing to me and to say I don’t have any aspirations of competing at a high level would be lying. However, the aspirations just help to inspire and motivate me to follow through on what I need to do daily.

How has CrossFit impacted my life?
When you give your best at something and have people there cheering you along, the rest of the day you are left with a great feeling about your growth as an athlete and person. After a WOD my focus is stronger and attitude is more positive for the remainder of the day. Doing morning WODs has definitely helped me be a better teacher, coach, husband, and now father. It has become the most important part of my daily routine.
The culture at CFH has been one of the most positive sporting, exercise, or fitness experiences of my life. If I could workout 3 times a day I would do it! I have been involved in sports all my life and currently coach basketball at Notre Dame High School. So many of my previous experiences have involved toxic cultures and CFH just reminds me daily the importance of creating a positive culture as a coach and a Physical Education teacher.

September 2, 2016

September 2016 Athlete of the Month

The Athlete of the Month for September 2016 is:

Kaylie Lumley!


What led you to CrossFit and CFH?

Brad and I had been members of the Sports Barn for about three years. After Brewer was born, we became dedicated runners. After running my first marathon last November, I decided I wanted to focus on getting faster at shorter distances. I told Brad that I wanted to start CrossFit at CrossFit Hixson because I hoped it would make me a faster runner. Our first visit was on a Saturday, and we knew immediately that we wanted to join.


What is your favorite WOD?

My favorite WOD lately is anything with cleans. I’ve been trying to improve my form on certain movements and so strengthening days are also a favorite. WODs with short distance sprints are great, though I’m beginning to dislike the longer runs! However, I enjoy mixing the running and the lifting together. I like being challenged to try to lift heavy after sprinting!


What are your goals?

My goals are different now than they were when I started in January. I still enjoy running short distances and fast, but I’ve become more focused on lifting and improving my form. Brad and I have been practicing for our team competition, and so my current goal for that is just to be able to finish all of the WODs! I am also excited for the league that’s about to start. Oh, and I would really like to be able to do a pull up and string together some toe-to-bars.


How has CrossFit impacted your life?

It has changed my view of what it means to be healthy. Before CrossFit, I weighed myself every day. I was obsessed with the number on the scale. Now, I can’t remember the last time I weighed myself, but I do know I weigh more now than I ever have and I’ve never felt better. The only weight I care about now is how much I can put on the bar!

I was very competitive when I was running but it was very isolating during training runs and races. Beating previous race times was rewarding, but I never felt like part of the running community. With CFH, I immediately felt like I was part of something amazing. I never knew how supportive the CrossFit community was until I joined, and now I can’t imagine leaving it. Brad and I have made amazing new friends at CFH and it really has become a second home to us. I’m also very proud of Rylie for her hard work since starting crossfit. She and Brad go to the gym together weekly. She wants to be strong now and is much more confident!

It has changed my view of what it means to be healthy. Before CrossFit, I weighed myself every day. I was obsessed with the number on the scale. Now, I can’t remember the last time I weighed myself, but I do know I weigh more now than I ever have and I’ve never felt better. The only weight I care about now is how much I can put on the bar!