Here at THREE60, above all else, we are family. We hold each other accountable, we lift each other up, we help each other overcome obstacles, we feed positivity into each other, and have created a home away from home atmosphere.
Here I am. Ready to start my 4-month transformation. My best friend is getting married to the love of her life in October, and this is my catalyst for a whole body change. Follow #BeastModeBridesmaid to see my progress!
While the goal is to look great in pictures, my story goes much deeper than that. My journey with Christian Koshaba and Three60Fit started last April. At my daughter's seventh birthday party, I stood in the kitchen with a dear friend who was telling me to work out with her trainer. "Oh no, I don't sweat. I don't work out. It is not something I enjoy!" I declared. I owned the same pair of gym shoes for eight years and they looked like new, coming out of the closet only for the occasional grocery shopping. My workouts consisted of a walk around the park with my daughter.
And then I had a picture taken of me in May. Wow, was that an eye opener! I was bigger than I had been in years.
The problem is that any time in my life that I have been skinny, I have been emotionally unhealthy. I joined a diet program where I became obsessive about calories and pounds to the point where, at my skinniest, my friends were worried about me. I was struggling with depression and the weight loss was a distraction.
After I had my baby, I kept the weight on for years. I was not motivated to work out after she was born, so the pounds just stayed with me. Three years after she was born, my marriage fell apart. The divorce led to stress, which led to massive weight loss. My friends at the time were encouraging me to continue to lose weight, rather than noticing that eating fast food four times a week was still resulting in my body deteriorating.
Then, I started to rebuild – my life, my faith, my friends, my career, my family. I had let all of these things go down a dark path and it was time to get back on track. Over the course of four years, I became a strong, confident, Christian woman and surrounded myself with the type of support that every woman should have. I was incredibly thankful for this journey out of the darkness.
The problem? With emotional health came weight gain. I didn't notice because my life was on the right track. Now, I've noticed. The goal is to get my body as healthy as my mind and spirit.
Last summer, I started working out sporadically with Christian in his outdoor programs. When he opened up the amazing Three60fit facility in October, I started going a little more regularly. It’s time to put it into Beast Mode and watch the transformation.
I do not have a goal weight. I do not have a goal for how many inches my waist or hips should measure. My goal is to create a healthy lifestyle change.
Are you with me?
It was during high school that my struggle with weight began. My freshman year, I wrestled at 125 lbs, but stopped my involvement with sports after that first year. By the end of senior year, I had gained 80lbs.
Upon high school graduation, I enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. My first day in basic training I weighed in at roughly 205lbs. Basic training lasted about 14 weeks. I remember the day of my graduation like it was yesterday. My entire family came to the ceremony. I remember my mom looking around through the various young 19-year faces, trying to find me; all along I was standing no more than five feet away from her. I had lost approximately 55lbs, and no longer looked like I used to prior to leaving for boot camp. My dad immediately recognized me, and pointed me out to my mother. I could see tears in my mom’s eyes immediately, and the words “OH MY GOD!” being whispered through her lips. She could not believe how much I had changed.
I eventually settled in at 189lbs through my military career. Even though I had gained roughly 35lbs after basic training, I was in tiptop shape. I always maxed out my Army physical fitness test.
At the end of my military contract, it came time to make a decision to either make the military my career, or get out and pursue a college degree. I chose to pursue my education. With no time to really do anything but my schoolwork and go to work, I had gained approximately 80lbs only two years after getting out of the military.
I began “doing my best” to lose all the weight I had gained in college, with no real results. I pushed myself to the limits when I went to the gym, but the majority of the time I ended up hurting or injuring myself. I tended to push too hard thinking I was still in the shape I was back in the military.
Mentally I am capable of withstanding a lot of punishment, but physically it has become something completely different. Weighing in at almost 283lbs, it’s very difficult to push yourself without injuring yourself.
Enough was enough, and I needed to get this weight off once and for all. It was my brother that told me to reach out to Christian and this fabulous facility of Three60fit! I connected with Christian almost immediately and explained to him how much I have been struggling with my weight, and how I need to shed this once and for all.
I am not setting a weight loss goal, because I tend to push the limits in what I am trying to accomplish. I am looking forward to the road ahead with Christian and Three60fit, and what I am going to achieve in overcoming a very difficult personal and long-time struggle.
The Amazing Michelle
The Amazing Michelle
The strength and courage I’ve received from Christian Koshaba is more than I ever expected. Commitment was my weak point in this journey; however, working with Christian, he has helped me stay focused on my goal. With the help and dedication from Christian, he has shown me what I am capable to achieve… something I never expected.
I have hit personal records I never saw myself doing. The will power I have to truly commit and see results is something I am very proud of. I would not have any of my success without having Christian as my trainer. His skills and expertise are why I continue to train with Christian. He doesn’t just have a trainer to trainee relationship. He has built a family-oriented facility. Three60fit represents courage, dedication, will power and so much more. I am happy to be a part of this Three60fit family!
I have battled with my weight for as long as I can remember. As an adolescent I felt as though I was ridiculed for my body shape and size. High school was an especially trying time, as I was always considered the “chubby, ugly, fat friend.” My distorted perceptions about myself followed me to college. I thought I needed to be perfect, which to me, meant skinny.
It was a downward spiral from there. I began working out for over three hours a day, and eating less than 500 calories. My weight plummeted, and college became unbearable. My sophomore year, I remember calling my parents to tell them I think I have a problem. It was then we made the decision that I needed professional help; I didn’t love myself, and thought the only way I could is if I continued to lose weight. In May of 2008, weighing under 80 pounds, I was admitted to the for the hospital for treatment of an eating disorder.
Treatment was hard, and the transition after was even more problematic. I still did not understand the healthy way to eat and exercise. I was still engaging in behaviors that I did not deem maladaptive, because it was the only way I had known how to live for so long. In 2012, I made the decision to fully surrender to my disorder. I began gaining weight, and still did not understand how to nourish my body in a healthy manner. It was then that my thoughts about my body image became even more skewed.
That all changed in 2013 when I met Christian. I remember the first time I met him, I thought to myself, ‘This guy is not going to be able to help me, no one can.’ He proved me wrong. He gave me the courage to not give up. I began training with Christian two times per week. He taught me what it meant to persevere through life after an eating disorder, and what it meant to be dedicated to lifelong wellness. Christian helped me succeed and kept me focused on my goals. He built my confidence to believe in myself and my transformation. Now, I work out with Christian three to four times a week for a 50-minute workout, and rely on him for nutrition support.
From cross-training to cardio kick-boxing, workouts are never boring. The class sizes are small enough that group training is always personal. The training studio is intimate, and creates a family-like atmosphere. His passion and knowledge shine through every aspect of his work. He is able to explain workouts in a way that is understandable, and his professional etiquette is unsurpassed.
I am beyond grateful for the loyalty Christian showed. My health, strength, energy and, most importantly, my confidence increased. Recovery from an eating disorder is not easy, but Christian provided me with the will power to continue moving forward during the toughest times. Now, I rarely relive my past, and am focused solely on the future, and loving myself every second thanks to Christian.
Bill the Barbarian
Bill the Barbarian
I am 50 years old and have been working out pretty regularly on my own for a long time. I have used trainers in the past, but not one like Christian.
I began training with Christian when my wife told me about him through her experience at his boot camps. I started with the boot camps and loved them. My wife and I felt better within weeks after starting them. From there we added some additional one-on-one training which proved to be beneficial. Christian uses all aspects of training—weight training, cardio, crossfit, stability, stretching, etc. – that keeps working out from getting stagnant. He does a great job tailoring the workout to my individual needs or targeting areas of opportunity such as my issues with stability due to joint surgeries and injuries. He ensures we all do the exercises properly to avoid injury while insuring maximum gain from them. Christian truly cares for our well-being and has a great passion for what he does.
What sets Christian apart from other trainers I’ve experienced is his ability and willingness to modify a workout for an individual even within a group environment. Personally, he has worked around and through my limitations due to asthma and unstable joints due to several surgeries and injuries. He has helped my wife similarly. His ability to listen to his client needs, goals, and personal issues make him a step above the rest. His dedication to his clients and continued encouragement towards their goals is exceptional.