Aaron Hepker is entering another phase of his weight loss journey. The last time we checked in on him, he'd lost a hundred pounds and completed his first five kilometer race.
He's struggled a bit since then but refuses to give up.
"I want this more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life and I’m going to throw everything I can at it."
His goals are getting bigger. So, his workouts are getting harder. It was leg day on a recent visit to his gym, Infinity Training Center. The intervals consisted of 45 seconds of work, followed by 15 seconds of rest. It's not easy, but it's worth the benefits and will take Hepker to the next level.
"I'm very proud of his progress," says his personal trainer, Terri Good.
Good says Hepker is putting on a lot of lean mass - she estimates about eight pounds a month. But because muscle weighs more than fat, Hepker isn't losing as much weight as he'd like.
"So, the last month I've been busting my butt and I only lost five pounds," says Hepker. "That was infuriating."
Good gets it.
"He’s not excited about the number on the scale, but luckily for us, we don’t consider the number on the scale the measuring stick for success."
The first phase of Hepker's fitness plan focused on building competence and confidence. This phase incorporates more functional and metabolic training. For Hepker, it also included an audit of his life.
"I looked at how I was spending my time, what was I doing to make this better or what was I doing that was hurting me."
Hepker started working out twice a day. He also re-examined his diet and started drinking more water.
"The last three weeks I’ve been doing the two-a-day, even three-a-day workouts. I’ve been exhausted but I can feel a difference."
Good says Hepker's perseverance shows he really wants this and is willing to put in the work to get it.
"The difference between Aaron and the people who give up too early is that Aaron’s only purpose isn’t to just lose weight. He’s really trying to make a lifestyle change. He wants to live in a healthy body."