Killing the Fat Man: Episode 1

By Sevan Matossian

In CrossFit, HD Videos

April 13, 2012

Video Article

Twenty years ago, Gary Roberts was a 187-lb. Marine. Today, he’s roughly 270 lb. and starting to believe he’s destined for an early heart attack or open-heart surgery.

Join Roberts—and CrossFit HQ filmmaker Sevan Matossian—on the 16-week journey to “kill the fat man” at Oceanside CrossFit in California.

“Fit, to me, is the ability to do everyday things that I used to do when I was in shape and can no longer do,” Roberts says. “It’s about time I stopped looking at other people, looked at myself and said, ‘Hey, let’s change your habits.’”

For his first WOD at Oceanside, he does a short chipper involving a row, squats, sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups.

“Bam, that’s it,” says trainer Laura Patefield.

After struggling through his band-assisted pull-ups, Roberts says he feels good.

“Things are burnin’ I haven’t even known existed,” he says. “There’s … places I don’t think I’ve flexed in a long time.”

Patefield responds, “It’s going to change your life.”

16min 27sec

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Additional reading: By the Numbers by Amy Santamaria and Tim Retzik, published Sept. 29, 2010.

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28 Comments on “Killing the Fat Man: Episode 1”

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Keep it up! You can do it!

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I'm really happy you all are doing this. Brings back memories of coming to Crossfit for the first time pretty intimidated and not knowing what to expect. Didn't know what the Crossfit Games were, didn't know who the web celebrities were, and didn't care. I just wanted to get out of bad shape and into good shape. Can't wait to see how he progresses. I'm re-inspired now.

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"I do feel the burning desire for more, for transformation." If that isn't motivation I don't know what is. Simply awesome

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Semper Fi Marine, keep kicking ass!

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Fantastic!

#3 you have a great name. My name being Aaron Dedrick? (pronounced Deedrick) lol

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Susan Parkhurst wrote …

Props to Oceanside Crossfit.. these are my peeps and Gary is truley inspirational.. It was/is a priviledge getting to watch his transformation and to spend time getting to know him... oh and getting my butt kicked by him in a wod... great job Gary!!

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Absolutely what crossfit is all about! Can't wait to watch the next one!

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You got me hooked man! reminds me of the fire that was lit under my ass a few years ago...

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Enjoyed the hell out of that. Strong work. Keep it up!

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Keep it going! CF will change your life!

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Man, there is no greater feeling then seeing someone finally realize there is a problem and wanting to change, not just for himself but for those around you. A true military man, a true father, and a true cross fitter. Keep up the good work man, get your diet right and watch the fat disappear, watch your mentality change, and above all watch your life change as mine did when i found cross fit.

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Man, there is no greater feeling then seeing someone finally realize there is a problem and wanting to change, not just for himself but for those around you. A true military man, a true father, and a true cross fitter. Keep up the good work man, get your diet right and watch the fat disappear, watch your mentality change, and above all watch your life change as mine did when i found cross fit.

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Michael Elliott wrote …

YES! AWESOME! I love when video's like this are shown. To me, this is what Crossfit is all about. The Open, Regionals, Games, etc. are all great competitions and amazing events, but seeing someone change their life for the better is why we should all be doing this. Gary said it best in the video when he described the lady sitting in a scooter in the grocery store. You are never going to get any better if you keep grocery shopping in a scooter! Great job Gary! Keep up the good work!

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This is awesome! An inspiration. I've been trying to get my overweight father into CrossFit for sometime, but he's in the mindset that it's too hard and he'll never be able to do it. I can't wait to show him this! Keep it up and I'm looking forward to the next episode!

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Wow, how is my story on there!? Motivated here to keep on keeping on!!

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One of the finest CF videos ever! Keep up the great work and those bloody funny oneliners coming :)

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Absolutely fantastic!!! Keep it up and watch your life changing for once and for good. Fingers (all 20 of them), hair, everything crossed. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

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Wonderful first episode. I am looking forward to the next episodes. Gary, keep showing up, take direction, do the best you can and the results will be amazing, guaranteed. Don't quit.

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Kill that fat man!!

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Keep track of your wods so we can see your progress!!!!

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i love videos like this! .....interesting story, interesting person....and given to us in an interesting way!! thanks....can't wait for the next one!

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Awesome video and I can't wait to see the next installments. Congratulations Gary on taking the toughest step which is to figure out what you want and going after it. It will be a tough journey but it will change your life if you can stick with it. Keep up the hard work!

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Great video! Really looking forward to following this one as have my induction at a local CrossFit box in a few weeks. When's the next part due out?

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cant wait to see the next one this was awesome. keep it going.

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This is great!!!! I can't wait to watch the rest of this series. It lets me know I'm not the only one out there struggling. !!!

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Michelle Barbera wrote …

Congratulations on winning back your life! That's awesome! Keep pushing yourself and owning your fitness!

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You are such an inspiration. I feel the exact same way. I am currently on day 5 of a Boot camp style Crossfit. I wish you luck on your journey.

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Loved the part 1 Just did the wod and it was hard for me . 8 min 40 secs

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