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