Wreckognize Fitness is the culmination of a group of people that have been through a roller coaster ride. We have lived through extreme lows and extraordinary highs that have left harsh scars and loving memories in our minds. We are a group of recovered drug addicts and alcoholics that found a better way to live life. It started in our messed up brains. We had to fix what was broken in order to create an existence that was worth waking up to. One way we accomplished this was through physical fitness. We realized that a fit mind can only flourish in a fit body that is prepared to tackle all of life’s challenges. Wreckognize Fitness is about finding the fitness that fits you. We are here to help guide you through your own peaks and valleys. We want to see you achieve what you believe to be impossible. Through the right mind set, planning, and hard work you can become exactly what you want to be. Journey with us on a hard road to your own happy destiny. If you are willing to put forth the effort, we are willing to help you attain your goals. We want to see you succeed, triumph, and push through the barriers that have held you in place for far too long. We hope you enjoy our philosophy and can find what we have found through a pursuit of a happier, healthier life. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
I got sober in June of 2013 after hitting a breaking point. My dad confronted me about my behavior, physical appearance, and work ethic. I weighted 165 pounds at 6 foot, which basically meant I was skin and bone. People said my skin had a tint of green that made me look ghoulish and incredibly unhealthy. I thought I looked awesome. My aunt told me I looked way to skinny and I took that as a big time compliment. I wouldn’t eat because I wanted my high to last as long as possible. I entered treatment reluctantly, but I was out of options. About half way through the 90 day program, I began to grasp the concept of sobriety and saw myself for what I really was. I was broken and needed a sustainable solution to my addiction. When I left treatment, I weighed 210 pounds with upwards of 20% body fat. I had grown an affection for food that seemed insatiable. I used my eating as a comfort mechanism. I was replacing my drug and alcohol problem with an unhealthy attachment to the food I ate.
After many months of sobriety, I realized something needed to change. I had been bogged down in a routine of poor life choices that kept me overweight and unfulfilled. I have always wanted to workout but I never really needed to. I was an athlete growing up and never struggled with food or weight issues. I didn’t know where or how to start. In January of 2015, I started spending time with Thomas and Lyle. I began going to the gym with them and eating dinner at Thomas’s house. Thomas introduced me to a new way of eating and a fitness regimen that was tough but manageable. I fought the hard work, especially in the eating department. I never wanted to give up my soul food. Then I started to see results and I was hooked. I dialed in. I set new, inspiring goals, put a plan together, and entered the gym with a purpose.
Now I weigh 185 pounds with 6.5% body fat. I strive everyday to improve upon the day before. I love how I feel now and I want others to experience the same happiness that I have been fortunate enough to gain. Anyone can achieve their aspirations, no matter where they come from. I started as a green skeleton and now I can fit into the clothes I wear with confidence. The choice is completely yours. See where you can go.
On the morning of December 14, 2013 I woke up inside a jail cell, emotionally, physically, and mentally broken. That year I had been kicked out of school, arrested twice and lost the trust of all my family. I finally reached my breaking point and realized that I had no idea how to live my life. I went to treatment a week later weighing a feeble 125 pounds. Before getting sober, I never really cared about working out, goals, or accomplishments. Even when I was active in sports growing up, I didn’t care about hitting the gym. I was always smaller than my friends and I hated working out with them. I felt weaker then everyone else and that I was constantly being watched or judged by the weight I lifted.
The treatment center I attended had a pretty nice gym setup and I grabbed the weights every free moment I could spare. Even though I spent a lot of my time around the iron, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had never truly learned how to workout properly. Regardless, I started treatment as a skeleton and left with 20 more pounds on my frame. I started to look healthy and feel better about myself. I started to approach my workouts with more structure and created clear goals that I could attain. I aimed to weigh 160 pounds and I was able to reach that goal through proper diet, the correct workout regimen, and a fiery refusal to quit. Right now, I am in the best shape of my life. On the days I miss a workout, which are rare, I feel out of whack. Health and fitness have become a discipline, a habit, and a passion in my life. I haven’t found anything more fulfilling than accomplishing my goals.
No matter who you are or where you come from, it is 100% possible to reach as high as you want. Your life is your life. Make a commitment to not quit and the world will bend to fit into your hands. Join us and find the belief in yourself that has always been there. Go out every day and Wreck It.
I walked into treatment weighing 175 pounds a complete doughy mess. I hadn’t worked out in months and had thrown any idea of “good” nutrition out the window. The only nourishment I worried about was a constant stream of pain medication. My life had begun to unravel and I stopped caring whether or not I woke up. Then, I had a moment of clarity. I realized my life couldn’t continue at its current rate of ridiculousness. I was an opiate addict that hadn’t been to work in 7 days, my finances were a joke, my girlfriend was threatening to leave, and my body was wasting away. After I confessed I needed help, my girlfriend and I went down to her parents home to play in a rare snow storm as a send off. We built a snowman, had snowball fights, and made snow angels. I started to believe I could do it on my own and that treatment wouldn’t be necessary. My moment of clarity began to dissipate and my insane brain began convincing me I was fine just the way I was!
We finished our snow extravaganza and my girlfriend went inside to change. As I began to follow her into the house, I sneezed. I watched blood spray across the snow in front of her parents porch steps. I sneezed another spray of crimson and just stared at the morbid Jackson pollack painting on the ground. I was defeated. The next day and the 83 after that were the best and worst days of my life. I found a solution to my problem and I found solace in the gym at the facility I attended. I decided life was so much more than simply existing and my pursuit of physical fitness was just the beginning. I walked out of that treatment center weighing the same 175 but my body was completely different. It was time to see what life really had in store for me.
Now, I try every day to do better than I did the day before. I strive to help others reach their personal goals and provide a road map that they can follow to achieve the fitness that fits them. I believe in the power of good nutrition, a solid workout plan, and hard ass work. I also believe that anyone can have the life they wish if they continually perform the activities necessary to bring about success. It is a daily thing. It doesn’t happen overnight but it does happen, if you are willing to work at it every single day. It starts in your mind with belief. Results only occur after putting forth the actions that correspond with that belief. Join us and we will help you find your potential together.
On January 10th, 2013 I weighed 131 pounds soaking wet. I had 7 dollars in my pocket, a suitcase I borrowed from my parents packed with 4 or 5 shirts, and the clothes on my back. As I sat in the lobby of a treatment center, waiting to check in, all I could think is, “This is where my addiction has brought me. I am a burden on my family, friends, and even society itself”. At 6ft even, 131 pounds doesn’t really scream “healthy”. At first, I was thrilled to be putting on weight. First 10 pounds, then 20 and 30. I was starting to look like myself again. I left treatment weighing around 160 pounds. Not only had I began to heal physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
A lot of guys I was in treatment with picked up lifting or running to help fill the void that was once filled with drugs and alcohol. I, on the other hand, ate… everything… Growing up, I never had to worry about eating healthy or exercising. I always played sports and stayed in relatively good shape. This was no longer the case. I quickly packed on the pounds. Two and a half years later I gained nearly 100 pounds, zero of which was muscle. I was, once again, faced with a decision. Do I continue on a self-destructive path to nowhere or do I do something today that I will be grateful for tomorrow. I wish I could say I came to the conclusion of getting healthy on my own. The reality is that I have incredible friends who offered to help me get started.
Thomas, Lyle and Brandon got me off the couch and into the gym. They showed me the Wreckognize life style. Sense my start, I’ve developed eating habits that are leaps and bounds better than before, I work out 3-6 times a week and feel amazing. I realized that if it could work for me it could work for anyone. There’s a quote I often think about before hitting the gym. “Do something today your future self will thank you for.” Wreckognize Fitness has made Paul today, thank Paul of yesterday.