When he hit his 30s, Bryan Cliver’s athletic and athletic lifestyle hit a problem when he was diagnosed with iliotibial band syndrome, a painful condition that made it impossible for him to run or run. intense exercise. While undergoing physical therapy, he also took on a new job that required a lot of travel, and he and his wife devoted much of their time to helping their son, who had been diagnosed with autism, overcome some challenges. from early childhood. Lack of time or energy to exercise, coupled with a poor diet, led Bryan to gain around 70 pounds.
“It was kind of a perfect storm of life events,” he says. Men’s health. “It happens gradually, but I also feel like it happens so quickly. I looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself. I was just north of 220 pounds. I can find excuses, but it is. was basically a lot of bad choices on my part because of diet and lack of exercise, getting on with my job and not taking care of myself. It was a lot of stress for four or five years, and my overall diet suffered.
Bryan knew he had to make a change once his son started playing under-six football. “It was important for me to be part of it and to train his team; I remember one day in training we were doing a warm-up with the kids, and a few minutes after the warm-up started, I could barely catch my breath and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack, ”he says.“ I didn’t want to model this for my son, and I wanted to be able to play sports with him for years to come. come. I didn’t know how to make the change or how to start, but I knew at that point I couldn’t continue living my life this way. “
So he started out small, setting himself the initial goal of being able to run a mile, at any pace, without stopping. He started out by walking every day. It was a slow journey from then on, and it almost went off the rails a number of times on the nutrition side of things. “I got impatient and made some big mistakes,” he admits. “I tried diet pills that made me nervous and terrible, and cleanses that made me incredibly sick. I saw little results from these efforts, but I lost 10 pounds and ended up gaining 15. After that, j spent time researching, talking to friends, putting my body in a calorie deficit, mastering nutrition, and learning how to do it in a healthy way. ”
It took about 18 months to get back to 160 pounds. Now 42, Bryan maintains his weight at around 150 pounds and he and his wife now run multiple races a year.
“My wife has been a major source of inspiration for me throughout my journey,” he says. “She had experienced her own health issues, including major back surgery, but she consistently set an example in nutrition and exercise. Once I started running, we started running. doing local 5k runs together, then a friend invited us to a Spartan run, and from there we went to 10k, half marathons and marathons. It’s something in our marriage that we were able to really enjoy together. We also found an amazing and supportive community at these events; they are the best people we can meet. Every New Year now we set ourselves goals of three to five new races per year, and we use them as a way to raise money for good causes that we’re passionate about. And psychologically, if you know you’re weeks away from a race, that’s a way to make sure you stay sharp. tee and continue your workout. And having that outlet for my competitiveness has been great for me mentally, as well as physically. “
He has since turned that passion into a business by launching Boutique Fitness Studio STRIDE’s first franchise in the Midwest. STRIDE offers treadmill maintenance training for all ability levels, from experienced marathon runners like Bryan himself, to complete newcomers. In the wake of the pandemic, the studio finally opened a full year later than planned, with full restrictions and occupancy limitations in place.
“We want people to know that they are entering a safe environment,” he says. “One of my real goals was that when you walk through the door, no matter your age or current fitness level, you know you are loved, and you’re going to get an awesome workout that’s right for you. C ‘is a bully-free space. I talk to people all the time who tell me “I can’t, this is not for me.” And I went there too, I didn’t think it was for me. If I can do it, anyone can do it. “
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