Chris Szagola, “But there you go, doing things you thought you couldn’t”

Meet Chris Szagola! Chris highlights his fitness journey thus far, but if you ask him.. his story is far from over! 


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Chris’ transformation isn’t over yet!

A little over a decade ago and back when the scale would beg “No Mas”, I realized I needed to get my health and fitness under control. Else, I would end up being a picture on the wall to my friends and family. This journey has not been without its highs and lows.

The latest chapter in this journey started when my last trainer and I parted away and I started to see stalling/falling back in my progress. That is when I knew I had to find a new trainer. Someone that would push me past what I would find as acceptable. For all my time working out with and without a trainer, I find that having someone outside your own mind helps you go past your comfort zone. For even when you feel you are pushing yourself hard, someone guiding you can push you that one step further.

Chris & Katie, notice their shirts say "Yay fun"

Chris & Katie, notice their shirts say “Yay fun”

I have been fortunate to have Katie Mitchell as my trainer. Katie does a wonderful job of switching up the route when we train, so it doesn’t become stagnate, routine and boring. One of the best things about her is that she doesn’t give in when you think you have had it. She pushes you that one step further. Katie knows what she can get out of you, even if you feel you don’t have it. But there you go, doing what you thought you couldn’t. That is what makes her one of the best I have ever worked with.

With the first month down, 48% of the whole competition, I am currently in first place with over 1000 Meps lead. I couldn't have gotten this far without Katie pushing me. Heck I wouldn't have reached 11K for the month if it wasn't for her. "YAY FUN"

With the first month down, 48% of the whole competition, I am currently in first place with over 1000 Meps lead. I couldn’t have gotten this far without Katie pushing me. Heck I wouldn’t have reached 11K for the month if it wasn’t for her. “YAY FUN”

She has introduced me to the MyZone system. With this system, I have pushed myself harder to earn the MEPS. Being someone who likes numbers, I have set a yearly goal, which I then broke done to monthly and weekly goals. For if you set something crazy like 100,000 MEPS in a year, unless you have a plan, it will look too far away. Separating it to more manageable goals has helped keep me on that track. Though Katie says, I might be a little obsessed.

Now pushing her on the sled with an extra 360lbs might seem like a little much. Well, she wouldn’t let you do it, unless she didn’t feel you could. As always “YAY FUN!” (Click here to see a video of Chris pushing Katie on the sled)

Chris Pushing Katie on a sled

 

 

Now this story is far from over, goals haven’t been reached. Many more “YAY FUN” sessions, time in the Six Zone Training and many more miles and strange music on the Cardio machines to go.

For those just starting out, just remember it is a process. Muscle weights as much as fat, but has less volume. Best is to find someone or an activity to keep you moving. For when you stop, you just fall backwards. And just have some “YAY FUN!!!”

Chris

 


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