The only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that the only way to go from there is up. That is exactly what Matt Brafman did. Matt wants to share his personal training success story to motivate others and show how greatly it has impacted his life.
When asked how he felt before starting this journey, he replied, “I was as low as a person can be”. He felt unhappy and alone with himself because of his lack of motivation. “[I] Hit rock bottom”. At his heaviest, he weighed 290 pounds. “Body image shouldn’t be how you value yourself as a person,” Matt said. “However, it’s ok to set health goals for yourself in order to improve your energy and the way your body functions”.
His first attempt with personal training lasted one month in July 2011 at a gym, but he gave up after losing 10 pounds. His second try was July 2015 at a different gym and lasted seven months, but he gave up again because he wasn’t burning fat. His most recent attempt in December 2016 turned out to be a success when he met with Austin Standridge, personal trainer with Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being.
Austin is a graduate student studying Exercise Science at OU, and has been a personal trainer for five years. He became a personal trainer at OU Rec Well in 2016 as part of his graduate assistantship. Austin started training Matt about 10 months ago. Austin was encouraged by Matt’s tenacity and perseverance to make a positive change in his own life. Austin said, “I met Matt and recognized his determination. I was excited to contribute to his journey”.
Matt continues to show his attitude through answering the question ‘why did you want to do personal training versus just working out on your own?’ His answer was very easily put: “The person who puts in the work is me. Only I can do the things to make me better, and I’m a person who believes in guidance. I found a trainer at a point when I was ready to work and get results”.
For roughly nine months, Matt trained with Austin one to two times per week and spent the rest of the week working out on his own. They talk frequently about how Matt can improve his “me” days. “Personal training isn’t just about goblet squats and burpees. I learned patience and the reward of long-term dedication,” Matt stated. He mentioned that he plans to continue weight loss training until October 2017 and then will switch to focus on muscle mass and body fat percentage.
Matt shares how many positive changes he has experienced through personal training in less than one year. He reflects on his nine-month journey and is so thankful that he made the choice to begin taking his health and wellness into his own hands. Today he weighs 200 pounds, which means he has lost 90 pounds so far! Matt revealed that the most important thing he’s gained is the confidence in himself that he can overcome obstacles if he tries.
Matt left us with some powerful words of wisdom that he gained from his experience; “A person has the power to make positive change happen if they are persistent in their desire to make life better for themselves or for others”.
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