Occupation: Business planning manager for Toyota Industrial Equipment
Family: Wife, Tonya; daughters, Lanna Burkman and Nioca Croucher; a son, Ben Croucher.
Where do you work out?
Anytime Fitness in Columbus.
How many hours a week?
Eight to 10.
Briefly describe your weekly workout routine:
Two days a week I work with a personal trainer. The rest of the week, my workouts consist of 50 minutes of weight training and 35 minutes of cardio training.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
With health care costs increasing, they’ve started a new wellness program at work. It is one of those deals where if you don’t do something now, you’ll start paying for it later.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
The motivation of seeing my body change and knowing that I’m improving my health.
How do you make time to work out?
I’m replacing bad-habit time spent with a good habit. For example, instead of spending time in front of the TV, I spend time in the gym.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I have accomplished more than a 100-pound weight loss twice in the past 10 years only to have the weight return. I decided to work with a personal trainer to make a more sustainable lifestyle change, increase muscle mass and reset my metabolism.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?
I added roughly 3 pounds of muscle in the first month.
What’s your favorite exercise?
Arm strengthening with free weights, such as dumbbells, targeting the biceps and triceps.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
Cardio (steps) during weight training. I do it to keep up my heart rate to achieve a higher rate of calorie burn.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I eat six times per day. Usually around 500 calories per meal. This consists of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Also protein supplements, such as shakes and bars.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
Not yet ...
What is a little-known fitness fact about you?
I can run up to 10 miles at a time.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I just make myself go do it. I’m just a very strong-willed person, and when I decide to do something, I do it all the way.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?
Do it the right way. Talk with a personal trainer and determine what is right for you to be able to achieve your goals. I believe strength training is vital to building a routine that can sustain weight loss.
— Jennifer Willhite, email@example.com
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