CrossFit | Teacher Loses 100 Pounds, Gains Confidence

Teacher Loses 100 Pounds, Gains Confidence

ByCrossFit June 19, 2020

Zachary Lewis played collegiate football and later stayed active playing basketball, but after a series of injuries sidelined him, he began gaining weight and dealing with anxiety.

“I couldn’t do everything I wanted to with my kids. You know, you hear those stories where the dad is pushing them and running with them and teaching them how to ride their bike, and I had to sit and watch that,” Lewis says. “I wanted to be able to provide for them, but with my injury and things, I never thought I could.”

Lewis reached about 395 lb. when he decided to start moving the needle with his fitness and health. He began taking CrossFit classes, practicing better nutrition, and eventually attended a Level 1 Certificate Course at the Rogue Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

Lewis recalls being nervous about being the “big guy in the room” and “not looking like everybody else” but says the instructors quickly put him at ease.

Now 100 lb. lighter and much more confident, Lewis is taking what he learned at the L1 back to the students in his second-grade class and after-school fitness program in Middletown, Ohio.

“The Level 1 is definitely worth it,” he says. “This has been the most impactful time that I’ve learned in a classroom setting.”

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Ralph Wasiakowski
June 23rd, 2020 at 5:07 pm
Commented on: Teacher Loses 100 Pounds, Gains Confidence

Awesome, Zachary! Love what you are doing with the after school program too. Congrats on your hard work and keep going! Love the cameo from Denise too - awesome trainer and teacher, as are all of the Red Shirts.

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Austin Begiebing
June 21st, 2020 at 10:42 pm
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Awesome Zachary! Thank you for sharing your story and L1 experience. I love hearing that you're able to enjoy doing stuff with your kids now. Your after school program is so important. How to move and what to eat are life lessons that will stick with those kids. Thanks for your work!

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Chris Sinagoga
June 20th, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Commented on: Teacher Loses 100 Pounds, Gains Confidence

Dang good squat form Mr. Lewis! Butt is going back and knees are staying out the whole way through, even on thrusters. I actually had two of the same instructors for my Level 1 back in March. Jen and Andrew Charlesworth. Both really good at what they do.

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Linda Martinson
June 20th, 2020 at 11:41 am
Commented on: Teacher Loses 100 Pounds, Gains Confidence good to see Zak set an example for passing along "How to Move" and good eating habits to his grade school kids!

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