Gainster Spotlight: Morgan Cook, 25
“It’s nice having a simple way to create custom workouts on the go, and to have the tools to customize my workouts based on where I am.” – Morgan Cook, GAIN Fitness user
Can you share stats regarding your progress?
I went from 190 lbs to 173 lbs in about 5 months, took 3 inches off my waist, and dropped from a Large t-shirt size to a Medium.
Wow! What advice would you give someone else just starting out with a fitness goal — especially those who just downloaded the app?
If you’re struggling, acknowledge it, embrace it – and gain something from it. Even professional athletes struggle with some workouts and practices. It’s ok. That struggle is how you know you are making a difference. When it comes to goals, don’t set unrealistic goals and don’t be afraid to take small steps until you feel comfortable to take the bigger steps.
And stay focused on those goals. Easier said than done, I know! But that’s the key. The app can help you in more ways than you think, so make sure you really explore it. For example, you can keep track of your previous workouts in order to look at the improvements you’re making and benchmark what you need to improve. That can be incredibly encouraging.
What do you like about the GAIN app(s)? Which ones do you use?
I tried a few other apps before I came across GAIN’s Cross Trainer app and it’s by far my favorite. It’s nice having a simple way to create custom workouts on the go, and to have the tools to customize my workouts based on I where am, whether that’s the gym, home or outdoors. It’s also a major bonus to have the app explain each exercise and the proper way to perform it, in case it’s your first time doing it or you just need a little reminder.
Do you tend to workout independently or with others?
I work out independently in order to focus 100% on what I’m doing. I’ve found that I get distracted easily and goof off when working out with a friend.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in reaching peak fitness? How did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was staying dedicated. Giving up beer, staying out late, and eating deliciously greasy cheeseburgers were pretty much the toughest for me. But after seeing the results, I didn’t look back. I don’t miss it one bit.
What was it that initially motivated you to commit to being healthy?
In December of 2012, my friends convinced me to sign up for the Zombie Run 5k Obstacle Course in Austin, Texas. Because I committed and spent money on the race, I knew there was no going back – and so I started training. And then I got hooked. I ran it in about 50 minutes. After having such a blast with that race, I searched and found the Spartan Races. I signed up in January and started training. Knowing the Spartan would be an extreme series of challenges, I trained twice as hard for 5 months. During these five months, I lost nearly 20lbs and finished my race in the top 1%. Each day that I saw more results, I grew more motivated.
At GAIN, we believe fitness is about the many different kinds of positive benefits you get from working out. What have you personally gained from being fit?
I have become healthier, more confident and lead an overall happier life now that I’m fit. I was a decently healthy guy, but I don’t think my body would have held up very long given the way I was treating it. I was not only inactive, but not eating as well as I could. I dropped nearly 20 pounds in 5 months with a good combination of running, working out and eating better.
There are so many benefits from being healthier that you’ll be rewarded every day. You wake up in the morning and feel great. You can run from the house to the car and not be out of breath. I used to be extremely self-conscious about taking my shirt off at the lake or pool. I wasn’t a big guy or anything, but it bothered me. The GAIN workouts completely helped me reverse that. After losing weight and gaining muscle, I don’t spend time worrying about things like that anymore. And that confidence overflows into other aspects of my life, like my career and personal life. I don’t believe I could have accomplished any of that without GAIN Fitness and their Cross Trainer App.