When a guy comes to boot camp, usually the first day is real tough on them. They typically are not used to training in a boot camp setting. Even the best of men are challenged. I always hope they will come back another time to truly give it a chance. Paul is no different. He came to camp on the recommendation of his awesome sister Deb who is in camp as well. They both have the best personalities and I knew if I could just get him through the first week, he would see the results he was looking for and fast. Guys always drop weight fast when they implement such a program. Paul stuck it out and share's a small story of his breaking the ice with the group. We really enjoying having him in class, he is killing it! He works hard and it shows!

Paul is a good sport, too. Because he is picked on (in a good way) by us girls a lot! You know what they say,,,"people pick on people they like!" All kidding aside, Paul has reached great milestones and I'm very proud of him as he should be of himself! Camp wouldn't be the same without him!

Here is his story…

My story is probably very familiar to a lot of guys.  I grew up playing sports all through school and I stayed fit no matter what or how much I ate.  Then I graduated high school, my activity level dropped to nothing but I kept eating anything I wanted.  The next thing I knew I was in my early 20s and obese.  When I was 17 I was on the wrestling team at 171 pounds, by 22 I had swelled up to 280 pounds.  One day I was at Burger King having a typical lunch, A Whopper combo meal….King Size?…the answer was always yes.  Plus for a little desert I had an extra Whopper sandwich.  I was sitting there eating by myself and about 10 feet away was a woman and her young 5 or 6 year old son.  I look up and I see the kid pointing at me and then he says ‘Mommy! Look at that fat man!’.  That was all it took.  On my way home from work that day I joined a gym.

            Over the next 12 years, like anyone, I have had ups and downs with my fitness and weight.  Invariably something always happens (work, family, a move, a new TV show you really like) that would knock me out of my routine and suddenly I’m inactive and gaining weight again.  For me losing weight can sometimes be the easy and actually the fun part.  Everyone tells you how good you are looking and your clothes start getting loose.  For me the maintenance has always been the hard part. Down the line 6 months, 12 months, 2 years it can be easy to fall off the wagon.  Until now I have always worked out completely on my own, with no one to help with motivation or to be accountable to.

            I decided to give Get A Grip a try based on a recommendation from my sister.  I was a little apprehensive, because my initial impression was that this was a program for women.  A lot of guys think (At least I always did) that you go to the gym do some cardio and wail on some weights for awhile.  So the Get A Grip workout was quite a departure for me.  What was most surprising was how difficult the workout was.  The first week I was so sore and I became very popular in my class for my choice of fragrant muscle soothing creams.

            I signed up for the kettlebell class because it offered the weight training within the total body workout I was looking for.  I have been going for 4 months and I feel so much stronger.  I am seeing definition coming out throughout my body, my core is getting stronger and my weight is dropping.  For the last few years I have suffered with a lot of lower back pain and typically I would throw my back out twice a year.  Since starting with Get A Grip I have almost no back pain.  I feel with Get A Grip I have finally found a program that delivers results, keeps me interested and with the accountability to Carrie and the group I will finally be able get where I want to be and maintain that for the long term.


Thanks to Carrie and the acceptance and support I received from everyone at Get A Grip! (Thank you Paul for being a part of the Get A Grip family)


Paul Before


Paul after at Miles for Moffitt Race with the Gang!

Congrats Paul! You are a true inspiration to others!

7 Responses to “Spotlight Sunday…Paul Zecchini. Sharing His Turning Point!”

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    I loved your story Paul!  You look great and I love sharing our boot camp and kettlebell workout stories with each other when we are together. 

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