When a big change is made in one’s life, opportunities often present themselves. Richard’s office recently moved down the street from The Club. As someone who has always been interested in boxing, Richard finally had the motivation to try it. Once he started, he became dedicated and determined to win his FIGHT. He soon stopped focusing on what he couldn’t do, and started focusing on what he really COULD accomplish. Richard truly exemplifies what it means to have the “Fighting Spirit.” Thank you for sharing your FIGHT with us Richard, and for giving us the honor of being in your corner along the way.
WHYIFIGHT Richard: I FIGHT TO OVERCOME ANY OBSTACLE, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL
BY RICHARD DEVINE
Why I fight? This is a question I never knew I had the answer to until I joined The Club. I fight to overcome any obstacle, mental or physical. Since birth I’ve dealt with asthma holding me back, day in and day out. It’s constantly been a reminder that I have limits to what I can do. Between the asthma holding me back, and constant moving to new towns, it kept me from making friends. Gaining weight became real easy. Not to mention my diet was as poor as it could have been. Two things that don’t help asthma are being inactive and being overweight.
My attitude changed once I moved to Florida. I started playing sports and made friends. Everything I did was a challenge at first, but I’m glad my friends pushed me to become better at everything we did. I was finally losing a bit of weight but still had a poor diet. Over a four-year period in Florida I learned a lot. Eventually life led me back to my hometown in Boston. I started taking my workouts more serious. I was trying to go the gyms like PF and Gold’s, but you can only have so much motivation on your own.
Currently I’m working for State Street, and they recently moved to the Channel Center, located conveniently right next to The Club. I was always interested in boxing, and having this gym in my backyard was the motivation I needed to finally do it. Little did I know, George Foreman III had no plans to make The Club just another average gym. The more I worked out, the more I learned that asthma is not just a physical condition, it’s also mental. Asthma was always an excuse for me when it came time to do any physical activity. As I said before, it was a constant reminder of my limits, but these limits were really mental roadblocks.
George and his trainers at the club helped me so much to accomplish my weight and dieting goals. I no longer see my asthma as something holding me down, or an obstacle I couldn’t overcome. I see it as a trophy of what I CAN overcome. If I can do this, what’s to stop me from accomplishing everything else I set out to do? This is WHY I FIGHT.
3 THINGS I’M DOING TO WIN MY FIGHT:
- Working out and increasing the amount of cardio I can handle.
- Eating right
- Staying Motivated