Want to know a huge secret that is almost guaranteed to give you the results you are looking for?
Wait for it…
Ok, the answer is…Having an active and “healthy minded” significant other!
When an individual makes the decision to become healthier, that person must make some major lifestyle changes. This individual must change the way they eat, they must change the way they choose to spend their free time, and they must even change their priorities about what they are willing to spend on health (among many other changes). This amount of change is not easy at all, but it becomes an even bigger obstacle when this same person also has to battle with an unwilling (“to get healthier”) significant other (husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend). In fact we have talked about this on our Podcast titled Vegan Thin Mints.
So, when I see a couple, especially a married couple, working out side-by-side, I know their odds of succeeding have significantly increased. In other words, when it comes to obtaining that healthy lifestyle they are at a huge advantage compared to most people. Because not only do they not have to fight the unwilling spouse battle, but now they also have a teammate to support them through this difficult journey.
The “team” is always stronger than the individual, especially if the team works together! So if your goal is to get that “next level” in life, it is critical to surround yourself with likeminded individuals (teammates if you will). We need people in our lives to bring us up, not down.
One such couple (or teammates) that have been extremely successful at working together is Hazim (pronounced “awesome” with an “H”) and Viri (she goes by “V”-“D”)! During the 10-week challenge Hazim and Viri were definitely a force (and still are) to be reckoned with! They entered the 10-week challenge strong and with some momentum but have come out much stronger, with even more passion and even more drive!
Hazim and Viri are nothing short of a power couple! They are successful both in the gym and at life. Together since January 2015 they have lost 60-lbs. During the 10-week challenge (Feb 2015 – May 2015), together they lost 31-inches off their bodies. They are true team, in fact they even have establish roles, one is the gym motivator and one is the cook. It is literally a match made in heaven.
Read the Hazim and Viri interview below:
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?
VIRI – I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician at an emergency and specialty clinic.
HAZIM – I am an Aerospace Structures Engineer
Do you have any hobbies?
VIRI –I love to read. Barnes and Noble is my happy place. I also love to spend time with my pets…I have two Labradors and two cats.
HAZIM – Hobbies, always an interesting question. I like practical hobbies, working on my car when I need to. DIY projects, going green, researching random items and cooking
Feb 2015 – May 2015
How did you first learn of CKO?
VIRI – My husband and I moved from southern California about a year and a half ago. When we moved here, I was looking for a new gym to go to that would keep me interested and invested. Many yelp and google searches later, I read about CKO. I’d done kickboxing (shadow boxing) before and the idea of having an actual heavy bag caught my attention. I showed up for my first class in March 2014 and signed up the same day.
HAZIM – My wife pulled me into the addiction.
What are some of your fitness goals?
VIRI – I’m interested gaining strength, endurance and coordination. One of my goals is to run a marathon by my 30th birthday. I ran my first half marathon last year and will be running another one this year. I am confident that training at 2.0 and CKO will help build the stamina needed for these events.
HAZIM – My main goal is to be lean, tone, and healthy. My two top goals are to be able to do a human flag and muscle-ups.
What is your favorite aspect of CKO/2.0?
VIRI –CKO provides an extremely supportive environment. When I first started going to CKO, I used the heavy bags that were furthest from the instructor, toward the back of the gym. I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t want anyone to see me. Over time, however, I’ve inched my way toward the instructor. I realized that no one was there to judge me. The instructors’ and members genuinely want everyone to succeed.
Feb 2015 – May 2015
HAZIM – My favorite aspect of CKO/2.0 is the instructors, everything else came second. I was very humbled at how quickly they learned my name (not an easy name), and how genuine everyone is about health and looking out for all the members. I was never really one to de-stress by punching a bag, so to me, it’s fun exercise, which doesn’t make it feel like exercise at all!
What was the best part about the 10-week challenge?
VIRI –Realizing that this was no longer just about 10 weeks. I have a new found respect for my body and what I can accomplish. I don’t expect to change anything that I’ve learned during this time.
Viri rocking the house at CKO!
HAZIM – The best part of the challenge is making sustainable life changes, and learning proper techniques to work out.
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
VIRI –The food at work. In my line of work, clients tend to bring in a lot of food and treats to thank us for caring for their pets. My clinic in particular has what’s called a “happy drawer” that’s always full of candy for employees to enjoy. On especially difficult and stressful days, someone would buy food for the employees on shift. It was sometimes challenging not to revert to old habits.
HAZIM – The hardest part about this challenge was giving up sugar. Not because I have a sweet tooth, but because 74% of products have added sugar. Even items you would never suspect…..Costco Rotisserie Chicken….yep, they use seasoned salt (added sugar).
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
VIRI –With every workout, I improve. There is always something to learn and room to grow.
HAZIM – Seeing a huge transformation, in my body shape, in my stamina, strength, mentality. My very first class at CKO, I barely made it 20 minutes and then I vomited. Now, I can do a Cinco!
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
VIRI –Honestly…resting. I don’t workout on Sundays at all. However, on my days off from work, I would often take up to 3 classes in one day. This often compromised the quality of my workouts. I’ve had to rethink the way I schedule my workouts so as to not exhaust myself or injure myself.
HAZIM – I still find myself struggling a little to get myself to work-out (especially mornings). It is SO much easier to just sit on the couch. I always have to think about the end result, whether it be my ultimate goal, or short term, how amazing I feel after working out.
Hazim doing circuit training at 2.0
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?
VIRI – I think with 2.0 and CKO you have provided the community with the tools they need to succeed. I think from there the ball is in our court so to speak. It is up to us as individuals to attend classes and approach instructors when we have specific fitness goals in mind.
HAZIM – At a certain point, individuals have to take accountability for themselves. You already do so much to make sure we are on track, and to motivate. Anything else would be holding our hands, and that wouldn’t be conducive to living a better life.
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)!
Viri during Bootcamp
VIRI – I was at my heaviest my senior year of college. My daily breakfast would be a Frappuccino and a bagel with cream cheese and dinner would often be something from the drive through. I didn’t exercise at all. A year after graduating, life knocked some sense into me and I began to exercise at home (mostly Jillian Michaels videos) and I cleaned up the way I ate. I went from a size 12 to a size 4…and then got comfortable. I continued to exercise and found a love for it but slowly began to eat out again. I’ve never gone back to being as unhealthy and heavy as I was senior year of college but I always struggled with my relationship with food. I ate because I was stressed or sad not because I was hungry. Since joining CKO and 2.0, I’ve found healthier avenues to cope with stress and I’ve become more educated about the type of food I should be consuming. I’ve become more aware of what my body’s abilities and needs are. Joining CKO has truly been a life altering experience. Thank you all for your constant support!
HAZIM – I’m not a jerk, I promise (I just come off that way). Haha. I’m often quiet at the gym and kept to myself, this is not because I don’t like you. Being an Engineer, I’m socially awkward. It is very easy to talk to me though, if anyone has any personal questions about the 10-week challenge, or you just want to say hi. I’m pretty competitive, so if you want to get a kickass work out, let’s work-out side by side, and let me know you’re trying to top me, haha.
I joined CKO in 05/2014 and for the first 6 months, I had almost no progress (because I did not take it seriously, and only went to 4 or 5 classes a month). I decided to take the Cinco challenge and in January started working up my ability to do 5 classes in a row, that’s when I really saw a change, and got addicted to CKO. Garett says it all the time, you can’t just take a few classes here and there, 3 classes a week should be your minimum. “It’s hard, if it were easy, everyone would do it!” This is a fact, the question is, are you determined. Getting ready for Cinco, and then doing the 10 Week Challenge, I lost 30lb (about 14%) of my total weight. I’m sure I would have lost even more weight if I didn’t gain all that muscle ;-).
Hazim during Kettlebell class
ABOUT JOINING AS A COUPLE
VIRI – I met my husband in first grade. We’ve seen each other grow up. We started dating 10 years ago, lived together for 6 of those years and we’ll be celebrating our first anniversary as a married couple in June. We’ve been each other’s greatest supporters and sometimes greatest enablers. I would stay in and cuddle on the couch rather than head to the gym. He would go out to the drive through with me rather than enjoy a home cooked meal. In the last year and a half, we’ve made a lot of changes. We moved from Los Angeles to Seattle, we bought a house, we got married, and we’ve even gotten a puppy! With all these changes, we truly took the time to reflect. At this point in our lives, we were prepared to become healthier more fit people. This is not just for ourselves, but for the family we eventually hope to create. We started attending CKO more often and even participated in CINCO. We decided to take on the 10 Week Challenge as a team. He took charge of cooking (Hazim is an excellent cook) and I got us to the gym. We never saw each other as competition but instead sought to be a better version of ourselves as individuals. We celebrated one another’s successes, realizing that we could not have accomplished as much without the support of the other. Together, we’ve lost 36.2lb and 31.7 inches in the last ten weeks. We thank you all for your guidance and support!
HAZIM – We’ve known each other since first grade, our parents were in PTA together (cheesy, right?). We started dating Freshman year of college (2005) and got married in 06/13/2014 (Friday the 13th, full moon). We truly are each others’ better half. I like to cook so I keep us from eating too much junk, she likes to be active and exercise, so she keeps us from being too sedentary. I think without each others’ support we would not have been able to make these life changes. In fact, I have read that this type of thing drives a wedge in a relationship and resentment (as if one person is leaving the other behind). There has been a lot of significant life events in the last year and a half, relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle, buying a house together, getting married, and adopting a puppy. All enjoyable, but still stressful. We made this a challenge we can conquer together, to help strength our relationship even more. Instead of competing with each other, we complemented and encouraged each other. Growing up, I always had a healthy diet, that now I can’t thank my parents enough for. This is something we wanted to do for our kids as well, so it is not just for us, but for the future us, and our future family. We did CINCO side-by-side, and felt great! We were still missing the dietary aspect though, so we took the 10-week challenge as a team. I did most of the cooking, and Viri kicked our butts to get to the Gym (ewww, 5:15am Cardio Lift). Together we lost 36.2lb and 31.7 inches in the 10-Week Challenge, and a total loss of 60lb since January!
Real life Superheroes
VIRI’s 10-Week Challenge Results:
HAZIM’s 10-Week Challenge Results:
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