May 12, 2010

I have a serious complaint about my membership. While your membership rates are reasonable, I was not warned about the extra hidden costs of working out at your clubs. I started working out in January of this year and have incurred numerous costs along the way that are directly related to working out with you.

What costs? Well, I have had to buy an entire new wardrobe, for one. I weighed 325 pounds in January and have now dropped 60 pounds down to 265, directly because of working out with you, and NONE of my old clothes fit. I went from a 50" waist to now a 40" waist and went from a XXXL shirt size to an XL size and, although I think I still have a couple of old items that fit, they were from my school days and I don't think wearing parachute pants would go over to well in the year 2010. So, I have had to buy an entire new wardrobe.

To make things worse, I am still dropping the weight and will likely have to expend more for another wardrobe soon. Yes, it is true that I can now run a 5K in well under 30 minutes and my doctor said that I have likely saved myself from diabetes by working out, but I think that you need to make it abundantly clear to your members that if they work out with you, they will likely need to buy new wardrobes.

Sincerely,

Travis M. Colby
In-Shape City: Merced member

p.s. - Pictures and more info on my path to being fit can be found on my blog: http://finallyairborne.blogspot.com/

UPDATE [6/29/2010] - I posted the latest photo on the blog. I am getting comments from people who saw things on the In Shape web site and this is very exciting. Thanks for putting it up, it helps me keep going. I am now training for a half marathon in November and have lost 72 pounds and 12 inches off my waist. The latest comparison photo shows the proof. I still have a ways to go, but having people who saw my story on your website is really motivating me to keep at it. Thanks!

ANOTHER UPDATE [8/23/2010]- I'm still going strong, down 85 pounds right now and able to run a half marathon in just about 2 hours (2:08:49).  I am now training for the California International Marathon in December and have actually become a sponsored athlete!  Just this January sitting on the couch as a 325 pound guy I never would have thought I would be a professionally sponsored athlete or that I could run as far as I do now on a regular basis.  I am in better shape now than I have ever been, thanks In Shape!

ANOTHER UPDATE [12/2/2010]- Thank you again to everyone who has been with me and supporting me along the way.  What started out as an attempt to get in shape to get my pilots license has really taken off into something spectacular that I never could have imagined.  The Sacramento Bee newspaper has even picked up on my story.  In today's paper, they ran an article about my journey and the upcoming marathon. 

-Travis