What’s your background?
My name is Zhibo and I’m an engineer at Google. My hobbies include traveling to Europe, mathematics and weight loss. I joined OFJCC in January 2018 and I’ve been coming to the gym six times a week.
Why did you decide to change your lifestyle?
My original weight was too high and I wanted to totally change my lifestyle, including both healthy diet and exercise.
How did you find your personal trainer Kevin Magro?
Actually I contacted Bonnie [McLaughlin, OFJCC Fitness and Personal Training Manager] first. As Kevin is an expert on weight loss, Bonnie arranged some starter class with him. The class was very impressive and I could feel progress even after just one, so I chose Kevin as my personal trainer for following my weight loss plan.
Could you tell us about your fitness plan?
I went from 228 to 170 pounds thanks to cardio exercise and the ketogenic (“keto”) diet. After training with Kevin, I lost 20 more pounds.
What made it work?
The whole process includes three sections:
The first thing is keeping the keto diet. Before training with Kevin, I did cardio exercise six times a week, each cardio exercise included one hour of cycling and one hour of swimming. Then, I usually had a training session with Kevin every Friday, which was mainly 55-min HIIT exercise. In addition, for the rest of week, I did one hour of cycling and 30 minutes of HIIT, applying what I learned in the training session.
What advice do you have for others who would like to make a change in their lives?
Weight loss should be a long-term goal. Don’t be anxious when you don’t see the desired result after a day, week or even a month. Just keep exercising and stick with your diet every day. Life will be different than what you expected afterwards.