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Victor Romero

Rhino Story Interview December, 2018

Started at Camp Rhino: June 2018

Goal: Wanted to lose weight and get healthy, go to Peru and hike up Macchu Piccu.

When I started, I couldn’t do one single burpee. I got stronger and I learned that I wasn’t weak (like I thought I was). I kept losing more and more weight, but that became less and less important because all of the sudden I could run a few miles, I could do burpees, I could do box jumps, and I couldn’t do that when I first started. A few months into my training I did a Spartan Race and had to do 200 burpees!

I’ve lost a little over 50 lbs since June.

When I first started, I couldn’t finish an entire class. It took me a month and a half to build up to finishing the workouts. I remember the class I finally finished a full workout. It was with Coach Lauren, and that whole week leading up to the class I would stay after the class and finish the workout that was on the board. A few days before I finished my first whole class, I started breaking down a little bit because I hadn’t been able to finish the class with everyone else. But, that Saturday we went to the NW, and I just pushed as hard as I possibly could and I completed it! I almost passed out, I fell on the ground, and started crying (and it was fine), and I rang the PR bell! (The PR bell is the Personal Record bell that members ring when they do something for the first time!)

I bought my plane ticket for Macchu Piccu! I’m going to do it! I’m excited to do it.

I’ve made a good amount of friends at Camp Rhino, the 5am rocks. It’s been the best community and the most important part about my journey right now is that I have a community of people who want the best for me.

Advice to anyone scared to start: Get a friend and start! Don’t be afraid to go at your own pace. The workouts are hard, but just go at your own pace! Keep on doing it and over time you’re going to get stronger, get better, and lose weight! Nutrition is key, so make sure to sign up for the nutrition program.

Soon, I’m not going to have too much more fat to lose, so I’m going to start the nutrition program over with the new goal of eating enough to get stronger and do more things.

Update 3/5/2019

Hi Julie!  

Things have been good since we last talked.   I have continued the journey and am really enjoying it!  I’m excited for the trip. My confidence has increased and I’m able to do things physically I never thought I’d be able to.  For the first time in my life I’m making myself a priority. I’m lost over 60lbs, and would like to lose another 20 lbs. I’m in no hurry though.   I’ve found that the consistency in working out and eating well have benefited me in so many more ways than just numbers on the scale. At the beginning of my Camp Rhino journey I thought of Machu Picchu as an end goal.  Now I see it as the beginning. I see it as a demarcation point between the old habits and the new ones. The future looks bright, and now I feel like I’m ready to welcome it. I want to thank you, Jathan, Lauren, Sabrina, my swole partner Amanda, (Mande) and the rest of the Rhino Family.  You have all pushed me and supported me throughout this journey. The journey continues, but with your help and your example, I’m discovering what it means to truly be Rhino Tough

Victor Romero