“There’s no excuse not to exercise. Find a work out and stick to it” says our Athlete of the Month for February, Jason Doplito.
After being diagnosed with hypertension and being judged by a fitness app with “may not live past the age of 75”, Jason was determined to turn things around and start embracing the active lifestyle.
“Google search led me to Primal Ape, which had outstanding reviews. The fact that it also has the Primal Fit program made it less intimidating to novices like me” he said.
Jason signed up for the intro class and took the first step of his fitness journey. “During my first WOD, I could barely run two laps around the track without dying. And it was a bunch of sit ups, pushups, and burpees”, he recalled.
First WOD woes did not stop Jason from coming back. Jason was determined to push through and returning to his old lifestyle was never an option. He worked out at least three times a week and sometimes, up to four. He wanted to be consistent and would never want to miss a week of training. Little by little, his dedication and hardwork gave him simple victories which are worthy of celebrations.
“I remember celebrating when I could finally touch my toes again. I also gave myself a pat on the back for my first rope climb. And from “dying” on my 200m run during intro class, I’ve been able run 6km without stopping or walking. This week, I was able to do a few double-unders. Plus, there have been personal achievements in the number of reps and weights I’ve lifted”, shared Jason.
This year, he also joined Ape Games and the Crossfit Open, both for the first time. “Two years ago, never in my life would I have imagined being part of an athletic competition, especially one where I get to compete with the best in the world, but now here I am in the ring”, he said.
Above these achievements, the most important lesson he learned is being honest to himself:
“I owe it to myself to be honest at all times. Am I being honest about the food I eat? Am I being honest in my form and not simply doing a rep to get it over and done with? Am I honestly thrusting these dumbbells with all my might? Am I honestly doing my best? All these matter, because ultimately, if I’m cheating, then I’m cheating no one but myself”
There’s still a long way ahead of Jason’s fitness journey. But Jason is determined more than ever and ready to prove his cardiologist’s app wrong.
“There are still WODs that make you question whether you really were the fastest sperm and didn’t land first place by accident. So every time I feel like collapsing, I make sure to pick up those dumbbells and make my dad proud. My long-term goal is to be the kind of 70-year-old guy who still runs and lifts weights, then live at least five more years to prove my cardiologist’s app wrong”