Changing a Tragedy into a push for Fitness

Meet Jason Priest

Jason Priest’s fitness journey started at Dissent Athletics 2 and a half years ago. He has a wife, Krissy, and a 6 year old son, Waylan. He works over at C & S Trailers here in Fort Worth about 5 minutes from the gym. But don’t let that fool you! He lives about an hour away and makes his way to the 6am class Monday – Friday.

What started your fitness journey?

“I had kind of a unique push. I had a friend of mine pass away a couple months before I joined. They left me a dirt bike. I had been out of the sport for quite a while, and after bike running, got to ride it, and knew I had to get back into it. There was a connection to my friend and the bike. I was way out of shape and knew I needed to do something about it in order to be able to do that. That was my push to initially get started.”

What have you accomplished you didn’t think was possible at the beginning?

“Oh, tons. Stuff I never even thought was possible. Getting into this, you know, I have never done this type of training before. There was movements when I first started I though that I would never be able to do. Things that were just completely not going to be an option for me like muscle ups, butterfly pull ups, handstand push ups, and some of the weight I am able to move on the barbell movements. Those are all things that I never thought would be possible. “

What’s your Favorite thing about Dissent Athletics?

“Well, first things first, I enjoy just not having to think about what I’m gonna do. I’ve done the regular gym thing in the past where I had to come up with my own workouts and figure out what I wanted to do. Being able to just come in, not think about it, and know what is on the board is what I need to get done. It is all programmed in a way that’s going to benefit me and my health. That’s the best thing about it, is not having to think about it.”

What are your current goals after losing 64 pounds?

“My weight loss journey is getting close to the end. I still have a little bit that I want to shred off, but we always want what we don’t have right? So, ideally trying to keep on that path a little bit. We have discussed trying to do a few competitions and just be a little bit more competitive in some of these competitions. Again, all just fun and games. Definitely not a professional career there but if I could use this fitness stuff to have fun and compete a little bit, then why not?”

Any advice for someone starting their fitness journey?

“If you’re thinking about getting into fitness absolutely give this a try. If you have tried other stuff in the past that maybe didn’t work, this is in my opinion, the best way to go. Everybody’s different. This may not be for you but you don’t know until you try. The group and community you have here of people, you get to become friends with them. You look forward to talking with these folks in class. During class. After class. They get to share the pain with you. They are doing the same thing you’re doing. That’s coming from a person who is not the most sociable person in the world. So even if you’re not the most sociable person, you think “oh I don’t really care about the community“. The community is great. The programming’s great. It’s something that is sustainable for me and I think that’s the biggest thing with fitness. It needs to be sustainable, so if you’re on the fence about joining, give it a shot. You’re one step closer to getting your goals if you start now.”

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