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RON LEON

Q. What did you do before Rhino to stay active?

A. I used to run outside. I joined Rhino because it as always too cold or too hot. I joined Rhino b/c I killed my treadmills at home. I had gone through a few treadmills at home, so I came over to Rhino. I’ve been a member for 6-7 years now.


Q. Do you see a difference in the lifestyle you currently live now vs. before joining Rhino?

A. Oh definitely. The big difference for me was that I stopped running. I lost my motivation. 5 years ago I completely lost everything. I was failing myself and failing on my own. I was failing completely. I would come in and I just couldn’t do it. I lost my motivation. I would fail here every morning. I would go home and would do whatever it was that made me happy at the time. I gained 30lbs and continued gaining. Weeks and months would go by and I wouldn’t work out; I had lost my motivation. One morning I told myself to just “get in there” and I was here trying to run when a trainer approached me and said, “Hey, we have this class going why don’t you join us?” And it was then that I knew I couldn’t continue doing what I was doing, so I joined the class and it was life-changing. It was exactly what I needed. It kicked my butt! I had muscles that were sore; muscles I didn’t know I even had. That’s what changed me. The classes. They kept me responsible; held me accountable. Debbie motivating me was everything I needed at the time I needed it most.


Q. What has been the most rewarding factor for you personally since your journey started?
A. When I go out of town and try other gyms, they just don’t have the “IT” factor. They don’t have what trainers like Debbie bring. They don’t have the classes. They just don’t. There aren’t 5am groups like here. There isn’t a Debbie or a Lauren. And Phil has been a HUGE part of my motivation. When I got sick, and came back I was hesitant, but Phil said to me “Hey, give it a trial month. Get in here.” At that point in time I was 245lbs due to a mix of eating and medication at that time in my life. My body just couldn’t do it, but I kept coming and kept coming. That was HUGE. That first month was HUGE and here I am years later.


Q. What does commitment mean to you?
A. Showing up. Being here. Getting it out of my system; it’s who I am now.


Q. Why Rhino from your perspective?
A. The crew. That’s it for me. That’s HUGE for me. When I lost everything, and had to pick between what was bad for me at the time or being here, showing up, I picked Rhino. Bottom line. It was the staff and the crew and my friends. Other gyms might have the equipment and the fancy theaters, but they don’t have the “family” like Rhino does. Even my son got to taste the difference between the fancy gym and Rhino and he gets it; he sees why Rhino can’t be beat.

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