We all need a little bit of inspiration and motivation to help us in our fitness journey.
Often times we struggle to find the motivation we need to live healthy lives. To be honest, you don’t really need to look very far to find it. Inspiration is everywhere, and it can come from something as simple as a word or a story.
Each month we will be highlighting a member of the Unlimited MMA family as a way to inspire and motivate you on your journey.
This month we are highlighting Mike Hill. Mike works as a Journeyman Steamfitter/Welder for Local 393, and writes a blog on Tahoeskibum.com. Mike lives in San Jose and has been an active member at Unlimited since November 2013. We commend Mike for his dedication, and we hope that his story becomes an inspiration to you.
Have you always been active all your life?
Yes, despite always being a big guy I’ve always been active. I grew up playing all kinds of team sports. I skated and played hockey for Milpitas High School.
What Sparked your interest to join Unlimited MMA? What motivates you?
Finding out I had a daughter on the way really made me evaluate my lifestyle. At that time I probably weighed 265-270, and I knew I had to loose weight .Surfing the internet one day, I found this guy who was 500 pounds and his doctor told him he only had a couple of years to live. So he packed his bags and moved to Thailand to train in Muay Thai.
I believe he is now around 210lbs. He fights and teaches all around the world. That story was so inspirational that I started looking up Muay Thai gyms in the area. While looking at videos on Youtube, I saw my friend Marisela “Badass” Badillo-Alvaro fighting in Thailand. After a couple of Facebook messages, I was shaking Jose’s hand and starting my first trial class at Unlimited.
My daughter is my biggest motivation, then my beautiful wife, and finally the results–I love seeing the pounds fall off and feeling my body getting stronger.
What do you like most about Unlimited MMA?
What I really like most about Unlimited MMA is the coaches. All the coaches will take the time to help you with your technique or give you a little “motivation” when necessary.
What are some of the struggles you’ve come across in your fitness journey?
One of the biggest struggles I’ve come across so far is staying healthy. This cold season has been particularly rough on me. Learning to deal with and train through minor injuries is another challenge. I’ve learned that in Muay Thai you’re gonna be sore and you’re gonna be hurting a lot especially in the beginning. I’ve learned to stay loose by gettig a massage and proper stretching. If my legs hurt I can always focus with working more on my hands or vice versa.
Can you tell us a little bit about your daily routine?
My day starts at around 4:30am. I start with a shake for breakfast usually consisting of Body by Vi protein, fruits, and vegetables. Then its off to work. I work in construction and some days it can be very physically demanding.
Lunch is a high protein salad or Body by Vi protein cereal. After work I have a light snack– humus and vegetables or just some fruit. Then dinner from my wife, who is a classically trained chef, usually chicken or fish and vegetables.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday I run with my 2 dogs, and the other days I have Muay Thai class at 730pm . Sunday is rest day.
How much weight have you lost since joining Unlimited?
I have lost a little over 50 pounds since I have started with Unlimited MMA in November.
What advice or words of wisdom can you give current/future Unlimited members?
Usually the hardest part of the work-out is getting to the gym. Give it your all and you will see results. Train hard, listen to your coaches and eat right. Most importantly have fun!
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Written by: Aileen Christabel