From couch potato to triathlete, U.S. trainer began with small steps

Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:01pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American trainer and health coach Lee Jordan likes to say his personal journey from 450-pound (204-kilogram) couch potato to trim triathlete began with a 30-second walk down his hallway.

After years of failed crash diets, hour-long treadmill workouts and fat camps, Jordan lost 275 pounds through a gradual and progressive program of exercise and diet.

He also had lap-band surgery, which reduces the stomach's capacity and restricts the amount of food a person can eat.

"People faced with making an extraordinary change think they must do something extraordinary but that's not the case," the 50-year-old said. "It's about doing the ordinary every day."

Indeed, for those who are very big, putting on their shoes can be a workout, he said.

Now a certified personal trainer, Jordan tells his mostly obese clients, through his business, that that routine is the secret to dramatic weight loss.

Jordan, based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, referred to the frustration and concerted effort often involved in trying to lose more than 100 pounds by likening it to draining an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a small glass.

"You work exhaustively and the pool looks the same," he said. "Not only does it take a long time to lose the weight, but so much of it is playing defense: Resist this, resist that."   Continued...

Lee Jordan (R) and his wife Beth run the Disney Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida, in this handout photo taken on January 12, 2013.REUTERS/ via Reuters