Elijah Munoz has been kicking ass, as well as standing on his hand/s at Ambition Athletics for the past 7 months. For those of you who train at Ambition, you are well aware. As for the rest reading this he has been kept a secret until July rolled around marking the one year anniversary of his efforts toward dramatic weight loss, health and strength. He is a pleasure to have in the gym, always bringing a smile, positive attitude and great work ethic. We are extremely proud of him. Here is a bit of his story.
This dramatic change started in July ’11. Where exactly did you start in relation to where you are now?
Well at my heaviest point I was up around 370ish lbs, that was around May 2011. I am currently at 245 lbs.
That’s 125 lbs.!! You’ve come a long way. What made you take this step?
Well Honestly, I was just tired of being that big. It really does make life a lot more difficult. You have to structure your whole life around your size. Not to mention all of the people that stare at you when you walk into a room.
Tell us about the dietary changes that you made from then until now.
When I first started I did a very strict juicing fast. For 30 days all I did was drink the juice from different fruits and vegetables. I did 2 different rounds of that. After I lost the majority of the weight I moved back to solid foods just eliminating wheat, flour, and sugar from my diet.
When you first started, did you picture yourself where you are now?
I never could have dreamed I would have made this much progress this fast. This is all unreal to me, I am still waiting to wake up back in my fat suit, haha.
You started at Ambition Athletics in January ’12. How did you find us and what were you doing before?
I have known Brian for a couple of years now. He was the one that brought me in. Before Ambition I was just running and working out on my own.
Your pressing ability is ridiculous, able to 1-arm press 48 kg (106 lbs, aka The Beast) and do a 1-arm handstand against the wall. Was it always like that? If not, did you ever think that was possible?
Well thank you, and honestly I owe most of the credit to you guys. I have always had a decently strong foundation, from playing football throughout college. You guys took me to the next level.
Now that it’s been a year, what are your plans/goals for this next year?
Maintaining the weight loss is my number one goal. After that to just keep improving and getting stronger.
What advice would you give others seeking to make an amazing change like you did?
You have to be fully committed. It is going to be the hardest thing you have ever had to do. Who cares how hard it is… Bottom line is, no one is going to save your life if you’re not willing to put in a little work yourself.