This quarter, we received countless submissions for the coveted Flywheel Hall of Change title. After selecting this quarter’s Hall of Change winner, Alyssa Welsh, we were still inspired and moved by so many other incredible stories. Which is why, for the first time ever, we decided to select a Hall of Change runner-up.
For Jeff Patrick, a Bank of America director from Miami Beach, his Flywheel story began with “enough is enough.” In January of 2015, he walked into Flywheel to take his first class after signing up for the Challenge. Weighing around 230 pounds and unhappy with his weight, the goal was simply to trim down. After losing 15 pounds in the first Challenge alone, he was hooked. Over a year later, with more than 60 pounds lost, Jeff has more than surpassed his goal. He’s completed five half marathons, a 545-mile AIDS/Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and another seven-day ride this past month. Read Jeff’s full story below–it all started with one class and the determination to change.
What was your life like, pre-Flywheel?
My husband and I moved to Miami Beach three years ago for my job in banking. The fun of a new city really packed on the pounds and I knew the time had come to do something about it. I tried a bunch of stuff pre-Flywheel. I did Crossfit, joined a regular gym and got a personal trainer but, to be honest, I hadn’t quite found that “thing” that not only kept me motivated, but kept me wanting to come back. I’ve always tried to live life to the fullest but without proper exercise, diet, and just general restraint, living a big life can quickly mean having a big waist size.
How did you first learn about Flywheel?
I was having brunch with friends and happened to walk by the studio. It looked fun and I figured I would give it a try. What really pushed me were the signs up for the Flywheel Challenge - I’ve since done two of them! With the mindset that I needed to get my weight under control, I figured it was definitely worth giving it a try and seeing where it took me.
How often do you ride?
These days, both my husband and I ride six days a week.
What would you say is the biggest thing you’ve gained from Flywheel?
It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing. First and foremost, it has really transformed me physically. I’m down nearly 60 pounds but more importantly, I’ve kept that weight off. Being somewhat new to town, Flywheel has also brought new, close friends into my life. When we talk about the FLYFam, I believe that to be 100% true. It’s a real community of not only “like minded” individuals but a true support network as well.
How has Flywheel impacted your life?
Aside from the weight loss aspect, in 2015 I decided to participate in the California AIDS/Lifecycle, a 545-mile cycling event from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds to find a cure for AIDS. Flywheel was my only source of training for that ride. While I was on the ride I got to talking with some of the training ride leaders who asked me if I found it difficult living in Miami (which is very flat) doing the hills in California. When I told them no and that I had done all of my training in a Flywheel studio they couldn’t believe it. I just finished doing the ride for the second year in a row and was joined by my husband this year. He also did all of his training at Flywheel!
What would you like to tell people who are thinking of trying Flywheel?
I’ve often told people, for me, all it took was one class and the determination to change. So, I would say don’t wait. Book your bike today. The change that it has brought to my life both physically and mentally has been something I haven’t found anywhere else.