What do you do after winning season 12 of The Biggest Loser? You get your CrossFit Level 1 certificate, of course.
Washington native John Rhode lost 220 lb. on the show, winning the grand prize of $250,000 by weighing 225 lb.
“I’m more energetic, I’m more optimistic, my entire countenance has changed, my outlook on life has changed,” he says while at CrossFit Scottsdale to complete a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. “I now know that with proper planning and execution of those plans, anything is possible.”
Rhode says he has never felt more welcomed at a gym than he has at CrossFit boxes, and he believes the training methodology is for everyone. After being lucky enough to be on The Biggest Loser, Rhode says he feels not obligated but passionate to help others meet their fitness goals.
“You must contribute. You must give back,” he says. “Right now it’s about passing the Level 1, getting my box open and touching lives right in my community, right in my own backyard.”
Additional reading: By the Numbers by Amy Santamaria and Tim Retzik, published Sept. 29, 2010.