Highlight: Facebook Winner – Bryan Antonich

Congratulations to the winner of our 1 year anniversary giveaway! Bryan Antonich won three months of training at SRSC and we’re excited to welcome him to the SRSC community. Here’s a little more about him:

I am 37 years old. I’m a registered nurse. Been in health care 16 years. The last 15 years in ER and Critical Care/ICU.

I’ve been playing soccer since I was three years old and went to SFSU on a soccer scholarship. I’ve always been competitive. I have an older brother I have always competed with. I started lifting weights at age 13 to try to get bigger than my brother who i now outweigh by 50 lbs.

I got diagnosed with Crohns Disease at 25 and I have good and bad days. I found that eating right, working out helps to keep my stress level down and my Crohns at bay (and yes I’m on a medication called Remicade which is a three hour infusion once a month which helps with my Crohns as well as taking a probiotic daily and eating right). It’s been a real challenge with my Crohns. It’s definitely not easy.

When I finished college I was 165 lbs and in great health. Then with the stress of being a nurse in ER AND ICU took a toll on my body and I lost 30 lbs in 6 months. I was so sick that you could see every bone in my body. I looked like someone out of a concentration camp like in Schindlers List. So my goal was to not only prove to myself I could remain healthy but I also want to be a great example and advocate for anyone who has Crohns to show them you can remain healthy despite the challenges we deal with day to day with Crohns. My fitness goals are to remain healthy and to get stronger and lean out.

I am happily married to the most amazing woman I have ever met. We have been together 17 years but married 12. We are proud parents of two girls ages 4 and 7. We have been dealt many challenges like deaths, two parents surviving cancer, being told we wouldn’t be able to have kids because of the medications I was on for my Crohns as well as the challenges that come with my Crohns. As well as working nights for years and working opposite shifts so one of us is always home with the girls.

We sacrifice a lot for our girls. Every time we go through any challenges we grow stronger together as a family unit and as a couple.  We want our children to learn fitness is a life long journey and want them to see that despite challenges if you push yourself, it may be hard but it will make you stronger mentally, physically and spiritually in the long run. Lastly the other reason for fitness for me is to not only to keep up with my girls but hopefully one day to keep up with my grandkids.

My mother is my motivation. She is 65 years old and still works out 3-5 days a week. She has always been my example of good health and fitness despite her own health problems. I want to be like her when when I become her age. Full of life and energy. Always sacrificing for my older brother and me but able to keep up with the grandkids.

I was super stoked and excited when I won the contest. I never thought I would win. My wife says it’s all I talk about. I’m always nervous starting something new but I’m ready for the challenge and excited for the results.

While at SRSC, I hope to achieve my fitness goals but also to prove to myself how tough physically and mentally you can be. I’m looking forward to the journey.

Thanks again for giving me this opportunity. I am super excited and ready for the challenge ahead of me.