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MAX ANDERSON

Added Muscle Transforms Body of Former Athlete

Max Anderson knew that a combination of regular exercise and a sensible diet would help him rediscover what it’s like to be physically fit.

What he didn’t know is that it would take less than a year at the North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp to put him back on that path, and that weight gain can be a good thing when it arrives in the form of added muscle.

The 26-year-old native of Minden, Nebraska, was an athlete for all sports seasons in high school. He was active in high school cross country, basketball, golf, and baseball – “just about everything except wrestling” – and engaged in intramural sports at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he would go on to earn a degree in business administration in 2014.

But somewhere along the line, life got in the way. A more sedentary lifestyle and a disregard for calories packed a one-two punch that affected his midsection. He hit the internet in search of effective workouts, and he tried a gym, but neither produced the results he was seeking.

He picked up the pace and started a running program, but it failed to produce the toned look he enjoyed during his more active years.

His search for improved conditioning was stuck in neutral until he noticed a Facebook ad placed by gym owner Matt Priess, who owns Fit4Lincoln, north of 33rd and A streets, and the North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp in the Belmont Plaza, 11th and Cornhusker Hwy. Putting his conditioning in the hands of trained professionals, Anderson enrolled at the north gym in November 2017 and soon became rededicated.

It wasn’t long before friends and family started to comment about his new-and-improved appearance.

“The number of creative, effective exercises I learned at North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp far exceeded what I learned at my previous gym,” Anderson reflected. “What I was doing before was becoming too repetitive. The variety at my new gym put more fun into my workout.”

Competitive by nature, Anderson also liked the spirited workouts alongside like-minded members who were equally driven to get in shape. He hit the gym virtually every day, either before or after his 8-to-5 job with the Arbor Day Foundation, knowing that if he didn’t show up, members and trainers would take note. Enjoying the gym’s flexible lineup of classes, he stopped by as his schedule allowed, and he took back-to-back, 30-minute classes whenever possible.

“Accountability is really a key there,” Anderson said. “There’s a competitive side of me that pushed me to keep up with the rest of the group. Just keeping up with the pace makes you want to work that much harder, and adds to the effectiveness of the workout.”

A sensible eating plan added to Anderson’s success. “Sessions with their
nutritional consultant made me aware of things like carb control and the
importance of protein.”

Exercise had become fun again for the former athlete.

The tale of the tape confirmed Anderson’s transformation: He added more than 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-4 frame. “I went from 175 pounds to 186 today, and it’s all due to the muscle I’ve added through the workouts.”

He thanks three of the instructors at the north Lincoln gym for helping him to regain the fitness level he enjoyed as a student: Jeremy Miller, Tae-Woo Kim, and Kyle Minchow.

In early October, Anderson dropped his gym membership when his girlfriend’s job change caused the couple to move to Austin, Texas. He said he left with more than a tinge of regret.

“I’m grateful for the results I enjoyed at North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp, and I wish them all the best.”