What would a fitness blog be without an inspirational story?
Too bad I don’t have one… Here’s my fitness bio though!
Hello, my name is Robb Hall.
My tale starts in February 2010. I was 17 years old, 5′ 11″ and nearly tipping 250 lbs on a scale. The year prior my parents had pulled me out of the school I had been attending and enrolled me in an at home cyber school. I basically become a complete couch potato for months on end. I remember seeing a picture of myself and being disgusted with what I saw. I knew I had to make a change.
So I researched, and decided I was going to make a change. I had a friend’s birthday that was going to be my “last hurrah”. I would enjoy all the party food and deserts there and then change my ways for the better from then on out. And I did.
By June, just 4 months later, I had lost over 40 lbs through calorie counting and extreme amounts of cardio. By September I weighed just over 180 lbs. – I had a secret though – I was sick. I was borderline anorexic. I was getting to the point where I would only allow myself around 1,000 calories and was doing close to 2 hours of intense cardio a day – I was obsessed with the lowest weight possible.
To everyone else though, I looked healthy. It wasn’t until I met the girl that would become my first girlfriend- and eventually my wife – that my focus changed. While everyone had been telling me how great I looked for months, it wasn’t until I met my wife that I felt that I was truly acceptable the way I was. I began eating a health amount again – and rolled back to a normal level of cardio.
Notice though, all this time, I had beer lifted weights. With cardio, I had become lean, but my strength was nearly nonexistent.
Over the next couple years my weight evened out and stayed right around 205-215. I would exercise semi regularly, and eat with some conscience.
In 2013, I decided to join the Army National Guard and spent January 2014 through August 2014 in training. I got down to 195 lbs and was in probably the best shape of my life.
My lovely wife (then girlfriend) and I enjoying Yorktown Beach, VA during the Summer of ’14.
As things go, I didn’t keep up with my fitness and my weight slowly crept up on me again.
Complacency had set in after getting married in 2015 and I got caught up in making my way through the working world and lost focus on my fitness.
My favorite wedding photo – August ’15
Now, it’s 2017. My fitness isn’t near as bad as I was back in high school, but I’m definitely not where I want to be. This blog will be my comeback story. I’m doing things right this time. My diet will be the fuel for my success, not the focus. I’ve built a very modest home gym with a good bit of free weights, and I’m already on the right path.
This blog is to be part of my motivation to keep pushing myself and maybe even help some others.
Now, the name of this blog and my Instagram is Rakk Fitness. You might be thinking “What is Rakk?”. It’s nothing – I just thought it sounded cool – and Rackfit.com was already taken.
I may decide to later on get more into advice giving and providing workout plans – but for now, I’m just a novice. This blog, for now, is meant to be a tool for me – not you, and not anyone else.
With all that said – here’s to getting one more rep.