Chris's Story

I am a former professional athlete. I have been featured on ESPN and Baseball America. I played in the College World Series as a standout baseball player at Oregon State University. I still have the picture of myself that was on the cover of USA Today… I am also a local business owner here in Modesto.

My name is Chis Campos and I have been an active member at Get Fit since, well…April. (Yes, of this year….2015!). It started with a simple request by my wife. She had been asking me to come to Get Fit with her because she said I would really like it. My response to her was, “I used to get up every morning at 5:30am to do Olympic weight training and conditioning. I did it from college all the way through professional baseball. I put in my time and I have no desire to do it anymore”. But that was merely an excuse. An excuse that came from FEAR!

...So finally I gave in, after nearly two years of her asking me to go with her-- which later she admitted that she really just wanted me to come so that I could affirm that the workouts were REALLY hard! Little did I know that after the very first workout at Get Fit, I would be hooked!

But let's talk about my background story.

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Throughout my lifetime I have experienced huge success as well as huge defeat! By nature I am an overachiever. I set goals, only to make bigger and better goals for myself. This works out great if you have something you are striving for. For me, that “striving” started in my baseball career. Everyday I got to wake up knowing that I was hopefully one step closer to my dream (and goal) of playing Major League Baseball. I will never forget my very first day as a professional baseball player with the Houston Astros. I was just finished dressing in the locker room getting ready to go down to the field, and of course who walked in? Roger Clemens. He introduced himself to me as if I had no idea who he was. Talk about humbling. I just remember shaking his hand and trying to act cool…”Nice to meet you Roger” is all I could muster in that instant.

Later the next Spring Training I ran into Andy Pettite in the parking lot. This time I was prepared. He introduced himself “Hi, my name is Andy”. I said “Andy, I know who you are, and I used to hate you as a Yankee! But now that we are both Astros I guess I can like you”. He chuckled. But that was my reality. It was these instances that made me feel like I was there, achieving the goals I had set for myself as a kid. That is what fueled me to workout harder. To get stronger. Run faster. But I still didn’t have the eating portion down.

It all came to a screeching halt in April 2007 when the Astros released me and I was forced to stop playing. I instantly started working a full-time job to help support my newly formed family. Talk about a crush on your dreams! For the next few years I would struggle with my feelings of acceptance of my new (non-baseball) life. However, it all came to a head in 2010 when I was diagnosed (or should I say misdiagnosed) with Type 2 Diabetes. I was 26 years old. The doctors sat there scratching their heads telling me they had no idea how or why I got it, “so just eat better and workout more”. So that’s what I did, or at least attempted to do.

Over the course of 3 months I dropped 40 lbs, which wasn’t healthy because my body was being starved of the proper nutrients it needed to function. Fast forward 4 years later, I was weighing in at 175 lbs. The skinniest I had been since I was a sophomore in high school. I had no idea what to do but to accept that fact that this would be my reality for the rest of my life. Something didn’t seem right though. How would I, as a once excel athlete, not be able to maintain my strength and physique? So my wife and I started doing some research and found that there was a very uncommon type of diabetes called LADA. The more I looked into it, the more I recognized that I fit the mold for this rare condition. So finally in August 2014 I asked my doctor to take blood tests to see if in fact I had this condition. Sure enough, the results proved that is what I had!... From that day on, I have been an LADA diabetic, which is basically an auto-immune disease. The first to go down was my pancreas, and since then I have been insulin dependent. The loss of my baseball career and the devastating blow to my health mentally shut me down. I used to take great pride in my health and athletic performance. Now all I could do is just accept the cards I had been dealt in life. And I HATED it!

That was until this April when I accepted the request from my wife to workout at Get Fit. The very first workout I felt such an inspiration, like I had been missing an old friend. That old friend was myself, who I really am, who had been hiding in the basement for nearly 8 years. So after that first workout, I decided to continue to go to Get Fit. In May I was signed up for The Change Up bootcamp. I remember being really scared to do it, knowing that my health condition would prohibit me from fully accepting the challenge. Boy was I wrong! I learned so much about myself; how my body functioned, and how it responded to clean eating. It made me wish I had known this stuff when I was playing professional baseball. How much better could I have performed had I known this stuff and applied it to my life then? I found that eating clean fueled my body with the proper nutrients to get more out of my workouts! Thus, transforming my body to be stronger and leaner. On top of all of that, my blood sugar numbers got better and with more consistency. Talk about unbelievable!

Since The Change Up finished in June, I have finished a Spartan Race, increased my strength, endurance, and completely transformed my physique. I have learned what I can and can't eat and how that affects my body. I have learned that I can push myself to the limits on each and every workout, and still be OK! Now, I actually plan my day around my workouts and eating. Through all of this, my situation has taught me that my health will always need to be a priority. And I believe this is true for all of us!

So here I am, writing to you all, in the best shape of my life. I have that inspiration and dedication back. My health circumstances no longer dictate me and my thoughts. Its up to ME to dictate my own health circumstances! If it wasn’t for Get Fit, the programs they have put in place, and their emphasis on WHOLE body health, I wouldn’t be here telling you my life transforming story. I can surely say that Get Fit has been the reason for this. It is truly a special place to me. I love the workouts, the people, the relationships I have formed, and the overall community that the management have worked so hard to create. I have worked out with some of the best athletes in the world, and in some of the nicest facilities in the world, but at the end of the day, it comes down to what is the CULTURE of the organization. The culture at Get Fit is some of the best you will ever find, and for that I thank each and every one of you that is apart of this culture. Without you, it wouldn’t be what it is. And I would continue to be left uninspired and underachieved.

Thank you!