Bob's Personal Training Success Story

When I first met Bob Knowling he was perched on a stationary bike fresh out of surgery and already forcing his brand new titanium knee around the pedal’s circumference. As I recall, the conversation went something like this: "I hear you’re one of the personal trainers here who works with clients after physical therapy is complete." I said "yes sir that’s correct. I’m an advanced, high intensity trainer however, so it may take a while before you’re ready to train with me." "Oh no. I’m already ready. That’s just what I want – high intensity. I’ve put on an uncomfortable amount of weight with this bad knee and I want it off of me yesterday! When can we start?" While waiting for knee replacement surgery Bob, a 6’3 200 pound three-sport athlete in college, had ballooned up to 321 pounds. I could tell he was fighting mad about that! So immediately upon release from physical therapy, we went to work.

Despite a grueling travel schedule, Bob trained with me twice a week. We lifted weights, threw medicine balls, sat up, pushed up, did cardio and boxed (at which Bob became quite good). And yes, it was high intensity. Bob knows no other way. After about 9 months of blood and sweat (no tears) Bob weighed in at a very athletic 248 pounds. He lost over 70 pounds while reducing his body fat by more than 15%. He has good strength and confidence in his legs and a great left hook! Rumor has it he also added about 70 yards to his driver but I have not personally witnessed that aspect of his amazing transformation.

Although some say Bob’s successful weight loss reflects great credit upon me as a trainer, I must admit he brought the same drive and determination demonstrated in every other aspect of his life to the gym. It really made my job quite easy; I set up the plan, he put it into action. That’s the great combination that resulted in his knocking his goal right out of the ring.

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--Rob Strickland, CPT and CEO, Soul Personal Training


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   Bob Knowling is respected by many of America’s most admired executives, from Jack Welch to Michael Bloomberg. He has led large organizations through periods of dramatic transformation; management guru Noel Tichy calls him "a change agent’s change agent." But even more impressive than Knowling’s résumé is the road he took to the top.

He grew up as one of thirteen children in Indiana, shuttling between the homes of his divorced parents, surrounded by crime, poverty, drug abuse, and racism. Later he lived and worked on his grandparents’ farm in Missouri. No one encouraged him to have big ambitions or even bothered to ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" But Knowling used his athletic and academic talents to earn a college scholarship and later an MBA. He became an expert at leading change—helping others see a better future, then work hard to make it real.

Knowling’s story proves that almost any disadvantage can be overcome with persistence and a passion for excellence. And it teaches us how to embrace change rather than cling to the past.

It is easy to lose sight of our potential in a time of economic turmoil, joblessness, and confusion. Knowling reminds us that none of those conditions is permanent and, more important, that none of them excuses us from making a concerted effort at whatever we try to do. As he puts it, "You turn around organizations, in most cases, by turning around individuals. . . . The real lesson of transformation is that it happens not in companies and not in offices, but in lives."

Knowling believes that we do not define ourselves by our upbringing or the external conditions of our lives. It’s our response to those conditions that counts. It’s not where you came from; it’s what you do with your potential. You’ll be amazed to learn where Knowling came from and how he got from a really distant "there" to a very inspiring "here."  

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