Our December 2019 Contender of the Month is Geoff Cooper, affectionately known as Cooper. A regular during our lunchtime classes, Cooper started at Contenders in 2016, wanting something other “usual gym stuff”, and has been unstoppable ever since.
How has your experience at Contenders been?
It’s been quite a journey. When I first started I was just trying to lose a few pounds and certainly wasn’t someone you’d think of as active or into fitness. Less than 4 years later my life has totally changed and I’ve actually started to work in the fitness industry. I would certainly give Contenders a lot of credit for all that’s happened.
Which is (are) your favorite class(es) at Contenders, and what do you like about them?
My favourite classes are definitely the training camps, I don’t have one I prefer over the other. I love the high intensity and challenge they bring; it’s difficult to replicate on your own.
What is your goal in boxing/fitness you are working to achieve?
I just keep trying to push the limits of what I’m capable of. I’m planning to run my first marathon in 2020 and might start getting into triathlon stuff after that.
What is your weakness in boxing/fitness you would like to improve?
I primarily attend the training camp classes, so my actual boxing definitely needs some work.
What/who inspires you to continue training?
I enjoy it so much now that I don’t really need motivation anymore. Maybe being able to eat a tray of cookies before bed without gaining weight!
What is your advice for people who are thinking of joining Contenders?
Do it. The classes and instructors are so effective that all you have to do is show up. Get to as many classes as possible and the rest will work itself out. There’s so much confusion and misinformation with health/fitness these days that simplicity is usually best- if you can get to a class almost every day, any issues with weight or not feeling energetic aren’t going to last long.
What is your occupation and what do you like to do in your free time other than boxing?
As mentioned I now work as a personal trainer and I’m also certified as a “health coach”, so I have a small practice with a handful of clients I’m building. When I’m not doing that stuff I spend a lot of time around the beaches/Stanley Park swimming, paddle boarding, running etc. Hibernation from November through March!
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Obviously it’s been a tough year with the flood, but great to see how the staff and members have come together and kept things going at the temporary space. I’m sure 2020 will be a great “comeback” year for Contenders! Happy Holidays to everyone.
Great job Cooper! We’re inspired by your dedication and personal transformation in so much of your life. A Contender through and through.