James "Kottun" Cottongame
In October of 2013, I was down on myself and decided I would join the gym. I knew that when I joined the Tom Landry Fitness Center, I would need some inspiration: I needed a trainer to help keep me motivated, accountable and push forward to reach my workout goals. When I first started training, I wanted to lose weight and be healthier, and train to do another 70.3 Ironman. Once I started seeing results, I was inspired to push myself harder to get where I wanted to be. The encouragement I get every time I lift weights with my trainer, Brynna, has helped me to keep showing up and helps continue to strengthen my body and mind. This encourages me to believe that I can accomplish my health and fitness goals, that if I believe in myself, I can do more. I enjoy our workouts, and my favorite training days are anytime we workout my lower body. What I enjoy most about training is that I'm motivated to do more than I would ever do on my own. With my trainer Brynna, I push farther than I might push myself. Personal training has improved my life and self esteem. It helps me reduce stress and has motivated me to change my diet, as hard as it is to stick with it sometimes, and I feel the difference in my workout performance. This year, in 2015, I hope to get even stronger, add some muscle mass, be even healthier.