August 2013 Mark Capristo (1:2)
CF Workout Warrior

Tell us a little about yourself

I was always a bigger guy, and eventually, let my weight get to a point where it took a major toll on my health. I ate and drank whatever I wanted without noting the consequences. That all changed when, in 2008, I was in a serious motorcycle accident. Six seconds after a light turned red – and while I had the right-of-way – a car slammed into me while I was crossing an intersection. The police report stated that I went over my handlebars, 30 feet into the air, and landed 150 feet away from the intersection. While I did not break any of my bones, I tore countless tendons and ligaments – injuries that were followed by endless surgeries and maximum medical improvement. Once the doctors determined I had reached maximum improvement, they gave me a functional capacity evaluation and told me I would have high disability issues for the rest of my life, only worsening with age.

Instead of crawling into a pit of despair, I decided that the doctors would not dictate what I could or could not do. I joined a gym that offered a 10-week full body transformation program, and began my journey to a healthier life. Checking into the program, I was 5’8, 280 pounds, and 46% body fat. I could do two sit-ups, one push-up, and ran a mile in 36:46. I knew at that point that I had to make major changes.

While working on my health, I found out about a “Fight for Air” stair climb campaign – a stair climb to the top of the 801 Grand Building, one of the tallest in Des Moines. I knew I wanted to participate and to raise funds for a worthy cause, which is when I discovered the Boomer Esiason Foundation. I made a few calls, put my team together, and started working toward my newest goals: to raise money for BEF and to make it to the top of that building. Team Boomer sent me a shirt for my efforts, inadvertently giving me yet another goal – to fit into that shirt comfortably.

I will never forget the day I put my Team Boomer shirt on and was able to wear it with pride; it is still a source of daily motivation. Today I weight 175 pounds and have a 34-inch waist, and plan to keep working on my health every single day. I am walking proof that if you are in control of your life, you can redefine and recreate yourself, and always keep moving forward.

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