UPDATE! EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Double Down Duo
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This week’s Extraordinary Person of the Week is a two for one. A father-son combo I call the “Double Down Duo.”
In the fall of 2012, David Calhoun would enter a nationwide fitness challenge called the Max Formation Life Challenge.
In the fall of 2013, another David Calhoun would enter the same fitness challenge.
Now they’re calling each other in the mornings, talking a little trash, and losing a little weight. Actually, a lot of weight. About 200 pounds between the two.
“He asked me if I would enter,” said the dad.
“I just walked up to him, talked a little trash,” replied the son.
“I just think that these two guys are an inspiration,” added the owner of the store who represented the two.
The story starts with David Calhoun… the younger version.
“He won the challenge, and when he flew back from California, he asked me if I would enter,” David Sr. said of his son.
And the story continues with David Calhoun… the father.
David, the son, described his message to dad.
“‘Come on. When are you going to do this?” he said. “And the second I did that he was like, ‘Alright. I’m going do it.'”
This father-son duo is a tale of losing weight and gaining a bond.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to support him then to enter the contest,” dad said. “The more I entered, the longer I got into it, the healthier I got, the stronger I felt. I really enjoy working out with my son.”
Just two years ago the younger David weighed more than 300 pounds. He entered the 2013 Max Formation Life Challenge, a nationwide fitness challenge. He won by losing. Losing more than 100 pounds.
Max Muscle franchisee/fitness guru Artie Quaranta described the celebration after the younger Calhoun got back from the nationals.
“We had a reception,” Quaranta said. “David won the contest last year. We had a reception, and his father was standing right here and said, ‘You saved my son’s life,’ and everyone was tearing up, and then David turned around and said, ‘Now what are you gonna do, Dad?’ And I said, ‘Oh, boy.'”
Oh, boy. The father battling weight issues of his own and following his son’s lead and now competing in the 2014 Max Form Life Challenge.
“You have someone who’s overcome childhood obesity,” Quaranta said. “You have a father, who has a career and a family, and has been able to do it despite all that.”
So far, the elder Calhoun has lost nearly 80 pounds.
“I started walking on the treadmill, doing five pushups,” he said.
“We both love the fact that we can wake up at six in the morning and call each other and say, ‘Hey, I’ve already hit the gym. what are you doing right now?'” the son said.
The 2014 fitness challenge that David(Sr) is competing in wraps up at the end of the month.
For more information on the Max Formation Life Challenge, contact Artie Quaranta at Max Muscle in Wilmington.
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