Watch John Glaude’s Journey from Morbid Obesity to CrossFit Athlete

John David Glaude has over half a million followers on his YouTube channel “Obese to Beast,” and hey, he deserves the attention. The man once weighed 360 pounds and wore 5XL shirts but gradually — or as his motto (and t-shirts) say, “one rep at a time” — cut all the way down to 190 pounds.

At his largest he was eating fast food “80 percent of the time” and drinking well over two liters of soda per day. Now a devoted fitness fanatic, Glaude has built a sizable following documenting the struggles and triumphs of his fitness journey, which has included heaping doses of functional fitness.

CrossFit HQ took notice and followed him on an average day, resulting in an pretty interesting video that’s part marketing for CrossFit Darkside, part John Glaude vlog, and all inspirational. Take a look.

[Check out CrossFit Games athlete Jared Enderton’s 305lb to 193lb weight loss here!]

His first move to weight loss was landing on what he calls a “common sense diet”: no soda, no junk food, no fast food.

When you’re as heavy as I was, if you just make a small change, you’ll see a big result. I made that small change, saw a big result, was more motivated to make another change to see more results, and then it just kind of compounded and it was like a domino effect.

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Haven’t talked about THIS transformation in a while. . So for those if you that are relatively new here, I did a men’s physique show in June of 2016. . This was the leanest I have ever been, (and probably will ever). . I learned SO much prepping for my show. I learned just how far I could push my body, and how much discipline I actually had. . Honestly, competing isn’t something I am INCREDIBLY passionate about, so I don’t think I will ever be doing it again. . There was something so incredibly satisfying about working my BUTT off and being able to step on stage and showcase that hard work. . There is also a lot to be said about how much competing CAN mess up your relationship with food, but that’s a completely different post 😅 . All in all, I just want people to understand that you CAN change your reality! . I went from being 20 years old, TERRIFIED of being home alone because I thought I would have a heart attack, and no one would be there to help. To STEPPING ON A BODYBUILDING STAGE! . Currently I am 20 pounds heavier, SO much stronger, and completely have changed my viewpoint on “fitness”. BUT that doesn’t make me any less proud of what I was able to accomplish on that stage. . Also, the spray tan is a necessary part of competing 😂 I think it looks just as silly as you do 🤷🏼‍♂️ . No shortcuts, #WorkForChange Remember, transformation happens one rep at a time, and with enough determination and commitment, we can ALL go from #ObeseToBeast!!! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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Eventually he decided to balance the extremity of his obesity with the extremity of a physique show but found he developed a binge eating disorder from obsessing over his calorie intake. He also noted that bodybuilding helped him change his physique but he “still never felt very functional.” Then he found CrossFit.

I just like fell in love with it. CrossFit has that community aspect, you are doing the same workout as all these other people, you’re suffering together, and it makes the gym less like an isolated thing.

Glaude’s journey and his comfort in his own skin is a great lesson that CrossFit isn’t just for the Games athletes. Or as he puts it, “I’m not saying I’ll ever be (Mat Fraser) but why can’t you get closer? If everyone at the top is getting better and better and better, why can’t the people in the middle?”

Featured image via CrossFit on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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