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Richard Calistan Mountain Biking

On the Right Track

Richard Calistan Before and AfterRichard Calistan is a multi-award winning Audio Engineer who works on television shows and movies. Over the past 25 years, he’s worked with hundreds of actors including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Samuel L. Jackson. Working crazy hours and very often through the night to meet the demanding schedule, fitness was not always part of his life. In 2008, he began a life changing journey that would help him lose 80 pounds and start an addiction to running that ended up with him reaching his ultimate goal, the Boston Marathon. After running 7 marathons and multiple races of various distances he is now an avid mountain biker, and rides weekly to keep up his fitness.

When did you know you wanted something different? I was extremely overweight for a large part of my adult life. In 2008 while walking our dog, I felt out of breath. I thought “Oh no. This is not good”. It was this moment in my life that was the catalyst for me to change my life.

What keeps you motivated? 
My wife and our son. I really appreciate the gift of good health and I want to stick around for as long as possible.

How did you get started? By walking around the block, seriously!!! Then it went to two blocks…. You get the picture.

How has your life changed since you decided you wanted something different? First, I am way more healthy. I am so much happier, and I have been able to experience many incredible things over the years.

Tell me about your nutrition. My body is a “fat man always ready to return” so I have to watch my portions, no red meat and just to be aware of what I’m eating. I know the good food from the evil food.

Richard Calistan RaceWhat is your definition of old? Wow. That’s tough, I’m very inspired by some old people. During one of my first marathons, I was passed at one point by the legend, Ed Whitlock, and I think he was almost 80 years old at that time. (I wasn’t that slow, he’s a really fast runner, that keeps breaking world records). I mountain bike with a few guys that are older than me, and they are way better riders than me.
Old should be still enjoying and loving life as if you were 20.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? Trying to have as much adventure in my life as possible. This year I drove to BC and mountain biked at numerous trails along the way, and it really opened my eyes to the beauty of our amazing country. I rode in the Alpine of Revelstoke. Did a helicopter drop to the top of a mountain and rode down, and hiked up various mountains.

What do you do to stay Young? Do not take life seriously!!!! Laugh as much as you can and always be the goof. (Well that’s what I’m told I am)

How old would you be if you did not know how old you were? Maybe 25. Old enough that you weren’t carded for I.D. all the time.

What were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? Well I’m 48 now, my Dad was always working his ass off, but neither parents were active. They like watching TV a lot.

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”. Most people eventually find out their “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? I like to think I was born to bring as much happiness and joy to as many people as possible. To be there to support and love my family is really important to me.

What is next for you? As much awesome stuff as possible. It’s going to be crazy!! (You’ve got to have goals). As far as fitness I want to stay as active as I can for many years to come.

Andre Gordon Marathon

A Healthy Career Change

Andre Gordon Before Pic
Andre Gordon “Before”

Andre Gordon, a once overweight Auto Sales rep, decided to take matters into his own hands and get fit; he eventually dropped 60 pounds. After meeting his Physiotherapist wife, she encouraged him to become a Mad Dogg Certified Spin instructor; he later became certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and then took on the vocation full-time. He has worked along with Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists in his native Jamaica to assist in the rehab of their patients and has also has worked with elite athletes, clients looking for weight management, and Running clinics. Andre is presently working on his NCCP Triathlon and Swim Coaching certification and in addition his National Lifeguard certification. This motorsport enthusiast (co-driver), marathoner, century cyclist has on his bucket list an Ironman distance event to be ticked off.

When did you know you wanted something different? 
Post-mourning of a failed marriage; when I realized that I was looking into the “Rabbit Hole” at about 36-37…

What keeps you motivated? The main thing is knowing how hard it was “to climb the mountain,” to move from 245 down to 180+.

How did you get started? Long story, but basically at the time I was taking my son to the nutritionist in an effort to teach him to make the correct choices, thought to myself that I should have been making the same choices. My father has psoriatic arthritis and had to start his own program to control his health/fitness due to the side effects of steroid treatment, this inspired my physical push.

How has your life changed since you decided you wanted something different? Some, I changed from going to party on a Friday to sleeping early on a Friday so I could get up Saturdays to run with the Running club at 5am.

Andre Gordon Group CheerTell me about your nutrition. Eat healthy, eat in moderation.

What is your definition of old? Age is but a number; or “When life is no longer fun.”

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I would like to think still Personal Training clients and having a great time doing it.

What do you do to stay Young? See “What is your definition of old?”

How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? I have had people guess my age as young as mid-30’s.

Andre Gordon Workout GearWhat were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? My father worked as Bank Manager and mother ran her business which would have 20+ years old.

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Most people eventually find out their “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? Can’t say I know why yet, still trying to figure that one out…

What is next for you? Moving to the great metropolis of Toronto in January 2017 and seeing if I can make my ‘mark’ there. Haven’t thought much more as there is some movement in my family structure at this time, hopeful once the dust settles, maybe time for that college degree!