Member Spotlight: Ricky

Aug 14, 2020 |

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Today we celebrate Ricky Leon Cauthen Jr., a US Marine Corp veteran, who joined our #CardioCrew in January 2020. You may know him from our FB Community Group where he frequently posts inspiring and encouraging updates.  We recently got to go more in-depth with Ricky as he shared his fitness journey with us.

“My fitness journey has been up and down. After separation from the US Marine Corp, I gained weight – hitting 350 pounds. Depression set in with my PTSD. I climbed into a bottle of whiskey and stayed there for a while until I almost ended up in a very bad place.”

Wanting to turn things around, Ricky found the courage and commitment to make some big changes. “I started exercising and eating right, I cut out drinking. Eventually, I was able to come off all of my meds. Now I’m actively working out and hoping my story inspires others. I workout with CardioCast because it feels like you are in a class without actually having to go to a class, it’s easy and I can use my spin bike at home or the bikes in the gym.”

Staying motivated and true to his commitment meant finding the workouts that resonated greatest with him. “I love the Beats Rides, and my favorite instructor is Noël Nocciolo. She is motivating and her music is on point. It feels like she is right there with you.”

In addition to riding with CardioCast, Ricky has become a TRX instructor thanks to Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit on a mission to empower and honor veterans and active duty service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

Ricky, thank you for showing us what amazing changes are possible through hard work, positive intention, and sticking with it through the ups and downs. You inspire all of us here in the #CardioCrew and beyond.

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