Retiree profits from investing in fitness

July 20, 2019

When Greg Sikora’s wife Carol decided she was going to sign up for our 12-week body transformation and get in shape, he was nothing but supportive. In fact, Greg jumped on board and joined her in a new healthy lifestyle, loosely following the guidelines we set up for her, and he quickly began to experience results. It wasn’t long before he decided he liked the structure and clean eating, so he signed up to train with us, and his decision to do so has paid dividends ever since.        

Back in January 2018, Greg and Carol Sikora moved from Pennsylvania to Milford to relax and enjoy the beach lifestyle. As retirees, they were looking for things to do but wanted to stay healthy and enjoy a better quality of life. At the time, Carol realized she had put on a considerable amount of weight and was experiencing some limited health issues that made her decide to join our program and get in shape. Since that day, she has not only lost more than 40 pounds, but her results have inspired her husband Greg to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

“I decided I liked the way she was eating and wanted to take advantage of the situation and join the program as well while she did her body transformation,” said Greg.

However, no one could have predicted how fast his results would come.

When Greg started, he initially weighed about 185, but was on the thinner side and lacked quality muscle. He was shadowing his wife’s program, and he quickly dropped about 12 pounds. Once he signed up for our program and began training with us individually, his metabolism kicked into high gear. I began by teaching Greg the basics of a proper diet by having him eat frequent meals with proper portion sizes, and increasing water and protein intake. As soon as he incorporated these principles, he began dropping body fat, and progressively gained strength and endurance. It wasn’t long before he dropped more weight, added more than four pounds of lean muscle and tested at a very low 13 percent body fat. Not bad for a 62-year-old retiree. At this point, we began adding food back, and Greg began to fill out and expose a very lean and muscular build that he had never imagined he could accomplish. The more food we gave him, the more ripped he got until he ended up looking better than most average males half his age. And he accomplished all this and more in just a couple months. 

Greg and Carol wanted to give back when they retired, so they volunteered to help with Meals on Wheels. Seeing other retirees dealing with their own individual physical issues has shed a lot of perspective on why staying in shape is so important as they get older.

“Volunteering for Meals on Wheels has been a real eye-opener because it allows us to see what could become of you in your later years if you don’t stay in shape and take care of yourself. We want to get the most we can out of our retirement years, and eating a proper diet and working out is certainly the way to do it,” said Greg.

When I asked Greg if he had any advice for people his age who want to get in shape but feel it’s too late, he said, “Most people my age would say, ‘I just can’t do that,’ but that’s the part you have to push aside, because that’s not true. As the old saying goes, there are just no excuses.” 

On a side note, Carol has lost 40 pounds of pure fat and even gained muscle in the process. She will be completing one more final 12-week transformation to get her to her target weight and optimal health. Stay tuned for her final results, because they are sure to be inspirational.

  • Chris Antonio is a personal trainer and former world-class weightlifter. He has been lifting for more than 20 years and has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from All-American athletes to the average person trying to get into shape. To send a question to the Ask the Trainer column, email Chris at or check out

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