Utah man who overcame trials to find health and happiness now inspiring others to do the same

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-27 20:52:40-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Bruce Pitchers’ story starts with his father.

A troubled childhood led to excessive eating, and eventually, obesity. Then, in 2014, Pitcher was selected for ABC’s show Extreme Weight Loss, during which he was introduced to cross-fit. It's a sport that not only encourages weight lifting as a source for fat loss, but also pushes healthy eating habits and an overall active lifestyle.

During the show, Pitcher met Ute Crossfit Owner Hackenbruck, where they came up with the idea to host a 12-week boot camp for others needing a lifestyle change. Many of the participants originally saw Pitcher on Extreme Weight Loss and connected with his story, having been through difficult trials themselves.

So, when they saw an ad for a boot camp coached by the same man, they were quick to sign up. The boot camp tackled inner issues like why food became a source of comfort, or why living a healthier life was important.

For Debbie Brown, changing her habits meant the chance to see her daughter walk down the aisle and help raise her grand kids. For others, it was about conquering unknown fears and finally keeping commitments to themselves.

Bruce Pitcher turned his past into a positive, overcame his struggles, and now inspires others to do the same.