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How PumpUp helped Brian lose 70 lbs after a racing accident


Brian (@bellsetters) has been an integral member of the PumpUp community since May 2014. He regularly challenges other members to do their best every week. A world without his positivity and thoughtfulness would be a dimmer world indeed. “A friend told me about PumpUp and people were talking about how much they enjoyed the workouts. I decided to give it a try,” he explained. “I never expected it to become a way of life for me, but it has! I love every minute of my experience with PumpUp.” 

The app helped Brian recover from a severe racing accident that left him in a wheelchair for months. “I had a number of plates and screws put in my back and neck,” he elaborated. “I had to retrain myself to walk when it was all said and done. Between not being able to move around and the medication I had to take, I lost a huge amount of muscle mass and gained almost 80 pounds.” Brian’s weight hit its peak at 260 lbs in June 2013. That October, Brian decided to make a change. He began a new diet regimen and was cleared to work out by his physician. “Since then, I have lost 70 pounds and put on the muscle mass I had lost. I am about 180 lbs now. I owe this all to PumpUp. That is why I say that this app literally saved my life.”



In the time that Brian was not using the app, he exercised irregularly and admitted that he didn’t exactly have the best eating habits. “I  maybe did a couple of home workouts a week and I ate just about anything I could get my hands on —-and WAY too much of it,” he laughed. “I drank a ton of soda and lived a sedentary lifestyle. I went to work, went back home, and would plant my butt on the couch.”

Since the dawn of his new lifestyle with the PumpUp community, Brian’s habits have changed for the better. He runs 2 miles on the beach 5 days a week and exercises at the gym for 3-hour sessions, 5 days a week.  Though Brian’s appetite hasn’t waned, he’s happy to admit that he’s eating foods that nourish his body and keep him fuller for longer. “Tons of protein throughout the day: eggs, protein shakes, peanut butter. I try to incorporate a lot of lean protein into my diet as well, such as steak, chicken, and fish”


One seemingly insurmountable obstacle didn’t stop Brian from making a change. He got by with the help of his friends, quite literally.  He urges that those looking to begin an active lifestyle should never be afraid to ask for help or advice. “Some people won’t get into the fitness lifestyle because it’s different, and they don’t know a lot about it. There is always someone willing to help,” he counseled. “That’s the reason I make it clear to those on PumpUp that I am here if they need any help. I love to see that young people are beginning to embark on their health and fitness journeys, and I’m always on standby to offer help to make sure that they don’t quit.”

With the help of PumpUp, working out became a habit embedded within the fabric of Brian’s lifestyle, rather than a mere means to lose weight. “I have gained so much muscle mass since June 2013. Now I’m working on defining my muscles. It’s a lot of work, but it seems to be working,” he shrugged. 


Brian is most inspired by so many members of the PumpUp community, particularly @lilblondie714, @uneekapril, @mattgmi, and @_harleyjade_. “I have met so many wonderful and motivating people on PumpUp,” he gushed. “They are all so inspiring and motivating. All of these members have become very good friends and make me want to work my hardest and become the best person I can possible be.”

Brian’s Meals

My favourite meal is any lean protein…and lots of it!”

Motivational Mantra

When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top!”

How Brian Stays Active

I love to target a different muscle group each day at the gym, then blasting it as hard as I can. Love the soreness that you get afterwards.”



More about Brian

I’m a really big motorhead. I love to tinker with cars. I have a ’68 Corvette that I rebuilt from the ground up. I love the satisfaction you get when you stand back and look at the finished product. Then you say, ‘Wow…I did that!’”

Pump Brian up on the PumpUp app @bellsetters and on Instagram @brians_fresh_start