Age is No Obstacle


We love featuring member success stories here on The Stronger Blog, and today’s story is from Charles Brueck of Texas who, at 49, had a strong finish at the Spartan Race obstacle challenge, impressing some younger racers as he blew past them. Below, Charles shares his own “Why I Koko” story. We hope you are as inspired as we are. Stay Koko Strong, Charles!

– Michael Wood, CSCS

This is why I KOKO, by Charles Brueck

My Spartan Race Results:

  • Distance – 9.57 mi
  • Obstacles – 23
  • Time – 2:56:51
  • Overall – 314 out of 2252
  • Males – 264 out of 1490
  • Males Ages 45-50 – 16 out of 85

Waiting to go over the 8’ wall a guy said, “hey I hope you don’t mind me asking but how old are you?  I was just wondering because you just blew by me on the hill back there and you’re a beast.”

I said I’m 49.  He said, “OMG I want to be you when I’m 49.”  It made me feel really good.  Especially considering only 3 years ago I had an extra 100 lbs on me.  I’ve gone from a 44” waist to a 29” and was a borderline diabetic to my most recent physical where I was described as “in amazing shape.”  Was it easy?  No, it took a lot of hard work and discipline but it can be done.  I enjoy my life so much more now and KOKO was a pivotal part of my recovery.

I’ll run the Spartan Sprint at Texas Stadium in June and complete the Spartan Trifecta in October when I run the 15 mile Spartan Beast in Glen Rose.


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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer

Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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