Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 27, 2012

New Year's resolution encouragement

58-year-old says others can make the changes he did

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But, Barton hung in there, always remembering his initial reason for changing his life -- his wife and son.

He started lifting weights. Small ones at first, and heavier weights as time marched on. The P90X weight program was his guide.

He now works out six days a week. His alarm goes off at 4 a.m. and he begins working out by 4:30 a.m. It’s early but it was the only time he could find in his busy life.

”I thought my story would be motivating for others -- especially to the older crowd that thinks they can’t do anything about their situation and just consume meds (medications) to control the damage instead of stopping the damage or reversing it,” he said.

Within a year of his journey, Barton was off blood pressure and cholesterol medications and down 25 pounds, he said. His lowest weight was 158 pounds.

”I was back in the same size slacks I wore after college,” he laughed. The slacks may have been out of style, but the health improvements were totally hip. Today, he is a P90X certified instructor and independent Beachbody coach. He coaches others looking to change their lives and lose weight. The gym fear is gone as new friends include local fitness buffs Art McDermott at Matrix Strength and Diana and Alex Kiesel, owners of Yang’s Fitness Center. All three contribute to fitness columns for the Townsman.

It was a co-worker who tipped off Barton to P90X. The DVDs show you how to exercise and Barton ordered it, buying the minimal amount of gear, he said.

”No big investment,” Barton said. “It took me over four months between family and business travel. No matter, it worked.”

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