A Logansport man who set out to find a way to continue sharing a pastime with his son was recently recognized by the company behind a popular exercise routine and is in the running for more.
Brent Kepner had always regularly exercised by lifting weights and riding a bicycle. As he grew older, however, the routine started to be less effective against his hereditary high cholesterol and worn joins in his knees. It ultimately threatened a future of playing softball with his son, Bryce, an uncertainty Kepner said “really tugged at my heart.”
The 53-year-old said he started doing Power 90 Extreme, or P90X, a home exercise cross-training program from Beachbody LLC out of Santa Monica, Calif. about three or four years ago.
“After a week I started seeing good results,” Kepner said. “It really motivates you. When you start something, at first it’s a little difficult, but if you just stick through it, it kind of gets addictive.”
Kepner fed his addiction after completing the 90-day P90X and losing about 30 pounds by moving up to the more stringent P90X2. From there he went to the even more intense P90X3, which ultimately led to a loss of about 10 more pounds, putting him in the 150s, while sculpting his muscles and reducing the stress in his knees.
He continues to exercise by mixing different elements from each of the three workouts, sometimes two to three times a day.
“I feel like I’m in as good of shape as I was in my 20s,” Kepner said, “probably better.”
Kepner also continues to play baseball with his son, side-by-side in the outfield, in a local men’s league.
“It’s kind of a dream to play ball together with your son,” he said.
Friends often told him to enter Beachbody’s monthly Beachbody Challenge, Kepner said, where contestants separated by gender and age group submit before-and-after photos and answers to questions about how the exercise programs impacted their lives. Finally he did and was surprised to discover the company selected him as the recent winner of $1,000 in the 50-and-over age group.