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From Poor Health to American Ninja Warrior

Weslee Meador, Facilities Manager at Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation (LWCC), a Cooper Wellness Strategies client, credits the wellness staff at his workplace in helping him change his life for the better. He reflects how the onsite LWCC staff, Jeff Barbera, Fitness Manager, and Landon Chastant, Fitness Specialist, gave him the support and tools needed to accomplish a longtime goal and lifetime dream.

Wes Meador competing for American Ninja Warrior

I started working at LWCC in October 2018, weighing in at 235 lbs. and sporting size 38 waist pants. I was headed in a direction all too familiar to my family of poor health—including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease. I decided my family and I deserved better than that. Prior to coming to LWCC I started improving my health, thanks to more nutritious eating and somewhat of an exercise regimen. When interviewing for my current role, one of the main draws was the onsite exercise facility and wellness programs offered. I was impressed with the company’s dedication to their employees with the wellness program. I expected the typical corporate gym, but maybe a bit nicer with a shower. Essentially, I expected Vienna sausage but what I got was Filet Mignon (or a rare Ribeye in my personal taste). I was pleasantly surprised by the expansive facility and expert knowledge of the fitness staff to help employees reach their health and fitness goals.

Jeff and Landon took my health and fitness goals and elevated them to a whole new level I didn’t know was possible. I told them my ultimate goal was to go from “Dad bod” to “Ninja Dad” and be taken seriously when I applied to compete on “American Ninja Warrior.” Unlike many others, they listened and didn’t guffaw or discourage. They nodded and agreed enthusiastically, “Let’s do this!” At the time, I was following what I thought was a solid diet and exercise program. I shared this with Jeff and Landon, and they worked that into a customized program fitting perfectly within my goals. I had the drive and determination and they gave me the direction to make my dream happen.

Since 2018, I have worked out at least two days per week including a mixture of body weight training and calisthenics, ninja training on my own and cardio, functional training and weight training with Cooper.

Pre-COVID, I weighed 205 pounds and had approximately 12% body fat.

Fast forward to January 2021—I submitted my application to “American Ninja Warrior” again, expecting to be rejected for the third time. Like many, I had slipped in my training and accountability, thanks to COVID and its debilitating effects on gyms, families, jobs and people. My weight had crept back up to 216 when I got the call on January 8 that I was selected to compete this year among 400 competitors. I’d finally made it! I met with Landon and Jeff immediately to evaluate where I was and where I wanted to be in 11 weeks by the end of March—lean, strong and ready to compete in the ultimate obstacle course challenge. Once again, they gave me the blueprints and I went to work. Jeff and Landon supported me with a custom workout plan and made tweaks as I progressed helping me reach my top fitness level. I weighed in at the competition in March at 200 lbs. I’m proud to say I advanced beyond half the competition field in my “American Ninja Warrior” debut—what is hopefully the first of many opportunities to compete in this grueling challenge!

I strive to be a humble man, and as such, I know I owe my success to those around me, especially the Cooper Wellness Strategies employees here at LWCC, Jeff and Landon. I invited them both to sit on my virtual sideline during the “American Ninja Warrior” taping—so if my footage airs, you’ll see Jeff’s smiling grin in the background of my run! I wish I could tell you more about my shot on the show—let’s say that I did better than I expected but didn’t get all the results I wanted. You can see the results in this season of “American Ninja Warrior,” and I’m so thankful for two of the finest Cooper teammates right here at LWCC.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR ““Qualifiers 1” Episode 1302 — Pictured: Wes Meador — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)

To learn more about Cooper Wellness Strategies’ services, including designing and managing corporate fitness programs, visit cooperwellness.com or call 972.560.3263.

Cooper Offers a New Way of Doing Wellness

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Cooper Wellness Strategies (formerly Cooper Consulting Partners), announces a new name to align with the launch of its expanded suite of wellness offerings for employers, insurers, providers and individuals. Read the full press release here.

Earlier this week, the teammates (employees) of Cooper Wellness Strategies invited teammates from the Cooper Aerobics campus to share the exciting news!

Led by Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, Founding Partner of Cooper Wellness Strategies and President and CEO of Cooper Aerobics, Cooper Wellness Strategies focuses on creating customized wellness plans for groups and individuals based on strategic consulting, leader training and lifestyle education, including new personalized online education programs and mobile health applications. The new name reflects the use of an expanding continuum of tools to positively impact health risk factors with market leading solutions. Cooper Wellness Strategies has serviced more than 100 Fortune 500 companies since 1995 including organizations such as Chick-fil-A, National Instruments, Devon Energy, H-E-B and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

“Cooper Aerobics is committed to creating a world where people can live longer, healthier lives. Each of our businesses focus on helping individuals of all ages and corporations reduce health risk factors based on scientific research through The Cooper Institute, “ said Dr. Tyler Cooper. “Cooper Wellness Strategies realizes communication is essential to a successful program and employers need to use their wellness dollars responsibly.”

To learn more about Cooper Wellness Strategies clients and services visit cooperwellness.com or call 972.560.3263.

 

50 Fittest Companies

April 28, 2014 2 comments

Congratulations to National Instruments, Chick-fil-A and Devon Energy for making it in the 50 Fittest Companies by The Active Times. Why is it that we are so proud of these three? As clients of Cooper Wellness Strategies, we help implement their worksite wellness programs by managing their fitness centers. The Active Times created this list to recognize companies that offer their employees ‘the biggest and best opportunities to embrace fitness and health.’ This list covers many industries, environments and areas of the country. See what The Active Times wrote about our top three.

#2 National Instruments

National Instruments (NI) has been putting tools in the hands of scientists, engineers and innovators since 1976. They’ve found the secret to success lies within the health and well-being of their employees. To help their employees stay fit, NI has a professionally managed on-site fitness center [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies]. The gym is staffed with a physician, a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and support staff. It is open 24 hours, seven days a week and stocked with equipment. In addition to the fitness center, NI offers wellness programs and a great benefits package, but they had us at the 24-hour fitness center.

#22 Chick-fil-A

Fast food and fitness don’t normally go hand in hand, but with a wooded 73-acre, Atlanta-based corporate campus complete with an on-site wellness center [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies] (featuring everything from free weights to cardio machines and even a volleyball court), a cafeteria with a salad bar that’s free to all employees every day, and flexible schedules that allow for exercise breaks (like a run through one of the campus’ scenic trails) during the workday, including Chick-fil-A on our list was basically a no-brainer.

#41 Devon Energy

Devon Energy, an oil and gas producing company, keeps employees refreshed in an unconventional way. They offer employees a flexible work schedule that would give them every other Friday off if they opt to work an extra hour each day. Devon employees also benefit from on-site fitness centers [managed by Cooper Wellness Strategies].

To calculate this list, The Active Times complied data about the best places to work in the U.S. from expert lists including CNN Money, Business Insider, Glass Door and Forbes. Great job to National Instruments, Chick-fil-A and Devon Energy!

Learn more about the companies we work with and the services we provide through Cooper Wellness Strategies.