Kyle Schoonover had strayed from his athletic roots.

He had no energy after work. He’d come home and flop down on the couch. But after a little prompting from his mom, Schoonover got back to the gym.

Since working out again, the 36-year-old has dropped 20 pounds and two pant sizes.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I was an athlete growing up. I played high school football and college baseball. I also worked in minor league baseball. I was a general manager of a team in Auburn, New York, and later was director of group sales with the Omaha Storm Chasers. I got out of it for a little while. I started at (Edge Body Boot Camp) in May 2017. I needed a change in my life. I got here and got moving.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: The first half of my workout is strength training. The second half is more conditioning. It’s kind of like weighted cardio. I work out five days a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: To lose some pant sizes and tone up. I don’t want the dad bod. I know I’m not going to be where I was when I played college baseball (in California), but as you get older, you’ve got to watch it.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: I set personal goals to bench 300 pounds and squat 400 pounds. I did both. I also wanted to be in better shape overall.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: I travel quite a bit for work, so I have to do modified workouts in a hotel room. That’s a lot of body-weight work. It’s hard to come back to the gym and the weights after that. It’s about staying motivated when you don’t have the class.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: The class. The family. They ask, “Where were you? What were you doing?” And you get an email if you’ve missed class.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: I don’t like the grunting. If you lift a lot, don’t show it off.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: I love baseball. I try to go to as many games as I can. I go to any games — College World Series and Major League Baseball. One of my goals is to visit every MLB stadium. I’ve been to 20 out of 30. I also like football, golf and motocross.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: My compression shorts.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: You’ve got to stick with it and show up. There are going to be days where you don’t want to do it, and it’s going to be terrible. Do the workouts to the best of your ability.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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