Ronald Bolando is your man when it comes to measuring large areas of the Earth’s surface using precise instruments. He traverses mountains and hills to study lands for future developments. But after office hours and on the weekends, he participates in some of the country’s top obstacle course races.
Bolando found his passion in fitness when he was rejected by his basketball varsity team. He battled with disappointment and needed to divert the anger and frustration somewhere, and that’s when he tried Crossfit. Crossfit is a high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise. He would train a minimum of 5 times a week, including a few sessions of Martial Arts at his gym. After countless hours of hard work at the gym, eventually he felt better and was content with his physical fitness level.
The year 2016 was the start of many challenges Ronald had to go through as he was keen on passing the board exams to become an engineer, which in turn hindered him from keeping up his fitness routine. He took 3 years off of exercising and Ronald’s fitness dwindled.
In 2016 after the board exams, he decided to try and jumpstart his fitness journey again but this time his goal was just to stay healthy. He would only work out whenever he needed to blow off steam from the stress of his day job. At this point in time, he was not at his best physically and had hit a rut in terms of weight loss.
However, 2017 was a crossroad for Bolando. It was in this year when he was diagnosed with an ACL, a low grade injury which required him to undergo rehabilitation for 3 months. During his treatment, his orthopedic doctor gave him two choices; he either had to undergo surgery or to lose weight. This ultimatum was what woke Ronald up. He realized he had to step up his fitness level if he ever wanted to continue to live his life the way he wanted.
Instead of seeing the negativity of his injury, he used it as fuel to beat the odds and challenge himself every day.
Today, Ronald Bolando is in the best shape of his life, even representing the country in the Spartan Race World Championship. He competed in both the first and the second Forza Obstacle Runs in Mckinley West and ARCA SOUTH TAGUIG. His new found drive made him want to share this fitness journey with others, thus he co-founded a fitness group called Fit+ which now has almost 200 members.
In 2018, Bolando was included in the carefully selected list of Forza Ambassadors; an elite group of top level athletes.
“Last year I was invited to be part of FORZA as their ambassador and grabbed that opportunity. I am humbled and honored because they saw my potential and skills through obstacle racing. It’s a dream come true for me because this is all I want when I started my Fitness journey to represent a lifestyle brand. Being part of this brand gave me the spotlight in fitness and in OCR, some people call me Mr. burpees or the burpeenator”- Ronald Bolando