Meet the Founder Sean Mulroney
I still remember December 26th, 2016 like it was yesterday. The day I decided to take control and get healthy for my family and myself.
I was just like you.
Ready to start, but so overwhelmed with the amount of flashy online programs and quick-fix diets that made seemingly impossible promises. I wasn’t afraid of putting in the work, but it’s not like I could just run down to the local gym to get help.
Hell, I could barely get around my own house – I was at 687 lbs.
I picked up the phone and started making calls. I was desperate to find someone, anyone, willing to take on a person of my size to help me.
I made over 30 calls trying to find a personal trainer that could help me find a starting place and a way to move forward with my goals. And on my 31st call, I found a trainer that offered real encouragement and attainable goals willing to take me on. He, like most trainers, didn’t have experience working with morbidly obese people of my size. He didn’t have a medical background in physical therapy or biomechanical engineering.
What he did have was empathy. Empathy, and a willingness to begin a journey of discovery.
When we are forced to endure tragedies, abuses and stresses in our childhood, it’s only natural that we hide ourselves in a black hole of despair and despondency. As we grow up and try to process the things that happened to us, we try to fill that black hole, that emptiness, with anything that helps us avoid the pain of facing it. We fool ourselves into thinking we are fine. But we aren’t. And so it manifests in self-destructive tendencies.
I was a kid just like any other until a series of events changed my life. My father passed away when I was very young, and my siblings and I were left to cope with that loss in the best way we knew how.
Like all young boys, I needed a dad to show me how to be a man in the world. Instead, what I got was a neighborhood boy who stole my innocence from me. On top of that, I had a stepfather who goaded, verbally abused, ridiculed and emotionally tortured me.
I coped with these things the only way I, as a young boy, knew how: I internalized everything and became the clown everyone loved to laugh with. I began using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain I felt. By the time I was 8, I had fallen down the rabbit-hole of self-destruction and almost didn’t survive; I almost lost my life. By the time I hit 20, I had replaced my indulgence in drugs and alcohol with soda and fast food, filling the void in my heart and struggling with the pain.
Sadly, I just traded one destructive coping strategy for another. The consequences were potentially just as deadly, if a slower pathway. I eventually reached a documented weight of 687 pounds. And I realized my life was worth more than I was giving it credit for. I was a husband and a father, and I needed to make sure I was there for my children. I had to be there for them, and the only way I could do that was by denying myself the substances that were literally killing me.
I just knew I wanted to live. I needed help in figuring out HOW I could get myself off the path of destruction I had been on for so long and HOW I could take back my life! I had to face the demons of my childhood and the tragedies I had lived through so I could work through them and help others as I found my way out of the pain.
My pain has become my voice to help and validate you and others who have survived childhood trauma.
Discover Sean Mulroney's Story On Overcoming Obesity!
Meet Robert Reames CSCS, CN, PN, NASM: CPT/PES/CES/FNS/BCS
Robert Reames (RR) is a personal and group trainer, a certified nutritionist, wellness coach, author and a motivational speaker. He was born and raised in Northern Indiana (Elkhart, IN) and is a firm believer in hard work, dedication and honoring commitments. His strong athletic background teamed with having been overweight as a kid continue to fuel his passion for the entire arena of the wellness industry; which he loves so much.
- Head trainer, nutritionist and lifestyle consultant for The Dr. Phil Show (20+
years and counting)
- Spokesperson for Gold’s Gym Interna-
tional (16+ years)
- TV and Broadcast features include:
The Doctors (multiple episodes), Extra,
Access Hollywood Live, Hallmark’s
Home & Family, The CBS Early Show,
Extreme Makeover, The Rachel Ray
Show, KIIS-FM, KOST-FM, HuffPost
Healthy Living, Prevention, Heart
Healthy Living, Men’s Fitness, Women’s
Health, Fitness Magazine, LiveStrong,
Shape, Self Magazine and much more.
- Host of Disney's Extreme Makeover
Weight Loss Workout for Beginners and
author of the best-selling book "Make
Over Your Metabolism"
- Robert "Rob" Reames has been, and
continues to be, a leader in the fitness/
nutrition, health, corporate wellness
and lifestyle industry on the local,
national and international level.
- 40 years of experience in the world of
health, fitness, nutrition and wellness.
- Nutrition and fitness contributor for
Robin McGraw's NY Times best selling
book "What's Age Got to Do With It?"
- Host of Disney's Extreme Makeover
Weight Loss Workout for Beginners DVD
Endorsements & Partnerships
- Gold’s Gym International (17 years)
- Walgreens (2 years)
- Mio Heartrate Monitors (2 years)
- VEEP Nutrition System (7 years)
- The Pear Sports Training App (10
years and counting)
- Echelon Fit (2 years and counting)
- The Obesity Revolution
Bridging the Gap
Sean and Robert first met briefly in 2018, they instantly had a connection; however, their individual projects made a collaboration difficult. They knew they wanted to explore a chance for an opportunity to work together. 2 years later, they reconnected, and the timing could not have been more perfect!
They immediately clicked; the flow between them was effortless and the grass roots concept of Bridging the Gap was created.
Bridging the Gap is a place of Empathy and Sympathy and an effort to provide the missing pieces in a gap that has long needed filling, in an environment that hasn’t received the attention it deserves.
Sean is the Empathy, bringing you to the bridge: The place of encouragement and understanding. Sean’s life map has taken him into some harrowing situations, and through some interesting experiences. He has much to share; humor, grief, anecdotes, cautionary tales, and good choices so followers don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Sean’s life has been a colorful one filled with adventure and reflection. His life is direct result of coping with trauma from a very young age. He’s the voice of experience, the person who’s been through the fire and knows the struggles firsthand.
Robert is the Sympathy, bringing you over the bridge: The place of education, application, and instruction. At a young age, Robert went through a period of childhood obesity; and thankfully, did not have the additional contributing factors that Sean had in his early years. Robert was able to overcome his struggles with obesity; his experience led him to want to focus all his efforts and energy on helping others achieve success in their journey to better health. Calling on his own life experiences, #bobbylovestoeat, Robert created the Plate Structure System and other effective tools to help everyone tackle their obesity through education, hard work, and practical application. No gimmicks, just real information.
The discussion Continues
Sean and Robert continue to have deep conversations about their experiences; talking about where their life maps took them, and how they can use their experiences and education to help others as they pursue their journey to good health. Robert and Sean also host a podcast, coincidentally called Bridging the Gap – and bring the listener into conversations about health, wellness, nutrition, mindset, successes, failures, attempts, experiences, and the chemical reactions that our bodies experience every second of every day.