Musician and Athlete Thad Beaty Coaches Participant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition
Sugarland guitarist, two-time IRONMAN, and Athlete Thad Beaty was fortunate to spend 2013 as the spokesperson for IRONMAN’S Kona Inspired program, working with athletes facing tremendous obstacles even before they got to Kona’s starting line. Now he’s taking his recently acquired USAT coaching certification from the big stage to the small screen, having acted as a coach and mentor to a participant on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, helping to guide a novice through the New Zealand 70.3.
Says Beaty, “My time with the athletes in the Kona Inspires program really showed me that IRONMAN is a powerful vehicle to affect change in people’s lives. It not only encompasses the lessons learned during training, but after crossing the finish line on race day you get to carry with you the confidence of knowing you achieved something extraordinary, something you never thought possible. And that changes the trajectory of your life.”
Thad knows something about this change in trajectory. After spending years on the road backing up pop-country juggernaut Sugarland and sharing the stage with the likes of Beyonce’, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna, Beaty’s lifestyle of late nights, access to round-the-clock catering, and constant travel resulted in his health spiraling out of control. He set a goal to race an IRONMAN and subsequently lost over 70 pounds in an 18-month period, making him an ideal fit to work with people such as those on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition who, like him, were also looking to make radical life changes.
Thad’s personal experience gave him the confidence to work with the ABC show, saying “We had 7 months to take someone who could barely swim and hadn’t ridden a bike in 20 years from the couch to a 70.3. It was crazy but I believed we were up for the challenge.”
Tune in on Tuesday, July 15th at 8/7c on ABC to watch Thad and his mentee take on that challenge in the hopes of changing lives and making dreams come true. Good luck Thad!