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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -After failing to land his dream job after college, Ed Komara of Youngstown turned to alcohol to deal with his depression, an attempt at escaping reality that resulted in a much needed wake up call.

"I got a DUI," said Ed Komara.  "I just sunk.  I didn't know what to do, recent graduate, had so much to look forward to. Now what?"

Ed ended up losing his license for six months.  Instead of continuing on the same dark path, he decided to take control his life and his health. With no where to go but home or work, he decided to give his friend's P90x DVDs a try.

"Before I even put that first DVD in, I made that promise to myself that I was going to do it, stick with it every single day, change my whole diet, eat right, stop drinking, the whole nine yards," said Komara.

Three months in, he lost 62 pounds.  After another round of P90x, he was down more than 80 pounds.  Determined to stick with it, he gave Insanity and P90x2 a try dropping another 10 pounds, eventually earning himself $500 and the title of coach for Team BeachBody, the company behind the workouts.

"I want people to know that rock bottom doesn't have to be the end at all because some of the greatest failures that you can make or can happen can turn into the biggest success," said Komara.

Since his transformation, Ed has been hosting weekly workout at his home. On Sunday, September 15th, he is holding a workout event at B&O Station in Youngstown from noon to 2:30pm.  It is free and open to the public. 

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