Once weighing more than 400 pounds, Steve Hooks is now glad he stumbled across spinning class at the Galax Recreation Center.
Hooks, 50, of Galax, was considering gastric bypass surgery to shed the weight before he started spinning classes in January. He has since lost about 50 pounds through the help of Weight Watchers and Doris Spangler, his spinning instructor.
A casual bike rider, Hooks was tired of lugging the excess weight along the New River Trail. Now, he can go faster and farther than before.