TRISH MOYER: It was kindergarten
when he started to gain weight. JOSH COX: It was about
second or third grade when I started to
get made fun of. TRISH MOYER: I saw the
teasing maybe later, around third and fourth grade. JOSH COX: The standby
was, Fat Boy, Fatty. I got called “faggot” a lot. NARRATOR: At age 14, Josh
Cox weighed 265 pounds. JOSH COX: Food was my friend. And it was damn near
the only friend I had. NARRATOR: At a low point,
depressed and lonely, Josh began cutting himself. JOSH COX: But I knew
that the second I got home, all I would have to
do is take a pen or a razor and I could feel myself
controlling pain. NARRATOR: He also began
intentionally throwing up his food. JOSH COX: And it started to be,
like, once every couple days, and then it went
to once every day. And then it went to
a couple times a day. And then it was
everything that I ate. NARRATOR: Two weeks
into his freshman year of high school, six teenage
bullies surrounded Josh as he walked home from school. JOSH COX: They grabbed me,
and it was about 10 feet away from a set of bleachers. And they had definitely prepped
for this, because they had duct tape in their backpacks. A few of them held
my arms and legs and quickly duct taped my arms
and legs against the bleachers, so I couldn’t go anywhere. Actually ripped at my shirt,
ripped it down the middle, and exposed my belly. They spent a lot of time
flipping my stomach rolls and slapped my face a lot. When they were done, they
just gathered their bags and walked away
and left me there. I was lonely. I was fat. I was cutting myself. I was throwing up my food. No one knew. And to make matters
worse, I was hung up on some bleachers being forced
to think about all that. NARRATOR: After what
seemed like an hour, a stranger happened by and
freed Josh from the bleachers. Embarrassed and ashamed, Josh
told no one what happened. But he devised a plan to
put an end to the bullying. JOSH COX: When my
mom got home, I asked her to sign
me up at a gym. TRISH MOYER: And then I was
just completely on board, and yeah, let’s
do it right away. JOSH COX: I think she
knew how unhappy I was. TRISH MOYER: He went every day. He never missed. NARRATOR: By the end of
his junior in high school, Josh had lost 60 powers. Soon later, he stopped
cutting himself. He conquered bulimia. And a friend introduced
him to bodybuilding. JOSH COX: 10, 9, 8– NARRATOR: Fully
transformed, Josh is now inspiring others at
Anytime Fitness in Santa Rosa. JOSH COX: There you go. Like you mean business, baby. Strong bodies, strong mind. JOHN STAVE: I pity the fool that
says “I can’t” in his class. JOSH COX: Keep that
head up, chest down. That’s what stops the bullets. JOHN STAVE: He lived “I
can’t” for so many years. JOSH COX: It’s
not how you start. It’s how you finish. That’s right. JOHN STAVE: He finally
realized, I can. And he did it. DENISE STAVE: He
draws people in. He makes it fun. But he’s also very sensitive. JOSH COX: Let me
hear your rebel yell. NARRATOR: Several
times every week, Josh leads a FItness
Rebellion class. The rebels say Josh
gets them because he understands their pain. JOSH COX: You own the exercise. It don’t own you. TY RIVERA: he’s
not just a trainer. He’s my brother. NARRATOR: Ty Rivera used
to weigh nearly 400 pounds. TY RIVERA: So when you ask
me what Josh has done for me, he saved my life. JOSH COX: Last station! LORI DEMARCO: Josh gets
down here with us and says, I’m just like you. We’ve all been broken. JOSH COX: Full extension
on that right arm. NARRATOR: Lori says she’s
never been athletic, but Josh taught her
how to be strong. LORI DEMARCO: I can do
anything I set my mind to. NARRATOR: Kathi Tyler
says, Josh helped her lose 45 pounds
in just six months. And now, instead of
at the local bar, she gets her highs in his class. KATHI TYLER: Josh
changed my life. I will always love Josh. Yes. Yes. Don’t make me cry. NARRATOR: No longer tormented
by schoolyard bullies, Josh is the one making people
cry these days– tears of joy. TRISH MOYER: I’m
just so proud of him. I love that he’s so genuine
mind and he’s really making a difference. JOSH COX: Let’s bring it in. TRISH MOYER: He’s
changing people’s lives. JOSH COX: Rebellion on three. One, two, three, rebellion! [MUSIC PLAYING]