Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started the program, I muddled around the gym just hoping that one of those ideas from the magazines would work. I mean I’ve tried almost every workout routine found in those muscle magazines, but nothing ever worked. I had gotten to a point where I was getting stronger, but I gave up on the notion that I could ever make my body look on the outside how I wanted to look. Furthermore, I was very discouraged because as a kid, I always wanted to be big. I was the small guy out of the group, and I always wanted to be swole like my friends and family. The discouraging part was that once I got some size on me, it was mainly fat and there was nothing that I could do to change it.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was diagnosed with having a high HGL count when I had my bloodwork done, and my doctor prescribed Lipitor to me.* It was at that moment that I realized that my reckless eating habits and failure to properly exercise had finally caught up to me. I ended up bulking up to 248, but it also came at the expense of me having a fat midsection and absolutely no conditioning. Ironically, my transformation changed when I was at the beach looking over pictures taken. I couldn’t sleep after seeing those pictures. While suffering with insomnia, I watched the INSANITY infomercial about three times in a row. I thought, what better way to change your life than to take the hardest workout challenge available? I dabbled in a few of the workouts until Body Beast came out. I’ve been hooked ever since. Sagi really did change my life and how I looked at possibilities in life. Body Beast helped show me that anything is possible if I stand in my own power.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced with Body Beast was dialing in my nutrition. It’s always been hard to find the right balance of nutrition while drinking my Shakeology daily. This has usually resulted in me not completing or following through with the Body Beast program. This time I decided to give Shakeology and Body Beast blind faith, and I dedicated myself to following the meal and workout plan. What I found is that simply giving up resistance and listening to Sagi, “who actually knows what he’s doing,” regarding nutrition has benefited me more than anything. I’ll be 40 next year, and the future is looking bright…
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
This program is all weight lifting, which is great because I’m a self-professed iron addict. I loved how this program forces you to push the limits on your strength, and how it is geared around helping you achieve the body you want. I like being swole naturally. This program allowed me to do that, but more so taught me the fundamentals of lifting that will allow me to maintain it for as long as I want.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m most proud of the changes in my abs. My six-pack did not pop out the way I wanted it to, but the foundation has been laid and it is coming soon. I really like the additional size and definition to the rest of my body. What I found intriguing during this whole journey was that as I was losing inches around my waist, I was gaining inches everywhere else. Near the end, I started to see veins popping out, which hasn’t happened since I was a scrawny kid in high school. The main thing is power. Two years ago, I had a one-rep max on a bench of 315. Today, it’s my starting weight… I’m maxing at around 450 now, and I hope to cross into the 500 club this year.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
The changes in my body have created opportunities for me to share my experiences with others because guys my age are trying to figure out how they can get “jacked.” I’m stronger than ever, healthier than ever, and my desire to help others has not been higher. Most importantly, I’m turning 40 this year, and I truly feel that the skies are the limit for me. It’s like the doors to the bodybuilding world have been opened up and I’m here now… I’m bigger, faster, and stronger at 39 than I have ever been. Most people can’t really tell that I’m almost 40. Most people ask me what football team I play for, which is funny because in high school I was literally the scrawniest kid on every team who just happened to be very fast.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Fairly simple response… The Challenge Group helped me reach my goal, because I could see that I was not the only one out there committed. No matter how my day looked, I always knew that my Coach was there going through the same struggles and he found a way to push play. If they could do it, I knew that I could. Our group offered words of encouragement to one another on a daily basis. I didn’t really need anyone to keep me accountable, per se, but I did feel that I was accountable to everyone in the group to give it my all. I didn’t want to feel that I cheated the group in any way. If they committed to giving me their all, I was committed to giving them my all. I also took a more active role in this Challenge Group, and I never wanted to feel like I let the group down since they were looking to me for inspiration at times.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach has been there for me the entire way. He knows when to give me space to do my thing, and has always been a champion for my success. He’s taken a great interest in helping me become a better Coach to help people become healthier.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
The nutrition plan of Body Beast, along with Shakeology, made all the difference. Shakeology was vital in ensuring that I was able to make my numbers each day. I was able to add or take away from my morning shake based on my needs for the day.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I can’t really attest to any health issues that it cured, but I will say that Shakeology has definitely helped my digestive tract. I’m as regular as they come now…
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