Help us give a BIG congratulations to our 40 amazing Beachbody Challenge Semi-Finalists!
They achieved their fitness and nutrition goals with Beachbody On Demand programs and entered their results for a shot at the $100,000 Grand Prize.
These 20 women and 20 men transformed their bodies and are living their best lives.
Pro tip: Read about the Grand Prize Champions of the Beachbody Challenge 2018-2019.
Beachbody Challenge Women Semi-Finalists
In no particular order, here are the 20 amazing women who made it to the semi-finals of the Beachbody Challenge!
“I have more energy, I’m happier, and I love going out and being around people! I no longer cry in the closet. I can now keep up with my children and grandchildren and my family has the wife, mom, and nana they deserve!
Being part of a Beachbody Challenge group has helped me stay consistent with my journey. The men and women in my group inspired me to show up for myself on days I didn’t feel like it. That added support was a vital piece to my success.” — Cheri Beasley
Programs: 2B Mindset, RevAbs
“I feel strong and confident. I have lost so much fat and built an incredible amount of strength, all from using minimal equipment and exercising in my living room. I look and feel like a completely different person.
My Challenge Group was so integral to getting me where I am today. The accountability and support I have received thus far have been the key to my results.
My Coach and other challengers have pushed me and kept me accountable throughout the process. I truly believe that if I had just attempted to do this on my own, I would not have gotten the results I have.” — Kendrah Paul
“I finally feel like myself again. I don’t struggle to bend over and tie my shoes or paint my nails. I have energy for days! I feel good in my skin.
Being a part of a Challenge Group was a game changer! Having the support of other busy mommas really made me realize that this is totally doable and made it fun.
Because of this transformation, I was able to join the Army National Guard and pass basic training at the age of 38!
This has allowed me to not only serve our country but to change my family’s life as well, which I will forever be grateful for.” — Abbey Nelson
“Having two young children and no childcare makes it very difficult to schedule anything outside of my home. Beachbody On Demand made it possible for me to work out on my time, in my space.
I also struggled with working out in front of people because of my weight. Working out at home helped me focus on my form rather than what I looked like and who was watching.
I’m in a healthy weight range for the first time in my adult life. My five year old can wrap his arms around me and it’s the best feeling in the world. I just feel so free.” — Joey Campbell
“I loved that I could literally roll out of bed, slide into some gear and press play. I never had to feel uncomfortable or ashamed because it was all done in the privacy of my own home.
I’ve only recently discovered the true impact of the Beachbody Challenge Groups. In the beginning, my insecurities prevented me from participating.
You’re surrounded by like-minded people who are cheering you on while you do the same for them. Despite setbacks, plateaus, screaming toddlers, and life, we celebrate every workout and every victory TOGETHER.” — Sheena Luafutu
“Here I am, one year after I started and I have never felt better. I couldn’t believe the strength I developed through these workouts and how toned my body has become.
Beachbody transformed my entire being — not only my physical appearance. I have never felt healthier and more alive. My husband has the wife back he met 10 years ago and my boys have the mommy they deserve.” — Jennifer Hennessey
Programs: Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, 80 Day Obsession, Transform :20, SHIFT SHOP
“When I first started, I had zero confidence. The idea of seeing a trainer or anyone in-person for accountability was not something I wanted to do at all.
But once I truly started showing up each day for Challenge Groups, sharing, holding myself accountable, things changed. The accountability piece is what I was missing for years, but I had no idea until I started participating in the groups.
Ultimate Portion Fix was a game-changer for me. The containers are so simple and easy, and that really helped me to stay consistent from the beginning.” — Kelley Cox
“Bottom line, the reason why I love Beachbody so much is that it’s the most complete path to wellness. It’s a MIND + BODY + SOUL approach.
From near immobility to just having finished a round of 6 Weeks of THE WORK, I’m more agile, more flexible, and I can jump and run and skip and even (ALMOST) do a handstand! I’m still working on pull-ups, though, but I WILL GET THERE.” — Julia Fowler
“Besides the amazing weight loss, I have more energy, more smiles, more fun around the house. I feel free. I feel like my old happy self again. I’m playing more with my kids and traveling.
I’m looking forward to summer at the beach in a new swimsuit. My kids have even started working out, taking care of themselves and I love that.” — Stephanie Sheafer
Programs: CORE DE FORCE, LIIFT4
“I’m not comfortable going to the gym so I made all kinds of excuses not to go. Now I can get out of bed, put on workout clothes, and work out. It is so freaking easy, no excuses needed!
Programs: Ultimate Portion Fix, Country Heat, 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession, LIIFT4
“I love everything about the 2B Mindset lifestyle. It’s completely sustainable and not just another diet. I’ll be able to eat this way for the rest of my life.
I start every morning with my favorite Shakeology blend. I boost it with Focused Energy and Digestive Fiber. Having that as the first thing I put in my body every morning sets the tone for how I feel all day long.
With the support of our Beachbody community and 2B Mindset, I stopped giving up and started showing up for the life I’ve always wanted to live. ” — Judi Finneran
“I used to sit on the sidelines and watch my grandchildren play, now I have the strength and energy to actually participate in their lives.
I have learned how to eat to live, and not live to eat.” — Karyn Dugas
“I am so much happier. People say, ‘You’re always smiling!’ I can do things I haven’t done in years. I have a whole new outlook on life.
I lost all the weight the healthy way, by eating clean, not a lot of processed foods and portion control. And I don’t plan on going back!” — Diane Struemph
Programs: Portion Fix, 2B Mindset, 21 Day Fix
“I truly believe that the Challenge Groups have been the key to my success. I had done numerous at-home workouts over the years and always lost weight, but I didn’t maintain my results.
Looking back, I think that the isolation was a major factor in my struggle. Now, I have so many incredibly motivating women and men who support me on a daily basis.
My new outlook has affected every aspect of my life, from work to my relationships with my husband and daughters, and now with my beautiful granddaughter!” — Beverly Thames
“I participate in life now. I enjoy being apart of my friends’ and family’s lives because I don’t feel ashamed by the way I look anymore.
I got my life back — I’m able to shop wherever I want and not have to worry about clothes not fitting me. I started running and participated in 5K, 10K & half marathons — something I NEVER thought I’d be doing two years ago!” — Liz Fleming
“Losing 100+ pounds is an amazing achievement in itself. But I’m so proud that my relationship with food has gotten to a point that I eat to fuel my body, not to push my sorrows away.
Nutrition is so hard and getting it down is a daily learning curve, but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.” — Taylor Ferguson
Programs: 2B Mindset, Body Beast, Morning Meltdown 100, LIIFT4
“The Challenge Groups really help me focus. I make checking into my group a daily task that I need to do so it helps keep me on track with my workouts as well as my nutrition.
I know that within our group I have challengers that look at me as a form of inspiration and it shows them that if I can do it, they can do it. We all help push each other to live our best lives, and the support for one another is incredible.
“I am so unbelievably grateful for all the tools that Beachbody has provided me with; I was able to get my life back.” — Brittany Hirtle
“2B Mindset was the pivotal program for me because for the first time in my life I got to learn about nutrition and feel weight loss was actually achievable! I would not be where I am today without the principals of that program.
The Challenge Group I was a part of was amazing. There were people of all shapes and sizes posting their sweaty selfies and the support and encouragement were unlike anything I had experienced before.
It was so beneficial for me to see others post and talk about their successes and struggles. It helped me know I was not alone in this.” — Alexandra Lea
“I knew that I wanted to change but I didn’t know where to start. I’m so happy that my Coach never gave up on me because without her, I don’t think I would’ve signed up for Beachbody.
Someone believed in me, and that meant a lot.
2B Mindset was so flexible and paired well with my fitness routines. I got really great results from every program I completed.” — Abrie Moise
Programs: 2B Mindset, Transform :20, LIIFT4, and others.
“Since starting my journey I have gained my life back! I’m not self-conscious about my weight, so going out in public doesn’t bother me anymore.
I can keep up with my fiancé and dogs at the beach, I’m now in a softball league, I can walk up stairs and still be able to breathe. But the best part is I finally love myself for me.” — Mara Oquendo
Beachbody Challenge Men Semi-Finalists
Now for the 20 amazing men who committed to their transformations with incredible results:
“I have eliminated 100 pounds and 50 inches off my body — I feel INCREDIBLE!
Programs: Ultimate Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, LIIFT4, 80 Day Obsession
“I started my first program, 21 Day Fix, on Jan 15, 2018, and I’ve never looked back.”
I’m feeling healthier and more confident daily. There is not a day that goes by that people or friends don’t say how good I look and keep up the amazing progress.” — William Gervais
Programs: Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, CORE DE FORCE, LIIFT4, Transform :20
“When I decided to take this challenge, I decided to go in 100%. Even though I was unsure I could still do this at the age of 57.
I promised myself I would miss zero days of my workouts, I changed my eating habits, and I made Shakeology part of my morning meal each day. I’m very happy to say that I look and feel physically fit in a way I haven’t for a long time.” — Jon Gaunder
Programs: P90X3, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, 10-Minute Trainer
“I love my Challenge Group. When I started, I was so scared to post and share my workout/Shakeology pictures because I felt like I was too fat to belong.
But they kept me so motivated and cheered me on through my journey and continue to do that.
It felt nice to be apart of a group that shared the same goals me.” — Joshua Santillan
Programs: Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, 80 Day Obsession, LIIFT4
“I’m in the best shape of my life. When I first started, I had no idea that my body would change the way it did. I thought that I would never get rid of my belly. I can’t believe it, but I’ve got a six-pack!
What started off as ‘just losing some baby weight’ turned into a complete life change. I have become a better father; I have the energy to keep up with my kids and I’ve become a better husband.” — Bradley List
“I love being able to do this at home. It’s great that there are so many programs that are just a click away. I think I would have been too embarrassed to go to a gym to start this.
I just feel all-around better. Both physically and emotionally. My whole life has changed.” — Brian Estus
“Beachbody (BOD) is highly affordable. I love that BOD is going to always cost less than a gym membership. I’ve gotten out of my yo-yoing slump and made this work as a part of my everyday lifestyle.” — Brian Tu
“I like the ease of finding workouts on Beachbody On Demand. It’s nice to browse the workouts and find what fits our lifestyle and desired results.
One thing that really stands out is the ease of use for our family — this has become a family affair.” — Wayne Stephens
“My quality of life is definitely better. I’m physically feeling better and I’m feeling better about myself. It feels good to start achieving goals.” — Gregory Perkins
“2B Mindset has been a game-changer for me. I lost 21 pounds before my wife even told me that I had been following the nutrition program.
Today, I am happier, healthier, fitter & more at peace than I ever been, all because of this journey.” — Michael Mann
“The nutrition plans were easy to follow and they taught me so much more about nutrition than I ever knew before. Eating healthy was actually pretty fun!
I love the fact that I can do my workouts from anywhere. I had more challenging and fun workouts in the comfort of my own home than I ever did at a gym!” — BJ Iwuoha
Programs: 22-Minute Hard Corps, FOCUS T25, P90X3, Body Beast, LIIFT4
“P90X has changed my life giving me direction to accomplish things that I thought were not possible. [I’m] a lot more active a person and a lot more positive.
My life has changed with the ability to do anything physical and the [desire] to do it!!” — Marc Irvin
“I wanted to support my wife on her journey as a breast cancer survivor. We agreed we both needed a change and decided to do 21 Day Fix.
In the past, I had tried a lot of different diets and none stuck. Following Ultimate Portion Fix and combining the nutritional videos and the real-time workouts made everything come together.” — John Hanyzewski
Programs: Ultimate Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME
“This transformation has changed my quality of life, as I am a lot happier in my own shoes.
I feel great on a daily basis with lots of energy, and the muscle definition is just an added bonus.” — Mitch Wakelam
Programs: Body Beast, LIIFT4, INSANITY, INSANITY MAX:30
“Seeing the results my wife was getting from Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology inspired me to give it a try.
The shakes taste amazing, and I absolutely love the options of all the different workouts and challenges Beachbody has to offer.
Beachbody Super Trainers are great motivators and inspired me to keep on when I wanted to quit. I’m so thankful.” — Isaias Ramos
Programs: Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, The Master’s Hammer & Chisel, 22 Minute Hard Corps
“My life has completely changed. I feel like a new person.
I love everything about Body Beast. Sagi is an amazing trainer, he’s hilarious and intense and always makes me push myself.
Like the Book of Beast says, your biggest transformation will be within. Your spirit, confidence, security and overall inner peace will be a reflection of your outer strength.
I’m so happy with the person I have become! And I owe it all to Beachbody, Body Beast, Tai Cheng, and Shakeology!” — Nick Morrison
“21 Day Fix was an excellent program to get started. I really enjoyed seeing the modifier, Kat. She was relatable for me, as I spent most of my first round just watching her and trying to keep up.
By the end of the second round, I had surpassed the modifier and was keeping up with Autumn! That kind of growth helped firm up my mindset and helped me acknowledge my progress to myself.
Proud to say I’m in better shape at 40 than I was at 20!” — Jeff Noren
Programs: Portion Fix, 21 Day Fix, The Master’s Hammer & Chisel, Body Beast
“Thanks to Beachbody, I’m happy to say this: Sweet victory isn’t when you finish one round of a program and then just go back to your old ways.
It’s when you manage to keep a healthy lifestyle after that, no matter how tough life gets at times.” — Jae Joon Lee
Programs: P90X3, INSANITY MAX:30
“I dropped over 10 sizes in dress pants and am a new person. I sleep better, feel better, I’m happier, I’m healthier, and I’m an overall better me.
My success truly could not have been made possible without the help of Beachbody workouts and Shakeology.” — Matthew Carlucci
“I knew my nutrition was off base and in dire need of correction. I was talking to my now-Coach and she introduced me to Shakeology and Beachbody programs. I ordered the P90X3 Challenge Pack and I turned 61 as I was finishing it. Being able to move like and have the strength that I had 30-35 years ago is awesome!
Even better is the change in my attitude. I have better mental clarity, my stamina has gone through the roof and my confidence has grown.” — Terrell Lore
*Consult your physician before commencing any fitness or nutrition program while pregnant or post-partum.