†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Michael is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Meet Michael J.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 16!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I did not feel great about my body at all. There was a time when I was more active and enjoying sports such as basketball and golf. When we started to raise a family, I didn’t have the time to do a lot of activities. I spent more time in front of the television and developed a lot of bad eating habits. The holidays didn’t help. That is when I saw my biggest weight gain. I was up to 215 lbs.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Two events made me realize that I needed to make a change. One was a beach photo that I took on a vacation in the summer of 2011. The other event was a wellness exam that I took in February 2012. It revealed that I was considered overweight with 27.5 percent body fat and pre-hypertension. Those results prompted me to purchase my first Beachbody DVD, 10 Minute Trainer. After an injury, I stopped working out and gained the 10-15 lbs. back. It wasn’t until Thanksgiving 2012 when I finally decided to do something about my lifestyle. I borrowed an INSANITY DVD from my in-laws and completed the 60 day program on January 28th, which was my 40th birthday! The rest is history.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I saw a lot more definition in my arms, abs, and chest. My overall strength is incredible compared to where I started. I could do about 20 push-ups at a time when I first started, and now I can double that with ease. I could only do about 2-3 pull-ups at one time, and now I can do about 13 without stopping. I’m most proud of my overall health.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed tremendously through many Beachbody programs. I have more energy at 41 years old than I ever had in my 20s and 30s. Since using Beachbody programs, I’ve lost over 40 lbs and have kept it off. My confidence has improved, and I don’t mind taking off my shirt when I’m at the beach. I am now more conscious about what I eat and pass that along to my family and friends. I am a father of three, and my children are living a healthy lifestyle because of the example that I set. That makes me proud!
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.