Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was doing INSANITY and lost 40 pounds with that and Shakeology. I got down to 169, lost 91 pounds from 265, but then gained back up to 200 before starting Body Beast. I struggled to commit to the entire program, so I did it off and on for a month before I finally got sick of it and committed to it. I went 90 days straight without giving up. I hated my body and stretch marks; my pictures just make me strive to do better.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I would never look in mirrors, but I looked at myself and decided it was time for a change. It was too hard to walk up stairs, breathe, and I hated who I was. I was feeling gross in my own skin.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Staying motivated and finding something that fit me. It pushed me, but I also pushed myself to do more in the program that they didn’t do. Having the Beast up there showing me the way to do the exercise was great. It helped me do more on my own. Before I started, I could only bench 180; I can now bench 275. The lowest weight I got to was 172. I gained up to 180, and that made me feel a lot better. I couldn’t do a pull-up before, and now I can do 10 without stopping. I had a hard time curling just 10 pounds; now I can do 25. On the last set of 8, I pushed myself hard to the point that I couldn’t get off the floor. My job made it so much harder to work out because it is a workout in itself, but I still came home every day and pressed play. I completed Body Beast, and I’m just amazed by my results. I’m now doing The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and I’m not going to stop until I achieve my goals.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
That I was lifting and giving it my all. Even if they were lifting more than I could, I did my best and lifted the heaviest I could to burn my muscles to hell, and they grew so much. I also enjoyed watching the form and being taught how to do the moves.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost a total of 28 pounds, and then gained 8 pounds of lean muscle. I feel great. I’m most proud of my bench press. I could barely lift 185 pounds, and now I can do 275 pounds without any issues. I can run faster and lift things like nothing. I work with 50-pound hoses all day long, dragging and lifting them, and it’s nothing compared to what it used to be. Looking at my pictures, I think the results speak for themselves.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel less stressed and much happier. I still have a hard time coming to terms with my stretch marks, but my girlfriend has helped me see them as battle scars from my previous struggles, and that keeps me going. I’m still striving to get stronger and more shredded. I work out with Beachbody and on my own every day.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
They had people to keep me in check. When I was feeling down and didn’t want to work out, they pushed me, supported me, and gave me tips on how to do it and do it better.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She checked up on me every week, always gave me great advice, told me about Challenge Packs, helped me decide where I want to be, and pushed me to do more. She is just flipping awesome! She got everyone to keep pushing each other. She helped us understand that no one perfect but as long you’re trying your hardest, you’re doing perfect. She is just such an amazing person.
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?
Shakeology was amazing. It helped me feel more awake, less moody, and lose weight.2 When I drink it, I don’t eat as much later and don’t even want to drink soda or snack.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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