†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Andrew is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was happily married with 2 kids. I was blessed with a very high metabolism, but it slowed down once I hit 30. In April of 2014 I hit 200 pounds. I needed to change. On my own I tried to fix my diet and work out the best I could. I lost weight but was still frequently tired and worn out. I would come home from work and want to relax and play video games. I felt complacent. I felt average. I felt like I was just keeping up but not inspiring anyone. I had a urge do something big! I have never been ripped. I’ve always considered myself skinny strong. I wanted more.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I had stopped dreaming. That was my catalyst. I used to dance competitively. I was an amateur world champion. I was having tremendous success and rapidly moving up the ranks. I was good, I wanted to be great! I had potential. My wife and I had our first child in 2011, and it was the best day of my life. I absolutely love being a dad, but our financial situation had changed. We could no longer afford the traveling expense that dancing competitively involved. I gave it up, but it left a hole in my heart. I farm for a living, and I need something to occupy my thoughts while I tend to the fields. P90X was something affordable I could do from home. I wanted to get ripped, but what I didn’t realize at the time, is I needed something to dream about again. I pushed play every day. I went as hard as I could. I started to dream about greatness again. I wanted to be an example for my kids that they should chase their dreams, and be willing to put in hard work to get them.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
P90X gave me a nutrition expert, a trainer, a plan, and a community. My biggest challenge was isolation. My four best lifelong friends all moved away in the span of 4 months for different reasons. I felt alone. I needed to be part of something. P90X got me hooked up with a great Coach and that has lead me to meet quite a few new friends. I found community through P90X. I also found a new attitude. My new energy became more attractive to people. I was nice. I was more helpful. The system is so expertly put together I kept having mini breakthroughs every week. I had the complete package of diet and exercise laid out in front of me for the first time in my life and a community of friends and family cheering me on. I fed off the success and it propelled me all the way through to day 90.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It was something big. Completing P90X was an accomplishment. Most people quit. I wanted to be someone who made it. It taught me about nutrition, got me to do yoga for the first time, and led me to meet new people. I was sore for the entire 90 days, but it was my body getting stronger. Now I crave that feeling. I got a strong connection to Tony Horton and felt super motivated by his training style. It seems like many programs are leaning towards 30 minutes. I like the P90X pedigree and didn’t mind the longer workouts. I loved watching my workout sheets spell out my progress. I could see my numbers go up. After a recovery week, I couldn’t wait to see how many more pull ups I could do. Yoga was a brand new experience, and I came so far. I held crane for 60 seconds for the 1st time on day 90 during the last day. I couldn’t get up at all at first. Slowly I would get better. It was a great metaphor for my entire experience.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I became a better husband a father. My enthusiasm for life has improved. I am most proud of that. (Although I’m pretty proud of my abs too!) I have so much energy now. I am dreaming again. I am excited for the future. I have muscles that I never knew existed but the true power of my transformation is that it’s inspiring other people to change their lives as well. What a gift!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’ve only been done for 1 day, but I had no idea results like these were possible working out from home. I can’t wait to pay forward what P90X has given to me. I want to change lives the same way mine has changed. I want my kids to dream big and see what it takes to reach your dreams. I look forward to see what the future holds. I plan on attacking the coaching opportunity with the same dedication that I took to P90X. I’ll be “bringing it” for the rest of my life.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I found Christine halfway through my journey. I purchased P90X off amazon, but fire and passion doubled once I met Christine. She plugged me into a couple of Facebook groups and got me connected. She is some of the reason I worked out with the intensity that I did.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She was a great motivator. She inspired me to want to be a Coach. She gave me a home and a safe place to talk with other people who were going through their own journey. She did a great job showing me how my work was inspiring other people. I wouldn’t myself slack off because Christine had other people in the group looking up at me. I couldn’t let them down. She got me plugged into that. It was exactly what I needed.
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