Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I’ve always believed in exercise and trying to take care of myself. But as I entered my 50s, owning a business, working countless hours, and raising a family of three active teenage boys left me little time to do the things I knew I needed to do to stay healthy. Then, in the summer of 2013 at 51 years old, injuries crept into the equation with a torn hamstring and a terrible bout with elbow tendonitis that left my right arm basically immobile. I figured this was just a part of growing older and a natural part of this stage of my life. Trying to fight through these ailments and exercise even once a week was becoming difficult. My attitude about health was changing, and I was starting to give in to the thought that I was never going to be in good shape again. I started physical therapy in the latter part of 2013 for these two physical problems. I looked at myself in the mirror at that time, and for the first time in my life, I felt and looked old and out of shape.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In the midst of my six months of rehab at physical therapy in late 2013 and early 2014, I purchased the P90X3 program for my 16-year-old son. I knew very little about Beachbody or the P90X3 program at the time. But as I watched my son progress through the 90 days — seeing him come up from his daily workouts drenched with sweat, watching his body change from that of a boy to that of a man, and watching his fat disappear and muscle replace it — I was totally impressed and inspired. And I told myself sometime during that period that if I could get through this hamstring and elbow problem, I would attempt P90X3 myself. I wasn’t sure if I was physically fit enough for the program, but I psyched myself up for the challenge. And though I’m a very busy man, I knew even I could find 30 minutes a day. So on July 4, 2014, I started my quest for health.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Injuries, time, and age were my greatest challenges before starting P90X3. I truly felt my physical health was in the past prior to starting this program, and that I just couldn’t find the time in my busy life to ever get myself back into any semblance of good physical shape. P90X3 changed everything for me. Learning what I could and couldn’t do was easy with the different levels of intensity in each video — so the injury worries were minimal. Time wasn’t a problem needing only 30 minutes a day. And age….watching Tony Horton at 55 years old in the videos doing the things he can do is all the motivation I needed. I love the workout videos and how they are presented. The workouts themselves are super tough, but the way they are presented keeps things light and fun. It makes it much easier to get through them. And the support I’ve received on the Team Beachbody website from the groups I’m in and my Coach have helped keep me motivated and on task.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
What I enjoyed most about the P90X3 program was Tony Horton and his personality. Don’t get me wrong, I love the workouts. But Tony mixing in humor as he motivates truly made it easy, fun, and enjoyable for me to keep pressing play and work harder than I ever worked in my life. I also love the variety of the workouts. It’s hard to get bored with a program when there is always something new to look forward to each and every day — moving from upper to lower, cardio, abs, martial arts, yoga, strength, balance, core, etc. I had never in my entire life worked out this way. It kept things interesting and enjoyable through the hard work that was required.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I just turned 54 years old three days ago, and I’m in the best physical shape of my life thanks to P90X3, Shakeology, and eating right. About 15 months ago, I would have never believed I would be where I am now. I have muscle in places I’ve never had muscle before — my back, arms, and shoulders. I have definition. I have stamina and strength. I have abs again. The achievements I’m most proud of would have to be my physical appearance and overall physical abilities and health, due to the total body transformation the P90X3 program has given me. I look better than I’ve ever looked in my life and I’m 54 years old. What more needs to be said? And I’ve made my wife proud too!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel great. I feel young. I have energy again. My confidence level has gone through the roof. The entire Team Beachbody experience has changed my life. My goal when I started all this was to get healthy. I’ve accomplished that and so much more. Tony Horton is always saying: “I have two words for you. You’re welcome.” I now have two words for you, “Thank you!”
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Greg was not my first Team Beachbody Coach. Greg was one of my buddies. I reached out to him, because the Coach that was originally assigned to me never made an attempt to contact me. Choosing Greg was the right choice. He’s been there for me whenever I’ve needed him — offering advice, answering questions, and motivating me when I needed that extra push. Greg has been a great addition to my overall experience.
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?
I started drinking Shakeology as I entered my second round of the P90X3 program. I’ve been drinking it every morning since then, and the results have been great. It kick-starts my day, gives me energy, and keeps me feeling full and satisfied many times into the afternoon hours. It has helped me with my digestion, and I feel my regularity is a direct result of drinking Shakeology. Also, the healthy ingredients Shakeology provides can’t be beat.
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